November

 innovation
7th grade Seminar- students are starting a study of advocacy and social responsibility. We will be reading select pieces of literature, discussing varying perspectives throughout history, and then developing a project based on individual interests.  We will continue with our STEM projects. We just finished testing our model houses. Students will now be given a new challenge and may select from topics of personal interest, These could include programming with arduino, 3D printing, innovation/invention, laser engraving or model building.
 
8th grade Seminar-- students are currently meeting 3 times a cycle. Seminar is their UA class for the second marking period. Students are working either individually or in small group. Students have chosen projects in the following areas, engineering & design, school mural, Stock Market, and computer applications. Students who are entering the science fair were asked to register online. They should check their email regularly for announcements. Students are reminded to keep log books current.  
October
7th grade Seminar-- students are continuing with the Weathering the Storm project. We were delayed a bit with an early dismissal and scheduled sessions with guest speakers. The next few weeks will have our 7th grade classes exploring computer programming. We have two guest professors from York College. The students are very excited about this pilot project. We hope to expand this opportunity to the Learning Commons (library) so more students in our middle school will be able to learn the language of programming.
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8th grade Seminar-- starting on November 2nd the 8th grade seminar students will be assigned to "Seminar 08" as their Unified Arts class. We will meet three times a week for 50 minutes each. Students will have the opportunity to work in groups in the areas of language arts, communications, and STEM.  Our studio areas are almost complete and the students will have the opportunity to pioneer the school initiative to connect the One Button and audio studios to the curriculum.
 
Students have received information about the High School/York County Science Fair and the LIU Computer Fair. Many have been reporting to the seminar room to begin their research and complete the necessary application forms. Students should share their work with me and their science teachers as we work throughout the next few months. Typically, the high school science fair is held at the end of January with the county fair in March. The computer fair is in March and is held in New Oxford at the LIU facility.
 
 
I have established a Google Classroom...We Are Alwrite...for students on different teams and grade levels to share creative writing pieces and ideas. Our first prompt has been posted as of 10/2.  The code is dx0voz5.
Join us!!
 
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7th grade students will have seminar for two periods on Day 6. Masterminds and Phoenix students will meet period 2 & 8, and Omega students will meet period 3 & 8. All 7th grade seminar students may use the seminar room for lunch on Day 6. This will give an opportunity to share time together just to chat and catch up with one another.   
 
Last cycle the students were given a challenge to build a model of a truss to reinforce a paper house. We are working in the tech ed room with Mr. Goerner.  We discussed constraints, materials, and efficiency. Students started research and we are looking to build next Day 6.
 
8th grade students have the opportunity to create a schedule and complete an independent/small group project of choice for the 1st marking period. Some ideas that students have presented include Cupcake Wars, Science Fair projects, Creative Writing, and Debate. All students will be scheduled for seminar class (all students working on the same project goals) during the second marking period. All 8th grade students are invited to report to the seminar room during any available 8th period excluding Day 6. Students may work on seminar projects or team projects.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 I'm Looking Forward to Seeing Everyone Soon!
 (check out the pictures on the What's Happening 2015-16 page that I added this summer)
 
Last week Mr. Bumsted asked if I would join the 7th grade UA/Specials rotation. I think it is a great opportunity and I accepted. This means that I will be moving our seminar room to the Learning Commons (aka library). Our seminar groups will meet in the LC and I will also teach 20 classes of the 7th grade UA/Specials. This UA will focus on the 4 C's of learning: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative thinking. Because of this change I will no longer travel to the elementary buildings to teach the gifted students at the elementary level. I am excited that I can be in the middle school every day but I will miss the students and teachers in the k-3 level.  
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