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Middle School Receives Awards
Paulette Smith Middle has been recognized by the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas as a school where students demonstrated high growth on the ACT Aspire! The OEP creates an annual report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards, and this year we are recognizing schools with high student growth. We think growth is the best indicator of the positive impact that your school is having on students.
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Saturday, 12/7, Fouke Band Students participated in the ASBOA Region 2 Junior High Band and Senior High Jazz All-Region Auditions. Our Results are as follows:
Junior High All Region Band – 5th Alternate Tuba
2nd Band – 7th Chair Flute, 2nd Chair Clarinet, 2nd Chair Trumpet, 10th Chair Trumpet, 8th Chair Tuba
1st Band – 1st Chair Tenor Saxophone, 4th Chair Percussion
Senior High Jazz Band – 1st Alternate Alto Saxophone, 2nd Alternate Alto Saxophone, 2nd Chair Trumpet, 5th Chair Trumpet
In addition, two of our members earned the right to audition for the Arkansas All-State Jazz Band on February 7th at HSU in Arkadelphia!! These students will participate in a Clinic/Concert to be held at Lake Hamilton HS on January 10th & 11th. This is a huge honor for these students. Please help me spread the good news!! – Buddy Deese, Director – Fouke Bands
Debate: 6th graders debating the ban of the use of fossil fuels in the year 2030.
MS SCIENCE ACTIVITIES: Recently, 7th and 8th grades participated in STEM challenges. In one challenge they were to make the tallest free-standing tower out of index cards. The tallest was 9 stories tall. In another challenge, they were to make the longest paper chain out of only one piece of paper. The 7th grade class was the overall winner. Currently, 7th grade is learning about simple and complex molecules by creating models, which show us the type and number of atoms in a molecule. 7th/8th science STEM - Students designed mazes out of straws to challenge classmates to see whose mazes are designed to be the most challenging to complete.
One weekly STEM activity: properties of matter & measurement - create the largest table bubble, measure diameter of the bubble print as evidence. Challenge winners tied at 15 inches!
6th Grade Science studied energy transfer and insulation. As part of learning about conduction, reflection, and insulation students designed a device that would use reflection, conduction and insulation properties to cook a s'more. We designed solar ovens. All outside pics are of our solar oven project . Our test recipe was s'mores. The classroom picture is of their groups collaborating on design.
Great job students!