Grisham MS eNews 2/12/18

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Important Dates

Mon. 2/12 7PM GMS & Pearson Ranch Solo Choir Contest @ Pearson Ranch

Fri. 2/16 All Day Wear Red for Chinese New Year

Fri. 2/16 4-6 PM East Asia Lunar New Year Dance (Culture in the MAC, Party in the Gym)

Mon. & Tues. 2/19 & 2/20 Staff Development Day; No School for Students

Fri. 2/23 Last Day of the 4th 6 Weeks

Fri. 3/2 Report Cards Go Home; Sign 1 Copy & Return to Den Teachers

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Box Top Competition-YOUR HELP NEEDED!

The annual Grisham Box Tops Den Competition ends February 16th. The top 5 classes get prizes, with the winning class getting a Papa John’s Pizza Party! Additionally, students will get 1 House Point per Box Top submitted. This year we are trying to raise $1500 for a new mascot costume and other enrichment needs. The current mascot costume is 40 years old! Bonus Box Tops are key to reaching our goal. Download the Box Tops Bonus App to get 50 Bonus Box Tops. See the flyer for more information.

LIBRARY NEWS

7th Grade Lunchtime Hangout Friday, February 23

On Friday, February 23 the Library will host a Lunchtime Hangout for 7th grade students (5th period) with conservation photographer and cave diver Jenny Adler (see details below for more information). We will be LIVE on air with Jenny and the Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants team as a part of their month long celebration of “Amazing Women in Science, Exploration, Adventure and Conservation.” The Library will not be providing lunch, but students may purchase lunch in the cafeteria and/or bring their lunch to the Library. Space is limited so all interested students should contact Mrs. Hance or their Den teacher to be added to the guest list. Students will receive a pass to attend the event during their Den on Thursday, February 22.


Please let Mrs. Hance know if you have any questions (diane_hance@roundrockisd.org).


Jenny Adler: Conservation Photographer and Cave Diver (part of the month long celebration of Women in Science, Exploration, Adventure and Conservation)


Jenny has spent her life in, on, and surrounded by water. Her love for the ocean growing up inspired her to study marine biology in college. Exploring the threats to Florida's freshwater springs led her to become a conservation photographer and to pursue a PhD at the University of Florida, where she is blending science, writing, and photography to communicate about the water hidden in aquifers beneath our feet. Jennifer is a National Geographic Young Explorer and is currently working on an environmental education project called Walking on Water, which immerses elementary school students in the springs, cameras in hand, and teaches the next generation about freshwater. Last summer, she developed the first 360-virtual tour of the Floridan Aquifer, which she uses to bring kids cave diving and teach Floridians about their most vital resource.


8th Grade Lunchtime Hangout Tuesday, February 27

On Tuesday, February 27 the Library will host a Lunchtime Hangout for 8th grade students (6th period) with marine biologist Tierney Thys (see details below for more information). We will be LIVE on air with Tierney and the Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants team as a part of their month long celebration of “Amazing Women in Science, Exploration, Adventure and Conservation.” The Library will not be providing lunch, but students may purchase lunch in the cafeteria and/or bring their lunch to the Library. Space is limited so all interested students should contact Mrs. Hance or their Den teacher to be added to the guest list. Students will receive a pass to attend the event during their Den on Monday, February 26.


Please let Mrs. Hance know if you have any questions (diane_hance@roundrockisd.org).


Tierney Thys - Marine Biologist


Tierney was born in California. As soon as she could walk, her parents slipped her into a homemade wetsuit and tossed her into the surf. She's a marine biologist, National Geographic Explorer, certified seaplane pilot and diver. Since 2000, Tierney and her colleagues have been traveling the world's oceans studying the giant ocean sunfish (mola). Though these fish can grow more than ten feet (three meters) long and weigh over 5,000 pounds (2,270 kilograms), little is known about them. By placing high-tech satellite tags on molas and collecting tissue samples for genetic and pollutant analysis, Tierney and her colleagues hope to uncover the molas' secrets: How did they come to occupy all tropical and temperate seas? Where, when and at what size do they reproduce? How do they locate their jellyfish prey? Are there more ocean sunfish species yet to be discovered? Are their populations endangered?


Grisham's MathCounts Competitors Heading for State, again!

This week-end the Grisham MathCounts Competitors established once again that Grisham is a leader in Mathematics! Our Team placed 4th in the Central Texas Travis Chapter, and two of our students are headed to the Texas State Competition, in March. The competitors were: Alice Guo, Michelle Xiang, Kevin Xiao, Alicia Lin, Akshay Gaitonde, Juhi Malwade, Maxin Gao, and Susan Hamilton; Alice Guo and Kevin Xiao will be representing Grisham at the State Competition. Please congratulate all of these students, as they spent many hours preparing for the Chapter Competition. Encourage Alice and Kevin when you see them, as they continue to prepare for the State Competition. We are fortunate to have two Grisham alums working with our students and sharing their own experience as Coaches this year: Anshul Moondra and Justin Xiao. We thank them for giving of their time to the MathCounts Club, and hope to continue and strengthen our relationship with our alums in the future.

German Students Win Big at Annuel Sprachfest Competition!

Many 8th grade German students traveled to San Antonio this weekend to compete in the annuel Sprachfest competition. They have worked very hard on projects and other academic events over the last 6 weeks, and their hard work really showed. Grisham walked away with 5th place overall in the small school category, and nineteen students advanced to the State Competition in San Marcos in one of more of their events. These students are Gavin Bono, Militzy Gremillion-Llanos, Kate Hajmasy, Emerson Heard, Penelope Higdon, Pranav Josyula, Simonie Khare, Aiden Lee, Andrew Li, Saketh Marrapu, Vishal Narra, Sam Newlin, Pankaj Patil, Tiffany Phu, Nikhil Reddy, Shoumik Roychowdhury, Jacob Sartin, and Naomi Sheppard. Please congratulate them on all their hard work!

Coding Program

Students will be taught real-world programming languages including HTML/CSS, JavaScript & Python in this structured, curriculum-based, after-school coding program. Students will experience coding at a higher level and build a solid foundation in computational thinking skills. No prior coding experience needed.


Due to space/laptop restrictions, enrollment into the program is limited to 24 students on a first come, first serve basis. There is a monthly fee for this program. For more information and to enroll, please visit - www.codewizardshq.com/rrisd
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CAREER EXPLORATION FAIR K-12

The Round Rock ISD District-wide Career Exploration Fair held on Monday, March 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Round Rock High School, 201 Deep Wood Dr. in Round Rock will deliver students, Kindergarten through grade 12, real-world experiences with creative interactive exhibits. At the fair students and parents will have the opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge about various professional and skilled career choices. The District’s surrounding business community aims to help ensure that every child in the District has access to the necessary knowledge, skills, and the confidence they need to secure successful futures. Use the following link for more details, Career Exploration Details.
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