Model UN Conference
Congratulations to the Model UN team for their stellar performance at their most recent conference! The topic for this conference was on Global Mental Health. Adam C and Cohen Truong represented the United Arab Emirates and won the Best Public Speaker Award. The Chairs commented that they were “strong speakers and contributed heavily in debate”. The award for Best Position Paper went to Sara Khan and Madyn Dwyer who represented Bangladesh. The Chairs commented that they “showed strong knowledge of the topic as well as good use of relevant statistics and general applicable information.” Finally the Best Negotiator Award went to Sofia Serpa and Avery Squiciarino who represented Brazil. The Chairs commented that they worked closely with many other people, didn’t talk over others, and made others feel heard. Thinh Tran and Liam Carrick represented the United States and helped to elevate the debate in their committee room.
Girls Who Code
The Girls Who Code Club was visited by Ms. Walsh, 7th grader Emily McCassin’s mother! Ms. Walsh is an engineer who works for Verizon and is a licensed commercial drone pilot. She has spent the past 2 club meetings showing the club members some of her equipment and we even got to fly the drones, which were bought for us by the Girls Who Code Organization. We practiced simple take off and landing today. Before you know it they’ll be good enough to race each other and do obstacle courses!
Students from Ms. Power’s IS-7th grade English class presented their Ted Talks to some 6th grade Seminar classes. Topics included The Mothman Legacy, Space Exploration, Cell Phones and Mental Health, Money and Happiness, and Overcoming Your Fears. The 7th graders chose their topics, researched to become “experts” in their field, and then presented their findings.
Orion's One Million Word Challenge
It has been a while since we updated you on 8th Grade Orion’s Reading progress. As a team, we have read 45,785,816 words since September. That number will increase drastically as we near the end of the term and all students update their word counts. The following people have read over one million words: Sophie Derwinski, John Griffin, Whitney Pecoraro, Sophia Serpa, Ava Brown, Sean Kelly, James Malec, Ms. Jarrett, and Ms. Pullia.
Annie Goode has read over two million words. Izzy Jones Conklin has over FIVE million words. Sara Khan has read over SIX million words.
NFL Play 60 Winners
Health Students in Mrs. McEvoy’s Grades 6,7, & 8 Classes were the Winners of a $1,000 grant from the American Heart Association/NFL Play 60 program representing their local team New England Patriots. They were chosen out of all the entries in New England for having the most exercise minutes!! Pierce Middle School got a shoutout on a recent NFL Play 60 Fitness Break Live Broadcast!
Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game
Pierce Track & Field
There will be an informational meeting in the cafeteria for any student interested in joining the Pierce Track and Field Team on Wednesday March 29 at 2:30.
Track and Field is open to all Pierce students! Practices will be from 2:30-3:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the first practice will be Monday, April 3. There will be at least four meets this year.
Click HERE for more information.
Experimenting in 8th Grade Science
Students on the 8th grade Orion team are learning about how different surfaces and masses can impact the magnitude of frictional force that acts on moving blocks.
Forbes Essay and Drawing Contest
Mary Bowditch Forbes's extensive Lincoln Collection is the inspiration behind the museum's annual Essay and Drawing Contest, which offers students different prompts each year through which to reflect on the life and times of President Lincoln. This year the drawing contest is open to students in grades 5-8 and the essay contest is open to students in grades 6-8.
The deadline is April 14, with the awards ceremony on May 13. Essay winners will be asked to read their entries and the drawing winners will have their work displayed in the museum. The contest is generously sponsored by BR Alexander & Co. For all the details, click HERE.
The 2022 - 2023 Pierce Yearbook is now on sale. Yearbooks typically sell out, so don't miss out! Be sure to reserve your copy now by visiting this link.
8th Grade Washington, DC Trip
Click HERE to access Pierce's one-stop site for all things about the 8th grade DC trip. On this site you can find trip information, links to register, the financial assistance form and all trip documents.
If you missed the registration deadline and still want to attend the trip, contact Mr. Smith or Ms. Mazzola.