The Middle School has gotten together to create a beautiful framed photo to be auctioned at the PTO Spring Auction! It took quite a few tries to get it right but we are proud of how it turned out! Thanks to Mrs. Bev and Mr. Dana for their help in getting it ready for the auction! Here is a sneak peak at the photo!
If you would like to bid for this item at the auction, please make sure you visit our website to purchase tickets for the Spring Auction on March 8th!
Thanks so much to all of the parents who came out last night to see our Middle School delegates showcase their knowledge. They did such an amazing job of researching and understanding real world problems, while coming up with practical solutions to help make the world a better place! Chris and I know that they couldn’t not have done it without the encouragement of their parents!
The students looked snazzy and professional and I know they were extremely proud of what they had accomplished! We are looking forward to having the ability to make it to William and Mary next year! Here are a few photos from last night of our spiffy delegates!
A few reminders:
Please remember to bring in a game to donate to our Middle School Game Night Basket for the PTO Spring Auction! All contributions are greatly appreciated!
We will be heading to UAB next Tuesday to learn about the connection between DNA and Forensics from Dr. Jason Linville! If your student has not returned their permission form for this trip, please make sure they bring it in on Monday at the latest! Your student will also need to bring a sack lunch!
Hey everyone! We have had a fabulous start to the new year! Students are already busy working on new writing skills, studying Ancient Greece, analyzing genetics, and continuing on within their math. The break was much needed and everyone came back rested and prepared to buckle down and get to work!
We are preparing for our February trip to the College of William and Mary for their Middle School Model UN Conference. We received our committees and we are excited to be researching Disarmament and Security, Social and Humanitarian Issues, World Health, and Peace Building! We also were excited to find out about our placement on 3 specialized committees that will give us look into past UN crises and resolutions. Thanks again for getting deposits in on time! We are on our way to a very smooth trip!
This past Tuesday we visited the Exceptional Foundation for the 5th time this school year! The foundation was excited to hear that our Headmaster Dr. Jeff and his wife were going to come and play music! Many of our friends at the foundation enjoyed the music with dancing and singing along. It was a great time!
Following our visit with the Exceptional Foundation we went to Nabeel’s for lunch! It was great for the student to experience authentic food from the Mediterranean region we are studying in History! From feta cheese, to lamb chops, the students came home with full belly’s and and a great experience! It was a lot of fun, and we were all glad we went!
Here is some information about our upcoming Holiday Party next Friday, December 20th!
Secret Snowmanand Holiday Party Information
- Secret Snowman starts on Monday and ends on Friday. This is an optional program. Small daily gifts are given to their Secret Snowman and a $10.00 gift is given on Friday.
- On Friday, December 20th, we will have our Holiday Party. The students have designed a fun filled morning.
- The students have chosen to play Rob your Neighbor Game with a “My Favorite Thing” theme. The gift ($10.00/wrapped) should be something that is one of their favorite things (book, movie, etc.). This is an optional program.
- We will have lunch (Chick-Fil-A), and watch the movie Heavy Weights.
The following optional items are needed for the class Holiday Party on Friday:
- Final Secret Snowman Gift $10.00 (optional)
- A wrapped $10 gift for the Rob Your Neighbor Game (optional)
- Money for Chick-Fil-A
- 1 can – soft drink and water
- Any snacks to share (candy, chips, popcorn, etc.)
FRIDAY DISMISSAL IS AT 1:00.
NO AFTERCARE IS AVAILABLE.
We are excited to celebrate with the students! We hope you have a wonderful and safe Holiday Break!
This month has been a fun one for our class! We took two trips that extended our classroom to provide new experiences for the students.
The first trip we took was to Atlanta to visit the CNN Center! In groups of 6, the students were able to take a “Behind the Scenes” tour of CNN’s newsroom, studio, and control room! We learned about how CNN finds and process information from around the world, and how they choose what to broadcast and what to leave out of their programming. The students had a wonderful time learning outside of the classroom, and thoroughly enjoyed spending time together on our 3 hour bus ride. We are excited that students now have a connection to the CNN Student News they watch every day.
The second trip we took this month was to deliver food from our Peace Ceremony Thanksgiving Food Drive to the Catholic Center of Concern in downtown Birmingham. We collected a large amount of different food items that helps to stock the Center’s food storage. Our class learned about the people who benefit from the services of the Center, and how the Center operates. Students then assisted the Center by sorting and shelving the food that JBMA had collected. It was a great experience for the students to tangibly see how the food they donate helps the people of Birmingham!
- Thank you everyone for your first deposit for the William and Mary Model UN Trip! We are able to reserve hotels and take care of all Conference Fees! Please make sure you keep updated with your student for the next deposit due in January for this trip!
- Exams are coming up, please make sure that you are communicating with your student to help them prepare! They will be bringing home study guides and lots of packets! It will be a big help to them to stay focused as they study!
We are very please to announce that after plenty of research, discussion, and voting, the class has decided unanimously to visit the Pacific Northwest for our Spring Trip! There are a multitude of activities in this region that include sand-boarding, hiking, tide-pool exploring, and educational programs for life science! We will be visitng the Redwood Forest in California, as well as Crater Lake National Park. This is a region that is very rich in biodiversity and wildlife, and the students are extremely excited for the chance to learn about and visit a different part of the country.
Fundraising will be going out throughout the year to minimize the cost of the trip for students. More details on these fundraising opportunities along with trip costs will be given to parents throughout the year. There will be multiple information meetings and we will be sure to address any questions you have. Mrs. Chris has been on this trip before so we will have expertise in planning a fun and cost effective trip!
Be sure to ask your student about the research that went into the decision this year and what kinds of exciting things we’ll be looking into doing!
The Bruno Montessori Middle School curriculum promotes stewardship for our environment: the classroom, the local community, and globally. Curriculum material covered is reinforced and enriched with field trips. The Middle School field trips are an extension of our classroom.
For first weeks of school we have researched the sources of water pollution, read contour maps, and investigated the environmental impacts of water pollution and the local Cahaba River Watershed. On September 20th, the middle school will be participating in the Cahaba River Society CLEAN Environmental Education Program. Traveling by canoe and outfitted with scientific equipment the students will investigate the complex relationship between land use and aquatic habitats. We will focus on the Cahaba Watershed and local water quality issues. Later in the spring we will be traveling to the Cahaba River Wildlife Refuge to see the blooming of the Cahaba Lilies.
Our objective is to foster a community of informed voters and decision -makers who are motivated to take action to protect the Cahaba River Watershed and improve water quality. We are very excited about taking learning outside of the classroom and exploring our local environment.