SMS • SHS Joint World Languages Fair 2016

 

 

April 20th marked the 4th annual World Languages Fair at SMS. The language students and clubs joined together in creating a glimpse at study of world languages in Salisbury, the cultures of native speaking countries, the influence of these cultures here in the USA, and the impact having a second language can make on your future. All this was presented to perspective language students currently in 7th grade at SMS in a “fair” format. Seventh grade students and staff circulated among displays created by current German and Spanish students in grades 8 through 12.
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Each student completed a “passport” collecting stamps and stickers as they traveled through the exhibits. Students who completed their passports were entered into a raffle for one of 3 $10 iTunes cards.

        Back in their classes, students were provided links to further explore culture and language via online games and videos. After the events of the afternoon, 7th grade students took home the information they gathered at the fair and a letter to parents to open a discussion and choose the language                                                                                                                                            that will best fit his/her career goals.

Submitted by: Karen McGuiness, German Teacher SMS

Cinco de Mayo at SMS

Spanish students at Salisbury Middle School enjoyed their 4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration on May 5th.  Students prepared and shared several different types of Hispanic foods with their classmates.  Mexican music played while students tasted some new foods and shared their own dish.  Prior to the celebration, student learned that Cinco de Mayo is when the Mexicans defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla, and that it is not Mexico’s Independence Day.  

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Submitted by Eden Alden, Spanish Teacher at SMS, May 8, 2016

Quicktime Poetry in Mrs. Schneider’s English 9 Class

Students in Mrs. Schneider’s 9th grade English class are currently exploring a variety of American poets during Poetry Month.  Students are researching poets, reading selected poetry, and writing in their style while they investigate answers to the following questions: what is poetry? how do author’s choices create meaning?

Students are creating websites archiving their favorite poets and their own original poetry, artwork, and photography.  The project will culminate in a Quicktime screencast tour of their website where they answer the question (what is poetry) and reflect on how THEIR choices create meaning.  As an extension activity, students will have the opportunity to animate their original poetry using a digital storytelling tool.

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Submitted by Mrs. Schneider, SHS English Teacher, April 22, 2016

SMS • SHS Joint World Languages Fair 2016

April 2016

April 20th marked the 4th annual World Languages Fair at SMS. The language students and clubs joined together in creating a glimpse at study of world languages in Salisbury, the cultures of native speaking countries, the influence of these cultures here in the USA, and the impact having a second language can make on your future. All this was presented to perspective language students currently in 7th grade at SMS in a “fair” format. Seventh grade students and staff circulated among displays created by current German and Spanish students in grades 8 through 12.

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Each student completed a “passport” collecting stamps and stickers as they traveled through the exhibits. Students who completed their passports were entered into a raffle for one of 3 $10 iTunes cards.

        Back in their classes, students were provided links to further explore culture and language via online games and videos. After the events of the afternoon, 7th grade students took home the information they gathered at the fair and a letter to parents to open a discussion and choose the language that will best fit his/her career goals.

Submitted by Karen McGuiness, SMS German Teacher, April 22, 2016

Using Technology to Build Community in Music Class

The month of March is recognized as Music In Our Schools Month across the nation. Students in the Middle School rotate through specialists every 12 weeks so only one third of the student body currently has music class. The Middle School is using Google Apps for Education to include all students and staff in a school-wide celebration of music. Mrs. Mosley created a GoogleSite to be used for information postings and participation in activities. Individuals can post comments on the site to win a daily prize. Our celebration highlights different decades of music and what life was like during those time periods. There are links to collaborative Spotify playlists where participants and can listen to and add music from the featured decade. Weekly trivia games relating to information from the site or posted in the building are shared with all students and staff via the website and Gmail. Pictures from our Decades Dress-Up Days will be posted on the site. The website gives all grade levels, staff, the student newspaper, and our building news station one central location to find out and share music related information for the month.

You can follow along with our celebration as it progresses:   https://sites.google.com/a/salisburysd.org/miosm2016/

Submitted by Rachel Reinecke, Music Teacher and Dept. Chair, March 18, 2016

SMS: Pen-palling Around in German I with Frau McGuinness

January 2016

SMS: Pen-palling Around in German I with Frau McGuinness

 

In early December, with just a few months of the language under their belts, 8th grade German students wrote letters to the 8th grade English students in Haßfurt, Germany. Over the last few weeks they have received handwritten letters back. This is the same school with which Frau Spradlin at SHS has developed a German-American travel exchange. So, potentially, our students may get to meet their pen pals if either participates in the exchange.

 

Later this month, as students continue to develop their skills, they will also write to English language learners in Dortmund, Germany. Last spring I traveled to Dortmund to meet the students we exchanged letter with previously and the students with whom we will communicate this year. Letter exchanges with both schools will continue throughout the year via snail mail and digitally.

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6TH & 7TH GRADE STUDENTS CREATE DIGITAL PORTFOLIOS

6TH & 7TH GRADE STUDENTS CREATE DIGITAL PORTFOLIOS

 

The “Arts Departments taught the students to use Google Sites to create their own Digital Portfolio. The Portfolio contains information on the students likes, interests, class projects and achievements. This will be a running project that will follow them throughout the middle school years.

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Submitted by Mrs. Jackie Miller, Art Teacher

Salisbury Township School District

iBook: Salisbury…Inspire, Think, Learn, Grow…Together!

cropped-Teaching-and-Learning-2020.pngTeaching and Learning 2020 (TL2020) is an initiative of the Salisbury Township School District located in Allentown, PA  TL2020 is the next phase in the development of teaching and learning that started in our district with TL2014. TL2020 builds on our successes at transforming teaching and learning through technology. The initiative offers increased learning opportunities by providing a personal computing device for each student (1:1), Kindergarten though Grade 12.

This ibook was created to capture the essence of TL2020 and was submitted as our successful application to become an Apple Distinguished Program from 2015 to 2017.

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CNN Student News in 8th Grade Social Studies

 

Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 1.50.01 PMStudents in eighth grade social studies look forward to the daily broadcast of CNN Student News for their warm-ups. The news program is designed to bring current events, both national and international, into the classroom. Students choose one news story from the broadcast then write a summary. On Fridays they respond to a weekly prompt based on various stories from the week.