Tuesday, May 7th, we celebrated "International Night" at Stars. We started with a talent show, then we watched a martial arts show and then we feasted on food from around the world. It was a great turnout and fun was had by all. Huge thank you to all of our families who bought such wonderful food for us all to enjoy! We cannot wait for next years! Check out the pics!
Congratulations to the Stars Middle School Track Team who competed in their first meet Friday at Florida High. Students experienced a wonderful event in front of a large croud. Ribbon winners included: Mariama Janneh (100M Hurdles), Rudy Musgrove-Blas (200M Hurdles), and Deondre Johnson (shot put).
Our next meet is Thursday,April 4th at Maclay School. Field events begin at 4 p.m. Main running events begin at 5:30 p.m. Please come and show your support.
Twenty six students had a blast at the Challenger learning center on Wednesday. They first attended a planetarium show hosted by Tallahassee Astronomical Society where the stars came alive. Many questions were asked and many minds were enriched. Afterwords, the students flew a mission titled, "Return to the Moon." Because this mission is new, the students were lucky to be one of the first groups to test it out. Each student was assigned a role and had to complete tasks.
Last weekend on Saturday, Stars Middle School young mathematicians; Isaiah Guillory-Ader, Jordan Sutherland, Thomas Bey, Marshall Bourassa, Joseph Jones,and Jacob Gregie have competed at the Nation's most competitive math contest Mathcounts in the Big Bend Region Chapter. Stars Middle School has been the 4th place team overall after Fairview, Deerlake, and Montford Middle among Leon County Middle Schools. Our young mathematicians did a GREAT JOB , and we wish our best luck for the next competitions.
Researches from Florida State University Deep-C program challenged the students to think outside the box, or in this case, the aquarium. Students learned that the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico depends on the tiny organisms called plankton. Then, the FSU presenters challenged the students to create plankton of their own using toothpicks, modeling clay, sponges, and beads. Their models needed to be neutrally buoyant- neither sink nor float. Sounds easy? That is what the students thought at first. However, it turned out to quite difficult. Through the process of trial and error, some were successful. See the pictures for details.
Stars Middle School Science Olympiad Team accomplished great results in North Florida Regional Competition held on Saturday, February 2nd in Palm Coast,FL. Students received 3 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 1 bronze medal and 3 4th places in 23 events. SMS ranked 5th place overall among 17 strong teams throughout North Florida. The team will be moving on to the state finals which will be held at UCF on March 23rd, 2013.
We are very proud of our students, and we are already excited about the state competition. Many thanks to the parents and teacher coaches for their commitment and great effort.
Please check the placements and pictures!
We would like to inform you about an opportunity we are offering at SMS to increase your student success in the FCAT tests. Our Science, Math and Reading departments have designed an FCAT practice and review program that will take place on Saturdays.Your student is strongly encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible. Each week will focus on a different strand of review. The study session is from 9am to 12pm on the scheduled dates below. Please click here for the permission form and 'Read More' to check the schedule.
Math and Science Olympiad Club students had a cabin camp on January 18th and 19th, at Seminole State Park, Georgia for two nights. Science students studied their Science Olympiad events to get ready for the first competition. Math students practised Math Counts contest questions from previous years. Students had such a great time; they went hiking in the woods, played soccer, video games, cooked marshmallows on the camp fire and had a lot of fun. We also thank to our parent coaches Ms. Bourassa and Ms. Bey for joining and helping us during the cabin camp.
Please check some pictures from the camp...
This week was Celebrate Literacy Week! Our students read a total of 2,960 minutes on Monday morning. On Tuesday, students created bookmarks to use in the books they are reading during silent reading time every morning. Wednesday there was a door decorating contest. Homeroom classes decided on a favorite book and used it as the inspiration for their door designs.
Click to see creative design on classroom doors!