Today marked the official placement of Mrs. Obey's sixth graders' time capsule! Students buried the time capsule after carefully selecting items that their "future selves" would like to see from 2016. Some items that students placed in the capsule include pictures, an iPod, Kindle, phone, baseball, hockey puck, action figures, and Nerf darts. This has been an ongoing project in social studies class, and today marks the culmination of their hard work. We look forward to unearthing this when students are seniors. Thank you to Mr. Craig Johnson for constructing the tube for the capsule, to Mr. LaLonde for his guidance and expertise, and to our maintenance and operations team for selecting the perfect spot behind the basketball court.
Congratulations to each of the students who were awarded with the, "Student of the Month" certificate this week for May/June! We are proud to have such a wonderful community here at Westmoreland Middle School, and are thrilled to recognize each of these students. This month's students include:
Students of the Month
It's hard to clearly articulate how proud we are of our fifth graders for their tremendous dedication and unforgettable 'transformations' for their wax museum presentations. Each student selected an individual who had a significant impact on our world, and spent weeks researching and writing about this individual. Their task was to know this person so well that they could become a "wax version" of him or her. With the touch of a button, each fifth grader brought their presentation to life, never breaking character! After opening the exhibit three times, our students had our entire district and community applauding their efforts. Congratulations and all of the praise you received is very well-deserved!
*We hope to include a picture of each student, so if you have any to share, please send them to Mrs. Guy, Mrs. Miller, or
It is with great pleasure that we congratulate the class of 2020 on their graduation from Westmoreland Middle School. It was truly an honor to recognize each student last evening during their ceremony. We wish them all the best as they embark on their next journey in high school. They are each well-equipped to be the leaders of change in our world!
Thank you to Westmoreland High School senior Savannah Decker for speaking to the class about the importance of hard work and dedication as they enter high school.
Seventh grade students worked to harness the power of the sun in STEM class. Teams designed solar ovens using using science concepts related to light, heat transfer and greenhouse effect to heat water. The best performing ovens raised the temperature of water 140 degrees Fahrenheit. -Mr. LaLonde
Eva Brettler, 2,500 miles away in Los Angeles, shared her courageous journey during one of the incomprehensible times in history. During this Skype meeting with eighth graders, Eva recounted her experiences in the ghetto, horror of the concentration camps, heartbreak of losing family and friends, glimmers of hope that existed in the human spirit, and how she rose from the unthinkable to become a dedicated wife, mother, and social worker. Her message to students was to stand up for others, and to intervene when someone is being treated unjustly, because small acts make a tremendous difference. Her story and message will undoubtedly stick with students and adults forever. Thank you to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California for helping us to organize this learning opportunity for our students and to Eva for having the courage to share her story so our students can learn from the past to create a better future.
Sixth graders in Mr. Kulpa's Logic, Thinking, and Reasoning (LTR) class hosted a showcase event last evening in the Zi3 space for parents and families to share their innovative, inspiring, and imaginative robot designs. They followed up this morning by inviting fifth graders and teachers to see their work, and both students and adults were amazed at the level of thinking, sophistication in design, and coding/program ideas from our students. We are proud of our students for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to being innovative learners and leaders!
Find out more about student's work with robots by clicking here!
If you've been into the Main Office over the last few weeks, you've likely seen the amazing Popular Culture icons that are proudly displayed from Ms. Tarasiewicz's seventh grade artists. For this project, the Art 7 students picked an iconic Popular Culture character and replicate it in the form of a miniature sculpture. Proportions, physical features and trademark colors were to be duplicated. Students used a white polymer clay called "Sculpty" to create the form, and later added color using acrylic paints.
Out of respect for our talented artists, we gave them the option of having their image posted with or without their names. I think that you'll agree, that each is a creative interpretation of some of the most well-known iconic characters! Thank you to Griffin Catello for being our photographer for these sculptures.
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