Civics teacher Anne Powell of Forest Grove Middle School was one of twenty-five teachers selected from throughout Florida to attend the Supreme Court of Florida’s Justice Teaching Institute March 22-26 to learn about the state courts using a case study method. Powell and other teacher participants explored the courts and the Constitution in a four and one half day program with all seven justices serving as faculty. The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc., coordinated the program and provided instructional assistance. This year’s emphasis was on examining the structure and function of the state courts, motion to suppress hearings, Miranda warnings and the assistance of legal counsel, among other law related topics. They also participated in a simulated appellate hearing serving as justices and attorneys to reenact a mock oral argument. Judge Karen Cole from the Fourth Judicial Circuit and Judge Kelly McKibben from the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit served as mentor judges and assisted the teachers in dissecting the material throughout the week. At the conclusion of the institute, teachers observed actual oral arguments before the Supreme Court, and attended a banquet held in their honor, together with the justices, at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Forest Grove Middle School students and staff recently raised $800 for Bahamas Relief. Furthermore, the students donated over 550 items to be transported to the Bahamas via Missionary Flights International. Pictured here accepting the check are Ray Oostdyk, Kay Hall, Emma Espinal and Principal Dr. Arthur Jamison. The schoolwide fundraiser was organized by seventh grader Emma Espinal. Supporting the effort were her classmates, Sarah Galvin, Lorilai Coto and Lilly Keim. The team distributed flyers and collection boxes to all the school’s homeroom classes. The homeroom that brought in the greatest number of items was Mrs. Hall’s class with 22 students donating 129 items. Second place went to Ms. Nicole Collins’ homeroom, which donated 77 items. Some students also wrote heartfelt letters to the Dorian survivors. One of them stated, “I, along with others in my school, donated money to help you rebuild. We can only imagine what you’re going through, and we were so close to experiencing it, too. May God bless you.”
The Forest Grove Middle School Honors Geometry classes learned how triangles and their points of concurrency assist in solving one of the most important problems in the world – supplying rural communities with clean water! Students studied areas of the earth in need of clean water and the traditional ways of bringing clean water to these areas. They then studied points of concurrency and used those points to determine optimal locations for places to dig wells or provide point source filtration. Pictured are Colin Lawrence and Sydnee Rubenstein (left to right) sharing their discoveries about Kenya, Africa.
Sixty Forest Grove students got the experience of a lifetime on March 17 when they got to see the Miami Heat play at the American Airlines Arena. After the game, students were able to go on the court and take a shot from the free throw line just like the players do! This elite group of Bulldogs were nominated by their teachers for doing well in school academically and behaviorally. Students also won a spot on the trip through PBIS events. All of these well-deserving students will write about their experience at the game to share with the rest of the Bulldog family.
We at Forest Grove Middle School have implemented a stupendous initiative to foster a strong bond between the students and their Ace. Each month the students will vote on the Ace that inspires them to succeed academically and flourish positively socially. The students have been informed that the Ace with the most votes will attend a very special lunch with the administrative team at Forest Grove. The students have been participating in droves. This incentive reminds teachers that they are valued by their students and it gives the students a sense of responsibility in choosing and honoring the staff and teachers at their school. Altogether, this increases the positive bond between students and staff/ teachers.
7th grade student,Sultan Mahmud, was nominated by Leigh Bretherick. He attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC over the summer for 1 week.185 middle school students participated.He heard speakers such as Al Gore, Mitt Romney, Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.), Newt Gingrich, Jesse Jackson, etc.Sultan learned that a leader has many different traits and that determines what leadership style they have.His favorite part was a sleep-over at the science museum and using the simulators.
8th grade students at Forest Grove participate in Science Boot Camp to get ready for the upcoming Science state assessment.
FGMS MOA students engineered a life size orca whale 25 feet long x 11 feet tall and put it on display at the IRL Science Festival in Ft. Pierce on Saturday, October 22. With the help of their teachers Ms. Cole and Mr. Stinnette, students in grades 6-8 and their parents spent 30 hours after school creating the whale out of plastic sheeting and Duck brand duct tape. Students began by cutting a rectangular sheet of plastic into shape and taped it together. Then it was blown up with a bounce house fan, deflated, cut and taped again until they got the desired shape. Every 40 minutes three students entered the whale and manipulated the fins to make it come alive while orca communication sounds were played. Another student talked to those inside by radio to let them know when it was show time! Children and adults alike were mesmerized by the presentation. The students also made paper mache vertebrae and a replica of a bottom jaw and inserted life size clay teeth. During the festival, one group of students conducted a science experiment station and showed kids whale toothpaste. They explained the procedure and went over safety tips before, during, and after.
A team of four students from Forest Grove Middle School, coached by science teacher Colleen Wilson, won the Title I Middle School Science Bowl held recently at the Stem Center at the Indian River State College campus in St Lucie West. Pictured, from left, are students Dustin Vanderpool, Vincent Rappa, Samantha Doohan, and Brandon Payen, with Wilson. The team will now compete at the state regional Middle School Science Bowl in Brevard County March 8.
Olga Drucker, a Holocaust Kindertransport child (http://www.kindertransport.org/), visited with Ilyssa Greene’s sixth grade language arts students. Mrs. Drucker read excerpts from Kindertransport (http://us.macmillan.com/kindertransport/OlgaDrucker), her autobiography, which is a children’s book that covers her six years in England and reunion with her parents in 1945. She spoke with students about the impact separation and reunification had on her and her family. She also impressed upon students the importance of never allowing another Holocaust to become part of their history. Kindertransport rescued thousands of German and European Jews by sending Jewish children to live abroad with families who were often not Jewish. Seated, from left, Asmaa Kacen, Olga Drucker and Jonhatan Zarate, and standing, from left, Delbert Brunson and Courtney Scott.
All Forest Grove Middle School students competed in the second annual Forest Grove Metric Olympics. Students traveled through a series of eight stations that aimed to give them hands-on experience in estimating and measuring mass, volume, distance and time using the Metric System. This activity allowed students to manipulate math and science in a fun, competitive setting. Pictured, from left, Harry Jeune, Ja’Harold Wright, Linto Stil, Antonio Presley, Etienne Desir and Donald Gibson.
Sixth grade students, pictured from left, Genesis Gibson, Derrick Davis, Jessica Hoyt, Zach Roach, and Christen Bailey listen intently to the Battle of the Books question for their team. The annual Battle of the Books contest matches a student team against a faculty team to answer comprehension questions. This year, the sixth and eighth grade student teams won their battle, while the seventh grade faculty team won their battle. This event coordinates literature study among the reading classes, and creates a positive school-wide literacy culture.
Over 700 Forest Grove students performed a lab in which they extracted DNA from a fresh strawberry during their science class. Sixth graders learned about cells and cell theory. In seventh grade, their knowledge expanded through studying how DNA determines the genetic structure of an organism and makes each individual unique. Eighth graders continued to expand this concept by concentrating on the way that cells and DNA contribute to body systems, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration. Following this hands on activity in a wet lab setting, students could not only see, but hold and stretch the strawberries’ DNA to see the double helix shape. This truly engaging activity allowed students to know that DNA molecules really do exist. Pictured, from left, re Janira Quinones, Yadira Solis and Ariana Luna.
Students in Andrea Anicito’s seventh grade science classes at Forest Grove Middle School were given a visual scenario in which they were presented with a parent’s genetic information. Students then had to create a punnett square to determine the probability of the offspring’s traits. The final part of the project was to build a “spud”. Because there were traits that showed other than 100% probability, the offspring all looked a little different, just like siblings. Together, the class created a potato head family.
Students in Charlene Carter’s reading classes at Forest Grove Middle School got to know each other recently using a series of activities meant to gather information about classmates as well as build knowledge of thinking maps, note taking techniques, Kagan structures, and cloze sentence templates. Pictured, from left, are Cicilio Ramirez and Enoc Lopez.
Forest Grove Middle School reading coach Melodee Hickman has created an anti-bullying unit in her reading classes. The seventh grade class created Thinking Maps on a variety of topics and skills about bullying, including comparing and contrasting, classification, description and higher level thinking questions. Pictured are students signing a pledge to support a bully free zone. Students will also soon begin a Random Acts of Kindness unit, which will include an interactive PowerPoint slide show, an anticipation guide, Kagan strategies, higher level thinking skills and most important, will lead into the book The Bystander to be read by all seventh grade students, who will then compete in Battle of the Books after seven weeks of reading.
Forest Grove Middle school students recently spent a week “Shining a Light on Reading” in celebration of literacy. The soft lamplight provided great atmosphere for reading their favorite books. From left, students Elijah VanDenHam, Kevin Duan and Joseph Serafini from Charlene Carter’s reading class are engrossed in reading their books by lamplight.
FGMS Select Chorus sang at the School Board meeting on Tuesday, February 9th. Mrs. Kathy Osking, Choral Director, was very proud of their performance.
Students in Colleen Wilson’s sixth grade science class at Forest Grove Middle worked on a class science project, “Can you protect a falling egg?” Students created “protectors” for their eggs out of different materials with the goal of dropping an egg from the second story balcony and ensuring that the egg arrived on the ground unharmed. Pictured are Guadaloupe Rubio, left, and Marissa Garcia.
Congratulations to our new Teacher of the Year: Dr. Benjamin
Minority Educator of the Year: Mrs. Cordovana
School Related Employee of the Year: Mrs. Angell