A.I. Root Middle School

May Newsletter

Happy Mother's Day

Last Day of School May 26th

Important Dates

May 2 - May 6 - Teacher Appreciation Week, Bike to School Week

May 8 - Mother's Day

May 10 - Root Fine Arts Festival (6 p.m - 8 p.m.) - Orchestra Performs @ 7

May 12 & 13 Power of the Pen State Tournament

May 20 - 8th Grade Root Luau (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

May 23 - Cedar Point - 8th Grade

May 26 - Last Day of School, 8th Grade Recognition, 6th & 7th Grade Field Day, Early Release

Last Day Dismissal 1:22 P.M.

8th Grade Recognition

The last day will be here before you know it!!!

We will once again be having our 8th grade Recognition Ceremony. 8th grade students are expected to report to school at normal start time on the last day. This event is held on the last day of school. Doors will open to welcome guests at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 26th. The ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. The Recognition lasts approximately one hour. At the conclusion of the ceremony all 8th grade students will be dismissed for the summer!!!! They do not have the option to stay at school and participate in any activities.

Huge Thank you!!

Thanks to STePS for providing such an amazing Staff Appreciation Week. They provided our staff with an amazing lunch on Wednesday and Chipotle / Starbucks on Tuesday. Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! We are so fortunate to have such a supportive group of parents.

End of the Year Activities

We are quickly approaching the end of the school year and it is time to start thinking about all of the activities that make it special. This is a return to our end of the year activities.

We have tentatively planned for our students:

  • May 20, 2022 - 8th Grade Luau (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) - Event Sponsored by STePS
  • May 23, 2022 - 8th Grade Cedar Point Trip
  • May 26, 2022 - 8th Grade Recognition (9 a.m.)
  • May 26, 2022 - Field Day (6th & 7th Graders Only)

More details to follow in future correspondence.

Root does have a few requirements in order for 8th graders to participate in some of the end of the year events. We do this to ensure a smooth end of the year for our students, staff and school as a whole and to maintain a focus on the importance of academics.

  • Participation in the Luau - Students cannot have earned an Out of School Suspension at any point after February 11, 2022.
  • Participation in the Cedar Point trip - Students cannot have earned an Out of School Suspension at any point after February 11, 2022. Students cannot have earned an "F" on their 3rd Quarter Report Card or be failing any course during the 4th quarter as of May 20, 2022. Students who meet either criteria will not be permitted to attend, regardless if a ticket had been previously purchased. A student must have all outstanding fees paid to be eligible.
  • 8th Grade Recognition is open to all students regardless of Academic achievement or discipline record. Ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Gymnasium. Doors will open for families to be seated at 8:45 a.m.

Thank you from STePS

STePS wanted to report that they received a check from Box Tops for $29.50. Thank you to the parents who took the time to submit box tops so that Root MS might benefit from their efforts. We appreciate them!!!

Thank you for your dedication to STEPS!

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Medina Boys Basketball Skills Camp Information

Highlighting Innovation Award

The Highlighting Innovation Award recognizes teachers that work to provide rich learning experiences for our students that help them master our rigorous academic content and the Portrait of a Bee competencies, as well.



Nicky's Project:

The medical detectives class built neuron models in the makerspace. As the students studied motor neurons and sensory neurons, they were able to put that new knowledge to the test. Students rotated through different centers completing a digital "Neuron Notebook" to document their completion of each of the different things that were asked of them. Those things included completing a 3 dimensional model of a motor neuron, creating a neuron model using provided materials, a gif of a neuron working, a gif on their actual neuron after they had created it and uploaded it to the computer, a reflection of the VR experience of neurons in the brain, and using an interactive website to explore the synapse where signals transfer from one neuron to the next.

Competencies Developed:

Students collaborated together in their group working on different parts of their neurons. They were able to problem solve and strategize different ways to show the many different parts of the neurons both as a physical model and as an electronic gif showing how the model would work. As students built their 3-D model, they were given limitless boundaries of how they chose to go about building the physical model. Students were able to continue to add, change, and modify their model based on what worked and what didn't work for their project. The lesson concluded with a gallery walk at the end, where students were able to communicate their knowledge to classmates as they walked around and asked questions of each other.

Student Feedback:

Students loved this project. They enjoyed getting out of the classroom and felt that they learned more than just reading it in a book or online. By actually building it themselves, the information really stuck with them.

Note from the Nominator:

Nicole Farruggia has done this project twice now. The first semester that she did it with her class, I thought she did an outstanding job of having students collaborate and innovate however, this second semester project has truly blown me away. She reflected on her project from the first semester and made thoughtful tweaks to it and it turned out even better this semester. She is already making plans for how to improve it even further for next year! It has been an absolute pleasure watching her take this curriculum and make it come alive for these students!

Summer Exploration Camp

This year, the Medina City School District will offer a Summer Exploration Camp for all students in grades 3-12. This camp will be taught by Medina City staff and will focus on helping students develop the Portrait of a Bee competencies. Students will be able to explore their passions and interests, try new things, persevere through challenges and collaborate with their peers. The Medina City Schools staff have submitted all of these courses as a way to share their passions and their love of learning new things with students. We hope that your child will find a course that piques their interest and curiosity and that they will take advantage of these unique and exciting opportunities! Registration ends May 6.

Summer Exploration Camp catalog

Next Year Scheduling Info

Please Contact your child's counselor if you have any questions.

May 13 - Elementary Scheduling - one on one with Middle School Counselor (5th Grade)
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Kids First Medina Proud to be a Medina Bee License Plates

Kids First Medina is selling "Proud to be a Medina Bee" license plates for $10 each. The license plates are made of sturdy metal. To order, please click on this link. Kids First will reach out to you for delivery. If you have any questions, please reach out to Terese Rawlins at terese.rawlins@zoominternet.net. Proceeds from sales go to benefit the efforts of Kids First Medina.

April Student of the Month

Art Contest

I want to thank those who participated in the 2022 Medina County Student Art Show. The Medina County Arts Council members judge the artwork once again this year. I want to share with you the winners from Root and those that received Honorable Mention. Congrats to all, we are proud of you.

First Place:

Chloe Ramunni 8th Grade-A.I. Root Middle School

Honorable Mention:

Alex G 8th Grade AI Root

Hailey H 8th Grade AI Root

William I 8th Grade AI Root

Nick M 8th Grade AI Root

Sophia W 8th Grade AI Root

Team Webpage Links

6th Grade Teams



7th Grade Teams



8th Grade Teams




Green & Gold

Food Service Information

The United States Department of Agriculture has once again extended FREE meal benefits to all students for the 2021-2022 school year. This means ALL enrolled A.I. Root Middle School students will be able to receive one lunch at no charge every day that school is in session.

All additional items, such as extras and a la carte items are available for purchase. Students must have funds in their meal account or cash to make these purchases. Students will NOT be allowed to charge extras or a la carte items.

For additional information, including menus, please see the Food Service & Child Nutrition Webpage

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