Middle School Announcements
All students who participate in athletics in grades 6-12 need a sports physical each year. The physical must be after June 1, 2012 to be accepted for the 2012-2013 school year. Be sure to bring the Sports Physical Form with you to your appointment. Forms are available by clicking here, or on the Journeys School athletics website.
Recreation Center Visit
Monday, June 11
On Monday, June 11th, the middle school will continue an end-of-the-year tradition with a visit to the Teton County Recreation Center. This activity has become something of a legend in the middle school with water basketball, riding the slides, and an afternoon filled with lots of fun in the pool & gymnasium. Students should plan to bring a bathing suit in a plastic bag, gym clothes (if they choose to play basketball, soccer, etc. in the gym), and a field lunch. We look forward to continuing this fun tradition!
Tuesday, June 12
Another fantastic end of the year activity in the middle school is talent show, taking place on Tuesday, June 12th. Each advisory prepares an act as well as student/teacher acts. Students are encouraged to play instruments, dance, and lend any talents to this fun afternoon. It continues to be a fun and celebratory way to conclude the year.
The Revolution…On Campus?
Tuesday, June 12
The last day of school will conclude with a dramatic, historically accurate (save the guillotine) re-creation of the French Revolution. Students will be preparing ahead of time as members of the First, Second, and Third Estates. As you stroll through campus on Tuesday afternoon, do not be surprised to stumble across the Storming of the Bastille or a frightened royal family tucked away in the safety of Versailles. A special thank you to Joohee Muromcew for her time and effort with this exciting event.
The Search is on for Class Books!
After a unit of study, many of the books used in class get forgotten in the bottom of backpacks or in the depths of student bedrooms. Please help your child look for any books that belong to the school. Before the end of the year, we would like to have the books returned to their class sets. If you are inclined to replace a book or donate to the middle school library, let Margot know. Teachers in every discipline are collecting books from students this week. The titles include: A Single Shard, The Education of Little Tree, The Sound of Waves, An American Plague, Animal Farm, 250 Words Every High School Freshman Should Know, A Little History of the World, math text books, and Spanish dictionaries. Thanks for your help retrieving these books!
Clean Out Your Cubbies
Over the course of a school year and three seasons of Jackson Hole weather, it is natural for students to accumulate items at school. Now that summer is lurking, please encourage your student to take work and personal items home. Whether it is that piece of beautiful artwork from the fall semester, the extra jacket from a cold January day, or extra journals, please take home all personal items. Our buildings will be used by summer programs and we want to make sure that we leave them in excellent order for visitors!
On Your Child’s Mind
How are we celebrating the end of the year? Read on and find out!
Solar Car Races
Students put their knowledge of the engineering design cycle, gear ratios, and wiring power sources to the test by building and racing solar-powered cars. Awards were given for the best “Sleeper” (might not look like it, but it goes fast), “Planet Saver” (most eco-friendly innovations), and “Art Car” (might not run the best, but they sure had fun building it).
Lawns and grassy areas support many types of plants and small animals. On first glance, we often underestimate the number of different species within a site. Only after we get close to the ground and begin collecting leaf samples and lifting rocks, sorting litter and sweeping shrubs and trees for small animals, will students begin to truly appreciate the local diversity. Thanks to Joanna Snyder for running this event in which we catalogued many more species of life in our little canyon then we would ever have imagined!
Poetry Walk on Campus!
Local poet Matt Daly has been visiting our class weekly since spring break on a grant through pARTners to promote poetry and direct interactions between students and artists. As a culmination of their creative endeavors during this unit, students facilitated a poetry walk on campus to share their works and infuse the community with poetry. The walk consisted of two waves. For each wave, half of the students were stationed throughout the playfield, between the lower and upper campuses, while the other half served as greeters and guides for visitors to the walk. If you were unable to be there, ask your child to recite his/her poem to you. What was his/her inspiration for the poem?
¡Pido el mole poblano, por favor! The middle school took a journey to El Tlaxcalteca Restaurant Thursday, June 7th. The restaurant specializes in Mexican food from the Tlaxcala region. Students practiced using Spanish in a restaurant setting and enjoyed savory food.
8th Grade Capstone Presentations
Thank you to all parents, high school students, 5th grade Capstone students, teachers, and guests for taking time to attend 8th grade Capstone Presentations! We are so grateful for your time and appreciate your support and wonderful questions. Thank you for making our Capstone students’ presentations so special!
Thanks to students, families, and friends, of the Journeys Middle School for a wildly successful year. Enjoy your summers!
Tuesday, June 12: Last Day of School
Wednesday, June 13: Malone Scholar Qualification Testing, Journeys School, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Thursday, August 9: Summer Picnic for ALL Journeys School Families, 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 25: Teton Science Schools Annual Auction, 2:00 pm
Monday, August 27: New Family Orientation and Back to School Morning, 9:00 am
Wednesday, August 29: First Day of School, 8:15 am
Thursday, August 30: Back to School Potluck and Classroom Meetings, 5:00 pm