Thursday, April 30, 2015

2015 American Legion Award

At this year’s Middle School Awards Assembly, the 8th  
Grade will recognize two students as American Legion Award recipients.

This national award is presented to 8th Graders across the 
country and is sponsored by the American Legion, a non-
profit veterans group.

To be eligible for this award, you must submit a resume 
to Mr. Smith by THURSDAY, MAY 7.

The resume must include how you meet the criteria set 
forth by the American legion in the following categories:

· Courage
· Leadership
· Patriotism
· Scholarship
· Service

Video Conferences

“It’s OUR War Too: Women in WWII” 
During the month of April, 8th Grade Civics students had the opportunity to participate in four video conferences with some of the most renowned museums in the nation following their daily PSSA Tests.  Students were able to choose which video conference most appealed to their interest from among four choices.

On April 14, Twenty-four students learned about the history of Presidential Campaign commercials from the Paley center for Media Museum in New York City.  Through a program entitled, “The Thirty Second Candidate”, students discussed propaganda techniques, analyzed historic campaign commercials from President Eisenhower and President Johnson and also compared & contrasted them with advertisements from more recent elections (Clinton, Obama).

On April 15, Twenty-six students participated in a video conference entitled “It’s OUR War Too: Women in WWII” which was broadcast live from the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.  Students not only viewed original TV spots promoting women entering the workforce, they also analyzed political cartoons from the era.  For many, the highlight of the video conference was the first-hand oral history provided by a real-life “Rosie the Riveter” named Edna Donnelly who worked in a shipyard in New Orleans during WWII.

On April 21, twenty students tested their espionage skills when they met with an educator from the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.  Students graduated from “Spy School 101” by completing three tasks:  analyzing a still photograph for suspicious activity taking place in a seemingly ordinary courtyard, identifying tools used by spies that appear to be common everyday accessories, and trying to spot a spy in disguise during a crowded scene from a hotel lobby.

On April 22, twenty-seven students learned about the “Red Scare: The Cold War on Television” as presented by the Paley Center in New York.  Students first viewed a famous P.S.A. that instructed everyone to “duck and cover” for protection from an atomic bomb.  Then, they discussed the psychological effects that building bomb shelters might have on the nation.  Finally, after viewing clips from the McCarthy hearings, students analyzed a sci-fi clip from a famous episode of The Twilight Zone for similarities to the hysteria-causing hunt for communists happening in the US in the 50s & 60s.

Strip District Tour & Lunch

On May 12, the eighth grade will see the documentary Nicky's Family in the South Side Works theater and then have lunch in the Strip District.  Each student must sign up for a restaurant for our Strip District lunch. Please note that students' choices are not guaranteed. If a student selects the same restaurant for all four choices below, they may be placed in another restaurant.

Students will get their first choice unless there are more than twelve students requesting that restaurant. If more than twelve students request the same first choice, a lottery will be conducted to fill the twelve slots. Students who do not get their first choice will then be placed in their second choice as long as that restaurant is not also filled.

If you have any questions, please contact Doug Haskins or Jason Smith. 

Sign ups will begin Thursday, April 30 in science class. 


  • Primanti Brothers
  • Pamelas
  • Delucas
  • Sushi Kim
  • Bella Notte
  • Pho Van
  • Cafe on the Strip
  • Mixsters
  • Chicken Latino
  • Little Bangkok
  • Casa Reyna Taco Shop
  • Carhops
  • Sunseris
  • Wholeys
  • Peppis

May Field Trips At-A-Glance

May 8 - Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center
May 12 - Nicky’s Family – JFilms Presentation & Strip District
May 19 - 8th Grade Celebration – Kennywood Education Day

Monday, April 27, 2015

Calendar Update

Thursday, April 30
 [Reading] Book Trailer due Fri, 5/1
 [Social Studies] Continue to work on Ohio Twp 5k
 [English] complete case study & prepare for discussion
 [Science] Review bridge types & decide on a design
 [IM1] lesson 8.6 worksheet
 [Math 8] all financial literacy unit assignments are due
 [Normal Schedule]

Friday, May 1
 [Reading] Book Trailer due
 [Social Studies] Continue to work on Ohio Twp 5k
 [Normal Schedule]

Wednesday, May 6
 2 Hr Delay Teacher In-Service
[Event] Advisory
12:00pm  [Event] Engineers Visit AMS 8

Thursday, May 7
 [Social Studies] Ohio Twp 5k Project DUE
 American Legion Award Resume due

Friday, May 8
 [Event] Heinz History Center
 [Event] Schools to Watch celebration
 [Lunch] Lunch to be eaten at school

Saturday, May 9
 [Event] Kennywood School Picnic

Tuesday, May 12
 [Event] Nicky's Family Field Trip & Strip District Tour Read more...
 [Lunch] Lunch to be eaten in the Strip District

Wednesday, May 13
 [Event] Holocaust Guest Speaker

Thursday, May 14
 [Event] BAAHA Presentation

Tuesday, May 19
 [Event] Kennywood Field Trip
 [Lunch] Lunch to be eaten at Kennywood Park

Wednesday, May 20
 [MATH KEYSTONES] IM1 students Read more... 

Thursday, May 21
 [MATH KEYSTONES] IM1 students Read more... 

Friday, May 22
 MS Olympics

Monday, May 25
 No School - Memorial Day

Thursday, May 28
6:00pm  [Event] Bump-up Night

Friday, May 29
9:45am  [EVENT] Bridge Expo / Engineers Visit

Monday, June 1
8:30am  AMS Awards Assembly

Wednesday, June 3
7:00pm  AMS Commencement

Friday, June 5

 Last Day of School