Synergy Middle School Newsletter
December Happenings at Hidden Oaks & Twin Oaks!!
ATTENTION-History Bee!! (Thursday, January 7th at 2:30 in the HO Media Center)
Stage 1: An Intramural History Bee (Oral Competition) and a mandatory Online Qualifying Exam based on the TOP 10 students from the Oral Competition
Stage 2: The top students from the Online Qualifying Exam compete in one of the thirty-nine buzzer competitions across the United States called the Regional Finals.
Stage 3: The top finishers from the Regional Finals are eligible to advance to the National Finals and compete for the title of National History Bee Champion!
Students in Mr. Dapper and Mr. Mertens Advanced 7th Grade History Class took the Written Qualifying Exam to see who would move on to the Oral Competition.
TOP 20 SCORING STUDENTS who advance to the Prior Lake Middle School History Bee are: (in no particular order)
- Magnus O’Connor
- Cole Burnett
- Benjamin Johnson
- Morgan Bozeman
- Mark Lichtenberger
- Nathaniel Hawkins
- Ben Capra
- Trenton Klasell
- Kaori Hirano
- Jo Yi Chow
- Ben Johnson
- Isabella Maiwurm
- Sarah McDonald
- Keegan Masser
- Jaeden Betz
- Sam Christopherson
- Grant Helgestad
- Owen Reinert Nash
- Hadley Phillips
- Mary O’Neil
- Lily Kuiken
- Leah Schuerkamp
- Alexander Urgiles
- Avery Johnson
- Justine Wojahn
- Ellie Mortensen
- Jack Slipka
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE STUDENTS!
8th Grade World Studies students know their current events!
Hour of Code Week!
Mr. Albrecht's and Mr. Lillquist's Advanced Science classes participated in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). Over 100 million students worldwide have tried Hour of Code. Code.org believes all students should have access to high quality computer science education.
Student's should understand that Computer Science is:
- is for everyone
- is fun, engaging, and more approachable than traditionally portrayed
- is an outlet for creative personal expression
- involves more than just programming
- is important to their lives, regardless of their interests or career path they choose
- work involves collaborating in an equitable learning environment where they support their peers so all can flourish
- can be effectively taught using both computer-based and non-computer activities, which reinforce one another
- can be used as a tool for helping others through socially relevant learning experiences
- involves problem solving that can be challenging. It is not always easy but like any difficult puzzle, the challenge makes it fun and teaches perseverance.
See http://hourofcode.com/us for details, and help spread the word.
Mr. Albrecht's Class
Read & write code
Highly engaging & challenging
Student-driven activities that are self-guided & self-paced
Mr. Lillquist's Class
By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path
Mr. Albrecht's Class
Students are learning in 40 languages
Mr. Albrecht's Class
More girls tried computer science than in the last 70 years
Over 100M students have tried an Hour of Code
Minnesota Studies Mock Trial Week
6th Grade Students in Mrs. Bauer & Mrs. Murr Advanced classes got to experience what a civil court trial and disputes might feel like. They worked to study a hypothetical case brief and witness statements, looked at research, learned courtroom procedure, and prepared both the prosecution and defense sides of the case. The students portrayed each of the principals in a cast of courtroom characters including attorneys, witnesses, bailiff, jurors, judge, and clerk.
Throughout the week students gained an understanding and skills in critical analysis of problems, strategic thinking, questioning skills, skills in oral presentation and extemporaneous argument, skills in preparing and organizing material and exposure to a wide variety of law-related career
December Perennial Math
Mrs. Oistad's 1st Hour
Joseph Fier & Lynn Dinh
Mrs. Marcellus's 4th Hour
Sam Foltz & Carson Shannon
Mrs. Marcellus's 6th Hour
Sam Leuthnew, Sophie Nelson, Renae Little, David Schons, Jack Brisbois, Nate Horkey & Morgan Kobernick
Geography Fair Topics Go Interactive!
If a group is selected to participate in the Geography Fair it will take place at the Science Museum on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 9:00-12:00 pm. During the fair, geographers will evaluate students projects as well as activities. Stay tuned for students research to be created into their very own website design.
MCGT Suggested Book List for Adults on Giftedness
- You Know Your Child is Gifted When…: A Beginner’s Guide to Life on the Bright Side, by Judy Galbraith. Gain insights into what it means to be gifted, uncover some myths, find out why it matters to know if your child is gifted and what to do if s/he is gifted. Excellent resources included.
- The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids: How to Understand, Live With and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child by Sally Yahnke Walker. Not a lot of meat, but good bathroom reading (sometimes the only reading that parents of gifted kids get!)
- Understanding Gifted & Talented Adolescents edited by T.M. Buescher.
- Parents Guide to Raising a Gifted Child: Recognizing and Developing Your Childs Potential edited by James Alvino.
- Seven Kinds of Smart: Identifying and Developing Your Many Intelligences by Thomas Armstrong.
SPAN PARENT MEETINGS
Thursday, Jan. 7th 2016 at 7pm
Westwood Media Center
Prior Lake/Savage district personnel will speak about how the needs of gifted students are met throughout grade levels. I look forward to seeing many of you there!
Your Partner in Education,
Ms. Missy Short
Synergy Program Coordinator
Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools
Hidden Oaks & Twin Oaks Middle Schools
HOMS (952) 226-0291 TOMS (952) 226-0535
“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists they become the best they can possible be.”
- Rita Pierson-