Cutline: Grade 6 Reese Gruis
Middle School Spelling Bee
16 March 2017
By Katelyn Champion
Recently, Reese Gruis was crowned champion of 16 finalists of the Woodbury Central Middle School Spelling Bee.
The spelling bee was held on March 15. Mrs. Lilly monitored the Spelling Bee, and some of the words for students to spell included "predominant," "veneer" and "flammable."
“You study and practice the words on the list that Mrs. Lilly gives you,” Reese explained. “It is cool when you do well and get the word right.” She won a certificate, a $10 Subway gift card, Laffy Taffy, and Airhead Extremes.
Middle School Spotlight
The seventh graders of Woodbury Central in Mrs. Dandurand’s social studies classes recently completed a month-long project about countries in Europe. Jake Ofert said that the project “was fun.”The students picked a country to study its imports, exports, and show where the country is located, its national flag, and its population and facts. The students benefit from this project as they learn about their country and others. This project is part of the curriculum whereby students learn about other countries and the United States’ role in the world. Mrs. Dandurand said that overall, the students “did a good job with their projects. They learned a lot about the European nations of their choice and opportunity to share with classmates.”
By Zach Thomas
When Mrs. Hubert’s sixth grade Language Arts students engaged in a one-month project involving the Ancient Egyptians, they learned how to conduct research, build their critical thinking skills, and research, plan, organize, and present an Ancient Egyptian museum exhibit. While the students also learned about the Egyptian society, government, and culture in Mrs. Dandurand’s Social Studies classes, they built and displayed their artifacts, and analyzed and presented historical facts from Ancient Egypt as well. When asked about the project, sixth grade student Ryder Koele said, “It was fun because we got to spend a lot of time working on the mummies.”
According to Mrs. Hubert, students benefit from this cross-curriculum project by developing their knowledge, elaborating their communication, and learning a value beyond school. The project focused on student learning goals, including standards-based content and skills such as critical thinking/ problem solving. After the project, the students and teachers reflected on the learning, and effectiveness of the project.
Levi Smith, Middle School Student of the Week
By Katelyn Champion
This week at Woodbury Central, Levi Smith was chosen as the Middle School Student of the Week. Levi was chosen by Mrs. Pieper, his reading teacher.
“Levi is always a very good listener and attentive during his group readings in reading class. He especially is good at participating and contributing to class discussions,” states Mrs. Pieper. She adds, “Levi has shown great improvement in his reading and comprehension skills. His ideas often lead student discussions.”
MS Student of the Week
By Jacob Wohlert
Woodbury Central's Miss Hanson chose Aidan O’Mara for Middle School Student of the Week. Miss Hanson said, “Aidan is a great student who listens to directions the first time and is always respectful. I always enjoy talking to him at the beginning of the year.”
Miss Hanson chose Aiden, a seventh grader, “because he is a great student to have in class who is respectful and always does what is ask of him without complaint.”
Chase Copeland, Reading Student
By Loryn Nettleton
“We use an educational periodical called “Scope” to include some short essays, information and dramas to round out their reading experience,” states Mrs. Bock who teaches reading class at Woodbury Central. Students can choose from nine different genres, and must read a certain number of books each quarter: sixth graders read 5 books, seventh graders read 6 books, and eighth graders read 7 books. “They get to choose their books,” says Mrs. Bock.
Students benefit from this project because “research has shown that students who spend time reading independently can lead to deeper understanding of vocabulary, grammar, and provide background knowledge to other core subjects, which, in the long run, creates better empathetic citizens as older teens and adults,” Mrs. Bock explains.
Sixth grader Chase Copelind says his favorite gene is “mystery.” Right now Chase is reading a book called “The Edge.” He chose this book because “it looked good.”
Mrs. Bock adds, “we try to allow at least 15-20 minutes most days for independent reading as well as assigning less homework to encourage reading at home. “As students finish their books, they meet with Mrs. Bock to discuss what they have read, and if they understand the reading or not. Mrs. Bock states that this project became part of the curriculum when, “I took a class along with some other teachers and we developed the M.S curriculum. It is based on a book by Donalyn Miller called, “The Book Whisperer” and her follow-up, “Reading in the Wild.”
This project lasts “all year” and “each student must try and reach their reading goals of 20, 24, and 28 books, many read many more than the required number,” states Mrs. Bock.
Mrs. Lilly, a T.A.G. teacher at Woodbury Central, chose eighth grader Henry Monk for this week’s middle school “Spotlight.” Henry participated in a school geography bee in the first week of January. According to Mrs. Lilly, this activity benefited students because, “It motivates students to learn about the world and how it works. It’s also a nice supplement to the geography portion of Social Studies.”
Henry says that his favorite part about geography is “looking at maps and seeing different forms of land.” He adds that his goal now that he has won the first round of the Bee is to “keep moving on and to support my school.”
Mrs. Lilly explains that each year thousands of schools in the U.S. participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest motivates students to learn about the world and how it works. The three levels of competition are school, state, and national.
Each school conducts its own Bee. After the winner takes the online qualifying test, the top 100 highest scoring students in each state advance to the state competition. The State Bee Champion advances to the National Championship on May 22 in Washington D.C.
Middle school "Students of the Week"
By Brandon Stender
Carson Edwards and Blase Sanford of Mrs. Gallagher’s Woodbury Central grade 6 science class were asked to design and create volcanoes of materials from home. Mrs. Gallagher ,a long-time middle school science teacher, chose the two boys to be middle school “Students of the Week” because “they were partners on the project, had their materials ready, and worked hard at constructing the volcano.”
Even though Carson missed some days due to illness, Blase worked hard on his own and finished the volcano on time. When asked about how the project went overall, she explained, “Carson and Blase ended up with a very realistic-looking volcano. "
The volcanoes erupted with the combination of baking soda and vinegar. Some groups used pop and mentos for explosions," and the entire sixth grade had fun with some hands on learning,” Mrs. Gallagher said.
Coach Reinders going through the plays with Addi McElrath
At Woodbury Central, Coach Reinders coaches basketball to the seventh and eighth grade girls. “The girls played pretty well all season,” Coach says. By the end of the season, the seventh grade girls’ record was 7-3, and the eighth grade girls’ record was 8-2.
Coach Reinders has coached middle school basketball for two years. “I am looking forward to see the current eighth graders move into their JV or Varsity roles next year,” she says.
Coach Reinders recently selected the season’s best players; they include seventh graders: Lynsey Countryman, Camrin Baird and Lillian Ofert, and eighth graders: Lyndsie Graff, Emma DeStigter, Mckenna Herbold and Addi McElrath. “Great group of girls, very coachable, and are always learning from Coach Blake Stubbs,” she adds.
Coach is excited to meet next year’s group of seventh graders. She is also excited to coach the seventh graders again as eighth graders because “they will be older and stronger.” She plans for a really good season for them.