Middle School Campus Newsletter
Dear Parents and Guardians:
As we approach spring recess (April 9-18) it is hard to believe that we are also approaching the end of the third marking period. Our student activities have been in full swing and we are excited to share a few of those with you in this newsletter.
- No School Friday, May 27th---this extends Memorial Weekend.
- A reminder that end of the year field trip permission slips are due tomorrow to teachers for all grade levels.
- Report cards will be sent home with students on April 29th.
- NYS Math State Assessments are April 26th and 27th.
We wish you all a safe and restful spring recess.
6th Grade Dance!
Permission slips will go home after break and must be returned with parent signature and transportation needs. Tickets will be on sale April 28-May 4th during lunch periods.
April is Autism Awareness Month!
Join the PTO
7th/8th Grade Glow Dance Pictures- April 1st
Smoothie Bike in 6th grade Science
Mrs. Dote's science classes used the smoothie bike to "travel" through the solar system. We calculated to scale how many bike revolutions it would take to travel from the sun and then to each planet. The purpose of the activity was to show the vastness of the space in between our outer planets. For example, it only took 18 bike revolutions to travel from Earth to Mars, but then it took 500 to travel from Uranus to Neptune. The smoothies were an added bonus!
Physics Takes Flight!
When Sir Isaac Newton published his Laws of Motion in 1687 it is unlikely that he was envisioning Alka Seltzer rockets launching at Parkway School! Mrs. Lonczak and Mr. Scott challenged their students to utilize their knowledge of Newton's Laws of Motion to successfully construct rockets using water and Sodium Bicarbonate (Alka Seltzer) as a propellant. Furthermore, the students were challenged to use those rockets to successfully carry a payload of paper clips from the launch pad to the ceiling. Students employed elements of aerodynamics, engineering and teamwork throughout the challenge and immediately recognized the challenges associated with engineering, rocketry, and physics! Students and their rockets certainly met with varying degrees of success, but everyone walked away with a better understanding of the scientific principles involved and had a lot of fun too.