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Happy Holidays 2014

snowmanFor this year’s holiday decorations, our snowman is a favorite. Students were surprised to find out just how easy it was to make. I used Chromebook boxes for the bottom and reams of paper for the top. Happy holidays!

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Red Ribbon Week 2014 Highlights Video

Book Club’s first book of the year was Haunters by Thomas Taylor. To surprise the kids, I contacted the author to see if he would Skype with our group. Mr. Taylor was such a great sport…he agreed! Since he is from the UK, I knew the kids would have tons of great questions for him, not only about the book, but about the UK too. Book Club members liked Mr. Taylor’s accent and enjoyed asking him all about his life. My favorite: “Do you watch Dr. Who?” I have some huge BBC fans in the group. They were surprised to learn that Mr. Taylor was the illustrator for the original cover of the first Harry Potter book.

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Candy Corn Contest Winner

rileyHuge thanks to all the participants in the Candy Corn Contest. Riley V. won with her guess of 643 candy corn and she was able to take home the entire jar! The total number of candy in the jar was 631.  Thank you Riley, for being a great sport for the photo! :) Pumpkin Contest (1)

red ribbon doorAll week long we are celebrating Red Ribbon Week with the theme, “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free”. Each day brings something different for the students here at WJMS. Camouflage, crazy socks, best dressed, wear red, and hat day are featured during the week.

Each classroom door is to be decorated too. For the media center door, we used two large red ribbons on either side. We added the Love Yourself Enough poster in the center at the top. In the middle at the bottom, we placed a heart filled with student hands(we needed tons so students tracing and cutting for this one was so helpful). The pictures are before and after drug use mugshots. Each picture allows you to flip it up to see how badly drugs can affect your body(see the slideshare below). The students can’t resist looking even if the  pictures are so terrible. I’ve heard many of the kids state that just looking at the pictures is enough for them to never try drugs. Drug-free door decorations…..SUCCESS!

tech fairEnter the WJMS Technology Fair to compete in one of several categories listed below. Winners will advance to the Bulloch County Regional Technology Fair on January 31st. Complete the Project Submission Form to enter(return completed forms to Mrs. Borck). The deadline is Wednesday, November 19th. See Mrs. Borck for project ideas and questions.

Categories:

  • 3D Modeling
  • Multimedia Applications
  • Animated Graphic Design
  • Non-Animated Graphic Design
  • Case Modification
  • Non-Multimedia Applications
  • Digital Photography
  • Project Programming
  • Digital Video Production
  • Robotics
  • Web 2.0 Internet Applications
  • Individual & Team Programming Challenge
  • Hardware
  • Game Design
  • Mobile Apps

For more details, please visit the county’s Tech Fair website at

https://tinyurl.com/bcstechfair

Happy Halloween 2014

Pumpkin Contest (1)Students loved our pumpkin candy corn contest last year so we decided to bring it back! So far students have made tons of guesses. Stayed tuned to see who wins this year!

Halloween Links:
History
Lesson Plans
Activities
Science Projects

collageHalloween falls on a Friday this year…trick or treat! Enjoy some highlights from this year’s decorations.

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