Junior high students and staff dressed up as their favorite book characters to promote the Literacy Week! Thursday's event, Pajama Day led into the movie night showing "The Lightning Thief" to fundraise the Caudill Election in February.
Miss Sturm's 8th grade Physical Science class completed the Mannequin Challenge.
On Thursday during the mentoring class period we hosted a “financial speaker series” for all of our junior and senior high students. Students were able to pick from sessions on topics such as: insurance, checking/savings accounts, careers in banking, budgeting your money, and credit score/applying for a loan. We were blessed to have speakers from the People’s State Bank of Colfax, Mid-Illini Credit Union, and Miller Insurance Agency donate their time and expertise to our students. Thank you to all these community members for sharing this important information with us!
Students in Mr. Ruiz's middle school science class started the year off strong with inquiry week. Inquiry week had students learning and working together, through experimentation, to complete a given task. Students started the week off with the "Marshmallow Challenge." Using only a meter of tape, a meter of string, 20 pieces of spaghetti, and a marshmallow, students worked to build the tallest tower they could with the marshmallow on top. On the second day, students worked together to design a tool that could pick up and stack cups in a tower. The catch, they could never touch the cups with their hands. The third day brought with it a teambuilding challenge. Students worked to transport a marble around in a circle and into a cup using only a foot long piece of track. If the marble was ever dropped or touched, they started back at the beginning. Inquiry week concluded with boat building. Students had 15 minutes to design a boat out of cardboard, aluminum foil, tape, and a cup that could hold the most mass. One boat held 395 grams before sinking!