As a school goal, this year we are challenging our students to earn 20,000 Accelerated Reader points. If we reach our goal, volunteer faculty will participate in a Color Run. While ours will be more of a 25 yard dash instead of a 5K, we think the kids will love it. Students have enjoyed our end of the year Accelerated Reader events through the years that I am sure they will have no problem reaching our goal this year. I’m looking for faculty volunteers so please let me know if you are willing to participate.
Today begins the 2016-2017 school year for WJMS. To welcome students back to school, I’ve created a “Meet Our Cast” bulletin board. The gold stars have the names of all faculty and staff written on them so our new students may familiarize themselves with the adults in the building. I hope everyone has a great first day and a wonderful school year.
With only 27 days left in the school year, it is time to display the word cloud banner with names of all our 8th grade students. Each year I see groups of students gathered around determined to find their name. I hear our students in 6th and 7th grade talking about how much they will miss these 8th graders. Teachers give hugs to students who will be leaving us and help to reminisce about the good times here at WJMS. We are proud of your accomplishments and we celebrate your advancement to a new chapter in your lives. Congratulations WJMS class of 2016….you will be missed!
During Teen Tech Week our Book Club students created Floppy Disk Journals.
We celebrated Teen Tech Week March 7th through 11th with a new display this year. Ms. Pacman made her debut as sticky-note art. Kids thought it was great and were excited about trying out some others. Students could also play our version of Angry Birds. We had six bad piggies on a pyramid of boxes. Students could throw a ball at the pyramid to try to knock down all bad piggies. The media center also showcased a Technology Museum filled with old video controllers, typewriters, cameras, 8-track tape players and more. In addition, we went low-tech during the week. Students were able to make popsicle stick bows and used q-tips as arrows. They were able to make these fly up to 25 feet!
Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.
And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess’s classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.