MS Blazer Buzz 15 Dec

This week's highlight: Preterite March!

Eighth graders in Señora Laine and Señorita Morgan's classes are studying the past tense in Spanish, which has a lot of irregular verbs. In order to help students remember all the irregulars, they learn a chant repeating the irregular, first person verbs! Watch the video of the Preterite March here!

MS Blazer Buzz 8 Dec

This week's highlight: Treats and Toys

Sixth graders have been busy baking treats and making toys this holiday season, but not for girls and boys.  These treats and toys are for their furry friends!  Mrs. Clemente and Mrs. Carol guided students through a fun session of baking dog biscuits in the Lodge kitchen in November.  Students cut them into fun shapes.  They are edible, just not real tasty as Jackson quickly found out! Students then put their newly learned baking skills to use at home as they prepared hundreds of dog biscuits for their annual Christmas in Davidson sale.  The girls spent an evening bonding and laughing around sewing machines as Madison Berini guided everyone in creating dog toys from tennis balls.  And all sixth graders were busy selling their homemade products on the streets of Davidson.  Proceeds benefit their service learning partner, the Charlotte Humane Society.  I imagine there are some happy dogs in town!

MS Blazer Buzz 24 Nov

This week's highlight: Fall Trimester Portfolio Viewing

This week, middle school students invited their parents to class for portfolio viewings, culminating presentations highlighting their work from fall trimester.  They shared the many projects, essays, art pieces, and videos that they produced.  6th graders shared some tasty greens straight from their own gardens and a garden plot project in math.  Highlights included communication with their German pen pals, Perfect World essays, composition projects with garageband, and observing the aqueduct built in the gardens.  7th graders entertained their guests with a skit about the process of making a movie as they described their work with producing stop motion animated films in LA, Art and Music.  Mitch narrated an incredible video explaining a rather complicated chemical reaction in science and Jesse discussed the atomic bomb debate.  8th graders demonstrated their impressive Rube Goldberg machines in science, Old Salem films produced in math, and original pieces of artwork from their Choice-Based Art Class.  Our Woodlawn middle school students never cease to amaze us!

MS Blazer Buzz 17 Nov

This week's highlight: Budding Filmmakers

Through a collaborative project in art, language arts, and music, seventh grade students are hard at work making stop-motion animated films.  Their scripts include a hero who either changes or learns a lesson.  Some of the story lines include an ungrateful boy who learns to be grateful, an arrogant hairdresser who learns that being humble is the way to go, a wolf who stands up to bullying and also demonstrates forgiveness, and a set builder who uses his skills to overcome an obstacle.  Students are immersed in tedious work as they must take hundreds of pictures, moving their characters centimeter by centimeter in each frame, to produce their stop-motion films.  They are finding that their lego actors are not always cooperative!  Stay tuned to the final film productions in a few weeks.

MS Blazer Buzz 10 Nov

This week's highlight: Duke TIP

Fourteen seventh graders qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search sponsored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search is the largest program of its kind in the nation. Over 2 million students have participated in the Talent Search since its inception in 1980. Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented 7th graders based on standardized test scores or IQ tests achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are then invited to take the SAT or the ACT college entrance exams as 7th graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. We are very proud of our ‘Blazers for their academic achievement!

Back Row: (L-R) Olivia D, Mary H, Mitch P, Al W, Cole R, Michael S
Front Row: (L-R) Jack B, Andrew A, Lily K, Campbell L, Dina C, Ariana C, Jesse J (missing from photo: Jackie J)