Thursday, December 4, 2014

8th Grade Veterans Experience

On Wednesday, December 3, thirty-two 8th grade students traveled to the Heinz History Center for the annual Veterans Experience Workshop.  

These students spent the school day with local veterans who shared their personal stories of service in our nation’s military.  Students earned eligibility for this field trip by completing an essay and creating questions for the veterans.  

While at the History Center, students rotated through four stations, each featuring a veteran from a different war.  Students listened to first-hand testimonials, examined primary source artifacts, and asked questions to veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.  

In addition, the students participated in a panel discussion with all of the veterans where they discussed topics such as segregation in the military, the difficulty in returning home after combat, changes in communication technology, and their favorite military related book or film.  Students took detailed notes from all of the veterans’ stories and were encouraged to share them with others in the future.  

Thanks again to veterans Walter Patton (World War II), Dave Borland (Korea), Jack Sheehan (Vietnam), Larry Woods (Vietnam), and Debbie Dapper (Gulf War) for spending the day with our students.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Science layered curriculum final projects

As the science layered curriculum comes to an end, the students have been busy developing their final assessment. As with the activities throughout the unit, students had a choice in how they are to be assessed for the final grade. Some students have chosen to build something that relates the use transfer of energy while others have decided to take the unit test on Friday.

Students building a roller coaster.

Another roller coaster being built. 

Students creating a Rube Goldberg machine.

Toboggan coaster style coaster being built. 

Mousetrap race car under construction. 

A Rube Goldberg machine being tested. 

Calder inspired mobile representing the wide-world of sports. 

Calendar Updates

Thursday, December 4
 [Social Studies] Turn in Revolutionary Town Hall packet

Friday, December 5
 [sci] layered curriculum - final assessment due
 [Social Studies] Up Front Magazine worksheet DUE

Monday, December 8
 [Event] Photo Retakes

Tuesday, December 9
 [Reading] AR Points due Tues., Jan. 6
 [sci] D1 Homework: Waves Review

Wednesday, December 10
 [sci] D1 Homework: Waves Review
 2 Hr Delay Teacher In-Service

Friday, December 12
 [sci] D2 Quiz: Properties of Waves

Tuesday, December 16
 [sci] D3 Elements of Sound & Light

Friday, December 19
 [sci] Unit Test - Waves

Tuesday, December 23
 [Event] AMS Children's Hospital Auction is Dec 23​

Wednesday, December 24 - Friday, January 2, 2015
 Winter Vacation

Monday, January 5, 2015
 School is in session

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
 [Reading] AR Points due

Monday, January 19, 2015
 No school for students - ACT 80

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New science topic starts Monday

In science class, students will be learning about waves through the end of December. Assignments, notes, and other information can be found on the science 8 website,

Photo Retakes

Photo retakes will be on Monday, December 8th for both the high school and middle school. Order forms are available in the offices.

Monday, December 1, 2014

AMS Children's Hospital Auction is Dec 23

AMS Children's Hospital Auction is Dec 23

AMS Children's Hospital Auction is Dec 23 - if you'd like to donate anything please contact