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)

MS Blazer Buzz 3 Nov

This week's highlight: Arugula Challenge

Sixth grade students, Gabriella and Kaitlyn, took Mrs. Denham’s “Arugula Challenge” on Friday.  Students harvest many kinds of lettuce in their gardens and are currently growing about 6 different varieties.  While many people enjoy a bit of arugula in their salad, eating a whole leaf is quite peppery according to the students.  AJ picked a chocolate pepper, but I have a hard time believing that it tastes like chocolate.  After seeing the faces after the arugula challenge, I doubt anyone is up for a chocolate pepper challenge!

MS Blazer Buzz 27 Oct

This week's highlight: All Things Haunted...

Seventh and eighth graders dressed for a ghoulish evening in the Lodge this weekend. They kicked up their heels and danced the night away to their favorite songs. From the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man to a few vampires - costumes were certainly creative! Stinson Hall, built in 1836, served as the perfect backdrop for a chilling, haunted house experience. Walking with trepidation through the creaky, old house in the pitch black night, student clung to one another as faces appeared in the windows and people (or ghosts) pounded on doors. Screams could be heard all over campus. Thanks to the teamwork of LEAD, it was a haunted night to remember!

MS Blazer Buzz 20 Oct

This week's highlight: Go Green!

Woodlawn middle school students were going GREEN last week as they participated in the annual spirit week festivities leading up to Homecoming and Woodlawn Day! The spirit of sustainability was the theme of spirit week this year. Kicking off the week by blending in with nature, students were quite creative in dressing the part to make connections that would remind everyone of the importance of sustainability. Many students dressed as farmers and teachers as they honored the leaders of sustainability, and everyone got in the spirit of recycling clothes on Thrift Store Thursday! In true Woodlawn spirit, we saw a lot of green hair during spirit week, and I can’t think of a better reminder to go green and think about sustainability. With our fifth graders leading our recycling efforts on campus, our K-8 students tending their plentiful gardens, and our commitment to using recycled art materials, we tend to GO GREEN around Woodlawn in more than one way!