Eighth Grade Soaring Eagles
The Soaring Ceremony is a "pinning ceremony" dedicated to the transition of 8th grade Middle School students into Upper School. This year the second Annual Soaring Ceremony was opened by the MS Chaplain, Jon Gorsky. Benjamin Martin, Anna Sward, and Avery Bayes, the male and female students receiving highest academic honors, were recognized, and Ben Martin gave a speech to commemorate the achievements in 8th grade. In addition to academic achievement, a select group of students were honored by receiving a superlative award. Awards included: Most Likely to Brighten Your Day, Most Christ Like, Most Likely to Teach/Coach at NCCS one Day, Biggest Daredevil, and Most Likely to become a Professional Comedian, just to name a few. Middle School Principal Craig Konchak shared some inspirational words about courage and emphasized this year’s theme verse - Proverbs 4:23. The Soaring Award was presented immediately following, and this year’s male and female recipients of the Soaring Award are Bryce Crawford and Anna Sward. Students then received their pin from Upper School principal Megan Strange, signifying the bittersweet end of their Middle School journey and the exciting adventure ahead in Upper School.. Mrs. Strange closed the ceremony in prayer and the class of 2023 enjoyed a reception in their honor.
Dissecting and Inspecting
Middle School Life Science dissected frogs as a part of a culminating activity for their body systems unit. They were able to see and explore firsthand how tissues form organs, organs form organ systems, and how all of the organ systems create the organism. This type of hands-on lab also gave students the chance to compare and contrast human anatomy to another vertebrate, a frog. Mrs. Rediger said, “The students loved seeing all of the organ systems intact within the body cavity, removing the digestive tract, seeing contents of the stomach and seeing the frog eggs contained within a couple of the female frogs.” The students enjoyed having this learning experience designed to reinforce what their knowledge from their body systems unit.
Middle School clubs are one of the most anticipated activities of the week and fifth grade teacher Margie Land’s “No Bake” Cooking Club is a fun favorite among students. This club encourages students to know and understand the idea that cooking can be fun and exciting. Some of the favorite cooking projects this year have been making s’mores and chocolate delight. Yum! To make the group even more enjoyable, the students are given the opportunity to come up with what they make. At the very beginning of the semester Mrs. Land and Mrs. Capes, who also helped with the club, gave students the chance to find recipes that don’t require bake time for them to make. The students love this sense of responsibility and creativity! All together, Cooking club has been a big hit!
Inventing and Innovating
Seventh grade students in Coach Zack Tucker's class recently put their minds to work on a project about the Industrial Revolution. The students had studied various inventions from the 1800’s that impacted America, such as the cotton gin, steam engine, railroad, and the telegraph. With these inventions as inspiration, the seventh graders were to create their very own inventions. Coach Tucker said, “Over the years I've had various inventions, such as a contact lens that take pictures, a spinal implant to help with paralysis, a wakeboard that controls the boat, and a drone taxi. It's a pretty neat way to see how students try to make problems and parts of their lives easier.” The range of inventions students considered included medical devices, food prep, safety, school equipment, sports equipment, and transportation. Students were only limited by their own creativity as they came up with ideas!
Tellus Museum Trip
Seventh grade students visited the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville recently and enjoyed the opportunity to review much of what they learned in science during the school year in a fun and exciting way. While at Tellus, students were guided through a tour of the rocks and minerals gallery where they reviewed the three types of rocks and gems. The students also participated in several hands-on classes, including panning for gemstones to take home. The day ended with a visit around the galaxy in the planetarium. The trip was one the students will never forget!
Traveling in the Classroom
Students in Mrs. Capes’ fifth grade classes were able to experience some in-class travel experiences as they chose a country in Asia to research and share facts about their countries with their peers. Some of the popular choices were Vietnam (two students have Vietnamese heritage), Iran (also the heritage of one student), South Korea, Japan, Uzbekistan, Israel, and many others. The students learned the capital cities of eighteen countries, as well as where they were located on the map. In class, they presented ten facts on tri-boards along with the flag and seal of the country. They also drew a map and decorated it with the resources of the country and made a creative title to put at the top. The students really enjoyed learning some unusual facts about these faraway places, including the fact that most people don't eat the same type of food we do! Although there are lots of McDonald's around the world, not every country loves cheeseburgers like we do! The students were surprised by the differences discovered in the various Asian countries and they gained greater understanding of that part of the world through their research and presentations.
Middle School E-news articles written by Upper School Journalism student Sara Parker, 11th grade