CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GOMS 2020 - 2021 OUTSTANDING SCHOOL SUPPORT EMPLOYEE, SPECIAL EDUCATION PARAPROFESSIONAL MS. BETH BOND!! - 2021 OUTSTANDING ...
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CONGRATULATIONS to the GoMS 2020 - 2021 Outstanding School Support Employee, Special Education Paraprofessional Ms. Beth Bond!! p. 2-7 Core Classes News p. 8 Algebra I & English I News p. 9 Dup Troop News p. 10 Art News p. 11 Band News p. 12 Cyber Society/Key News p. 13 EL Enrichment News p. 14 PE News p. 15 STEM News p. 16 Shout Outs! p. 17-21 Students of the Week p.22 Virtual Students of the Week p. 23 Bulldog Buck Bonanza Winners p. 24 Big Dogs of the Week p. 25 Charlet’s Bulldog Briefing
6A Bitmoji Bulldogs ELA: students are completing the rest of our Out of the Dust unit. Students have completed the novel and learned what life was like for Americans during that time. We have written a literary analysis analyzing themes of the novel and how they relate to the title. Students have shown growth with their essays since our last unit! Students have also begun to create individual news articles answering preselected questions about this time period. In upcoming lessons, they will be given the opportunity to design a news page for their articles. Math: Students began learning how to find the area and perimeter of a composite figure. Students are learning how to decompose a figure into polygons they are familiar with, including rectangles and triangles. Students are currently using 6th grade area formulas to find the area of many types of polygons including trapezoids and octagons. They are using their knowledge of equations to find missing side lengths of polygons by substituting into area formulas. Students have completed challenging problems requiring they figure out how much paint to purchase depending on the size of the home and how much fencing would be required to contain a particular sized garden. Science:This month in Science, students dove into outer space. Students focused on the 8 major planets of the solar system, breaking them down into two categories - inner planets and outer planets. Students learned about the characteristics of the inner planets and outer planets and used this information to create their own planet. Social Studies: This month in Social Studies students have finished exploring the three empires of West Africa and their contributions to the world by completing their West Africa Empire’s project and by creating a West African Griot (Storyteller) Mask. Next students are traveling northward to Europe to plunge into the Middle Ages! Also known as the Dark Ages, students are learning about the time when Europe flourished under kings and knights and the feudal system. Students will also get to discover how the feudal system declined because of the Black Death and the Crusades.
6B Mad Dogs ELA: This month in ELA, students have been finishing up their unit on Out of the Dust. They have been diving deep into analyzing themes in both smaller poem excerpts as well as determining themes throughout their novel! Students have been able to work on this individually as well as having peer discussions on the topic. They have also learned to make personal connections to the themes being taught in the novel, relating to the main character as she works to figure out her problems. 6B has been hard at work writing argumentative essays to support their analysis with evidence pulled from the text! Math: Students began learning how to find the area and perimeter of a composite figure. Students are learning how to decompose a figure into polygons they are familiar with, including rectangles and triangles. Students are currently using 6th grade area formulas to find the area of many types of polygons including trapezoids and octagons. They are using their knowledge of equations to find missing side lengths of polygons by substituting into area formulas. Students have completed challenging problems requiring they figure out how much paint to purchase depending on the size of the home and how much fencing would be required to contain a particular sized garden. Science: This month in Science, students have been investigating space. They have been exploring the eight major planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune), while also analyzing whey some of those planets are considered inner/terrestrial planets, while others are considered outer planets/gas giants. They have also learned about the other objects in our solar system, such as the Sun, stars, moon, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, and meteors. Finally, they were able to put all of their knowledge of planets together to design their own planets!! Social Studies: This month in Social Studies, students began studying the Middle Ages. They have explored the Feudal System and identified the 5 reasons for its decline. They have read and researched all about the Magna Carta and why it was written and how it has impacted the modern world. Also, making connections to the Black Death and our ongoing pandemic. Students were really able to understand the effects on the society as well as the economy. Lastly, they explored the Crusades where they learned about the series of the holy wars over the Holy Land of Jerusalem.
7A Bulldog Beasts ELA: In March, students wrapped up the 3rd nine weeks with their Literary Analysis benchmarks and did a great job! We continued with our Behind-the- Scenes unit and will wrap up the unit just before Spring Break with our culminating writing task essay that is all about author’s attitude! Math: We have been studying statistics in real world problems. We have worked with samples and populations, and compared populations using different kinds of graphs. We finished the month with geometry. We used equations to find missing angle measures. The kids are doing a great job working hard as we start our last nine weeks of school. Science: Students explored different odors in class, to understand how can I smell from a distance? The students were tasked with identifying two unknown scents based on the molecular arrangement of atoms and the smell. Social Studies: This month’s lessons have been on the Causes of the Civil War and all the historical events that led to it. Students have been learning about the Dred Scott Decision, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry, and the Missouri Compromise, Bleeding Kansas and the Compromise of 1850. We are now embarking on the war itself. Students also created and designed their own booklets on the Causes of the Civil War. Thank you to Ms. Spohn and Mrs. Blanchard for helping us to create awesome writing skills this month.
7B Mighty Golden Dogs ELA: In ELA we are wrapping up our Behind the Scenes unit. Students are finishing their essays to show their understanding of Elizabeth Keckley’s claims throughout her memoir. We are getting ready to move onto the reading they are most excited about, Gathering Blue!! Our students loved reading The Giver so much that we decided to end the year with the second book in the series. If you want to keep your child reading over the summer, there are two more books in the series that I’m sure they would be thrilled to read! Math: In Math we have been studying statistics in real world problems. We have worked with samples and populations, and compared populations using different kinds of graphs. We finished the month with geometry. We used equations to find missing angle measures. The kids are doing a great job working hard as we start our last nine weeks of school. Science: In science we have started our unit on the weather and what forces drive it to change. We have been observing experiments that relate to conduction and convection of heat and air. The students have been working hard on improving their modeling and writing skills. Mrs. Tanksley has noticed a big increase in their drawing and writing abilities! Social Studies: In Social Studies, we have learned about all the events that created tension between the North and South. All these things built up until eventually the Civil War happened. We discussed issues like Bleeding Kansas, The Dred Scott Decision, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the Election of 1860. These things and many others led to the South declaring that they would secede from the Union and create their own government: The Confederate States of America. We discussed the beginning of the war at Fort Sumter and the advantages and disadvantages of the North and South at the start of the war.
8A The Barks ELA: We are reading Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian novel where reading books is illegal. Talk about IRONIC!! To wrap up this MARVELOUS MARCH we had an awesome Peer Review/Feedback session. By providing feedback to peers, students often begin to think more flexibly about their own writing. Being able to listen to others and utilize feedback effectively is important to future academic success. Math: Olivia Rochester is categorizing triangles as right triangles or not using the converse of Pythagorean theorem. Students worked in their Eureka book, then did the hands-on activity so that they could understand that even though triangles appear to be right, it can only be proven through the converse of Pythagorean Theorem. Science: In science, we have been learning about what makes us who we are, our genetics. We discovered how DNA is turned into the proteins that our body needs to give us our traits as well as seeing which traits are dominant over others. We also learned how we can trace traits that are passed down from family members. Social Studies: We are looking forward to moving on from the end of WW2 and moving towards the Civil Rights Movement. We will learn about Dr. King and the fight that African Americans had to make to be treated equally in society. This fight is still going on in certain parts of society today. Students will have learned about the Civil Rights Movement, Modern Louisiana history, Louisiana’s Government, and Louisiana’s Economy We will learn about modern day LA and the role that government and economics plays in today's LA!
8B The Bites ELA: In ELA we began reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. We have been learning the difference between a dystopia and a utopia. We've also been learning about censorship of information and it's effect on society as a whole. Math: At the start of the 4th nine weeks, students mastered the skill of using the Pythagorean Theorem. We've also started exploring scatter plots. They were able to show their knowledge and understand through a project creating their own scatter plots. Science: In science, we have been learning about what makes us who we are but studying genetics. This unit began by extracting DNA from strawberries. After that, students enjoyed learning how to code for proteins during protein synthesis by creating monsters with specific traits. Then we learned how to read pedigree charts. We will continue to learn about genetics and how it affects us then move on to the theory of evolution. Social Studies: We are looking forward to moving on from the end of WW2 and moving towards the Civil Rights Movement. We will learn about Dr. King and the fight that African Americans had to make to be treated equally in society. This fight is still going on in certain parts of society today. Students will have learned about the Civil Rights Movement, Modern Louisiana history, Louisiana’s Government, and Louisiana’s Economy We will learn about modern day LA and the role that government and economics plays in today's LA!
Mr. Bowman’s Algebra I class completed a project on solving quadratic equations. Each student created a poster or powerpoint presentation including the criteria of mastery and example problems. Students learned three ways to solve quadratic equations - Factoring, Completing the Square, and the Quadratic Formula. This month in English I Honors, students are enjoying the treat of the classic American novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee as they review the skills and knowledge needed for their upcoming state tests. As we read and discuss topics such as prejudice and censorship, we are analyzing the text for various literary elements and devices we’ve studied this year.
The Dup Troop News! The students in Mrs. Carla Babin’s class got into the Easter spirit this month by making Easter crafts from the Ascension Parish Library. They made bedazzling glitter Easter eggs using sequins, rhinestones, and glitter & succulent plants out of crepe paper and Styrofoam. Pictured below Brihanna Reas, Joshua Sanchez, and Kaiden Schilling are working on their project.
Art News Mr. Hesser is proud to announce the Gonzales Middle School Art Students of the Month for March! The in-class student is 6th grader, Ashley Pinnelas Rosario! The virtual student is 8th grader, Makhi McKinney. Ashley is an amazing student! I can count on her to bring her A game every single day. I am very pleased with her art projects. Her projects are always exceptional! She puts amazing creativity and the little details to make her art standout. I love her positive attitude. I am very impressed with Makhi’s improvement this semester! His writing skills have very much improved. He asks great questions to make sure he understands the content and projects. He also has a very positive attitude. Thanks for your hard work! Ashley and Makhi are the Art Students of the Month! Proud of you both! Keep on Smiling.
Band News March is always a busy time of year for students. They are faced with extended homework assignments and a full agenda of school activities. Parental support and encouragement are crucial at this time of the year. 6TH grade beginning band is sounding really good on their instruments and are looking forward to their virtual concert. This is an important time to keep having them practice and play their instruments no matter what it is. Have them find their favorite songs on youtube and try to figure out the notes. 7th and 8th grade are also doing an amazing job at preparing their music for the end of the year. This year the two grades will perform separate from each other due to us not meeting together. It has been a good tine to focus on the elements of music that got put on hold from last year at this time while still growing all students. Future EA band parents (8th grade currently) – Now is the time to be thinking about high school next year. It will be a transition for your students and band is a great way to keep the students engaged in something that is familiar and fun. I am here to answer any questions and to be the bridge for you and the EA band directors. Please feel free to email me anytime and about anything dealing with the EA band. We have LOTS of former GoMS band students in the EA band. All sections of our “digital music” classes have been learning about the history of hip-hop and applying this to playing percussion. They are doing really well at this and the students in 6th and 7th grade have shown interest in joining the GoMS band next year. If you have any 5th graders interested in band next year please feel free to contact me about which instrument would be good to start with. No students will be tested on instruments again but I am willing to meet with families 1 on 1 to show you the instruments and let you try them out. 1 on 1 must be done with appropriate social distancing and that the instrument can be cleaned. This also can be done for our current 6th and 7th grade students that want to join band next year. Your support is a cornerstone in the foundation of our music program at Gonzales Middle School. Thank you! In the interest of our students, Mr. Hall
Cyber Society & Keyboarding News During Keyboard Applications, students created tables using GoogleDocs. They utilized their typing ability to develop a clearer understanding to format tables with centering horizontally and vertically within a cell. Students, also, were able to develop their knowledge of what documents have various line spacing and margins. Next, we learn how to create desktop publishing documents. In Cyber Society, students discovered cyber terrorism and counterterrorism affects the U.S. government and how our privacy can be hacked on computers and with spam texting and emails. Next, we dive into developing our media literacy skills. All students continue to practice typing for speed and accuracy. Competitive keyboarding drills demonstrated that the following students attained greater than 35 words per minute - then numbers below designate the words per minute. Currently, the 7A class has the highest percentage of students (87.5% 20 students) that have been successful in attaining 35 wpm and 95% or greater accuracy. Students of the Week recognized were: Austin Mumphrey 7th grade Ava Pinder 8th grade Virtual Khloie Pittman 6th grade
EL Enrichment News! We are continuing to use programs that reinforce language skills and practice our writing skills. Students are writing narratives and creating stories from pictures. Participating in class with new English language that they have learned is becoming easier for some of them. We continued to study about music and where it came from. 8th Graders were able to play a game by using descriptive words to help their partners guess the picture.
PE News! Boys PE has spent March playing soccer and basketball outside. For soccer, the students have play small-sided games on portable goals and even a few 11v11 games on the big field! For basketball the students have been utilizing the courts outside (with their new nets) to work on their game! Girls PE: Students were paired in groups of two to discuss personal hygiene. Students spent time completing Health Written Assignments on Personal Hygiene. Students gave each other verbal and written feedback.
STEM News! 6th Grade STEM students have finished learning about Business Profit, Revenue, and Cost for their Concession Stand Projects They even made advertainment flyers for their products! 7th Grade STEM students learned about the aerodynamics capability of airplanes by building then testing foam gliders in class. 8th Student designed and printed on our 3D printer “Bubble Wands” based on strict criteria given to them. They work in pairs and redesigned their wands after printing then testing their prototypes.
Shout Outs! THANK YOU to @NationalParkTrust for awarding Ms. Aimee Perrodin’s Mighty Bulldog Gifted Class the opportunity to visit parks virtually! Mighty Bulldog 7th Grader Shelby Johnson wrote a grant and now he and his classmates will visit Ruby Falls and Rock City virtually, as well as complete a stewardship project with the City of Gonzales at the end of the year to celebrate Kids to Parks Day!! THANK YOU to Mr. Jeremy Lizana of United Partners Insurance / The Horace Mann Companies for presenting our Mighty Bulldog Teacher of the Year, Ms. Linda Wilson, with a crystal apple!! THANK YOU to Ms. Yvette Surla's AWESOME Eagles from Dutchtown Middle School for sharing their kindness initiative, "Cup of Thanks,” with our Mighty Bulldog Staff!! The “Cups,” which include coffee / tea and other treats, are prepared by the Students and delivered to various service organizations. This is made possible through a grant by the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation and EATEL.
Students of the Week! March 1st ~ 5th Emiyah Aidan Scarlett Francis Johnson Pineda Tevin McKay Darrian Makayla Sims Murabito Zyra Jai’yon Andrea Bourgeois Mitchell Hebert Samuel Dylan Ramirez Smith Lyric Barrios Jones Rashawn Destiny Akerion Munson Rubio Brown David Kyrie Erianna Quintanar Credit Williams
Students of the Week! March 8th ~ 12th Ilayan Colon-Lopez Amyriah Avila Ricardo Adams Merquis Alneika Allen Bui Ragas McGhee Genesis Jehmere Felton Lily Smith Cambron Kamea Stewart Haileigh Kendell Torres Crockett Jared Alondra Austin Romero Cruz Mumphery Aubrey Lailah Khloe Weeden Johnson Pittman
Students of the Week! March 16th ~ 20th Misty Logan Mykel Richardson Veazey Perkins Breona Katelynn Amaya Walker Porta Simon Vicente Farid NaJayla Martinez Carrasco Blanchard Sanchez Lailah Johnson Quinesha Isidro Richard Morales Rodney Earl Haileigh David Torres Lopez Ismael Francesco Aubranee Lopez Acevedo Weeden
Students of the Week! March 22nd ~ 26th Stephianna Julie Jones Bourriague Tamia Boudreaux Alejandro Jaime Sofia Ruiseco Bailon Garcia Yasmin Marcus Navarro Dunn Damian Soto Darius Lizy Mejia Jahmere Vaughn Sanchez Smith Christopher Batista Kyrie Brown Gabriel Denley Brayden Kionshae JuJuan Morgan Prestley Porte
Students of the Week! March 29th ~ April 2nd Adam Arrington Johnson Holiday Lathan Dumas Landon Jarrius Britney Irvin Muse Ramire Josiah Ray’Lynn Burgin Brow Kyngston Alvere Omar Kyleigh Landon Palomo Pinell Irvin • Erick Malaina Jayden Esco Daigle Lang ba Jeremiah Jaraya Jayden Thomas Davis Lang
Virtual Students of the Week! March 1st ~ 5th March 8th ~ 12th March18th & 19th March 22nd ~ 26th March 29th ~ April 2nd
Bulldog Buck Banaza On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Gonzales Middle School announced the March Bulldog Buck Bonanza Winners. Students earn Bulldog Bucks throughout the month for academics and positive behavior. They use the Bulldog Bucks to buy Golden Tickets weekly for various rewards. At the end of each month, students' Bulldog Bucks are placed in a drawing to win a Free Dress Friday Golden Ticket and concessions.
Big Dogs of the Week! Ms. Laken Sciortin Ms. Marquita Carter Mr. Zach Bowman Ms. Juanita Favorite!!
Mrs. Charlet’s Bulldog Briefing Hi, Everyone!! It’s so hard to believe that March is over, and we are in the home stretch to summer!! As a final reminder, LEAP Testing Dates are as follows: **Wednesday, April 28, 2021 LEAP Language Arts / Math Session 1 **Thursday, April 29, 2021 LEAP Language Arts / Math Session 2 **Friday, April 30, 2021 LEAP Language Arts / Math Session 3 **Monday, May 1, 2021 LEAP Science / Social Studies Sessions 1 **Tuesday, May 2, 2021 LEAP Science / Social Studies Session 2 **Wednesday, May 3, 2021 LEAP Science / Social Studies Session 3 As testing approaches, please take a few minutes to sit down with your child to discuss the importance of the following: **Attending school EVERYDAY during Testing **Arriving to school ON TIME during Testing (Students must be in their classrooms by 7:23 a.m. each morning.) **Going to bed EARLY each night during Testing **Eating a good breakfast each morning during Testing **Charging the laptop computer each night so that it is FULLY CHARGED for Testing **Taking time during the tests to ensure that he / she answers ALL questions completely. Remember that our doors are ALWAYS open to you!! Lori Charlet Lori.charlet@apsb,org
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