We have spent the last few weeks celebrating "Arts in our Schools Month," with music selections from the Middle School band and chorus. Today, Ms. Tarasiewicz inspire our staff and students to think about their own creativity, and to ponder when they feel the most creative. Displayed in the main hallway is the poster below, highlighting the endless ways that our learners are inspired, creative, and innovative. Each post is written on a different color and shape design, representing the uniqueness of each of the individuals making up our learning community.
Congratulations to our seven Middle School students who were recognized for their extraordinary efforts at the Kid Winds event at SUNY Poly. For the entire story, click here:
5th Grade: Third Place-Middle School Division
8th Grade: Second Place-Middle School Division
The Amazing Nano Brothers were in Westmoreland recently to teach and excite our fifth and sixth grade students about science. During this comedy performance, the Nano Brothers juggled everything from potted plants to tennis rackets to demonstrate the mysteries if matter - including atoms, molecules and nano-technology. The Nano Brothers perform regularly at the Boston Museum of Science. (By: Mr. LaLonde)
Recently our students had the rare opportunity to handle rocks from the moon! Students in STEM classes learned about the moon and its formation by analyzing the rocks. The moon rocks are considered to be a national treasure and are on loan from NASA. They were brought to the earth by astronauts during the Apollo missions. (Thank you to Mr. LaLonde for this article and pictures!)
Congratulations to each of the eight students who were awarded with the, "Student of the Month" certificate this week for November! 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
Brianna Jones (Missing from group photo)
Brooke Jones (Missing from group photo)
Teams from Westmoreland Middle School competed this past weekend in the regional Kid Wind challenge at SUNY Poly. Kid Wind is a program which engages students in wind energy science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and has become part of our middle school STEM curriculum. Teams of students engineered wind turbines in an effort to produce as much electricity as possible.
Representing Westmoreland were fifth graders Aidan Kirk, Jerry Fiorini, and Carson Nestved. The eighth grade team was made up of Collin Kelly, Bryce Daskiewich, Ben Christensen, and Mike Alloggio. (Thank you to Mr. LaLonde for the article and pictures.)
Not many high school students can say that they are journalists for a local newspaper. Andrew Serianni, Westmoreland High School student, recently spent the day shadowing the team at the Rome Sentinel, and as they say, "the rest is history." He has already published two articles, one of which highlighted our EPIC initiative. Check it out!
Rome Sentinel EPIC Link
Below are two pictures from the High School Jazz Band from the Oneida Jazz Festival on Friday. Jason Crumb and Bryce Daskiewich, both Middle School students, joined their high school peers in the competition. Students have been preparing music since December for this festival. The jazz band brought home a silver rating, and equally as exciting, five of our high school students were selected for the all-star band in our class. Congratulations to all of our musicians, especially to Bryce and Jason! (Thank you to Mrs. Cutler for the blog post)
It's 'Arts in Our Schools' month, and the 7th and 8th grade band kicked us off this morning proving yet again that their talent is really endless! We are so fortunate to have such a strong program here at Westmoreland CSD!
A post from Mrs. Davis....
Earlier this fall, the Middle School held a food drive to benefit the Country Pantry of Clark Mills. When it was all said and done, our advisory had collected zero items. We simply forgot to bring in food. As a group we were frustrated with ourselves. The students decided that they would do something to participate anyway. I thought they would probably decide to simply bring in food and I would deliver it. I was touched, inspired, and humbled with what they did next. The kids organized their own food drive. They sent out letters to families participating in the December music concert, decorated food boxes, and collected and brought in an additional 121 food items. Then the kids wanted to do more so we contacted the Pantry and asked if we could volunteer when the food was delivered. So on Tuesday February 24th our advisory (and Mr. Cucci) delivered our donated items and worked to help with distribution. In just 90 minutes, these ten students packaged more than 100 bags of produce, counted and sorted items in the center, stocked and restocked shelves of canned goods, and packaged more than 200 bags of toilet paper. The volunteers at the Pantry actually ran out of jobs for our students to do, they had never imagined that the kids would work so hard and accomplish so much.
I am a lucky person. As a music teacher, I get lots of opportunities to see our kids really shine. I will never forget this time with my students at the Country Pantry. I could not be more proud of them. Perhaps the most rewarding part of the day came when the students asked when we could go back and work again. Seeing my students grow as caring and compassionate human beings....this is why I teach.
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