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ROBOTICS CLUB!
published: 03.09.15

The first robotics club session was Friday, February 27.  The next session is Friday, March 13.  We do need snacks to be donated each week.  To sign up for which snacks and which week you can provide them, go to the “HOME-SCHOOL” button on the class website.  That link may be found anywhere you see the little blue icon on www.flyparsons.com.  Each week’s session runs 3:00PM-5:00PM.  The link on the website also contains photos, videos and an overview of each week’s plans.  Every student in our class should plan to come to as many sessions as possible.  Below is an overview of weeks 1-2.

Week #1- Think Like a Scientist
Students will do activities and projects that allow you to follow the path like robotic scientists, engineers and inventors using teamwork do. Students will make observations and sort materials based on selected attributes and properties of an object.
Week #2- Angry Marshmallows- Catapult 
Students will use scientist and engineering properties to plan, design, and build a swinging arm trebuchet- style catapult to launch marshmallows. Building materials will include paper towel rolls, craft sticks, rubber bands and other materials from everyday life. Students will be challenged to increase the distance and effectiveness of the launch mechanism.


PBL Winners
published: 03.09.15

Congrats to all students in Mr. P's class for their hard work on our Ancient Greece PBL. The following three projects won at our classroom level. Congrats to Tyler and Max who also won at the school contest. Good luck to them as they compete at the MNPS expo.

1st Place: Tyler & Max

2nd Place: Brooke & Mills

3rd Place: Xander & Florian

PSA
Title: #GreekOut

PSA
Title: Athens of the South

PSA
Title: We Won’t Bite- We…Excite!


TPAC: Dr. Kaboom, Science Is Coming!
published: 02.09.15

Meigs fifth and sixth graders will attend a performance on April 15 titled “Look Out: Science is Coming!” Dr. Kaboom will lead a fun-filled hour of science and fun covering topics such as physics, chemistry and the scientific method. Cost for transportation and admission is $10.50. 


4-H NEWS: County Public Speaking Contest!
published: 02.09.15

Congrats to our county 4-H public speaking participants.  Brooke Baker, Tyler Bullock, Ellery Hulse, and Max Langlinais represented Meigs at the Davidson County 4-H Public Speaking contest on February 5.  Thanks also to Kelsey Amberson, Mills Coleman, and Xander Reveal, classroom speech winners, for staying to volunteer at the county contest.


GO FUND ME: FUNDED!
published: 11.10.14

THANKS! Our class sure did step up! Mr. P had requested assistance in funding IXL and ScootPad, two internet-based literacy and mathematics Common Core assessment sites. This funding, for the cost for all 27 student accounts for the 2014-2015 school year, was over $450. Our parents took care of that in no time flat! Check out the wonderful donors at the GoFundMe account link on Mr. P’s IXL webpage.  You may also click on the “Go Fund Me” icon at www.flyparsons.com. http://www.gofundme.com/flyparsons


Mr. P's Report Card Hall of Fame!
published: 10.20.14

Mr. P's Hall of Fame wall has set a record! The first report card has 14 students with all As (Principal’s List) and 9 students with all As & Bs (Honor Roll)! What an incredible feat! Our class also has 15 students with all 4s on effort and no student with any effort score less than 3- neither has ever happened before! Way to go, class!

Principal’s List:
Brooke Baker, Avion Brown, Tyler Bullock, Mills Coleman, Julia Dennis, Emmanuela Ekwo, Samavathey Nhon, Xander Reveal, Sam Roth, Florian Sabatini, Mia Sanchez-Guevara, Sophie Tyler, Riley Verner, and Clay Williams!

A/B Honor Roll:
Sawan Ahmed, Kelsey Amberson, Drew Bathon, Rachel Blazer, Bella Felts, Jillian Kelton, Tionni Kelton, Max Langlinais, and Cheryl Quartey!


2015 YEARBOOKS
published: 09.14.14

The 2015 Meigs Academic Magnet Yearbook goes on sale Monday, September 15. Your student will receive his/her order form during homeroom on Monday.

Early Bird Special:  Order by September 30, 2014 for only $37.
October 1, 2014 - January 9, 2015:  The price is $39.
After January 9, 2015:  The price is $42.
 
You have three ways to order:
 
Go to www.YearbookOrderCenter.com and use order number 1259 or . . .
To use a credit card to order your yearbook, call 1.866.287.3096 or . . .
Return the order form with a check for the correct amount (payable to MEIGS ACADEMIC MAGNET). Give the order form and payment to Susan Purcell-Orleck in Room 211.


CLASS T-SHIRTS
published: 08.31.14

Class t-shirt order forms were sent home at the end of August. Once ordered and delivered, students will wear class t-shirts each Friday!


INVEST in EXCELLENCE
published: 08.31.14

Help support our school! The Invest in Excellence campaign is on! Our classroom is striving to have 100% participation. Students and parents are encouraged to sign and retuen the pledge card even if a contribution isn't attached!


PROCEDURES
published: 08.23.14

Mr. P's Policies!

1.  All summative assessments (tests) are eligible for a retake.  Retake forms must be signed and turned in by the Monday before each Retake-Enrichment Wednesday.  The orginal assessment and a parent’s signature must accompany the retake form.  Students MUST show evidence of action steps taken to prepare for the retake.  These may include Mr. P’s pencasts, tutoring after school, doing an additional assignment covering the non-mastered material, New Path Learning, and Quizlet to name a few.  School policies may also be found on the Meigs website. 
2. Students have multiple ways to be aware of their daily and long-term assignments.  Mr. P goes through the daily and long-term assignments (including projects) on the agenda each day in class.  Students are responsible to copy every piece of information down in his/her agenda.  Mr. P and parents are both to sign the agenda daily.  Mr. P also tweets out a photo of that agenda page each day.  Our class Twitter handle is @meigsmagnet.  Text alerts of this Twitter feed are always available by texting ON @MeigsMagnet to 404-04.  This will subscribe you to all of these photos tweeted by Mr. P. 
PLUS: Mr. P also puts the HW on the HW webpage at http://www.flyparsons.org/hw.html  On that page the daily assignments as well as upcoming due dates are posted.   


Science Camp
published: 08.23.14

Science Camp 2014…
Students will attend science camp at the Ridley 4-H Center in Columbia, TN October 1-3. Students will participate in science classes featuring team building, GPS, wildlife, weather, geology, and nature studies to name a few. Check out our class science camp website.  http://www.flyparsons.org/sciencecamp.html.

2014 SCHEDULE:
Day #1: set up cabins, 3 science classes, canteen, team building & Fear Factor
Day #2: 4 science classes, canteen, team building & campfire
Day #3: Jepoardy, clean up/wrap up + return home


Student Council News
published: 09.14.14

Congrats to our 2014-2015 student council rep, Sam Roth and alternate Cheryl Quartey.

Spirit Week is September 22-26

Second Harvest Food Drive: October 14-24


Typingweb.com
published: 08.23.14

Typing Practice Makes Perfect…

Please remind your child to be practicing on the keyboarding practice website Mrs. Purcell-Orleck has set up.  As Common Core is implemented, students will be required to be assessed online.  To be effective with this type of testing, students are to be able to type 2-3 pages in one sitting at the sixth grade level and more than three pages by seventh grade.  The typing site is http://www.typingweb.com/.  Students have a username and password. 


GREAT
published: 08.23.14

GREAT: Wednesdays at 11:00AM

Officer Murrell will teach a GREAT lesson in our class each Wednesday at 11AM from September through January. GREAT stands for Gang Resistance Education and Training.  Check out our GREAT webpage link for more details each week.


HFA Tutoring
published: 12.01.13

Three juniors from Hume Fogg are volunteering their time starting this Wednesday to tutor Meigs students in math each week.  Mrs. Boles, a math teacher at HFA, will bring our HFA tutors to Meigs each Wednesday.  The tutoring session will be in our classroom from 3:30-4:30.  The space is limited to about 4-6 students at this time.  Please contact Mr. P if you are able to stay Wednesday, December 4 after school. Pick-up will be at 4:30 in the car line out back.  Mr. P will provide snacks for those who stay for tutoring.   
















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CONGRATS: 4-H NEWS
published: 03.31.14

4-H NEWS…
Mr. P wishes to thank the students who helped Mrs. Hayslett with the 4-H county public speaking contest on Tuesday, February 4.  Those assisting were Sassy Dougherty, Victoria Guo, Derek Hayduk, Gus Kohler, Reagan Smith, Jon- Edward Stokes, and Austin Tredway. Congrats to Victoria, Jon Edward, and Austin for competing in the county public speaking contest.  Special congratulations to Victoria Guo- she placed 3rd in the county! Our next meeting is on February 27.  Students will present an interactive exhibit. More information is found on the class 4-H webpage. 

January 4-H News…
Congrats to our classroom 4-H poster winners on January 23.  Those placing first in the poster contest and now moving on to the county level are: Jalil Bowler, Connor Butler, Emma Exton, and Sidney Miller.  Our second place winner is Hayden Cash.  The third place winners are: Victoria Guo and Reagan Smith.  Our next 4-H meeting is February 27.  Students will present an interactive exhibit.  All the details are in students’ 4-H yearbook inside their 4-H folder.  REMINDER: the county 4-H public speaking contest is next week here at Meigs.  Good luck to those students from our class participating!      

February 4-H News…
Congrats to our classroom 4-H interactive exhibit winners.  Those placing first in the interactive exhibit contest and now moving on to the county level are: Bushra Alammouri - Computers & Technology, Sassy Dougherty - Personal Development, Victoria Guo - Nutrition/Health/Fitness, Derek Hayduk - Companion Animal, Mae Herbert - Photography, Julia Lopez - Clothing & Textiles, Lydia McMillan - Animal Science (Beef), Reagan Smith - Photography, Samantha Somers - Engineering/Science Safety, Austin Tredway - Performing Arts/Recreation, and MeeMee Van Driest - Horticulture/Garden. Our second place winners are: Daniel Putnam - Computers & Technology, and Art Muedas - Companion Animal. The third place winner is: Jon-Edward Stokes - Computers & Technology. Our next 4-H meeting is April 3.  Students will present their 4-H folders.  All the details are in students’ 4-H yearbook inside their 4-H folder.        

4-H CLUB POSTER WINNERS:
1st: Jalil Bowler, Connor Butler, Emma Exton, and Sidney Miller
2nd: Hayden Cash
3rd: Victoria Guo and Reagan Smith

4-H INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT WINNERS:
 
First Place 
Bushra Alammouri - Computers & Technology
Sassy Dougherty - Personal Development
Victoria Guo - Nutrition/Health/Fitness
Derek Hayduk - Companion Animal
Mae Herbert - Photography  
Julia Lopez - Clothing & Textiles
Lydia McMillan - Animal Science (Beef)
Reagan Smith - Photography
Samantha Somers - Engineering/Science Safety
Austin Tredway - Performing Arts/Recreation
MeeMee Van Driest - Horticulture/Garden

Second Place 
Daniel Putnam - Computers & Technology  
Art Muedas - Companion Animal

Third Place 
Jon-Edward Stokes - Computers & Technology

                


CONGRATS: Math Olympiads
published: 03.31.14

MATH OLYMPIADS!
Congrats to our perfect Olympiad scores in Math Olympiad #5.  Jalil Bowler, Connor Butler, and Kellen Dodd scored a perfect 5 on our last contest.  Victoria Guo, Moses Hatcher, and Jon-Edward Stokes each scored 3 points on the fifth Olympiad.  Our overall team score for this year's contest is 229.  Connor Butler scored a total of 19 points to be our classroom winner this school year! Kellen Dodd achieved second place with 17 points and Victoria Guo finished third with 14 overall points! Congrats to all our mathletes! Check out the complete results on the website. Students can keep track of their scores on our class website!




CONGRATS - SCIENCE EXPO
published: 02.14.14

Science Expo 2014…
Students in 5th and 6th grades competed in our first annual Meigs Science Expo last week.  We had three classroom winners.  The class had a wide variety of presentation styles and ideas geared at energy conservation and reducing the carbon footprint in our schools and the city.  Grades for the expo presentations will be on Gradespeed for next Tuesday’s folder check.  Check out the electronic projects on our class website.  http://www.flyparsons.org/scienceexpo.html.

Mr. P’s CLASSROOM WINNERS 2014:

Victoria Guo: Audience C- Nashville [PowerPoint]
“Go Green, Nashville”

Julia Lopez & MeeMee Van Driest: Audience A- Meigs [PowerPoint]
“Carbon Footprint”

Sidney Miller & Jon-Edward Stokes: Audience A- Meigs [model]
“Making Meigs Green”


pi Day & Dance
published: 02.23.14

MARCH 14…

pi Day will be Friday, March 14.  Students are encouraged to design a shirt to wear for pi Day.  Mr. P will award the most creative shirt with a prize.  Extra credit can also be earned by participating.  The shirts must be homemade and focus on pi.  On pi Day, students will bring circle foods and circular items to use in class.  If possible, students need to bring a fitted hat.  We will do an activity that connects hat size and pi.  We will also do an activity with Moon Pies, compliments of Mr. Orleck, the cupcake guy.  Check out the pi Day webpage for lots of interesting information about pi!  For the sixth grade pi Day dance Friday afternoon, our class will need the following items:
-about 300 paper plates
-about 300 paper napkins
-about 300 plastic 12 oz. cups
-about 200 plastic forks


NHD
published: 01.24.14

National History Day 2014…

Congrats to our class for the effort put forth on NHD over the past two months.  Those advancing from our class to the Middle Tennessee district level are: Sassy Dougherty/Paige Esposito: “Code of Hammurabi” [performance], Emma Exton: “Emmett Till” [website], Derek Hayduk: “Jim Crow Laws” [documentary] and Sidney Miller: “Major Work for Minors: Child Labor Laws” [website].  The district level is on February 21 at MTSU.




Student Council News
published: 12.10.12

The latest student council event will be announced soon!



GREAT
published: 12.01.12

GREAT: Wednesdays at 12:00PM

Officer Murrell will teach a GREAT lesson in our class Wednesday at 12PM.  GREAT stand for Gang Resistance Education and Training.  Check out our GREAT webpage link for more details each week.



Quest Atlantis
published: 12.10.12

Our class will begin Quest Atlantis in January. The Atlantis Remixed Project and Quest Atlantis have supported students and teachers in conducting rich inquiry-based explorations through which students learn standards-based content, and develop pro-social attitudes regarding significant environmental and social issues. Rather than just placing work and play side-by-side, the ARX Project strives to make learning fun and to show kids they can make a difference.

In addition to aligning student work with these standards, all Quests are also associated with an idea about what it means to use this knowledge in a socially responsible manner. Participation in this game is designed to enhance the lives of children while helping them grow into knowledgeable, responsible, and empathetic adults. The ARX project hopes to foster an awareness of seven critical dimensions in order to actualize them in the lives of children:

• Compassionate Wisdom - "Be Kind"
• Creative Expression - "I Create"
• Environmental Awareness - "Think Globally, Act Locally"
• Personal Agency - "I Have Voice"
• Healthy Communities - "Live, Love, Grow"
• Social Responsibility - "We Can Make a Difference"
• Diversity Affirmation - "Everyone Matters"



4-H News
published: 11.20.12

Our class 4-H club formed on Tuesday, October 30. 4-H public speaking winners were after our 4-H meeting.  First place winners include: Caitlyn Barnard, Ella Halbert, Cheyenne Preston, Kade Quinn, and Sylvan Wiebe.  Tristan Cannon received second place while Jake Davenport received third.  Congrats to all participants and winners. The next meeting is January 22. Students will present art posters that day. Our class 4-H webpage link is [HERE].


Retake Forms
published: 11.20.12

Retake Forms…

To re-take a test, students are to attach the original test to the form along with the intervention that’s been used to correct the failing assessed skills and a parent’s signature.  In a vertical file rack located on the extra student desk at Table two in the classroom, are RETAKE forms students will use this nine weeks.  Each particular form is color coded for easy access.  Spelling and vocabulary retake forms are tan; math retake forms are blue; SS/science retake forms are green; literacy retake forms are pink; and general retake forms are yellow. To see the forms go to http://www.flyparsons.org/retakes.html



Typingweb.com
published: 11.20.12

Typing Practice Makes Perfect…

Please remind your child to be practicing on the keyboarding practice website Mrs. Purcell-Orleck has set up.  As Common Core is implemented, students will be required to be assessed online.  To be effective with this type of testing, students are to be able to type 2-3 pages in one sitting at the sixth grade level and more than three pages by seventh grade.  The typing site is http://www.typingweb.com/.  Students have a username and password. 



4-H Elections
published: 11.07.12

Our class 4-H club formed on Tuesday, October 30. Our class will meet monthly at 12:00PM on the fourth Tuesday of the month. 4-H public speaking winners announced last week after our 4-H meeting.  First place winners include: Caitlyn Barnard, Ella Halbert, Cheyenne Preston, Kade Quinn, and Sylvan Wiebe.  Tristan Cannon received second place while Jake Davenport received third.  Congrats to all participants and winners. Our class 4-H webpage link is [HERE].


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