Woodbury Central’s sixth grader, Erika Kuntz, “is an excellent reader,” according to Mrs. Murray who is temporarily teaching Mrs. Bock’s reading classes. Mrs. Murray adds that Erika is kind to others, is willing to help, and has read more than three dozen books “so far this year, and always has a book in her hand.”
Mrs. Murray says that she is “proud” of Erika. “Erika is a fine student that always puts forth extra effort.”
The sixth grade art classes at Woodbury Central are using tempera paints tocreate parodies of either the “Mona Lisa” or “American Gothic.” “We start this lesson by learning about the artists that created these two paintings,” says art teacher Mr. Buckley. “We also discuss what a parody is and how to make one.”
After the lesson, students start by sketching four images. “We figure out the colors,” explains Mr. Buckley. Once they complete the sketches, “we then go through the color-mixing, and learn how to make different colors, along with painting techniques,” says Mr. Buckley. Students learn about art history and how to express themselves. “I like this project, but it is a little challenging,” says Halle Dennison.
Students become acquainted with the two famous pieces of art, and the artists that created them. During this project, students expand their knowledge of tempera paints and color theory. “Sixth graders create an original artwork, and determine the direction of their parody,” says Mr. Buckley.
Mrs. Lilly and the Woodbury Central TAG students will design a wind turbine to take to the Kid Wind Challenge competition this next spring. “Each team will put their turbine project in a wind tunnel and it will be judged on how well it performs,” states Mrs. Lilly.
The students are “excited to explore the possibilities and create their own wind turbines,” Mrs. Lilly says. “This activity is a great opportunity for critical thinking, collaboration, fun, excitement, and friendly competition.”
On Oct. 1, Jordan Menning, a guest speaker in Mrs. Lily’s TAG class, introduced students to these wind turbines that will be in Primghar, IA this fall. “They will have the country’s largest wind farm of 214 wind turbines,” states Mr. Menning. “There will be 20 to 25 new jobs created because of these new turbines.”
Cutline: 7th grader Madelynn Paulsen
Middle School Spotlight
By Tony Glackin
As Mrs. Hubert’s seventh grade Language class embarks on an entrepreneurial project this week to design an amusement park, the students group together to decide upon the nearest place to Moville that will be the best place for an amusement park.
Eighth grader Seth Mattioda participated in the project last year. He commented that “it was one of the more fun things we did last year, and the best part was designing the park.”
During this project, students develop skills such as the ability to communicate ideas effectively, and work appropriately and productively with others. The students research theme park ideas and current land surveys in Woodbury County and “complete a brief feasibility study,” Mrs. Hubert states. They will also decide how best to present the information they gather to a group of students posing as potential investors.
“This project was implemented to address an essential problem faced by people in today’s society,” says Mrs. Hubert. “How can we persuade others to accept our ideas when writing or speaking?”
Student presentations include a park drawn to scale, research from the feasibility study, and any additional information that the students choose to provide. It is a two-week project that teaches students how to communicate ideas to a group, and provides a bit of a break from normal classroom routines.
Middle School Student of the Week
Woodbury Central eighth grader Joshua Garcia is Student of the Week for his work in math class. Mrs. Stokes chose him because “Josh has been a great example to his peers. He perseveres through difficult problems and concepts, as well as making corrections when the opportunity arises.”
Josh says that he does his “math homework to help for the math test, and I study to make a good grade on my test.”
According to Mrs. Stokes, Josh puts in “a lot of effort to further his mathematical understanding” in his class.