It’s your new monthly blog! I hope you all enjoyed March while it lasted. In my opinion, it just flew by! All the holidays and international days were very fun.
Here are some upcoming events for this month, such as April Fools, whom which we all know and love (unless you’re being pranked). April 1st is also National Sourdough Day, and National Love Your Children Day. April 2nd is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. April 3rd is National Chocolate Mousse Day. Many of these national events might be new to you-they certainly are to me. To find out all the exciting events left in April, go to http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/april/ now!
Musical Wrap Up:
Many months ago, I wrote a blog about the musical James and The Giant peach in the first few weeks of rehearsal. Yet here I am again, except this time a I am writing about the end of the musical. Thank you all who came and supported our production. We truly loved performing and we are heart-broken that this wonderful experiance has ended. I’d like to give out a special thank you to all the hard-working parents who put time and effort into helping with pickup and drop-off and set painting and everything else. Also, thank you Mr. Briggs, the director. Mr. Park, the assistant director. Mrs. Cohen, our choreographer. Ms. Reiner, music director and Madeline Mason, Amber Troiano and Yazuri Bourdon for being the 2017 Dance Captains. Hopefully, next year’s musical will be just as successful as this year’s.
High School Basketball
Ball is life. The common slang for when a person loves basketball, in high school basketball isn’t the same. It is not just shooting jumpers and dribbling through people, now it is dunking and shooting deep three’s. Players are evolving already to NBA players, Zion Williamson (A 16 year-old kid) is already doing windmill dunks and 360 dunks. And another high school player, LaMelo Ball, is shooting Steph Curry three’s and is dribbling at an extreme length. The team these players play for are the top team, Chino Hills Huskies, and the Spartanburg’s Griffins are the top teams. Chino Hills is ranked #1 in the county and Spartanburg’s Griffins are State Champions with Zion Williamson.
Maisy Seckler, a 6th grader here at MVM, won 1st place for her division in the annual Berkshire County Real Woman essay contest, sponsored by
Here is her winning essay.
Superwoman. A woman who copes successfully with the dead heat demands of a career, marriage, and family. Most superwomen are fictional characters that have superpowers to save the world. Tracy Seckler doesn’t need any super powers or fictional affects to change the world, and the lives of boys who suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Being an inspiration to others through words and actions, Seckler has revolutionized the FDA, performed Ted Talks, organized fundraisers, and traveled endlessly. This isn’t over yet.
When Tracy was born in Woodmeir, New York, in 1970, her parents, had no idea that she would grow up to change the world. When she was a young girl, her dream was to grow up, get married, have a family, and become an English teacher, but life had other plans for her. After graduating from Harvard University Tracy’s life was one that many would envy. She married a successful doctor and had two beautiful children. Her perfect and orderly life was turned upside down 2004 when she received news that would change her life forever - her son, Charley was diagnosed with a severe form of Muscular Dystrophy called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
DMD is a disease that is the leading genetic killer of boys in the world. Most children are diagnosed by the age of 5, lose their ability to walk in their early teens, and have an average life expectancy of mid-20s. It is 100% fatal and there is no cure. Receiving devastating news like that would cripple most people, but not Tracy. She decided from that very moment that she would make it her life’s mission to find a cure for this deadly disease. Since that time, she has created a non-profit organization called Charley’s Fund, raised over 30 million dollars for cure research, and successfully taken on the FDA to approve life-saving drugs for DMS. Because of her hard work, Charley is a typical 16 year old who does not need a wheelchair, has an active social life, and is very successful in school and in any extra-curricular activity that he takes part in.
In addition to raising millions of dollars and fighting for the rights of children that she does not even know, Tracy Seckler finds time to just be my mom. The little things that she does for me are what keep me from getting lost in the tornado of her work. She is always there to tuck me in at night, help me with my homework, and listen when I want to talk. This may seem average, but my mom is far from average. The fact that she still finds time to make me feel special is what makes her a real women.
My mom is far from average. She is a superwoman. My superwoman. My role-model. My mom. My real woman, with all of my heart I love you mom.
The NCAA March Madness tournament is off and running. This year there has been many, many upsets, along with the results you would expect. March Madness is a like a fun game that you can play with friends, family or just anyone. You can bet or just have a nice competitive game with your friends. The bracket is very hard to predict. A few years ago, Bill Gates offered a lot of money to anyone if they got just the first round bracket correct. Of course, no one did. Personally, we think if you get 4 games wrong that is still impressive. So, if you are into basketball turn on your Mobile Device and follow your favorite team!
It’s March, and you know what that means. All sorts of Holidays and National events take place in this month. There are events such as Saint Patrick's Day on March 17th. And Pi Day is tomorrow, March 14th. Saint Patrick's Day is an Irish Holiday where leprechauns may come into your house and leave traces so you know that they were there! There are many other special events and National Holidays that take place in this month.
To see the calendar go to http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/march Enjoy March while you have it!
Tuesday was March 7th, 2017. It was the anniversary of a very important day. On this day, 52 years ago (in 1965), a group of people went off to march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama. These people wanted to peacefully protest the laws that prevented African Americans from being able to vote. When they reached the Edmund Pettus Bridge, however, they were unable to continue. Police had stationed themselves there, and were ready to attack. They beat the marchers with clubs and released toxic gas into the air. The marchers were forced to evacuate.
These courageous marchers refused to give up. On March 21st, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, who had not been at the original march, lead another march from Selma to Montgomery. This time, accompanied by soldiers sent by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the march was successful. The marchers went from Selma to Montgomery in 4 days. By the end of the march, 25,000 people had joined. Just 5 months later, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, granting African Americans the right to vote.
As we reflected on this day in class, we were awed at the bravery of the people who took part in the Civil Rights Movement. One 14 year old girl decided not to go to the march, but her friend told her, “If you walk away now, you’ll let your fears guide you and rule you forever.” She then went through with the march, but was beaten by the police. When the 2nd march occurred, however, she decided to take part in it. She is just one of the examples of the many inspiring people to have taken part in the Civil Rights Movement, even when they were putting themselves at risk.
Talking about Selma also caused our class to reflect on how far the United States has come in terms of racial justice. One student commented, “On that day in 1965, people were getting attacked by the police just because of the color of their skin. Today, just 52 years later, people of all races in the United States work together and go to school together. It’s amazing how far we’ve come.” Zoe Holmes, a sixth grade student also taking part in the discussion said, “I remember my grandmother showed me a photo of her marching with Dr. King. She was there at that time, making a difference.” We were all amazed at Zoe’s story. Her grandmother had contributed to making a big change. The story inspired us to make changes of our own. The success of the Civil Rights Movement is an inspiring example of how hard work and collaboration can make a big difference. The class discussion was not only about remembrance of our past, but also about hope for our future.
People have been talking about additions that our playground could use. Today we walked around school to see what the 5th and 6th graders think.
Question: What additional features would you like to see in our playground?
Jacob: Ga Ga Pit.
Colin: More sport balls, and a Tire Swing, Ga Ga Pit
Aidan: Big Mats out by the soccer field.
Mackenzie: Ga Ga Pit
Jada: Tire Swing
Scarlett: Tire Swing
Zachary: Tire Swing, Glider
Jason: Ga Ga Ball
Mia: Tire Swing
Rowen: More sports balls
Kaelin: Gymnastics Beam
Kali: A Trampoline.
Liam: Ga Ga Ball
Mira: Trampoline, tire swing.
Jordan: Tire Swing, Ga Ga ball
Camden: Portable Basketball hoop
Nic: Four square balls
Ava: Soccer ball and Ga Ga pit
Bella: Basketballs and Ga Ga pit
Abbey: Basketballs and Soccer balls
Ali: Jump Ropes
Samantha: Kick balls and Basketballs
Elaine: More Basketballs, Trampoline
Natalie: Basketballs, Ga Ga pit
LexI: Gaga ball pit
Luke: Gaga ball
Jayder: Leather footballs, wall balls.
Ravjeet: Basketballs, Soccer balls
Owen: Ga Ga ball pit, leather footballs and more basketballs.
Kevin: A trampoline.
Renzo: Ga Ga Ball
Gilbert: Stair steps down to the field.
Mrs. Aberdale: Take away the baseball fence in the back.
Erin: A few more playground balls.
Izzy: More basketballs.
Khahil: More soccer goals.
Bridget: Better soccer balls.
Benny: A trampoline.
Horace: A pool for summer.
Ms. Rueger: A pavilion.
Maisy: A track.
Tyler: Gaga Ball
Samuel: Gaga Ball
RESULTS: (Not all votes are shown above)
Gaga Ball Pit = 15 votes
Tire Swing = 6 votes
Sport Balls = 16 votes
Trampoline = 7 votes
1 vote = Pavilion, Jump Ropes, A Track, No Baseball Fence, Gymnastics Beam, Big Mats, Stairs, Pool, Heater and an Portable Basketball Hoop.
For the week of February 27th, 6th graders were assigned to complete a project about three different types of heat transfers: conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction is when two different materials touch and transfer heat to each other. Think about jumping into a cold lake. When your body hits the lake, you become cold. Convection involves currents, and it occurs when heated molecules move around from one place to another. Think about an air conditioner. Cool air circulates around the room. Radiation involves the transfer of heat through rays. An example of this is the sun. For the project I worked on with Lily and Dahlia, we decided to make a trivia game. When we presented it to our class, our peers got a score of 6/10.
Please copy and paste the link below and see how well you do on the conduction, convection, and radiation quiz.