MS Blazer Buzz 9 March

This week's highlight: Diversity Conference

Seven 8th graders attended the annual Affirming Community Together Diversity Conference for area middle school students facilitated by upper school students at Providence Day School. In a "students teaching students" format, middle school students attended sessions on issues surrounding gender stereotypes, discrimination, cultural competence, and multiculturalism. The goal is to teach students to put a stop to bullying and lead the way in creating an atmosphere that is more open and globally minded. Our Woodlawn 8th grade leaders will use what they learned and lead this month’s Middle School Mix It Up lunch. Laine Amortegui shared, "Students reported that being a part of an event where passion about diversity and acceptance of all people was inspiring. They left feeling more positive about the number of individuals they met who are committed to being inclusive despite labels and stereotypes they may face as teenagers headed into Upper School."

MS Blazer Buzz 2 March

This week's highlight: NHD - Leadership and Legacy

The Southwest Piedmont Regional National History Day Competition was held at UNC Charlotte on Friday, February 27. This year's theme was "Leadership and Legacy in History". Over 200 students from public and private school around the region presented their projects and answered questions from judges about their individual and group research projects. Seventeen Woodlawn School students in grades 7-12 were chosen to advance to the North Carolina State History Day Competition to be held in Raleigh on April 25. Congratulations to all students on their hard work!

Woodlawn School winners and their topics were:

Senior Individual Performance: 1st Place Kelsie Milburn: George C. Marshall: Changing the World Through Honesty, Preparation and Action

Senior Individual Website: 1st Place Erica Rose: Dorothea Lange: A Voice for Women Through Vision

Senior Group Website: 1st Place Chase Bubak and Zander Milburn: The Wright Brothers: Aviation Pioneers

Senior Group Documentary: 2nd Place Jocelyn Grzeszczak, Mills Kratt, Bennett Kolls: Building the Modern Woman: The Legacy of Coco Chanel

Junior Individual Performance: 2nd Place Taylor Loyd- Bob Fosse: The Feet that Fueled Jazz Hands, 3rd Place Connors Anderson: Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Unforgettable Walk to Vote

Junior Individual Website: 1st Place Angus Ewington: Robert Oppenheimer: A Brilliant Leader Judged by a False Legacy, 2nd Place Emmy Belloni: Rachel Carson: Nature's Advocate 3rd Place, Wesley Neal: Dwight Eisenhower: On the Road to Legacy

Junior Individual Documentary: 2nd Place Leila Wilhelm: Walt Disney: The Imagination that Brought Us Magic Junior Individual Exhibit: 3rd Place, Emma McGeough: Jonas Salk: Eradicating Polio From America

Junior Historical Paper: 1st Place Jackie Jewel: Yuri Gagarin: A Leader in Space Flight 2nd Place, Mitch Porter: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk: The Forgotten Legacy of the Balkan Pact, 3rd Place Lily Klett: Missionaries of Charity: The Legacy of Mother Theresa

MS Blazer Buzz 23 Feb

This week's highlight: Checkmate!

Four 6th and 7th grade students represented Woodlawn at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Scholastic Chess Tournament this past weekend. Sixth graders, Ginger Jacobson and Kurt Mueller, and seventh graders Jack Barnett and Jesse Jacobson geared up for three rounds of intense concentration and competition.  They started off strong, with 3 wins out of 4 games.  Competition increased as the day progressed and they finished with 6 wins out of 12 games.  The Woodlawn Chess Club is led by Bill Barnett and meets every Tuesday morning.  This is the first of several tournaments that the students will attend, and I know this team is ready for their next challenge.

MS Blazer Buzz 16 Feb

This week's highlight: The Sea Star

Sixth graders recently examined a very interesting member of the animal kingdom, the sea star. They examined this fascinating Echinoderm by conducting a dissection to learn more about its body structure and adaptations and why it is a member of the Phylum Echinodermata. Students practiced good laboratory procedures and worked with a lab partner, while examining the rays, madroporite, digestive glands, stomach and water vascular system of the Sea Star. Mrs. Denham refers to the Sea Star as a "walking stomach" and students experienced this first hand when they realized that every ray is filled with digestive glands and the stomach takes up the entire middle of the sea star. There is just no room for a central brain! While recording their observations. 6th grade scientists gained knowledge not only of the sea star, but also learned how close observation is an indispensable scientific tool. Many of the greatest scientific discoveries began with close observation of the natural world! The Sea Star dissection is part of the integrated study of the Renaissance in Europe. During this time period in Europe, scientists began to observe the natural world more closely, thus spurring the Scientific Revolution.

MS Blazer Buzz 9 Feb

This week's highlight: Scholastic Writing Awards

Eleven students in 7th and 8th grade were honored for their creative writing talents through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, including two Gold Key winners, Emmy Belloni and Josh Earle.  Since its founding in1923, the Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth and have established an amazing track record for identifying the early promise of our most accomplished and prolific creative leaders.  

Here is an excerpt from Emmy’s story "Welcome to the Goblin House":

Maria approaches the couch, her eyes fixed on the texture of its fabric. “But… it can’t be…” she mutters. Suddenly she gives a small shriek. The same hand that had grabbed her back in the first room had curled itself around her ankle. 
“Try and pull it free!” you exclaim, unsure if you should help her or not. She tries, kicking to try and free the hand’s grasp, but it doesn’t work.
Another shriek coming from further away causes you to whirl in that direction and shine the flashlight away from Maria. You scan over the room, but there is nothing there. It must have been Rus or Steve. 
When you turn back to Maria, she’s gone. You crouch and look under the couch, but the beam of your flashlight reveals nothing but a dark pool of liquid. You don’t want to find out what it is. You
brace yourself, and tell yourself that Maria is just in on the joke now. But you can’t help but think otherwise. Is she really? Or is she dead?

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SCHOLASTIC WRITING AWARD REGIONAL WINNERS
Gold Key: The very best works submitted to local programs are awarded Gold Keys. Gold Keys are automatically considered for national-level recognition.
Silver Key: Stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability are Awarded Silver Keys.
Honorable Mention: Accomplished works submitted to local programs showing great skill and/or potential earn Honorable Mention Awards.
All Gold Key writing will be exhibited at Spirit Square Knight Gallery with Gold Key artwork. We have designed posters highlighting excerpts from Gold Key Writing. The address is 345 North College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. The exhibit will be in the gallery from Feb. 7 until March 8. Pickup of posters from the gallery will be on March 9 between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm.



Welcome to the Goblin House | Short Story | Emmy Belloni | Gold Key

The Sweet Breath of Fall's Breeze, All I Have, Blue, Chilling Warmth, and The Ukulele
Poetry | Joshua Earle | Gold Key

Soccer: The Beautiful Game | Personal Essay/Memoir | Jack Hager | Silver Key

Lady of the Manor | Poetry | Lily Klett | Silver Key

We the People | Poetry | Campbell Lindquist | Silver Key

Goodbye Earth | Short Story | Cole Rogers | Silver Key

Upon a Star | Science Fiction/Fantasy | Olivia Schafer | Silver Key

Women's Rights | Critical Essay | Olivia Dionne | Honorable Mention

That Man | Flash Fiction | Angus Ewington | Honorable Mention

Poem Collection | Poetry | Jesse Jacobson | Honorable Mention

Drowning in Thoughts | Flash Fiction | Morgan Klein | Honorable Mention