Logan Berry: Nominated by Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. McDowell. Logan is the girl who just wants to do the right thing. In class, she is always working to her utmost potential. As a friend, she is just a friend to all and she brings a very mature viewpoint to junior high issues! We need more Logan Berrys in this world!
AnnaLynn Harper: Nominated by Mrs. Jones. Annalynn is the glue the holds everyone together. Annalyn is kind, thoughtful and helpful to everyone. She is also a friend to everyone and helps out her classmates when they need it. She does extremely well in classroom and is always engaged in whatever activity we are doing, whether she likes the activity or not!
Students in Mr. Ruiz's middle school science class started the year off with several inquiry based experiments. Students worked together to complete a given task through experimenting. Students started the week off with a notecard tower challenge. Using only notecards, students worked to build the tallest tower they could that would hold a ping pong ball on top. On the second day, students worked together to design the best paper airplane. After finding a good design, students used poster board to recreate their best design on a much larger scale. One of the big airplanes flew over 76 feet. The next challenge had students working to figure out how to use 2 sheets of paper and 1 foot of tape to make the longest chain. Students were only given about 15 minutes and one group made a chain that was almost 26 feet long! The fourth day brought with it a new teambuilding challenge. Students worked together to try to open escape boxes. Students were given clues to help them figure out the combinations to a variety of locks. If they could unlock all 5 locks, they escaped! The final experiment had students working with film canisters, alka-seltzer, and water. When students combined all three, they were able to make a film canister rocket! Their goal was to see how many pennies they could attach to their rocket and still launch above a meter.