Continued Preparations for the St. Jude Trike-a-thon!

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Our three remaining Trike-a-thon groups performed their skits this week for the Preschool. From costumes to props, the skits got plenty of laughs out of the preschool students. Here are the recaps from the students about how the skits went:

DSCF1744  “We did a skit for the children in the preschool to teach them to be safe near driveways. The kids loved Ryan,  who dressed up in a Gingerbread Man costume to grab their attention. In the skit, Carson was backing his “car” out of his driveway, and hit Ryan on his tricycle. Carson then brought Ryan to the hospital where he was treated and given a lesson on the importance of being safe around driveways.”

Carson, Maggie, Will, Ryan

DSCF1754“Today, our group went down to the preschool to present our skit for the Trike-a-Thon. Our skit was about how it is important to always watch where you’re going. The preschoolers sat peacefully while we presented our skit, and as we were acting it out, they watched us and enjoyed our performance. When we finished, the preschoolers giggled and listened intently as we told them to watch where they were going when they ride their bike. Today, the preschoolers learned a good tips for staying safe while riding a bike.”

Labdhi, Dayton, Hadi, Oliver

“Our group presented a skit to the preschoolers about why it is important to ride bicycles on the sidewalk. In our skit, a little girl is riding her trike. When she crosses the street a car doesn’t see her and she could have gotten hurt. The man in the car tells her to always ride on the sidewalk and she learns her lesson. We also had a special guest appearance made by Elsa from Frozen. The preschoolers really liked it and hopefully learned to always ride their bikes on the sidewalk.”

Eden, Luke, Mary, and Cate

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Learning About Bike Safety!

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DSCF1723This week we started our skits to prepare the preschool for their upcoming St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon. Here are some updates from the students about how it went this week:

DSCF1708Our group presented a skit and song about St. Judes for the preschool.  We told the preschool students about St. Judes and then performed our skit and song. St. Judes was founded by Danny Thomas and allows people to come into the hospital without needing money. St. Judes researches childrens’ cancer treatments and they make it their goal to stop cancer. Everybody is accepted at St. Judes no matter their race, religion, or ability to pay. This is what we taught the preschoolers.  We presented a song for the preschoolers so that they could understand what St. Judes was about. We also talked about how many kids their age go to St. Judes for treatment. We had a great time presenting to the preschool.

Deven Patel, Trey Atkins, and Cami Bolding

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This week our group has been informing the preschoolers about helmet safety.Today we presented a short skit on why you should wear a helmet. We informed them about the dangers of not wearing  a helmet and how they can stay safe by wearing one. Last Friday we put up posters telling the parents to make sure their children have helmets for the Trike-A-Thon. Monday, we handed out informational flyers to the parents during carpool. Now, the preschoolers know to wear their helmets while riding their bikes. We have hopefully taught the preschoolers the importance of helmet safety .

Lexi Hodson, Austin Stallworth, Molly Webb, and Lily Mixon

Upcoming Events for the Middle School

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Fall is an exciting time for the Middle School! September marks the beginning of several community service campaigns. Here are a few things that our middle schoolers are committing time to in the next month!

Sebastian PicSebastian Lemos Run/Walk: This event is being put on by friends of the Lemos Family. Many our students were close with Sebastian when he was a student here at JBMA. The race is a 5k run/walk that is benefiting pediatric cancer research. Several of our students will be working to help set-up, run, volunteer at water tables, take-down, etc. The race is tomorrow so if you would like to run, walk, or donate please be sure to register today!

StJudeChildrensResearchHospital_Newsletter_800x600St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon: Each year our students spend time teaching our JBMA Preschool students about bike safety. Skits, activities, and posters are planned and made to help preschoolers become safer on their bikes before the upcoming Trike-a-thon on October 10th. The preschool raises funds through the Trike-a-thon for research at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Our students are looking forward to getting the preschoolers prepared to ride their bikes safely around our school track in a few weeks!

soles4soulsSoles for Souls: The Middle School has been fortunate to participate in collecting gently worn shoes for a charity called Soles for Souls. As a kick-off for this, the Middle School will be collecting shoes as admission to our JBMA Fall Festival on October 19th. The shoes that are collected go all over the world to help people in need. We are excited to collect shoes to help those in need, so if you have old shoes please be sure to start collecting from your friends and family!

Founding Fathers and Density

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The Middle School Science Lab

This week in the Middle School’s science lab, we performed an experiment that required us to find the density of several objects. DSC02034Density is the mass of an object divided by the volume of the object.   We found the mass of the object using a triple beam balance.  Next, we found the volume of the object by measuring the amount of water displaced by the object in a graduated cylinder.  After finding the densities of various sizes of the same substance we discovered that a substance, no matter the size, has the same density.  In addition, 1 mL = 1 cm3.

Founding Fathers Presentation

This week in the middle school we made a powerpoint presentation on a given founding father. We learned a variety of things from the presentations because our classmates were very DSC02027creative and entertaining. We learned about the life and contributions of our founding fathers to the beginnings of America. Two of our classmates (Ryan Aldaher and Labdhi Mehta) dressed up as their founding father. If you ever run into a middle schooler and ask them about the beginning of America, I’m positive they would know all sorts of information about the founding fathers.

Experts in Collaboration

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We have been at school for a month now and have already gotten so much accomplished! Our students have now had time to work on a multitude of collaborative assignments, and are already used to using our new classroom technology to complete group work. We have explored the guidelines for the science lab, as well as work together to analyze the Declaration of Independence. Collaborating is an extremely important skill that we hope to instill in our middle school students. They have proved already to be very adapted to working together!   DSC02024   DSC02018

The Chromebooks are here!

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We are so thrilled to finally have our class set of chromebooks and begin incorporating Google classroom into our curriculum. Each of the students successfully set up their computer this week, and have already started working on projects using Google Apps. We can’t wait to show the students all that Google has to offer! Here is what they think about the new classroom addition:

- What do you think about the new Chromebooks?
“They are awesome!” Carson
“I think the Chromebooks are an effective learning tool which will be very useful in the classroom environment.” Will
“I really like them, they are amazing!” Maggie

- What is your favorite part of using Google so far?
“Google Drive! I love the idea of being able to access everything from anywhere!” Dayton
“My favorite part is the Google Classroom. You can see the assignments and when they are due, all of the info you need is all right there!” Labdhi

- What do you look forward to doing the most with the Chromebooks?
“I look forward to getting our assignments online.” Lexi
“Not having to write most of my assignment on a sheet of paper. It’s so simple and clear now!” Cate
“Saving time and learning how to type better” Eden

Excitement is in the air! We cannot wait to learn together how to better use this new technology to enhance our classroom!

 

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An Exciting First Two Weeks!

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We are so pleased that our first two weeks back have been successful! Our students are finally into the swing of our routine. Our English and Math classes have been off to a great start and we have our groups organized and working together well. At this point we are diving into content in our Science and History classes. The students have done a great job working together, getting their jobs done, and encouraging each other as we have adjusted to our new schedule.

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