Dear students and families,
Here are some of the recent MS happenings:
- Fifteen students in grades 6-8 participated in the annual Camp Hill Middle School Spelling Bee, held on Friday, November 8th. Congratulations to seventh-grader Garrett Molesevich for his first place achievement and sixth-grader Samuel Stahlfor his second place achievement. Both winners will have the opportunity to advance to the next level of competition—the WITF Central PA Spelling Bee—in January.
- Congratulations to 7th grader, Ty Kirchhoff, who spoke in front of thousands of people at the Project ALS Fundraiser in honor of his father.
- Congratulations to the VIP Club who successfully hosted the 3rd annual Parent’s Night Out. They offered free babysitting for almost 90 students.
- DeLellis-Johnson’s 7th grade Enrichment Reading class went to see the Giver on stage at HACC. Upon arriving, they were pleased to find out that a CHSD grad, Brian Loja, was in the cast!
- In Math Foundations, the 6thgraders will be working in small teams to create and fly paper airplanes! They will be recording their flight distances and times, then creating graphs to display and analyze their data. After multiple trials with 4 different styles of planes, they will choose their favorite to compete in the championship paper airplane competition.
- This year, 32 Camp Hill Middle School students participated in the 2019 Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay Contest. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, and to express their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. Lower Allen VFW Post 7530 has selected Regan Parnofor 1st place, Isaiah Houssou for 2nd place, and Della Hawkins for 3rd Each winner will receive a scholarship and will advance to District 18 for the next level of competition.
- In 7thgrade Life Science the children are learning so much about Genetics. The kids have the best questions as they try to understand what traits they got from their mothers and which ones from their fathers. The kids have gained great understanding of colorblindness, blood typing, and how to create a family tree. The children took time out of their routine science lessons the day before thanksgiving to write special thank you notes to school employees that they were thankful for. 29 employees received a thank you note from our children. Mostly teachers, but custodians, food service and administration also received some notes. It was very special to see the kids pour their hearts out with thankfulness for what they see others doing for them.
- Five Camp Hill Middle School Students (Jimmy Quinlan, Arfin Vany, Kyle Stauffer, Liam Murphy, Patrick Fitzgerald) attended the Central Pennsylvania GIS Day (Geographic Information Systems) on November 23 at Harrisburg University. Students heard from Kristen Kurland from Carnegie Mellow University about GIS in health, the build environment, spatial analysis, and data visualization. Students also learned about and experienced droning activities, as well as participated in a panel discussion with professionals in the GIS field.Luke Brown, Brenden Bachert, and Katelyn Abraham have been diligently working on our school’s “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” project. WSCAM is an initiative sponsored by MANTEC to help students learn about the large array of careers involved in the Manufacturing field. Our team is paired with B & S Machine in Mechanicsburg. We visited B & S Machine on November 19 to tour the business and learn about what and how they manufacture, and most recently we took a 2ndtrip to B & S Machine to do interviews with some of the employees and take some footage of the manufacturing being done. This is an ongoing project. Students will now be working on creating a video based on what they learned through the tours and interviews to highlight “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing.” More to come….
- From November 20th to 26th, the French classes celebrated National French week. Each day began with an announcement read over the loudspeaker with a different fact about France/ francophone culture and its connection to the United States. Many of the facts were written and read by the French students. Students also put up signs around the building to show a “French connection” they had observed in their other class. For example, in Mr. Mitchell’s class, the students learn about Toussaint L’Ouverture (the man responsible for the Haitian revolution to abolish slavery and free the country from French colonial rule) and in Mr. White’s class, students watch a French film about minority populations being segregated in Paris. To help all students see these connections, Mrs. Barben used the application GooseChase to arrange a scavenger hunt around the school. Students had to find the “French connections” and take pictures of themselves demonstrating they understood the clue. She had students singing Hamilton, posing with the French flag, acting out a scene from Haine, and finding the secret of happiness in Le Petit Prince. For National French Week, students also tried their hand at paining like a famous French painter. Students imitated the work of Degas, Monet, and Matisse to name a few. This was followed by a French food day in which students brought in French foods they had prepared at home. Foods ranged from French onion soup to beignets (French donuts) to the Bûche de Noël (yule log cake) and tarte tatin (open-faced apple pie). We ended the week with a French film. Kirikou et La Sorciere was chosen for French III, a class currently working on folktales. Kirikou is an African-folk tale that provides students with a unique perspective into village life in Africa, problems of the African people, and the African French dialect. Le Petit Nicolas was chosen for French I (a popular children’s book turned into a movie which reminds me of Diary of a Wimpy Kid), and Les choristes for French 2 (a tale of an influential and inspiring music teacher at a school for troubled boys). It was a good week—une très bonne semaine!
- December 11, our students will meet with their mentor groups to participate in their planned activity for the month. Additionally, they will participate in a lesson on Integrity during their social studies classes.
- Congratulations to Eric Palmquist! He was nominated for Director of the Year in the Cavalcade of Bands Association. The directors will vote over the next three weeks and the executive board will let him know sometime after December 18th.
- December 6: Quarter 2 Progress Reports Issued
- December 11: Mentor Group Meetings and PRIDE Lesson; Band Concert 7 p.m. TPC
- December 23 – January 1: Holiday Recess- School Closed
Yours in education,
Middle School Principal
(717)-901-2450 ex. 2473