Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Seasonal Fun in Room 102

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Thank You!

  Let me thank all of you for the wonderful gifts you gave me
 … and for the gift that each of you is in my life!

Have a wonderful break and I will see you in 2012.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The End of Semester Winter Celebration!

Norfolk Middle School marked the end of the first semester with a winter celebration in the school gymnasium.  Students faced off in a series of games against each other.  Room 102 rallied for the back-to-back push up competition.
Over 70 students at the assembly walked away with a treat. Prizes were given out by drawing names from a hat. It was a perfect way to end the semester and to reward all the hard work students put in over the last few months to make the semester as successful as it was!

Back in the classroom EVERY student received a prize. Javier distributed the scented pencils from the PTA. Fun was had by all.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Parent Post

This generation of students is more likely to be armed with cell phones, laptops, and iPods than with spiral notebooks and No. 2 pencils. Kids are high tech. They like electronics -- it's speaking their language.
Education is changing. Today Room 102 questioned a typical school day in the life of parents. We're curious about  your best memories of a school day. Was there technology?  Favorite book?  What could you tell us about your school memories?
Thanks for commenting!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Recycling Contest 2011

Green Fiber is hosting a paper recycling competition between schools:
Students are encouraged to bring recyclable newspaper and paper products to school. (No corrugated cardboard items from home, please.)
There will be 3 winners:
1st Place: $100 cash
2nd Place: $75 cash
3rd Place: $50 cash
Contest Ends December 16th. This is the final week!  Room 102 has made a haul each week. Please continue to help us in our recycling efforts! It'd be great for Norfolk Middle School to "bag" that winning prize!X

Friday, December 9, 2011

Our Shoeboxes Arrive in Zambia

Two shoeboxes were packed in October.

Dear Room 102,
Thank you for participating in The Journey of a Shoebox and for choosing to follow your box.
Your gift boxes went to Zambia. Forty-five percent of Zambia’s 13.4 million people are 14-years-old or younger. Thank you for reaching out to children in need.

Operation Christmas Child              

Can you imagine our shoeboxes delivered by elephant?  Amazing!

These kids are hanging out with their shoeboxes . . . and smiles!

To learn more about our project click here and read the original post.X

Friday, December 2, 2011

December Book It

Book It motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments. Pizza Hut is proud of all Book It readers!  The restaurant congratulates every student for meeting the monthly reading goal and rewards them with a free, one-topping Personal Pan Pizza.
During December Room 102 is reading through seasonal books to meet a Book It goal. 
Pizza and winter break - -that's a fun combo!

Happy Reading! 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Planetarium Field Trip

The Planetarium is a sky theater where it is possible to simulate the night sky at any place on Earth at any time of the year. The Wayne State College Planetarium with its audiovisual special effects explored topics such as the moon, constellations, planets, and galaxies. In the planetarium concepts were demonstrated in ways that are impossible in a classroom. This translates into enhanced learning for students.

Our field trip combined the planetarium visit with a tour of The Wayne State College Museum of Natural History. Thank you for sharing those critters, Dr. Loggins!

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Character Does Count

November’s Character Ed Assembly honored Elizabeth from Room 102.  Elizabeth was among several middle school students honored for the character quality of RESPONSIBILITY.

Congratulations, Elizabeth! Room 102 is lucky to have YOU!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Room 102 celebrated Thanksgiving with friendship bread.

Ten days prior to our Thanksgiving break, Mackenzie brought a Ziploc bag of Amish Friendship Bread starter to class. For ten days students took turns mashing the gloopy substance. We added the flour, sugar, and milk to keep it “growing.”


The timing for baking was perfect . . . Thanksgiving, friends, and a cinnamon treat!

Thank you, Mackenzie, for "starting friendship" in Room 102!

A Two-Handed Gobbler

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Field Trip

Room 102 celebrated GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week at Northeast's Lifelong Learning Center. Everyone was intensely engaged.  Students wrestled with the content, a raft of skills, and some pretty compelling GPS. It was fabulous!

Measuring Africa with Student BODIES!

Map Analyses

Students create a Norfolk map for a celebrity guest in town.

We DID like their computer lab.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Room 102 was able to thank some real-life heroes on Friday. All the students know someone who serves in the Military - -parent, uncle, cousin, grandparent, Mrs. Uzzell's son. Today was a great time to thank them for what they have done; for their willingness to sacrifice for the sake of others.

For your bravery, hard work, and dedication,
we thank you!

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Internet is Down!

No Internet! Don't panic! We can revert to earlier behaviors.  Room 102 broke out the board games with actual dice. What? We have to roll the dice manually? Yes, yes you do.

Curriculum board games provide a motivational way for students to review important concepts.  They engage children in an activity that challenges the mind, teaches social skills, and promotes active learning while having fun!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Said is Dead

Monday, October 31, Room 102 mourned the loss of the word "said" plus several of his buddies.
The Burial

The Graveyard Cake

Tombstone Brownies
After the burial, students began to study revision- the third stage in the writing process. They are replacing vague, lifeless words with words that are clear and specific. Students are learning to use words that draw a picture in the reader's mind.