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Great Falls News
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Make sure you are checking out our latest updates on the left side of our News page. Each month’s issue gives updates on each grade’s progress. We are excited to share our daily learning with you!
Poetry Out Loud
Wednesday, June 13, 2018, marked the second annual Great Falls Middle School 6th Grade Poetry Out Loud Festival! This competition and performance is the culmination of the English/language arts unit, Say It Loud, which focuses on the idea of being heard in the world.
Our performers were heard loud and clear! All 6th graders chose and memorized a poem and recited it in their ELA class. Students chose the competition finalists from among their peers. Judges for the competition included Hawkeye Literary Arts Magazine editors, David and Sophia; and last year's top three students Ian, Lillian, and Nik; Principal Leonard; and Superintendent Sullivan. ELA teacher, Mr. Brewster, was the master of ceremonies and microphone stand adjuster.
Students assembled in the theater along with family supporters for the performers. The quality of the performances was extremely impressive. The noted accounting firm of Carew, Carew & Carew (a.k.a. 6th grade Math Teacher Mr. Carew) tabulated the scores, and during tabulations we treated the audience to two film and one live action renditions of the poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll; one Greek lyric insult poem; and several heartfelt student-written poems. Last year's winners announced this year's top three winners. Congratulations to Syna, Izzy, and, for the overall winning performance done in both English and Spanish of a Federico Garcia Lorca poem, Ricky!
Endangered Species Conservation Efforts
At a special GFMS Morning Meeting on Tuesday, June 12, students and staff heard presentations on endangered animals then voted on which animal to fundraise for conservation efforts. We are pleased to announce that the middle school decided to raise money to help save the endangered chimpanzee!
These carefully researched presentations were the culmination of the 8th grade science endangered animal unit and 8th grade technology education work on teaching students how to evaluate charities before making donations.
We've created a GoFundMe campaign. Soon there will be a video added, made by students in Mr. Chappell's digital film class. Please consider donating and/or posting on your social media outlets. Let's help these students realize that their knowledge and passion can have an effect on this world!
On Friday, June 1, Great Falls Middle School was honored to again host a group of Pakistani educators who are participants in an instructional leadership program based at UMass Amherst. They were greeted by 8th grade students Liz and Hannah, and they spent the day observing and teaching in 8th grade classrooms where the students have been learning about Pakistan as part of their study of "I am Malala."
7th Grade Social Studies
As part of a community service-learning long-term project in their social studies class, two guests visited our 7th graders from the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community. Through the visit, students were able to ask questions about their community service research projects. Some of the topics covered were substance abuse and addiction, mental health and suicide awareness, diversity and acceptance. They covered other topics and ideas that included stress and trauma and how to cope with them. Our students had great questions and were happy to hear from community members about topics that are both personal and important to them. Students said they learned the importance of community in helping support and lift one another through difficult times.
New Online Literary Journal
Great Falls Middle School is proud to announce the launch of Hawkeye, its online literary and creative arts journal. Please visit our site to view the writing and art of our talented middle school students.