Charger Chronicle

February, 2016

Author, Stephanie Perry Moore, Visits 8th Graders!

Stephanie Perry Moore, author of The Perry Skky Jr. Series, paid a visit to some of our 8th graders on the 4th. Moore spoke to the students about her beginnings as a writer, her process for developing characters, and writing about everyday issues young teens face. Ms. Moore and our ELA department plan to partner in the near future on mentoring some of Bunche's students. For more information on Moore, visit www.stephanieperrymoore.com or visit the Bunche Media Center for some of her awesome titles!

Content Area Highlights

Math

Think Through Math Journal Contest

Congratulations to Ms. Nyomba and our Bunche Chargers Ashley Redhead and Tynia Baker!!!!

These students’ Journal entries placed among the top winners in the Think Through Math

Journal Contest against over 100+ entries nationwide. Tynia Baker’s journal entry also

came in as a Grand Prize winner! Each of the students won a $15 Fandango e-gift card and their classroom teacher won a $10 Starbucks e-gift card and a box of Think Through Math Journals.

Bunche Middle School Math Team

Congratulations to the following students chosen for the Bunche Middle School Math Competition Team: 6th Grade Team-Ja’selah Davis, Amani Bedwa, Ashley Redhead; 7th Grade Team-Madison Durr, Ronald White, Zakiyah Higgins, 8th Grade

Team- Samaya Houessou, Tyna Brown, Shania Wade. These students will participate in the APS Middle School Math Competition at MLK Jr. Middle School on March 8th at 5pm.

ELA

Our instructional focus in the ELA department this quarter is on academic vocabulary. Academic Vocabulary is defined by The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as “words that are traditionally used in academic dialogue and text.” They are also words that help students understand directions, classroom instructional dialogue, and to comprehend texts across different content areas. The following is a list of some of the more popular terms: develop, context, details, determine, argument, explain, demonstrate, evaluate, and structure. Present these terms to your child and have them review their definitions. Challenge them to create novel ways to study and learn these terms.

Social Studies

Chef Visit

Bunche Middle School welcomes the world renown Chef Daryl Shular, sponsored by the History Makers Speak Out Assembly. Students from the drama club sat down with Chef Shular on the Whats Happening In Charger City talk show.


Social Studies Fair

Sixth Grade Student Amani Bedwa, advances to the West Region Social Studies Fair. Amani's project entitled, "How Does NAFTA Affect America's Economy?" was awarded a first place ribbon the APS district fair. Wish him luck as he moves on!

Science

A special shout goes to 6th graders Amani Bedwa and Amir Johnson from Mrs. Hendon¹s class and 7th grader Kyle Tory, Mr. Mapson¹s student. These students were Bronze Key Winners in this year¹s District Science Fair.

Way to go students and teachers!

Bunche Middle School was recognized at the High Performing Healthy Schools luncheon at the capitol on 2/3/16. A group of students participated in Green Apple Day of Service during the fall. During Green Apple Day of service, students decorated recycling bins and created sustainability posters. 8th grader Maya McQueen was the platinum poster contest winner. Maya attended the luncheon with Mr. Watkins (principal) and Dr. Banks (science instructional coach).

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IB Programme

Ralph J. Bunche Middle School's IB Initiative is off to a great start! The Bunche IB Implementation team is currently reviewing the programme standards and procedures for the MYP Programme. The team will make presentations regarding these programme standards and procedures in the near future in an effort to help build awareness. This information as well as our initial IB overview sessions will be included in the feasibility study.

I have attached a teacher fact sheet for your perusal. I am excited about the foundation that is being established that will pave the way for building a strong and successful MYP programme at Ralph J. Bunche Middle School.

Counselor's Corner