Wareham Middle School students in Janice L. Barton’s Team 7A science classes won Science Scope’s Mystery Photo Contest for October, and were featured in the teachers’ journal for the accomplishment.
The mystery photo was… neurons!
Science Scope is the National Science Teachers Association’s journal for middle and high school science teachers.
Barton’s students complete a “daily challenge” at the beginning of each class. The challenge is based on the skills students are learning. Barton saw the mystery photo in the journal, and because the class has a unit on anatomy and body systems, she said: “I thought it would be fun to add a little ‘real life’ twist and the element of competition.”
The students rose to the challenge.
“With enthusiasm, each student guessed individually, and then we discussed it in class,” Barton recalled. “The majority of students in each class came up with either ‘neuron’ or ‘nerve cell.’ I sent it in, and we were all pleasantly surprised to find we had won!”
The prize? Barton and her class get to choose an item from the “NSTA Recommends” catalog. Barton says she and the students will pick a book or activity that as many students as possible can enjoy.
And, the teacher notes, “we plan to continue sending guesses in!”
Congratulations to all!
The School Committee on Wednesday recognized the nearly 60 Wareham students who either achieved perfect MCAS scores last spring, were awarded John and Abigail Adams Scholarships, or both.
The students packed the Wareham Middle School auditorium with their families and were congratulated by their principals and the School Committee members.
Adams scholarships cover the tuition at public colleges for students who score “advanced” or “proficient” on the English and math MCAS tests taken in grade 10, and who have combined scores from the tests that place them in the top 25% of their graduating class.
Wareham Middle School Student Leaders ran in Grumpy’s 5K in Tihonet Village on Saturday, November 2.
It was the second charity road race in which the group has participated. Two of the students, Natia and Miya, placed in the top three in their age group.
The road race raises funds for the Cranberry Educational Foundation. Three scholarships will be awarded to college students studying agriculture or environmental fields.
Wareham author Scott Blagden stopped by the Cooperative School in September for a book talk with students.
Blagden released his first novel, “Dear Life, You Suck,” earlier this year. The book chronicles the trials and tribulations of 17-year-old Cricket Cherpin, the oldest resident of a Maine boys’ home.
“The kids here loved him,” Principal Kathleen Moore said of Blagden. “It was great!”
Dave Maxim, former student of Wareham Cooperative Jr./Sr. High School Principal Kathleen Moore, recently finished an impressive mural in the school’s front hallway.
In addition to illustrating our students’ core subject areas, the mural reads: “We value ourselves, each other, Wareham,” which is a tribute to the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support motto, “We value ourselves. We value each other. We value Wareham.” PBIS is a district-wide program in which positive behavior is encouraged, and then rewarded.
The students then placed their hand prints on the mural.
Thank you, Mr. Maxim!