Yearbook Staff Fundraiser
Yearbook staff held a Corn Hole Tournament to raise
money to reduce the costs of yearbooks. Mrs. Trissler
and the yearbook staff organized the event. Students
participating in the competetion were paired with
a partner from each grade level. Students watched
and cheered their favorite teams in the tournament.
grade winners were Patrick Cotton and Eric
-7th Grade winners were Jared Brown
and Kyle Moore
-6th grade winners were Kyle Simon
and Zach Wooten
in Mr. Rick Powell’s Language classes were required
to create and perform a commercial or skit using one
of the five propaganda techniques that were recently
covered in his language classes.
Students invented or designed a product or service.
Next, they created a poster board containing their
slogan and product design. A copy of their dialogue,
of their commercial or skit, also had to be completed
and submitted as part of their assignment.
Students enjoyed the opportunity to be perform their
commercials or skits and demonstrate their creativity.
Greg Tipton, Principal at Northwest Middle School,
recently welcomed parents to attend
and awareness meeting concerning Achievement Testing.
He shared with those attending, the purpose of a school
report card and the manner in which a school receives
a grade or indicator on the report card. Mr. Tipton
explained that points can be earned in several different
ways, such as; if 75% of the students are proficient
in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade tests. Points may also
be awarded based on school attendance. If the school
attendance percentage is 93% or higher, then a point
will be awarded to the school. Mr. Tipton stated that
points may be given to schools that scores represent
an Adequate Yearly Progress. (AYP)
Principal Tipton shared with the parents, the Northwest
Middle School Plan for Improvement. He stated that
flexible grouping is presently being practiced, students
with disabilities are participating in regular classes,
and intervention time is built into each school day.
Teachers have been attending professional development
workshops, from which research has been obtained on
implementing effective teaching strategies.
He concluded the meeting by stating that short cycle
and quarterly assessments are currently being used
by staff to measure a student’s comprehension.
- Here is a great
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Jeremy Blankenship, an eighth grade student
at Northwest Middle School, was in a dirt bike accident. He
suffered third degree burns to his leg. He was sent to Shriners
Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, OH for surgery. Upon arriving
there, Jeremy was made to feel at home. Everything was provided
free of charge and they made him feel as relaxed as possible.
He attended classes, played games, read books and magazines,
and was able to view a variety of DVD’s during his stay.
These activities were all made possible from the “Tab
The “Tab Fund” has been made from people collecting
and donating pop tabs. Contribution of tabs for the benefit
of the children who are patients in the Shriners Hospital for
Children – Cincinnati Burns Unit, is very much appreciated.
Billy Murphy, a third grade student at Northwest Elementary,
saved over 35,000 pop tabs, with the help of family, friends,
and Tara Bowman and donated them to the Shriners Hospital in
Cincinnati in honor of Jeremy Blankenship.
The Shriners Hospital for Children have patients coming from
all parts of the United States and different countries, so they
try to purchase items that interest them and make their hospital
stay more “home like”. If you would like to save
tabs in order for the children to have some “little extras”
to enjoy, you may send pop tabs with your child to Jackie Murphy,
Room 151 at Northwest Middle School.
Club Pride Meeting
Northwest Middle School recently
started a Club Pride. Though Club Pride is presently at the
High School level, several parents and staff expressed an interest
that it also be instituted at the Middle School, also.
The Middle School Club Pride
Advisor is Mrs. Debbie Franklin. Approximately 130 students
have joined the Pride Team, which will meet on a weekly basis.
Mrs. Franklin expresses a desire for members to have the opportunity
to have monthly outings, so the students may share with the
community, the importance to being and remaining drug and
Jamestown Colony Replicas
Connie Altman, Northwest Middle School 8th grade Social Studies
teacher, is teaching a unit on the Jamestown Colony. Students
have been asked to create a replica of colonial life at that
time. They are required to construct an authentic model that
must contain buildings, drying racks, the James River, forest,
and fields with the appropriate crops.