South Central Middle School

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Junior High Tech - STEM class

7th and 8th graders have a new technology elective available to them this year. Mrs. Oney is teaching her first STEM class to middle school students. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The STEM class encourages students to develop critical thinking skills and increase their science literacy while working collaboratively in this hands-on technology class. Students are learning to problem-solve, design web pages, and write code for Tello drones and Cue Robots. Debugging HTML has become a part of their daily routine. The Tello drones were purchased with grant funds enabling students to code the drones using a program called DroneBlocks. Students write their code in the DroneBlocks simulator, test it, and then fly their drones in the gymnasium with their written code. Grant monies have been used to purchase Cue Robots that students are programming. Mrs. Oney plans to purchase VEX robotic kits with additional grant money to enable students to work collaboratively building the robots. Her hope is that STEM helps her students to build resilience as they become the next generation of critical thinkers, problem-solvers, and innovators.

Digital Learning Day - Multimedia, Tech and STEM classes

On Thursday, February 25th, 7th & 8th graders in Mrs. Oney’s Multimedia, Tech, and STEM classes participated in Digital Learning Day. The motto for Digital Learning Day is “Together We’re Better. Together We’re Future Ready”. Digital Learning Day provides opportunities for students to work together to grow, learn, collaborate, and share with one another. On Digital Learning Day students participated in Digital Breakout sessions as they collaborated to solve brain teasers online. Students worked as a team to unlock the digital locks in the Breakout game. Students also used Merge Cubes with the iPads to experience Augmented Reality and learn more about science concepts at the same time. Seventh and eighth-grade STEM classes programmed their Cue robots on Digital Learning Day to follow a course that they had written on an iPad. Students were reminded that digital learning is not confined to a school or classroom. Instead, learning is mobile and is available to students anytime and anywhere.

8th Grade English

In 8th grade English, we have been working on how to effectively research using Google and how to write an argumentative essay. We have been learning how to look more critically at websites to figure out if they have reliable and credible information. We have been also working on how to write a complete thesis statement. We are working up to writing a full argumentative essay.

8th Grade Reading

In 8th grade Reading, we created a PSA about drinking and driving to prepare for our class novel. Students worked really hard on this project and created amazing videos to teach us about the dangers of drinking and driving. We are halfway through our class novel, Notes From the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick. We are focusing on writing specifically on answering extended response questions and supporting our answers with evidence from the text. We have done a variety of writing pieces that go along with our book. I am so proud of the 8th graders because I have seen a lot of improvement in their writing since the beginning of the year! Keep it up 8th graders!

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Upcoming Events

5 Remote Learning Day

10 OMEA Solo and Ensemble

14 National Pi Day

19 End of 3rd Quarter

22-23 OELPA Testing

24 Grade Cards Go Home