Wednesday, February 27, 2019

8th Grade Science: Synthetic Materials

The students chose a synthetic material to investigate to gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.  They described how the synthetic materials are made from natural resources, how synthetic materials are made by chemically changing the starting substances to create a material with different characteristics, how some examples of synthetic materials are plastics, medicines, and new fuels, how a synthetic substance may be chemically identical to a naturally-occurring substance or may be different, how making and using synthetic materials have both positive and negative impacts on society. They performed an in-class investigation modeling the proper research method, making a synthetic material in the lab (gel worm), and then applying their knowledge by creating either an advertisement, short video, poster, or article of their own product and demonstrating mastery of the information by presenting it to the class.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Volleyball Jamboree Volunteers

Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make our Volleyball Jamboree a success!  Our coaches, parents, teachers, students, and former students worked hard to welcome all the athletes and visiting fans.  We started many traditions at this year's jamboree and we are already looking forward to next year's competition.

Monday, February 25, 2019

The Great Kindness Challenge

I would like to thank our G.O. Team for organizing the Great Kindness Challenge.  As part of our activities, Mrs. Mentzer's classes created a big "thank you" banner for our grounds and custodial crew.  They were touched to receive the banner and all the thank you cards.  We know how valuable they are to our school.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Concession Stand

Thanks to our NJHS students for welcoming the fans at the Volleyball Jamboree.  The students worked at the front door and in the concession stand.  Our NJHS students do a lot of service projects for our school and greater community.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Art Club: Valentines

The Art Club invited all our students to meet after school and spread kindness by making Valentine's Day cards for family and friends.  Thanks to Mrs. Schleipman-Burke for all her work with the Art Club.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Volleyball Jamboree

The Whiteside Middle School Booster  Club works hard to build our community.  For the Volleyball Jamboree, the Booster Club made welcome posters for the other teams.  We had gift bags for all the athletes and we made a special program to recognize the athletes, coaches, and schools.  We will work  to continuously improve our programs!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

NJHS Blood Drive

Our National Junior Honor Society has been hosting blood drives for eight years.  I am proud to report that we are the top middle school  in this area for blood donations.  I would like to thank our NJHS students for their hard work in organizing these important events.  Thanks to all of our donors! You are great role models for our students.

Friday, February 15, 2019

8th Grade Volleyball Team

Congratulations to our 8th grade volleyball team for placing second at the Whiteside Middle School Volleyball Jamboree!  The volleyball athletes are off to a great start and we love cheering them on at their exciting games.

Science Club: Invisible Ink

The science club members performed three different ways to make invisible ink.  They gave evidence for which method was most effective.

Method 1:   baking soda solution with a light bulb
Method 2:   cornstarch and iodine 
Method 3:   lemon juice and a light bulb

They determined that the cornstarch and iodine method was the most effective at creating a clear and legible message.  

Thursday, February 14, 2019

7th and 8th Grade Girls Basketball Celebration

We had a wonderful time recognizing our 7th and 8th grade girls basketball team and their families  at the 2nd annual basketball celebration.  The athletes signed the ball from the regional tournament and received their awards.