Middle School News & Announcements 

Sixth Grade Student 
Takes First Place in Allegheny County Health Department Environmental Poster Contest

Sixth grade student Annaliese Siefert took first place in the Allegheny County Health Department’s 16th Annual Environmental Poster Contest.

The theme of this year’s contest was “The Power of ONE” and students were asked to create an 11” x 17” poster to answer the question “How can ONE person make a difference for the ONE planet we all share?”

Miss Siefert chose to focus on protecting marine life by spreading awareness of the harms of pollution. She wanted to use a cartoon to share her message and she chose Nemo of Disney/Pixar’s animated movie Finding Nemo to do so.

The contest was open to all students in grades 6-8 in Allegheny County. Students were encouraged to apply their environmental and ecological knowledge in demonstrating what they can do, themselves, to help improve and protect the planet. Posters were judged by the Pollution Prevention & Education Subcommittee, which made its choices based on creativity, strength of message and accuracy of information.

Miss Siefert is in Mrs. Carolyn Manko’s sixth grade science class. 

Kennywood Tickets on Sale May 6th
This year's Kennywood Picnic Day is Wednesday, June 17, 2015. 
Tickets on sale Wednesday, May 6.  $26 per ticket. Cash or money order only, no checks! Or purchase online at: www.kennywood.com/keystoneoaks. Click here for additional details. 

Middle School Students Interact with Marine Biologist via Webcam Technology
As part of a lesson on ocean life in Carolyn Manko’s sixth grade science classes, students had the opportunity to further their learning by talking with a marine biologist over the Internet. Marine Biologist Alyson Kuba, who is studying for her Master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, talked with students about her career path, the research she conducts and the work she is most passionate about – coral reefs, which she will be studying in Okinawa, Japan this summer!

Thanks to webcam technology that allowed the students to connect with Alyson, students were able to ask questions and further develop their knowledge of ocean life and marine biology as a career path. 

Teen Tech Week Takes Middle School Students on a Digital Scavenger Hunt
March 9-13, 2015 was national Teen Tech Week, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. It is a week for libraries across the country to showcase all of the digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. Led by Middle School Librarian Kim Gray, students in the middle school participated in a digital scavenger hunt, using smartphones and tablets to scan QR codes to help students find answers to questions about digital resources. 

Middle School Raises $500 for Animal Friends

As part of an English lesson focusing on animals, 7th and 8th grade students in Ms. Kelly McGuire’s classes decided to take the lesson one step further and organize a fundraiser that benefitted animals in the Pittsburgh region. As a result, students were able to raise $500 for Animal Friends of Pittsburgh through the Kind Kids program. To raise the money, students sold tickets for competitive boys vs. girls basketball games in each grade level and also sold concessions at the event. In addition to the fundraising, students also made blankets and toys that were donated to Animal Friends. Although winning wasn’t the most important part of the event, for the record, the 7th grade boys and the 8th grade girls won the basketball games! 

Tutoring and Activity Buses

Tutoring is now available in the areas of Math and English at the middle school every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting on September 2nd.  A 4:00 p.m. activity bus will be available to transport these students home after tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. A 5:15 activity bus is also available for students Monday through Thursday. The KOMS staff encourages all students to take advantage of this opportunity.  


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