Holabird STEM

2015-2016 Quarter 2 Newsletter

BCPS Stakeholders Survey 2016

2015-2016 Holabird Yearbooks Currently on Sale!

The cost of a yearbook is $25.00. Please make checks payable to Holabird STEM or order online at YBpay.lifetouch.com using the yearbook ID code 10394716.

Annual Holabird Olympic Games!


Both our Elementary and Middle School students participated in HOG day before the winter break. Great fun was had by all. The Middle School's Red Team, Team da Vinci, won the day with the Blue team, Team Newton, in a close second.

Elementary HOG Day

Middle School HOG Day

School Counseling Office

Girls ROC Group

The Girls ROC group co-sponsored by Mrs. Banks, school counselor, and Officer Pruett, school SRO, created Vision Boards.

Health Suite News

Changes in Immunization Requirements

All 7th grade students in 2016-17 (next school year) will be required to provide proof of having received a dose of meningococcal vaccine (also called Menactra) and a booster dose of Tdap (also called Boostrix and Adacel.) These vaccines are in addition to the vaccines required for kindergarten. Most children receive these vaccines at age 10 or 11.

Parents of current 6th graders are urged to

· Check with their child’s health care provider to see if the child has received these vaccines.

· Schedule an appointment for the child to receive these vaccines BEFORE August 24, 2016.

· Provide verification of the immunizations to the school nurse.

More information about these vaccines is available at the Office of Health Services website http://www.bcps.org/offices/sss/health/.

Elementary News

Grade 4

In the second quarter, 4th grade participated in their first Honor Roll Ceremony, experienced the Holabird Olympic Games, and had a Winter Wonders Celebration.

In math, students have been learning about division. In science, students have been investigating fossils. In social studies, students have been investigating the economy. In language arts, students have been examining first and second-hand accounts.

Special Areas


6-8 Library - Mrs. Adams

In the middle school library, we have researched World Religions with Mrs. Seifert's classes, explored a Growth Mindset with Mr. Darchicourt's classes, and much more.

We are continuing to revamp our Makerspace to become more STREAM oriented and are always accepting donated craft supplies of any kind.

New books have been ordered and will arrive in the spring.

The Scholastic Book Fair was a great success! We exceeded our fundraising goal for the second year in a row. Thank you for your support.

Library Website: holabirdmslibrary.pbworks.com

Follow us on Twitter @hsplibrary

Technology Education

All grade levels in our Technology Education classes will be changing to new curriculum course work during the 3rd and 4th quarter. Our 6th graders are completing their Dragster and Rube Goldberg projects and will be changing over from Science and Technology to Flight and Space; the 7th grade will finish up Green Architecture with the Shipping Container Home project before learning about Magic of Electrons. Our 8th graders are designing and 3D printing their own light switches in Design and modeling; and building clawbot robots programmed with joystick controls in Automation and Robotics.

Follow the technology department on twitter @HMSEaglesPLTW or check out our website: http://holabirdpltw.weebly.com/

Project Lead the Way

VEX Robotics Club

The VEX Robotics Club participated in a tournament is January where they performed extremely well and is busy preparing for another tournament to take place in February. The competition is called “Nothing But Net”. We currently have 5 teams and have been meeting twice a week.

Art Department

Middle School Art News

Mrs. Peller's 6th, 7th, and 8th graders participated in the State's Attorney's Office annual Anti-Drug calendar contest. Students designed posters that illustrated anti-drug, anti-smoking or anti-drinking themes to be entered into a contest for recognition and big prize money. Best of luck to all who participated. Results will be given in the Spring; stay tuned to find out if we have a Holabird winner.

Mrs. Sura's 6th and 7th grade classes have been focused on how to use value to make their drawings look 3-D. Many of these pieces will be displayed in the Cluster Art Show at Dundalk High School in the Spring. Further details about this event will be coming soon.

Students in all grade levels have been studying Color Theory and color relationships. Students used marker bleed techniques to create "Tie-dyed" snowflakes to make our hallways a winter wonderland. If the weather outside won't cooperate, we'll make our own snowy scenes!

The State of the Schools address by Dr. Dance is coming up in the Spring and 8th grader Paige Bates' work was chosen to represent Holabird STEM with her tempera paint self portrait for the artist gallery. Congratulations, Paige!

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This is a great time to check in with your art student to see if they need a new sketchbook since we are halfway through the year and many are falling apart or are filled up!

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Elementary Art News

Students are exploring a variety of materials and techniques in Ms. Miceli's class. Talk to your student about what they are doing in Art and come see their creativity at the Dundalk Cluster Show in the Spring!

Holabird STEM

The mission of Holabird STEM program is to inspire and empower students to excel academically and prepare them to become productive citizens who can think critically, work collaboratively, and solve problems in a 21st century world.