Soldotna Middle

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Students who have medications in the nurse's office are asked to take them home.

On April 30, the advanced art class took a field trip to the Anchorage Museum, where students toured seven shows and participated in activities to build their skills of artistic appreciation, communicating about artwork and learning to understand and interpret works of art. From there, students traveled to another 10 galleries, where they experienced sculptures, paintings, murals, contemporary art, blown glass and traditional and modern Native Alaskan art and even met some well-known artists. Thanks to the VanAntwerps and Mrs. Dimick for chaperoning.

The SMS aviation classes enjoyed a field trip to Soldotna Municipal Airport last Friday. Students were exposed to many areas of aviation in one short afternoon. Students toured the Mission Aircraft Repair Center to get first-hand instruction on aircraft repairs and maintenance. They visited with flight instructors on the requirements of getting a private pilot license and were able to look at and board aircraft ranging from a Piper Supercub to a Cessna Grand Caravan. The Peninsula Modelers Association also was on location to give students a remote control air show and allowed each student to take a turn flying the remote control airplanes. Thanks to all the people who volunteered and gave up an afternoon for these kids.

Ms. Cannava's class will sell pizza and cotton candy the last three days of school.

Report cards will be mailed the week after school lets out, as long as all fees have been paid. Check with the office if you have any questions.

Mark your calendars for registration dates for next year. Seventh-graders will register Aug. 12 as follows: last names A-L, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and last names M-Z, from 10:30 a.m. to noon and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Eighth-graders will register Aug. 13 as follows: last names A-L from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and last names M-Z from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

SMS has implemented a teaching and learning initiative for the 2004-05 school year that will use technology as a tool to deliver the core curriculum to a group of 55 students. What this means is that 55 students at SMS next school year will have a laptop computer to use at school and at home. Due to limited resources this initiative is limited to 55 students to begin the program. A lottery has been conducted to randomly select the students who will participate in the program. All incoming seventh-grade students for next year were automatically included in the lottery. An informational meeting will be held in the near future for those students selected by lottery.

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