MS Blazer Buzz 6 April
This week's highlight: Field Day!
Serious competition. Serious fun. A bucket of water adds a ton of fun no matter the age! Middle School students delighted in soaking themselves and each other during the annual field day festivities. The water balloon station was a favorite as students attempted to strike a balance between gentle catching and powerful throwing to inflict the most water on the other team. And when all else fails, just wring a sponge over your friend’s head! Fierce competition ensued with the tug of war challenge. It was nice to see the students pulling together (literally) to overcome their opponents. A great afternoon was had by all - thanks to Ms. Atkins for planning such a cool event!
MS Blazer Buzz 30 March
This week's highlight: The Carolina Raptor Center
On Friday, sixth grade students visited the Carolina Raptor Center as part of their science study of birds. The study of birds is part of an integrated bird migration unit in which students examine birds and bird migration in science, music, art, language arts and math. At the Raptor Center, students experienced three raptors up close and learned about raptors and the issues facing these birds. Students also viewed the exhibits of various raptors, thus experiencing a few of the almost 10,000 bird species on earth. Through the field trip and additional study, students want to find out how to help raptors and other birds, especially migratory birds. Later this spring sixth grade will “adopt” or sponsor a bird at the Raptor Center, paying for the adoption with money earned from selling pepper and tomato plants they have grown in the Woodlawn greenhouse. This field trip is integral to student understanding of the natural world as an interdependent and living system, vulnerable to pollution and overuse, and dependent on humans to make the right decisions to protect America’s natural heritage so raptors can continue to soar in our skies!
MS Blazer Buzz 23 March
This week's highlight: Annual Talent Show
MS Blazer Buzz 16 March
This week's highlight: Stained Glass
The 7th graders have been working on graphing linear equations by using slope and plotting the y-intercept. This type of graphing is called slope-intercept form, and uses the formula y = mx +b. If you want to have a clever way of remembering this formula, just ask any 7th grader to sing you the song (hint: it will remind you of a certain 70's classic by the Village People). As a culminating project, the students constructed stained glass pictures using various types of slopes (positive, negative, zero, and undefined). The students created individual stained glass pictures, labeled with their equations. Then the students worked in small groups to design a picture for the windows in Mrs. Verlin’s classroom in Klein Hall East. Math has never looked so beautiful!