Middle School News and Events
January 21, 2015
Michigan State University’s chapter of the Graduate Women in Science would like to invite your students to attend our Middle School Girls Math and Science Day. This free half-day event is an opportunity for middle school girls to try science demos and games while working with enthusiastic and knowledgeable science students and researchers at MSU. In the past, these activities have ranged from learning about CPR to the chemical reaction behind making homemade ice cream. Girls choose which sessions they would like to attend and rotate every half hour to a new session.
Click here for the flier.
The event will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 8:00am – 12:30 pm at Biomedical Physical Science Building. Girls can register at http://middleschoolgirlsmathscienceday.weebly.com/.
January 21, 2015
Every year families bring more and more hand held electronic devices into their home….especially during the holidays. Cell phones, iPads, laptops, etc. have become popular gifts, especially for minors. Unfortunately, with these wonderful gifts comes more opportunities for adult oriented material to enter your home.
Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the federal Do Not Call List, is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families and can be located at www.ProtectMIChild.com.
As a strong supporter of this registry, I would like to encourage you to sign your entire family up for the registry and inform your friends and colleagues about how they can protect children and families from unwanted adult advertising. To sign up only takes seconds. Just go to www.ProtectMIChild.com and keep your family safe.
January 16, 2015
Dansville Schools was honored to host State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan on Wednesday, January 7th. His tour included a visit to each building as well as special visits with some parents, staff members and board members and a special meeting with a group of secondary students.
At Dansville Elementary, Superintendent Flanagan visited a classroom where students were engaged in arts integration strategies during literacy instruction. The students were learning new vocabulary words by working in teams to create frozen pictures of the definition. Their classmates then guess the correct vocabulary word.
At Dansville Middle School, Mr. Flanagan visited a robotics class in action. Robotics is a course that is offered as part of the Project Lead the Way STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) program where students work through a largely hands-on curriculum to program and build various robots.
Finally Mr. Flanagan visited a high school American Literature class, where every student has an iPad and the teacher was explaining the upcoming learning targets- student-friendly statements aligned to the Common Core that guide each student’s learning.
After spending more than four hours in our district, Mr. Flanagan shared his impressions with both WILX and the Lansing State Journal, as both media outlets were part of the tour as well. When asked to speak about the visit Superintendent Flanagan said “It’s the learning of the future and they’re doing it now in Dansville. Kids want to be active, they want to be on technology, they have the iPads here. And all of that is contributing to reading scores going up. ACT scores are going up. It’s just very inspiring.”