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NW Goes to Selma, Celebrates Music and Academic Achievements

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents are reminded that NW Parent Teacher Conferences are on Wednesday, January 21 from 3:45 to 7:00 pm. There is only one conference day each for the winter and spring trimesters, so we hope that everyone can come to Northwest next Wednesday afternoon.

200 NW Students to Attend Selma

Over 200 NW students will spend time on MLK Jr. Day learning more about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr, by attending a special showing of the movie Selma on January 19 at 10:00 am at the Coral Ridge Theaters in the Coral Ridge Mall. Students who have signed up are asked to come to the Coral Ridge Theaters at 9:50 on Monday. They will be accompanied by 20 teachers and staff members of NW.

Selma recounts the activities of 1965 leading up to the passage and signage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made segregation illegal, discrimination was very much a part of daily life for African Americans and it presented considerable roadblocks to voting. The movie is rated PG-13 and depicts violence and brief strong language. Click here to download the permission form.

Click here for more information about Selma.

More MLK Day Activities Follow the Movie:

Date & Time: January 19th, 2015, 2 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Location: Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Description: This event will include several speakers, gospel music and a chance for interaction with the audience on the importance of MLK.

Date & Time: Monday, January 19th, 2015, 3:30 P.M. – 4 P.M.
Description: Join our march in unity as we walk from the East side of the UI Pentacrest, approximately ½ mile around the Pentacrest, returning to the Old Capitol. The march will be followed by a “Time to Remember”, in the Senate Chambers of the Old Capitol.

Date & Time: Monday, January 19, 2015, 4 P.M.
Location: Senate Chambers of Old Capitol Museum
Description: This is an hour-long program with a featured speaker and entertainment to honor MLK’s legacy. Program will be followed by a reception and an opportunity to meet other UI community members.

7th Graders Learn Research Skills

Every year in December and January 7th grade students engage in infectious disease research in the library. Dan Mascal, Dan Hill and I work closely to design a research project that combines an understanding of science standards and concepts with important information literacy skills. It is important to us that our students recognize the profound impact infectious diseases have on our local community and abroad, and are able to communicate that information effectively. This year we had an opportunity to connect this research with the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa. We began the unit by brainstorming a large list of research questions about infectious diseases that students had and then asked them to select one they would be able to explore in depth. Many of our students chose to learn about different aspects of the Ebola outbreak with questions such as:

  • What are some of the myths associated with the Ebola outbreak and why do these beliefs persist?

  • What are current treatment options for Ebola? How do doctors treat infected patients? What kinds of treatments are being tested?

The students spent the month of December finding information, reading, taking notes and citing sources. Now, we have moved on to our projects. Seventh graders have the option of creating a WeVideo movie, Prezi presentation, Piktochart infographic, or a Weebly website. The science teachers and I are very excited to see what these students are able to create and how they will demonstrate their learning!

Jenna Spiering, Teacher Librarian

Students Selected for SEIBA Honor Band

January 10 we took 16 Northwest JH students to Fairfield High School to audition for the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Honor Band. We are happy to report that all 16 students were accepted and 5 received 1st chair honors. Four 8th graders received top honors of the day, which means they were accepted to play in the Iowa Bandmasters Jr. High All State Band in Des Moines on May 14.

SEIBA Honor Band students include:

Anjali Huynh (flute), Rachel Ding (flute), Anna Brown (clarinet), Emily Buck (bassoon), Chris Kim (alto sax), Jack Gray (clarinet), Nick Stilwell (bari sax), Makenna Hendrickson (clarinet), Emma Gibson (trumpet), Lexi Moore (clarinet), Chen-You Wu (clarinet) Yang Shangguan (alto sax), Olivia Barker (trumpet), Anna Carmen (trumpet), James Mons (trumpet) and Ben Madden (trombone)

Here is a list of the four 8th graders to play in the Junior High All State IBA Band on May 14 in Des Moines:

Emily Buck

Nick Stilwell

Yang Shugguan

James Mons

The next band concert is Thursday, January 29 at West High.

American Math Honor Roll

Congratulations to the following NW Mathematicians for being named to the American Math Competition Honor Roll. Twenty-seven students were honored in Iowa this year and 15 of those students came from Northwest.

Co-State Winners

Darwin Jung, Daniel Stewart, and Ken Wilbur

Iowa Honor Roll

Ethan Chen, Michael Han*, Anjali Huynh, Darwin Jung*, Misha Kuznetsov, Yegor Kuznetsov*, Brody Lassner, John Li*, Yangtian Shangguan*, Ananth Shyamal, Divya Shyamal, Daniel Stewart, Ken Wilber, Reece Yang, Steven Yuan,

Bold face signifies Distinguished Honor Roll with score of 23 or above

* Second Year on Honor Roll

3-2-1 Knowledge Masters Rule the Nation

Congratulations to our 3-2-1 Knowledge Masters Team for outperforming all other teams in the nation. The team outpaced Jesuit High School in Louisiana and Hopkins West of Minnesota to take the top spot. The NW team answered 84.9% of their answers to score 270 points. The runner up team finished with 233 points with a correct answer rate of 73.3%. Congratulations to Mr. Mascal and the entire KMO club.

NW KMO Members

8th graders
Sophia Chen, Yangtian Shangguan, Ian Prescott, Emily Buck, Rachel Ding, Grace Wang, Steven Yaun, Niculai Curtu, Daniel Stewart, Ethan Chen, Francis Dai, Anjali Huynh, Charlie Zhang, Jenna Zeng, William Feng

7th graders
Michael Han, Jared Staskal, Mannish John, Daniel Song, Natalie Young, Ethan D’Alessandro, Yegor Kuznetsov, Patrick Taylor, Brody Lassner. Arie Paul, Sam Fennell-Chametsky

Dates To Remember

Wresting Practices Begin--Tuesday, January 20

Parent/Teacher Conferences, Wednesday, January 21, 3:45 to 7:00 pm

High school registration dates (for current 8th grader)--February 6 (receive materials) and February 13 (turn in materials)

Next NW All-School Party--Friday, February 6

NW/Coralville Recreation Ski Trip--February 26

Straight No Chaser, NWJH 8th Grade Jazz Band