In conjunction with Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties, the Middle School will be participating in the Prescription Drug Awareness Week (April 7-11) . There will be a poster contest that students may enter until May 2, 2014 and gritty points will be awarded to the grade level with the most participants. Entry forms are available in the main office.
Parents: Be Smart About Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
Cairo-Durham Middle School is striving to be the best it can be. We need your help! Please join us Thursday, March 27, for a workshop to develop our Vision Statement and School-Parent Compact. Help answer questions like:
What are the most effective ways to work together to ensure our student’s success?
How can CDMS better communicate with parents?
How can parents better help students be successful with homework?
How can parents volunteer during or after school day?
Mr. Poulsen (Middle School parent) assisted the 8th grade students with their "Crazy Contraption" planning and building. In 7th grade, he worked with students using Autodesk Inventor, a CAD program. The 6th grade students had just learned about ancient forms of measurement and were working on a lab using those forms of measurement. He helped students measure correctly. The visit was a great success, and another visit is planned for April.
On Thursday, January 30th, students in the Middle School participated in a school wide STEM based lesson focused on Thin Films. Developed by a team of Middle School teachers using a Learning Module from NEATEC (Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center), all students in grades 6-8 were exposed to a lesson that asked students to:
As part of their Ecology Unit, sixth graders learned about the different biomes of the world. Each student completed a travel brochure for one of the biomes. They had to include things like the climate, animal and plant life, what kinds of things one could do there, what a person might bring if visiting the biome, and interesting facts about it. They had to try to convince people to want to visit. (Imagine convincing someone to visit the tundra on their vacation!) This all took research and using a brochure template on the computer. So, where do you want to go on your next trip?
The 7th and 8th grade Art Clubs have been working hard to create beautiful nameplates for the Middle School teachers. The nameplates are a wonderful way to add student ART into our school environment. There are a few completed, and many more in progress. When the project is complete, students will be able to identify a classroom not only by its room number and by its outstanding teacher nameplate!! Thank you to the 7th and 8th grade Art Club Members.