Thursday, September 17, 2015

Materials Needed for the Advertising Project

Dear Parents/Guardians,
In English class next week, we are beginning our advertising unit.  For this unit, in groups, the students will be creating their very own products.  They will then develop a sales pitch using persuasive writing techniques. To build their product, it would be very helpful if the students could collect as many household items as possible.
If you could please help your child collect some of these items, it would be greatly appreciated. Items that would be very helpful include (but not limited to):
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Buttons
  • Cereal boxes
  • Tissue boxes
  • Yarn
  • Plastic bottles
  • Egg cartons
  • Shoe boxes
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Rubber bands
  • Duct tape
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Fabric swatches

We will begin to build our products no earlier than Wednesday, September 23. Thank you so much for helping make your child’s experience in middle school a great one.

Miss Raitano and Mrs. Abate

Two-Hour Delay Wednesday

There will be a 2 hour delay on Wednesday, 9/23/15.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Black Box Blog

Students have published their results from the black box project! Check out what they are saying on the blog! It is available on the following website:  Soon, students from Milford, IL will be joining us on the discussion.

Monday, September 14, 2015

AR Progress Check

Midterm Progress Check & Quiz September 22, 2015

Click the icon below to access the Home Connect log-in for Accelerated Reader. Parents, ask your child for the AR Home Connect letters that were sent home Wednesday.

Special Symbols on Edline Reports

Teachers in the 8th grade use the grading symbols on Edline reports in different ways. Click here to see how each teacher uses the special codes for scoring assignments. 

Also, there is a new grading scale in effect. You can see the new grading scale on the AMS website

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Univ. of Pittsburgh SWE Event for Middle School Students

The following is a message from University of Pittsburgh SWE and AMS/ASD does not sanction the following the message or their activities. 

Dear students and parents,

You are invited to University of Pittsburgh Society of Women Engineer's Middle School Engineering Day. The flyer with all details of the event and how to sign-up for the event is linked below. The event is Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 9 am to 1 pm and the event is free! Please forward this on to your students/parents of 6th-8th graders and to anybody else who may be interested. Thank you for your support.

The link for signing up is below:

Middle School Engineering Day Committee

University of Pittsburgh Society of Women Engineers

Click here to view the info postcard

KidScience at the Zoo

The following is a message from Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and AMS/ASD does not sanction the following the message or their activities. 

The KidScience program at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, is seeking to recruit students with a strong interest and ability in science.  KidScience is a two-year program aimed at students in grades 6-8 who are interested in science, research, animal behavior, and conservation.  It is an intensive, but fun, program that introduces students to scientific principles and research methods within a zoo environment. 

KidScience is a two-year, year-round program. Classes for the upcoming school year will begin October 3rd, and we will continue accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year through mid-September. Students will attend class at the Zoo every other Saturday from October through May. The program will continue with a summer camp, which runs Monday through Thursday for three weeks in July 2016.  Throughout the program, students will learn research methods and problem solving techniques, which will allow them to conduct their own research projects on a favorite zoo animal.  In addition to research, the kids are exposed to local and international conservation issues, and they often work with peers on fun and educational group activities.  KidScience is tuition-based, but there are full scholarships available to any students who may need them. 

 Contact Information:
Amanda (Mandy) Revak
KidScience & Zoo U. Coordinator
One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-365-2567 (Tues. – Sat.)
fax 412-665-3661