The Bronco Buzz
September 25, 2015
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE FORKS
- Monday, September 28- Language Arts Vertical Team @ GOES
- Monday, September 28- Begin Reach Higher Week
- Tuesday, September 29- ILT @ 8AM
- Tuesday, September 29-Special Education Vertical Team @ BHS
- Tuesday, September 29-Science Vertical Team @ BHS
- Wednesday, September 30- Math Vertical Team @ BES
- Thursday, October 1- PLC
- Friday, October 2- End Reach Higher Week
WINS FOR THE WEEK!
- Our wonderful PTSA provided some fantastic treats for us during the extended hours of Early Release.
- Speaking of Early Release, we thank you for taking the time to sit down with so many parents. We saw many parents leave with smiles on their faces knowing that their students were cared for and in great hands!
- Hooray! Five Forks Middle School has earned the title of a Green and Healthy (G&H) Taking Action School. Our school's environmental representatives, Mary Chamier, Bill George, and Julie Spence, led our school's team to help students develop the necessary 21st century knowledge and skills that foster life-long attitudes and behaviors that improve our environment and community.
- STEAM is picking up STEAM...our Labdisc Sensors have arrived and we are going to use them to support learning at high levels!
- We survived this week...FALL is here...and October is just around the corner! You all ROCK!
COUNT ME IN AWARD... Nancy Kimbrell
Instructional Highlights of the Week
Our eight mini Labdisc sensors have arrived! We purchased these sensors using the funds awarded to us from the STEM Innovation grant this past summer. They will provide our students with the ability to measure a variety of factors including external temperature, ambient temperature, humidity, voltage, current, air pressure, heart rate, GPS, and pH. The sensors can be easily implemented in a classroom activity or lab experiment. Furthermore, they communicate wirelessly to a student’s tablet or laptop for data logging and graphing purposes. They could be beneficial for the data collection in students' science fair projects!
Here's a link to demonstrate what they can do: Sensors
What the Heck is PBL?
Our main area of focus for STEAM this year is Project-based learning. Several of our talented FFMS teachers have received training from our district in PBL and are coordinating successful lessons within their classrooms. Here's a brief article that introduces PBL and provides some context on how it can be effectively implemented.
Conferences, Ready, Set, GO!
The 7th Grade Bennett team used Google Docs to take notes for their conferences for Early Release. Jeni Greene uploaded the original conference form and shared it with the team. Jacob then made a copy of the form, one for each student on the conference schedule list. After sharing those with the rest of the team, each teacher went in and added their comments and grades before the conferences started. Then, during the actual conference, the only thing that had to be done was add any additional notes from the parents and print! What a great way to save time- great job Bennett team!
Did you know that FFMS is getting 10 Chromebooks to place in our STEAM lab? That is right! These awesome devices function like a laptop, but work seamlessly with our new Google Apps. Students will love the ease of creating rich and meaningful projects that can be created in Google Docs, Google Slides, and more. These devices also use Chrome, so students can use them to work in eClass as well! Get ready, they are coming soon!
This week Mrs. Rafferty's class visited the computer lab to type essays on Jerusalem. Mrs. Rafferty's class was the first class to use Google Docs to type their assignment. Once they ceated the doc they shared it with Mrs. Rafferty. She was able to stand in the front of the room and watch the students type their essay, live! She also made comments to them right on their paper, such as, "you have forgotten to use a period" and other helpful editing comments. Students can also access their Google Docs from any device, which is very helpful for those students who don't have Microsoft Word at home. It was an AMAZING lesson! Great job Mrs. Rafferty.
Conferences, Ready, Set, GO!
Digital Citizenship and more!
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Click HERE to visit the site and learn more.
GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION
Did you know that Mrs. Brown has started a Blog? Check out what is happening in our very own FFMS Media Center!