Sunday, June 11, 2017

DECA SAYS THANKS, but continues raising funds to fight hunger

From the DECA Club: Thank you so much to Linda Scott Moore, the teachers union, and Linda Newsome and the Taylor Foundation for Educational Excellence for the donation of $500 for our Truman and Kennedy food pantries.

We are trying hard to raise $2,800 to host a “kids against hunger” event to get 20,000 meals donated for our food pantries to feed our students and their families when school is not in session.

The DECA and marketing students presented today to a group of amazing donors and we couldn't be more appreciative.

We are now $1,800 away from our goal of keeping our students fed with nutritious meals so they can be successful in school.

This event will take place at Truman High School September 23. We will be looking for volunteers contact if interested in donating time and/or money.

KINYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL pupils plant flowers with club

Kinyon Elementary School kindergarteners planted flowers at Heritage Park with the Taylor Garden Club.

KINYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and Home Depot build boards

The Home Depot came to Ms. Danaj's Kinyon Elementary School kindergarten class, along with some of our awesome parents. They built tic-tac-toe games. It was great!

MCDOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Hat's off to the Class of 2029!

Who can resist a cute kindergarten student performing their end of the year concert? Recently at McDowell Elementary School Ms. Bochenek's and Mrs. Doll's classes sang several upbeat songs and “The Farmer in the Dell” complete with visuals. They remembered their parts and received their Kindergarten certificates and had a small reception with their parents. These little ones will make a great "Class of 2029!"

MYERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL travels to metro park

Myers Elementary School had their school-wide field trip on June 6 at Lower Huron Metro Park.  This served as a Myers field day along with other activities such as a video game bus and photo booth.  Fun was had by all.

KINYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL students listen to West band

Kinyon Elementary School pupils listened to the West Middle School Marching Band recently!

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL: Cheyenne Phillips named student of the month

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL holds honors' ceremony

On June 1, Hoover Middle School honored students at its annual awards banquet.  Students received recognition for having a 3.5 GPA or higher for eight trimesters.  Several students were also recognized for their perfect attendance.  Congratulations to these students for their hard work and efforts towards their dreams.

KINYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL pupils rock the house!

The fifth graders at Kinyon Elementary School entertained a full house recently! Kinyon ROCKS!

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL students examine sun and moon with expert aid

"What is more beautiful? How the moon lets the sunshine throughout the day or the way the sun lets the moon glimmer at night? " 

On May 18, the Ford Motor Company Astronomy Club came to West Middle School to help students ponder this question. Members Gordon Hanson, John McGill and Sandra Macika spoke to our students about various aspects of astronomy.

Sandra Macika was a NASA employee for seven years. She brought several meteorites for the students to hold and closely examine. She discussed how the meteorites were formed. Many of the meteorites came from the cores of “planetismals.”

Crystal patterns in the meteorite tell how slowly or quickly they cooled before entering Earth's atmosphere. Ms. Macika has meteorites from several different countries including Sweden, Russia, Africa, and Peru.

She also had examples of “tektites.” Tektites come from giant meteorites. Meteorites hit the earth melting the affected dirt. This melted dirt flies up out of the atmosphere. As gravity pulls it back down to Earth, it cools and becomes tektites or dirty glass.

Mr. Hanson and Mr. McGill set up their very expensive telescopes in the school parking lot. One telescope was aimed directly at the sun. Through this telescope you could see the sun through a filtered lens. A “prominence” or magnetic field was visible. The other telescope was pointed toward the moon.  Amazingly, the moon craters could be seen. One crater even had a mountain in its center.

Mr. Gordon Hanson and Mr. John McGill cautioned us to never look directly at the sun.  Since our eyes have very few pain receptors we may permanently damage our eyes without even knowing it. The blindness may not be evident for 24 hours later.

These gentlemen gave us the exciting news that on August 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse here in the United States. The sun's path will go from Oregon to South Carolina.  Depending on the sun's location along the path, the solar eclipse may only be seen for 30 seconds to two-and-a-half minutes.

They also suggested that the students investigate the Ford Motor Company Astronomy Club website to find dates of other astronomy events. Some events are held at Island Lake State Park. They also encouraged the students to visit Henry Ford College Planetarium on Wednesday evenings at 7:30.  There is no admission charge.

In addition, students and their parents may go to the Lincoln Park High School planetarium on Friday and Saturday nights when there is a clear sky.

We wish to sincerely thank these members of the Ford Motor Company Astronomy Club. Their presentation was a wonderful extension of our eighth grade science curriculum. Their visit may have sparked a lifelong hobby of looking at our universe. Hopefully, they motivated our students to pursue astronomy as a career.  Who knows, one of our West alums may one day become an astronaut!

Submitted by Sara Bochenek


McDowell Elementary School kids rock out on their recorders. 

Who among us doesn't remember playing the recorder in music class? Mrs. Van's and Ms. Blair's students treated everyone to a rousing rendition of "Hot Cross Buns" and "Perry the Sheep."

They also performed "Letting it Go" about choosing how we all want to act with less negativity. Nicely done, third graders!

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL celebrates honor students

West Middle School celebrated seventh-grade students with high grade point averages, excellent citizenship and perfect attendance at our Honor's Assembly on Friday, June 2.  Students were recognized for their hard work and determination.  Awards were given to students for perfect attendance, all “one's” in citizenship all year, 3.5 grade point averages and higher and students with an overall grade point average of 4.0. The staff is very proud of the students and their accomplishments.

RANDALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL celebrates end of the year

Randall Elementary School's kindergarten classes celebrated the ending of a great year on June 2. It was the best day to do it, thanks to the warm weather. All four classes participated in water games. Even the parents got involved.