Greenfield Middle School Newsletter

Social Media

One of our focuses this year is to develop strong communication ties between school and parents. We will be using various social media channels in order to make this happen. Right now we are on Instagram (greenfield_middle) and on Twitter (@gms_hawks), and now on FACEBOOK (https://www.facebook.com/GMSHawks/) We will be posting news from the school which may include photos of all the cool things happening here in and outside of the classroom. Our focus is to bring a sense of community between the school and the parents. Our art room also has Instagram to follow at gmsartfocus. Please follow us to stay updated!

GMS Diversity Tree

GMS Diversity Tree

"Same Roots, Different Leaves"


Back in November a group of Art Studio students collaborated to brainstorm an idea for a school mural. Students decided to focus on the theme of diversity because even though we are all different, we come from the same roots here at G.M.S.

Therefore, they thought a tree would be our symbol and represent how we are all a family with the same roots. Students worked together to paint the tree on Mondays after school during the months of November and December.


After the tree was painted, every student, administrator, teacher, and staff member will add their thumbprint to the tree as a leaf to represent their uniqueness and “leave” their mark. Every year new students will add their thumbprint as well.


Beginning in February Mrs. Formanek and two Art Studio students assist one Hawk Time class every day to print their thumbprints. Most 6th and 7th-grade students and their teachers have already stamped their prints and now we are moving on to 8th graders and staff members. Our tree is filling up beautifully with thumbprint leaves!

Student Council -- PB&J Drive

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is a fun service organization for 7th and 8th grade students with a gpa of 3.5 or higher. On February 27, 2018 NJHS had an optional meeting for students to work on service hours by writing letters to be read by soldiers on the Honor Flights. Many NJHS members participated in this event. At our next meeting, we plan to discuss and plan for a book drive. The NJHS officers have organized hawk time hall cleanups which have been a great success. NJHS is also planning a date to clean up outside of school. If any member is interested in clean up service projects, please talk to an NJHS advisor and sign up on the NJHS Google Classroom page. If you have any questions about NJHS, feel free to talk to the NJHS officers or the advisors.


Written by Kinga Kas

GMS Spring Play and Fine Arts Night

Thursday, May 3rd, 6pm

3200 West Barnard Avenue

Greenfield, WI

Our talented students will delight you with an evening of Theater, Art, & Music. Join us!

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From the Counseling Office......

Summer Learning Opportunities


1) College for Kids and Teens (CFK/CFT)

UW-Milwaukee


College for Kids and Teens is a hands-on enrichment program for students entering grades K5-12 who have high academic potential, motivation and talent. For more information about classes, please go to www.uwm.edu/sce-kids.


2) UW-Green Bay Youth Camps Please go to www.uwgbsummercamps.com for more information about a wide variety of middle school summer learning experiences including:

· Summer Art Camp

· Camp Lloyd (for grieving children)

· Junior Achievement Camp

· Band, Orchestra, Choral, and Piano Camps

· Technology Camps

o Video Game Programming

o Robotics and STEM


3) UW-Green Bay Pre-College WINGS (Wise Investment in the Next Generation of Students) Program

Includes three 12-day summer educational residential programs:

· Young Writer’s Workshop- For students interested in writing or journalism who will be entering the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade

· Stars of the Future- A program for students interested in media production who will be entering the 7th, 8th, or 9th grade

· Learning with Legos- For students interested in mechanical or engineering related careers who are entering the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade

For more information about any of the aforementioned programs, please go to www.uwgb.edu/trio-precollege.


Some creative ways to start conversations with your child….

· What was the best part of your day?

· What did you do today to make someone else happy?

· Was there anything hard about your day?

· Who did you spend time with?

· What do you think you could do better tomorrow?

· Did anything strange happen today?

· If you were join the circus, what circus act would you be a part of?

· What book are you reading?

· What makes you feel special?

· What can you do if your friend is having a really bad day?

· What do you do if someone is being rude to you?


Mindful Minute

In our busy world, our minds and bodies can get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle, and may have a hard time slowing down. It is also easy to get stuck thinking about things in the past or the future, while forgetting to focus on the here and now.

Mindfulness is bringing our attention to our thoughts and feelings without judgement. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness is “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” The benefits of mindfulness for children and adults are plentiful, including decreased stress and increased resilience.


Here is a simple mindful exercise that we have recently been introducing to students here at school, we encourage you to use this G.L.A.D. technique at home! G.L.A.D. is designed to help people pay attention to positive things that are around them all of the time, but that frequently go unnoticed.


Take a moment to reflect and write:

G- Something you were grateful for today.

L-Something you learned today.

A-One small accomplishment you did today.

D-Something that brought you delight today.

Spring Break is March 30th thru April 8th. Enjoy your break!

8th Grade Gold

Hello Gold House Students!


It’s hard to fathom how fast this year went. The second trimester is already over! Hopefully, everyone is enjoying their 6-week-5 class so far. Guess what’s new FACE students, Mrs. Breneman will be coming back from maternity leave soon!


Just in case you have no idea what’s going on here you go:

Language Arts: In Language Arts we’re reading the play version of the Diary of Anne Frank, and then watching Peters cat nearly getting them killed. (Wasn’t that so stress-inducing to watch, though?) We’re also working on a pretty important essay.

Math: I hope all Math 8 students did well on the math CSA over systems of equations. Anyways, I hope you studied because no one wants to start trimester 3 on a bad note.

Algebra: Have fun learning radicals, you algebrainiacs, you!

Science: Speaking of CSAs, we had one in science too! So, I hope you studied for the Matter CSA because MATTER MATTERS.

Social Studies: The thirteen colonies and men crying over tea were cool, but do you know what’s cooler? The Louisiana Purchase and our Founding Fathers acting like kids.

German: We recently finished our Schneewittchen play, and now we’re learning about weather.

Spanish: Nos gusta la clase de español, no? Also, we’re working on those “boot” stem-changing verbs which is pretty neat.

  • Countdown to spring break: At the time of writing this, we are… 16 days away!


Written by Mya M. and Brianna B.

8th Grade Green House

8th Grade Green House Class Summary


Science: Introduction to chemistry

Language arts: Reading Diary of Anne Frank play and inquiry research about the Holocaust

Spanish: New vocabulary- sports, pastimes, stem changing verbs, verbs used in third person

German: Just finished presenting a snow white play, now learning about weather

Social Studies: Introduction to the first presidents of the USA

Math: Solving systems with substitution, solving systems with elimination, graphing with mixed equations


8th Grade Green House Survival Guide!


  1. Balance Work and Fun

“Maybe later...” Who wouldn’t rather hangout with friends over doing homework? Procrastination can be a big part of eighth grade at times. Balancing school work from hangout times can tremendously impact and improve students grades. Priorities come first. If there are projects coming up that are due, do little pieces at a time. Set aside 20 minutes a day to do homework and other important assignments. If there is a test coming up, study for fifteen minutes a day, a week in advance and you will already have studied for over an hour! Balance is the key to success.


2. Always Go the “Extra” Mile


Green House is a large group of chatty eighth graders and I’ve come to the conclusion that nobody likes bad breath. Bad breath is basically waking up in the morning and forgetting to brush your teeth. Go the “Extra” mile and spend an “Extra” 90 cents on a pack of gum. Gum not only improves breath but can improve test scores. Gum can also embrace the remembrance of things learned from previous educational lessons. Whether it’s going the “Extra” mile on assignments, or having minty fresh breath, the two always go better together.


3. Keep an Eraser


Having an eraser is very helpful between all the tests, projects, labs, and homework. An eraser not only erases your mistakes. An eraser is a small reminder to tell you that you can always fix your mistakes. If a score is received that was below the expectation, mistakes can always be revised. Mistakes can be revised and test scores can be improved. Grades are what you do to determine them.


Written by Destiny Ketchell

8th grade Spanish students visit the Milwaukee Art Museum

The field trip to the Milwaukee Art museum on January 24th was a cool experience. Getting to learn about the history of Spanish painters and learn about the background of the paintings was very interesting. The sculptures were eye catching, very unique and they’re really pretty. The tour guide explained the history of the building, why it was built the way it was built and explained the wings and features of the building. If I could have changed one thing, it would be to have had more time to look around individually to explore all the art of interest.


Written by Kenzie Juneau

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7th Grade Blue House

Math Mr. Buran

Hello! You may be wondering what has been going on in math the last few weeks. We have been learning about angles! Interior angles, exterior angles, and types of angles! There are so many angles to be discussed! We learned how to solve the super easy definitely not hard at all equations. Equations will have you solve and find the value of x. -Rolf Schiermeister


Accelerated Math

In the super fun thing called Accelerated math class we have been learning about about systems of equations and linear equations. We have just had a CSA about solving systems of equations by graphing, substitution, and oh my! Elimination. We have just started to learn about functions and they are cool. -Rolf Schiermeister


Science

The inner workings of our bodies are a mystery no more! We have been studying how humans breathe with powerful lungs, and how we move (and not fall apart) with our bones. “On our joints, there are little pads of cartilage so our bones don’t rub against each other,” Kenan, from Harkins’ eighth hour, explains. The future doctors of Blue House will continue their study of the body for the rest of March.


Language Arts

Although Public Service Announcements aren’t as prevalent (due to the death of television watching and the increase in Youtube binge watching) students created an advertisement to bring awareness to a specific social issue. “We have been discussing how people treat each other,” Haidar explains. His group, from McAlpin and Bartelt’s second hour, has been reading Dear Martin by Nic Stone. “It’s a good example of how people react to racism [now].” This round of book clubs is unique in that students got to choose their own book of study around a common theme.


Social Studies

Learners have recently wrapped up their studies of Canada and the United States with Ms. Roman. Now, things have gotten illustrated. Political cartoons illustrate a character’s traits. For example, Justin Trudeau (Canada’s Prime Minister) was depicted wearing big shoes in one cartoon. “He’s young,” Haidar began.

“He has so much work on his hands, it’s like he can’t fill his shoes,” Kenan added.

7th Grade Yellow House

The 7th grade is going on a field trip soon. In the middle of March yellow house and blue house students will be heading to a movie theater to see “A Wrinkle In Time”. Another big thing coming up is the school play. Ms. Churchwell held auditions for any students to try out for the GMS spring play called In The Hood. Cast list will be posted by March 15th!


Let’s dive deeper into our classes. In Chorus, we are practicing our songs for our spring concert. Hope you show up! In Gym, we are in our volleyball unit, boys and girls switch every class period between the fitness room and volleyball. Then soon we will be playing volleyball games with the boys. In ELA, students have finished and presented their PSA’s to each other. A PSA is a Public Service Announcement. With our group we focused on social issues occurring in our book club books. In Science, students are currently working on the life size body systems! They’ve turned out great so far! In Social Studies, students are analyzing political cartoons and learning more about Canada and the United States. Lastly, in Math, we’re learning about geometry and how to use a protractor!


Written by: Paige Riley and Brooke Liberacki

Computers

Students in Sixth Grade Computers have been busy learning how to create web pages using HTML and are getting ready to stylize their personal websites using CSS. In addition, students have learned how to find and use properly licensed images through the use of Creative Commons.


Encourage your sixth grader to show you his/her website and watch for its transformation as we continue learning how to use CSS.

6th Grade Orange and Violet Houses

6th Grade Self-Directed Research Projects


Researching and Organizing our Ideas

  • Written by Hannah Koeir (Orange House)


In Communication Arts, we just finished researching and typing up a research paper. We have included some examples of our final products below. This project was a lot of work, and for most of us, it was the first time we had written a full research paper like this. First, we had to pick a topic on something that interested us. Then, we had to develop a “deep” question about our topic. There were so many interesting topics, from serious issues like depression and homelessness, to more humorous topics, such as “Guinness Recording Breaking Dogs.”

After we picked our topic, we narrowed it down into a more specific idea. Then, we spent a few class periods researching, taking notes, building background knowledge, and learning as much as we could about our topic. Next, we had to divide our notes into three main ideas, find more research on each main idea, and type an outline that organized our notes into details about each main idea. Once our outlines were done, we were ready to start writing our papers!


Writing the Paper

  • Written by Anthony Weyenberg (Orange House)


The first part of our paper was the introduction. Mr. Costantini gave us an acronym to remember what to do in the introduction (“HIT” the reader in the intro!) HIT stands for:

Hook the reader,

Introduce the topic

Thesis statement.

After the introduction we worked on the body paragraphs. Each body paragraph was based on one of our main ideas and had to have at least three specific details. We worked on creating effective topic sentences and using different transitions to connect ideas. The last part of our paper (Phew!) was the conclusion. As MR. C said, “In the conclusion you needed to R.O.C.K. the reader!” ROCK stands for:

Restate your thesis statement in a different way

Organize your final thoughts.

Conclusion/Circular ending.

Keep your reader thinking about your topic by appealing to their emotions


Overall, this was a challenging assignment, but most enjoyed this paper and and learned a lot This is because we got to choose our own topic and make it their own, while still following the guidelines for organizing our ideas.


Next Steps

  • Written by Emily Vukobrat (Violet House)


Now that we are finally done with our papers, the next step is to create a presentation to share what we’ve learned with our classmates. We will have basic notes and have a visual to go along with it. Most of us have some sort of slideshow, but we could use any program we wanted to make our slides. Some kids chose to use Google Slides, while others picked PowerPoint, Prezi, or other formats. Mr. Costantini pointed out that our slides should have mainly visuals and very few if any words. This is because it gets boring if we just read a lot of bullet points word for word from our slides. Next week, we will be put into groups, different ones than the one we sat with, and present to them. This helps not only our speaking skills, but our listening skills as well!


See below for some samples of the hard work we’ve done on this project!


Phobias

By Emily Vukobrat (Violet House)


As irrational as fears may seem, phobias are far worse. Though phobias and fears may seem like the same thing, they still have many more things different, which means they have different effects on the brain. With fear, one may assume they have a phobia of something. Sometimes it can be had to tell between fear and phobia, and if not getting the proper care, phobias can be hard to fight off. Phobias also have an impact on someone's lifestyle, and may be a cause of l. death. Some phobias are well known, and others are so complicated that they just seem irrational.


Assuming someone has a phobia of something doesn’t go down well, especially when fears and phobias are very simply different. As much as fears and phobias have in common, they have a lot different about them as well. Fear is an emotional response to either a real, or perceived, threat. On the other hand, phobias are cases of extreme fear that aren’t justified by any present dangers or threats. There are two types of phobias, social phobias and specific phobias. A social phobia is an explanation in itself, while specific phobias can be directed at one singular object, item, or person. Arachnophobia is a well-known phobia, being the fear of spiders. If a person has social phobia, it may be difficult for them to even step out the front door. Even with such differences, people still get fears and phobias mixed up.


Getting fears and phobias mixed up isn’t fun, but it can be simple to know if someone has a phobia, or fear, of something. Fear will usually come from a negative response with something, which may make a person distressed or emotion with the said object, item, or person. Though, phobias can be diagnosed, with major physiological responses to something; like crying, sweating, shaking or other types of responses. Including these responses, if the phobia is severe enough, a person will go out of their way to stay away from that phobia, even any mention of it, and visual of it or knowing their near it. For example, if someone had a fear of flying, they may feel bad once they get on the flight, nauseas or a bit uncomfortable. If they had a phobia, for example, they would be very uncomfortable and feel every bump and pull on the plane, even getting to the point of tears. The fear comes from when something is presented to the person, but a phobia may make said person to fear fear itself, they may become worried when the fear will spark, or if the fear will spark. Sometimes even both. Phobias are very individualized in both its symptoms and severity, and phobias cannot be self-diagnosed. It’s smart to see a mental health professional if it is believed someone has a phobia so they can get an accurate diagnosis and make the proper treatment plans for them. With all of this, it is clear that phobias can and will affect the life of someone.


Phobias often affect the life of a person, and it is easy for people who do not experience severe phobias to misunderstand how overwhelming and complete phobia experiences are. If a phobia is severe enough, unexpected sounds or visuals about the phobia can induce a panic attack, and may make a person's life be in a constant loop of defensive actions to prevent any encounter with said phobia. Even if it isn’t severe, lesser phobias still can be a burden. When and if a person has a panic attack induced by a phobia, the fear can be so intense the person may feel like they are going to die. Their pulse races, heart pounds, they can find it hard to breathe and may even pass out. A body may not be able to handle a racing heartbeat, which may cause a person to go into cardiac arrest. Though there is something else if not like this, another state known as ‘tonic immobility’, or the ‘playing possum’, can cause a person or animal to go limp, often falling to the ground as if they were a ragdoll with their limbs splayed, their necks thrown back, eyes closed and body trembling and so on, so it looks as if they have died. Eventually, the person will have a sped up heart-rate alongside breathing. Even though this may help the person, if this goes on for too long and the heart-rate and blood pressure drop dramatically, it can go to the point of death. As dangerous as phobias can appear, they still help the body sense danger, even if it seems silly.


Though many phobias are silly, they are very personalized and can oftentimes be what differs from person to person. All in all, phobias are very normal, they can range from being simple little disgusts all the way to immense and unexplainable fear. Fear isn’t enjoyable, but it’s very useful to humans and animals alike. Keep in mind that fear may seem irrational at the time, but it can also be very useful.


MJ vs Lebron!

By Elijah Ferguson (Violet House)


“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” This was a quote by Michael Jordan, symbolizing that his team had great teamwork. He is compared to LeBron James on many levels, and Michael Jordan is considered by many to be better. However, many people just look at rings, not the impacts the players had on their teammates, or the players they played with. People need to consider everything before they can make a decision, and this is one of those things to consider.


To start off this argument, it’s important to look at the statistics of LeBron and Mike to compare who is better. Michael Jordan has more points, with 30.1 per game, but LeBron has more assists and rebounds, as he is a great all-around player. Both LeBron and Michael have many awards. Michael Jordan has more rings, as well as MVPs. However, LeBron hasn’t finished his career yet, but Michael has. LeBron could still beat out Michael as the best player ever.


LeBron could still beat out Michael as the best player ever, but it would be hard considering his experience on the court. LeBron’s and Michael’s experience with teammates, opponents, and time played is often overlooked by people covering this topic. Experience, however, is crucial when determining who is better. Michael Jordan as a rookie was drafted on to a very bad team, as well as LeBron. The Bulls were terrible when Michael Jordan started. However Michael’s team got better much quicker than LeBron’s, as the LeBron’s team, the Cavs, gave him no help. So after almost a decade, LeBron had to switch to the Heat, where he joined up with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade for 4 seasons to win 2 rings. However, the Bulls did get Michael help, while LeBron wasted years of his prime on a worthless team.


Even though the Cav’s were useless, Lebron still led them to the NBA finals once, even though they are considered to be one of the worst teams to ever be in the finals. Obviously, the Cav’s were carried by LeBron, which proves what a great player he was. Michael Jordan, however, had many other great players to pack him up, such as Scottie Pippen and Tony Kukoc. And when LeBron went back to the Cavs with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, he would have to face the most challenging team with multiple all-stars, and MVPs.


This wouldn’t even compare to the teams that Michael faced. He also played in a different time, where 3 pointers weren’t as valuable as they are in today’s NBA. The question is, what if LeBron James and Michael Jordan switched teams and eras? Obviously, the teams and eras had a big effect on the players.


The huge effect Lebron and Michael had on their teams is also something important to look at. The first year the Cavs had LeBron, they gained 18 wins while the Bulls only gained 11 with Jordan. The Cavs gained 7 more wins the next season, while the Bulls actually lost 8 games. As a result, LeBron James had a much better effect than Jordan, and continued having great effects on teams. While Jordan is a great player, the numbers don’t lie, and they suggest that LeBron had a better effect on his team.


Who is the G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time)? Is it LeBron James or Michael Jordan? They are both great players, but can anybody ever really decide who is better? With the different eras, game styles and players in their careers, how can anybody really compare the two greatest players? Plus, LeBron still has years left in his career. Right now many think Michael Jordan is the G.O.A.T., but will LeBron get more awards and recognition will he win more rings, get more MVPs, and will he claim the G.O.A.T. status? The NBA can only wait and see.


German Shepherds:

Police Dogs to the Rescue!

By Hannah Koier (Orange House)


There are many dogs in the police force and military… but why German Shepherds? Because they have always been known to be in military and police force? Well there are many examples, like the way these dogs run with all their strength, to the way there trained, and the amazing bonds these furry friends develop with their partner.

There are so many types of dogs from breads to fur in are world but which one is the strongest? German Shepherds! They are one of the strongest dogs in the world and are also one of the most loyal dogs to the owners and other people. These amazing dogs are also in the military and the police force. Because these strong dogs are in the military and police force, they can easily take you down with no problem if they are well trained from the military and police forces. The German Shepherds are very loyal and to most people they are like pets that are trained really well.


How do police dogs get trained and what do they learn? First of all, police reward the K9s when they do something right. One command that is a common first command

is, for example, “paw.’ They also teach their dog to find dangerous materials with just their smell. In fact, if they do get in the military and police force they will learn to smell bombs and also drugs. This training can only be successful if the dogs have a strong bond with their owner. The owner needs to trust the dog, and the dog needs to trust their owner can trust the dog and play and have fun so they don’t mess it up.

This strong bond between owner and dog develops because German Shepherds are very intelligent and friendly. K9 dogs are trained to smell bombs and drugs. Most dogs in the police forces and military are German Shepherds, but they aren’t the only dog breed used. Bloodhounds are also used sometimes because of their incredible sense of smell. Their sense of smell is so good that they can they can find missing kids just by smelling a piece of clothing!


In conclusion, Shepherds make excellent military and police dogs. From the strength, training, and their amazing bonds with their partner, these dogs have what it takes to solve crimes and keep us safe. All these qualities make German Shepherds great dogs to have. From the way they sniff bombs and drugs to save us, to the way the use their strength and intelligence to keep their partners from harm, German Shepherds truly are amazing. These remarkable creatures really are “man’s best friend!”


Storm Chasers!

How to Catch a Tornado

By Anthony Weyenberg

Orange House


Did you know that tornados are the most natural violent thing on the planet? For not as long as you think, people have been chasing storms and tornadoes to learn more about them. Storm chasing is the scientist’s tool to tornados. It helps scientists understand it more and keep people safe. Some of the topics in this guide will be weather software, car lights, weather stations, equipment, vehicles, where to chase, witch storms will produce, and where to position yourself. Storm chasing is a good thing to do if you know how to do it.


There are many types of weather software for storm chasing but here are some recommended FREE radar software. First is the Accuweather radar site can be used anywhere with internet no download required and you just type in the location for radar past and future with temperature and you chose state or city. Next is the NWS radar witch gets reports right from the NWS and is very reliable with multiple map overlays and customizable filters to fit your need. And last is the local news station radar because depending on where you are you should be able to find the local news channel and go to their radar and that should work not as good as others but will get the job done.


There are MANY MANY MANY lights for cars out there, but in an attempt at budget to be friendly, here are some cheaper options. First is a cheap eBay light for your car. There are literally dozens of them on eBay that are like 12-20 dollars and it plugs into your car's cigarette lighter. Next is a bar light and there is no specific one but anything that is cheap and waterproof would do just fine. Last is a small window strobe light that is orange or white, but not as intense or bright as the kind that you would have at a rock concert. After all, you’re trying to let them know you’re there, not blind them!


There are many weather stations out there but here are the best of the best. These will all fit on your car or at your weather base if you have one. First is the Davis Vantage Vue, which is a great wireless weather station that is updated every 2.5 seconds. However, it is around $200, but depending on where you shop, you might get it cheaper. A slightly cheaper option is the Accuright 5-on-1 Weather Station, which is wireless and updates every 18 seconds. It costs around $160, but the one with HD monitor and lightning detector would be the best way to go, even though it’s a bit more expensive. Finally, the Davis Vantage Pro2 is also wireless and is updated every 2.5 seconds. It has many additional functions as well, but it is too big to fit on your car. If you’re looking for something more portable, this probably isn’t you’re best option. Those are some of the best weather stations for storm chasing.


There is a lot of equipment that you need for storm chasing. Some of the materials that ae needed for chasing are first aid kits, helmets, and bright reflective vests so you stay safe. Next is a CB radio, a NOAA weather radio, and a handheld walkie-talkie so you can communicate and listen to people and weather reports. Last, is a Nikon coolplx b500 or other good camera, cheap waterproof camera, and a HD video camera for quality filming of tornados and clouds. Those are some good recommendations by fellow chasers and this equipment should be good for chasing.


There are a few types of vehicles for chasing that are better than others. First is an SUV, which is a good choice because of storage space and power. Trucks are also good vehicles for off-roading, but they’re not necessarily the best for chasing. Third, a van is a good choice if you have many people chasing with you and need extra storage space. Lastly, a car is the cheapest option that will get the job done just fine. In the end, it doesn't matter what vehicle you use as long as it’s reliable.


Where you decide to chase depends on where you are, but there are several popular options, Tornado Alley is the most popular option spitting out a ton of tornadoes per season. Another popular place is Dixie Alley, which is in the Florida area and is mostly all rain-wrapped tornados. These rain-wrapped tornados make Dixie Alley one of the more dangerous areas, so I wouldn't go there unless you're an experienced chaser. Finally you can always chase tornados nearer to you. This is called “hometown chasing.” Depending on where you live, it could be fun or just driving randomly and never seeing anything, so it’s important to plan your day carefully. d those are that popular options around the U.S.


There are three main storms that can produce tornadoes. First is a supercell which is a few big red dots on radar that have a “hook” that is purple. Next is a squall line which is a bunch of red dots that form a line on the front of the storm’s path. Last is a single cell witch is just one red dot similar to a supper cell but only one. And those are the 3 types of tornado producing storms.


One of the most importing parts of chasing is where to position yourself. There are 4 main places to position yourself. First is the back which can provide a view of the storms aftermath and you don’t have to worry for the storm to over take you. Next is the front which can get good pictures of the storms development. Third is the sides which can show the front and back for before and after. Last is into the storm witch should not be attempted without a tornado intercept vehicle.


Some of the topics covered in this guide were weather software, car lights, weather stations, equipment, vehicles, where to chase, which storms will produce, and where to position yourself. Storm chasing is a good thing to do so now you know some way to do it. This wraps up this guide to storm chasing. I am not responsible for anything stupid you do when storm chasing. But there are many ways to storm chase so which will you chose?


Sources ● https://stormtrack.org/community/threads/recommended-chaser-equipment-list.23013/

https://www.davisnet.com/weather-monitoring/#solutions

https://www.acurite.com/

http://www.weather.gov/Radar

https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/compact-digital-cameras/coolpix-b500.html

https://www.accuweather.com/

Calendar

March 13th:

7th Grade A Wrinkle In Time Movie Field Trip


March 15th:

After School Library Program


March 15th:

Chess Club 2:45-4:00


March 16th:

GMS Forensics Team Awards and Recognition Night 6:00-8:00


March 19th:

Art Studio 2:45-4:00


March 20th:

After School Library Program


Marh 20th:

Chess Club 2:45-4:00


March 22nd:

After School Library Program


March 22nd:

Chess Club 2:45-4:00


March 24th:

State Forensics Meet in West Bend for those students who qualify


March 26th:

Art Studio 2:45-4:00


March 27th:

After School Library Program


March 27th:

Chess Club 2:45-4:00


March 30th - April 8th

Spring Break


April 9th:

Art Studio 2:45-4:00


April 10th:

Chess Club 2:45-4:00


April 12th:

Chess Club 2:45-4:00


April 16th:

Art Studio 2:45-4:00


April 17th:

Chess Club 2:45-4:00


April 19th:

Chess Club 2:45-4:00


April 20th:

Spring Dance


April 23rd:

Hawk-I's Meeting


April 23rd:

Art Studio 2:45-4:00


April 24th:

Chess Club 2:45-4:00


April 26th:

Chess Club 2:45-4:00


April 30th:

Art Studio 2:45-4:00


May 7th:

Art Studio 2:45-4:00


May 21st:

Art Studio 2:45-4:00


June 7th:

8th Grade Promotion at 8:00 am