Middle School News & Announcements
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.
Middle School Students Interact with Marine Biologist via Webcam Technology
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.
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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