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Students in Gary Driver's new Introduction to Robotics class began the year with an engineering challenge. Students were given only 3 sheets of paper and asked to design a structure to support as much weight as possible. This is the inaugural school year for the robotics program at Freeport High School and we are excited to see it grow and succeed.

Submitted by Brian Michie

Mr. Bump has made learning Civics vocabulary fun, innovative, and competitive! This week, students learned and practiced unit 1 vocabulary by playing "The Match Game". To play, one student has a set of vocabulary cards with the word side up, the other student has the same words but with the definition side up. Students take turns trying to match the word to the correct definition. At the end of the game, the student with the most matches wins. Way to go, Mr. Bump for getting students engaged in their learning!
Submitted by Chelsea Ellison

Congratulations to the following students who earned a level 5 on the biology EOC exam!

Jhacobe Adkison

MacKinnon Campbell-Work

Sierra Carroll

Emily Casey

Konnor Colvin

Mika Crowder

Lillian Feitsma

Anna Graham

Joseph Grgurich

Layla Hagan

Wilmer Hall

Chasity Kemp

Autumn King

Ming Liu

Daniel McCarthy

Mallory Meredith

Haleigh Permenter

Austyn Taylor

Aden Tidwell

Not pictured - Noel Dahl and Makayla Reed



Mrs. Gaby Brown's seventh grade AVID students at Walton Middle School have been learning the importance of social skills and have been practicing solid handshakes and confident introductions all around campus.  AVID students self-assuredly walk up to faculty and staff members, introduce themselves as AVID students, offer a firm handshake, make good eye contact, and speak loudly enough to be heard.  Bright, successful futures undoubtedly await these well-prepared WMS AVID students.

Headline picture: Peyton Seay confidently introduces himself to his ELA teacher, Mrs. McLaney, who warmly returns his handshake.

WMS AVID Handshake

Picture #2--Before class starts, Sophia Parker greets Mrs. Ahumada with a kind introduction, handshake, and smile.


Ms. Tara Manson, WMS seventh grade ELA teacher, implemented strategies she learned at EPIC day during pre-planning with her students. To introduce seventh grade writing expectations, Ms. Manson led students in a timed "honeycomb harvest," instructing students to link writing-related word relationships however they deemed appropriate, as long as they could defend their rationales. All students eagerly participated in the engaging activity until Ms. Manson called "time's up!" In the next step, students drew a large four quadrant "placemat" with an oval in the center. Ms. Manson assigned each student a quadrant and asked them to answer the question, "How do writers create a well-written essay?" Many students linked their written ideas to the terms they explored previously in the honeycomb harvest. After writing in their individual quadrants, group members collected similarities between their thoughts and added them to the center oval, then shared out to the class. The lesson served as an excellent formative assessment for Ms. Manson, as she was able to assess her new students' prior knowledge about writing. Ms. Manson simply served as a learning facilitator while students did the heavy lifting of this lesson, which required them to write, inquire, collaborate, and organize (all elements of WICOR). Clearly, Ms. Manson's professional learning transferred to productive engagement for her seventh grade Warriors.


 Students provide rationales for their ideas about commonalities between terms in a formative assessment activity


Students jot down their individual thoughts about what it takes to write a well-written essay.


After working independently, students pooled their collective thoughts in the center oval of the placemat, then shared their group's ideas with the class.

This week, the FMS PE department taught a cross-curricular lesson using "12 powerful words" by tying ELA with PE standards in the daily lessons of PE. Pictured are students solving word problems on a short quiz using 6 of the 12 Powerful words such Infer, Analyze, and Describe

MSE students celebrated along with Mrs. Neale and Mr. Johnson as they discovered which HOUSE they will belong to.  Every staff member and student at Maude Saunders will join the House of Respect, House of Integrity, House of Grit, House of Courage, or House of Leadership.  They will all pop a balloon next Friday to find out which HOUSE they will join! 

Submitted by Krissy Spence

MSE House

MSE House

MSE House