Holicong Middle School
Updates From Mr. Bucher (Week of 9/24)
Mr. Kelly's 9th Grade Social Studies Class
Mr. Kelly’s classes are creating presidential campaign ads for the Progressive presidents at the turn of the twentieth century. Students have analyzed campaign videos to pick out different advertising strategies and researched the three Progressive presidents. Students are currently using those advertising strategies and their research to create speeches, podcasts, or videos for their candidates. The products will be shown in class starting Friday.
Art On The Move Returns To Holicong....But In A Contemporary Way
On Monday, September 24th our library once again became home to yet another of the Art on the Move Collections courtesy of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 (installation by James A. Michener Art Museum)! This six piece collection is the most recent of all in the program as it contains six works from contemporary Bucks County artists purchased by the Intermediate Unit Arts Trust to further expand its existing collection of approximately one hundred and fifty works. The previous pieces were primarily a collection of Dr. Charles Boehm, the first Superintendent of Schools in Bucks County. Many were also magnificent, New Hope Impressionist works from this area. Dr. Boehm originally created The Travelling Art Gallery so students could use these actual works to study. When Dr. Boehm and these artists passed away, the collection came under the direction of the Intermediate Unit. In order to maintain Dr. Boehm’s vision, teachers in the county from all disciplines have worked since 2001 creating interdisciplinary lessons related to Collections of groupings of six works called Art on the Move. The Collections travel to schools for a participation fee. The collection is housed at the Michener Art Museum.
Your child may not only work with these pieces in Art class but also in other subject areas throughout Holicong. We look forward to their ten week visit! On December 5, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Holicong will host an Art on the Move Gala in our library open to the public. This event will highlight the projects and activities our students have created relating to the paintings. We hope you will join us, see the paintings up close and personal, and be amazed at our student creations!
Giant Stores A+ Rewards
This year, Holicong is participating in the Giant Stores A+ School Rewards Program. Beginning on October 7, 2012 until March 30, 2013, we will have the opportunity to earn cash that can be used for any educational purpose. Please consider helping us by registering your Giant Bonuscard
All you have to do is:
Log on to giantfoodstores.com/aplus
Fill in your Bonuscard number
Holicong’s school code is 05959
OR Dial 1-888-448-4642 to register your card over the phone
After you register your card, each shopping trip at Giant using your Bonuscard earns CASH for our school! Each month, the amount of cash awarded will be updated on the Giant website. You can track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt. Our school will receive a check at the end of the program and the money can be used for any of our school’s educational needs. Also, don’t forget to encourage your friends and relatives to do the same.
Keystone Exams in 2012-2013
Beginning in 2012-2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Education is replacing the grade 11 PSSA tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and science with statewide Keystone Exams. Keystone Exams have been developed in the areas of Literature, Algebra 1, and Biology. These three Keystone Exams have been developed to provide information about student achievement in those areas and to satisfy the federal requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).
In this year of statewide assessment transition, Pennsylvania requires that Keystone Exams be administered to 11th graders in the areas of Algebra 1, Literature, and Biology.
Also, beginning this year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that students in other grade levels take these Keystone Exams as they complete a course related to Literature, Biology, or Algebra 1. This means that students in 10th grade will take the Literature and Biology Keystone Exams as they complete their English and Biology courses this year.
In math, many tenth graders will be taking the Algebra 1 Keystone Exam because they did not have the opportunity for Algebra 1 testing as they completed the course in previous years. Some 10th graders will not be required to take the Algebra 1 Exam because they had participated in the Algebra 1 Keystone Exam when it was offered by the state two years ago, and they scored at the advanced or proficient levels.
Students in our middle schools will participate in Algebra 1 testing as they complete Algebra 1 courses. Students who have previously completed an Algebra 1 course but did not have the opportunity to take the Algebra 1 Keystone will also take that test this year.
To summarize, in this year of statewide assessment transition most 10th and 11th graders will be taking Keystone Exams. In addition, Algebra 1 testing will take place at the middle school level for students who completed an Algebra 1 course in previous years and as students complete the Algebra 1 course during the 2012-2013 school year.
In future years, students who enter their junior year having already demonstrated proficiency in one or more of the three areas will not need to take an additional test. They will have already met the requirements before their junior year.
Please see the link below for additional information about Keystone Exams.
News From Holicong's Music Department
The Holicong Music Department will be sponsoring a fundraiser this Thursday night, September 27th, at Uno’s in Warrington. Just by coming and eating dinner, Uno’s will donate up to 20% of your bill to the music department. All you need to do is present the voucher to your server as you are ordering and they will take care of the rest. You can obtain a voucher simply by printing out the PDF file using the following link http://www.cbsd.org/schools/holicong/Pages/Audio-Newsletter.aspx or having your child see any music teacher. Only one voucher is needed per table, and they apply to eat-in, take-out, or curbside service. If you have any questions, please contact the music department: Mr. C (firstname.lastname@example.org); Mr. Glaser (email@example.com); or Mrs. DiVasto (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks in advance, and we hope to see you this Thursday night!
Updates From The Magazine Drive
Over the last two weeks, our students have been actively involved in our annual fundraiser, which is a Magazine Drive. While our community has already donated very generously to this cause, we have decided to extend the magazine drive until Tuesday, October 2. We are making one last appeal for new orders because the profits from the fundraiser are so important to our budget. We are asking each student to do his or her best to turn in at least one more order and support our fundraising budget (which we spend completely on the kids).
We will be having a fun BINGO party at school for all who participate in the fundraiser. If your child simply sells at least one magazine, he or she will be invited to the BINGO game, to win fun and exciting prizes. If your child sells at least 5 magazines total (over the course of the entire fundraiser), he or she will also get to compete for the grand prize in our BINGO game, which will be a brand new iPad 3! We’d love to have everyone attend our BINGO party!
If you don’t want to make a purchase for yourself or for anyone in your family, you may donate a magazine subscription to a U.S. soldier through this campaign. Your child will earn credit to attend the game, our school will earn the profit from the donated magazine, and a soldier will get a free magazine subscription. Donated subscriptions to soldiers cost $25 each.
Please help as much as you can. Our final (late) turn in day will be Tuesday, October 2.
Thank you for your support.