SMS Room 402

Mrs. Manes

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This past week in Room 402! (Dec. 14th - Dec. 18th)

- Our community activism projects are underway! Grade-level teams in Room 402 have begun narrowing down issues to concentrate on in their projects, and 6th and 7th grades think they've got a problem identified. When students return from Winter Break, the Creative Problem Solving process will begin! This week students applied for jobs and will be hired as soon as they return in January. All students will have the opportunity to collaborate and work independently at different times, and it's my hope that having specific roles will help our team to run smoothly and allow students opportunities to develop a variety of skills and contribute great things! Job opportunities include:

- Project Manager

- Public Relations Coordinator

- Marketing Coordinator

- Communications Specialist

- Financial Director

- Accountant

- Technology Coordinator

- Technology Specialist

- Research Director


- My dissertation proposal was approved this week, so I now begin the IRB process with the University of Arkansas. This process will require your consent as parents of student participants. No one is forced to participate in the research aspect of this project, but I will greatly appreciate your support as this project will further inform current research on service learning and student activism, and the South gifted program will benefit from its findings as I take a look at the best ways to meet the needs of our gifted students. I will be in touch about informed consent shortly.


- Model UN students joined me at KU's Watson Library on Tuesday for lessons on research, the use of academic databases, and had the opportunity to gather great resources on their countries. Students have now submitted their position papers, so we will move on to writing resolutions. I'd like to see drafts by the end of our first week back, Friday, Jan. 8th. The Model UN event will be at the end of February and will sneak up on us quickly, so we'll need to stay on top of approaching deadlines!


- Three eighth-grade students had the idea to deliver hot beverages to the homeless downtown on Wednesday, and they did just that! They solicited donations from the Starbucks on Mass St. (a big thank you to manager Jeff Dobson!) and received gallons of hot coffee, cups, lids, cream, and sugar, as well as a variety of pastries to hand out. Students provided coffee and treats to a variety of individuals downtown and were even able to brighten the mornings of several firefighters!


- History Day students spent the day at KU's Watson Library and Spencer Art and Architecture Library on Thursday working to research their topics: Photographer Dorothea Lange and Conquerer Francisco Pizarro. They found amazing resources and took great notes that will contribute to their projects. A very productive day!


- Our Hour of Code Open House in the library was a big success last Friday! KU Computer Science students joined us to provide assistance, answer questions, and further challenge our kids who have some coding background! We are looking forward to more collaboration with computer science students in the future!

ProjectCREATE!

Attention 6th-Grade parents! If your child is interested in attending January's ProjectCREATE activities, please register your child before Jan. 15th.


Passport to Adventure

January 23, 2016, 9 a.m. – noon

Sunflower Elementary in Lawrence, KS

Cost: $30 for first child if postmarked by January 15 - $20 for siblings
$40 each for late registration

Limited scholarships available. Contact projectcreatekids@gmail.com for details.

MLK Celebration - January 15th!

South's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration will be Friday, January 15th. The MLK committee is asking for written and artistic contributions for the event, and auditions are also being held for speakers. Please encourage your child to submit at least one piece of original work! Participation is a wonderful way for students to exercise creative talents, set themselves apart from their peers, and build their resumes! Students should submit their work by the end of the day Jan. 7th, and auditions will be held the same day after school. This would be the perfect project for empty time over Winter Break. Any questions? Let me know!