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7th Grade Empty Bowls (SOUP - Service Opportunities Using Poetry)

7th Grade, with the financial assistance of our HMS PTO, was able to bring in poet Boni Tolson, Ph.D., to teach students how to write amazing poetry! The poetry was inspired by visits from True Light Family Resource Center (Day Homeless Shelter), Welcome House (Alcoholism Recovery Center), and Johnson County Human Services. Students will now present their poems to their peers using "Green Screen by Do Ink" on the library iPads. Finally, they will share their poems with a Blue Valley student artist who will then create a bowl to represent their poem. The bowls and poems will be sold at the Empty Bowls event in April. All of the proceeds will go to Truelight.

Empty Bowls 2016

Wednesday, April 6th, 6-7:30pm

12200 Lamar Avenue

Leawood, KS

Admission is $5.00 and includes dinner, a student poem and bowl! All proceeds will go to True Light Family Resource Center.
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Empty Bowls Event, 2015, Blue Valley North High School

6th Grade Culture Day - Religion Trunk in the Library!

Students came to the library and learned about the 6 major religions in the world and in Blue Valley! Artifacts in the diversity religion trunk included a Sikh bracelet called a "kara," a Muslim prayer rug, a Christian cross, a Jewish mezuzah, a Hindu Ganesh, and a Buddhist singing bowl! Mrs. Hassig also read aloud Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel and Jerusalem Sky by Mark Podwal.
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Gas masks have progressed since World War I!

8th grade students learned about World War I groups that rarely get mentioned in the history books, ie: animals, African Americans, women, and men with PTSD or "broken faces." Mrs. Hassig, Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Mairs combined all of their WWI artifacts and sources for an amazing learning experience!
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White Rose Essay - 8th Grade Research Project

Once again, Harmony's 8th Grade students are researching and writing to compete in the annual "White Rose Essay Contest" sponsored by MCHEKC (Midwest Center for Holocaust Education in Kansas City). This year's theme is Propaganda and students have rigorous criteria that they must meet. Harmony has won this contest 5 times in the past and hopes to have finalists in this year's competition. Our Holocaust collection at Harmony is one of the best in the Blue Valley District thanks to our former winners! To look at the criteria you can click on MCHEKC link below.

Criteria for the White Rose Essay Contest

Harmony Middle School Spelling Bee Champions, 2016