February 19, 2021
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Syringa Welcomes 5th Grade Students
Recently, staff members from Syringa Middle School were able to connect with 5th grade students scheduled to attend SMS next year. We were able to meet and greet students while discussing different opportunities they will have when attending sixth grade at Syringa.
We look forward to meeting and developing a relationship with the 5th grade students and their families as we welcome them to Syringa Middle School.
Please take a look at the photos and videos below highlighting our visits.
Mrs. Lloyd speaks to students about elective classes.
Mr. Swan teaches the students at Washington Elementary the SCHOLAR Acrostic.
The students at Sacajawea take an opportunity to show off their new Syringa Swag!
STEM at SMS
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) job fields are fast growing and pay higher average wages than non-STEM careers. Students who study STEM subjects also develop problem solving, communication, and creativity skills that will help them to be successful in whichever career they choose in the future. Syringa Middle School works hard to provide a variety of STEM-related activities for our students in grades 6-8. Below are a few highlights of how our students are succeeding within the STEM fields.
Syringa Middle School celebrated Hour of Code in December with students taking a day off from their normal science curriculum to learn the problem solving and creative skills of computer coding using the code.org website.
Syringa Middle School hosted a Virtual Table-Top Science Fair last spring where students could plan and carry out a science experiment of their choice in their own homes and then show off their learning on the Syringa FB page.
Syringa had a group of 7th and 8th grade students compete virtually in the Idaho regional Future City Engineering competition with teams from all over the Treasure Valley. Students proposed and demonstrated real life solutions to the environmental and organizational issue of living on the moon in the future.
Syringa’s Science and Math Bowl team competed virtually against other valley schools in a virtual competition to show off their knowledge of earth, life, and physical science as well as math topics in a quiz bowl style format.
This June, Syringa students will travel to Tampa, Florida to study the water ecology of fresh and salt-water areas. Swimming with endangered manatees, dissecting sharks, kayaking in mangrove swamps, and doing water quality testing helps our kids understand the impact that humans can have on our planet’s water systems.
Caldwell Middle Schools will continue our long-standing partnership with the College of Idaho this summer, allowing 7th and 8th grade students to work with C of I professors in the areas of microbiology, math, and environmental chemistry. The Math and Science Summer Institute (MASSI) is scheduled to take place in June.
Some of our STEM activities have been temporarily suspended due to current physical distancing practices, but we hope to resume these activities next year (VEX robotics, Middle School STEM Fair Family Night, NNU Science Extravaganza, BSU Aerospace Day. 8th grade Yellowstone trip)
STEM is an important part of our students’ futures and we are proud of the fact that we are able to make it an important part of their middle school experience here at Syringa!
-Dr. Melyssa Ferro, Science Teacher/STEM Coordinator/Digital Integration Specialist, CSD