MS Blazer Buzz 23 Feb
This week's highlight: Checkmate!
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
MS Blazer Buzz 2 Feb
This week's highlight: Middle School Basketball
Coached by Mr. Barringer, the MS Girls
basketball team finished the season with a 4-9 record. In each game,
the girls played harder in the fourth quarter no matter what the score
was. Each player was eager to get back in the game and stay in the
game. It is impressive how this team has transformed themselves from a
group of girls who never really played basketball to a team of fighters
who can't wait to play every minute of every game.
Coached by Mr. Guy, the MS Boys basketball team finished 3rd in the league this year. Their success has come mostly from their willingness to work together as a team, both offensively and defensively. They worked hard in practice to improve their skills and this was evident as they played with greater confidence and ability throughout the season. They move the ball on offense to find the player with the best shot and then play very hard on the defensive end, helping each other out as they guard the basket as a team.
The MS cheerleaders, coached by Ms. Rosen, encouraged both teams with endless spirit and enthusiasm. It has been a fun season for the Trailblazers!
MS Blazer Buzz 26 Jan
This week's highlight: Once Upon a Time
Hand-stitching, set construction, paper engineering - sixth grade students have now acquired these skills which are necessary if they are to explore art careers such as costume designer, set designer, or illustrator. Elements of fiction, complex sentences, introductory phrases, clauses, and transition words - now those are the skills of a successful writer. Put them together and what do you get? Sixth grade artists and authors. Add a Woodlawn challenge to this integrated project and what do you get? Sixth graders who have not only written their own version of a classic fairy tale in exactly twenty-six sentences, with each sentence beginning with the next letter of the alphabet, but have also designed costumes, sets, or 3-dimensional book pages in order to capture the essence of their fairy tale. Mrs. Packard, Ms. Lysne, and the sixth grade students hosted a fairy tale luncheon for their parents to showcase their creativity in writing and art. Hans Christian Andersen and the Grimm Brothers would certainly be proud!