Congratulations to Smithfield Middle School’s Destination Imagination team
Congratulations to Smithfield Middle School’s Destination Imagination team for placing second at the Destination Imagination Global Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee. They competed at the middle school level of the Structural Challenge: Musical Mashup. The team earned the highest score on their Instant Challenge by showing excellent teamwork, creativity, and innovative problem-solving skills. There were 88 teams in this category from nine different countries. Team members are Jack Vinson, Keegan Pierce, Robbie Baum, Zane Sanchez, Asher Pierce and Luke Sederberg. Katie Pierce is their team manager. (JUN2016)
Congratulations to Smithfield Middle School for being ranked #2 in the Fort Worth area in the Children at Risk 2016 Annual School Rankings. Schools are measured by achievement indicators, performance indicators, growth indicators, and college readiness.
Ø Learn More – Link to attached PDF
Ø Children at Risk Website - http://childrenatrisk.org/content/ (MAY2016)
Middle School Artists Succeed at Junior VASE Competition
Congratulations to all seven BISD middle school art departments for their participation in this year’s Junior VASE (Visual Art Scholastic Event). With more than 1,300 entries from students across multiple districts, BISD had 177 young artists enter 235 artworks for adjudication. Over 75 percent of BISD artworks received a "Superior" rating, with 15 pieces gaining special recognition as Silver Medal winners. Silver Medal winners were:
As the lead agency for Texas Schools to Watch®program, the Texas Middle School Association would like to congratulate the following schools for their selection as 2016 Schools to Watch.
Staff members from these schools have worked extremely hard to create supportive, engaging communities that actively serve the academic and socio-emotional needs of all learners.
> Learn More - http://www.tmsanet.org/Schools-To-Watch (February 2016)
Middle School Singers Dominate Region Auditions
http://blog.birdvilleschools.net/district/wordpress/?p=2837 (November 2015)
Middle School Band Members Excel at District Audition
More than 400 seventh- and eighth-grade members of BISD’s middle school band programs recently competed in the All-Birdville Middle School Honor Band auditions. Congratulations to the 118 students that were selected as members of this highly competitive organization.
Smithfield Middle: Robbie Baum, Abby Bouchelle, Parker Boyd, Chris Cantrell, Sophie Connolly, Lauren Cram, Matthew Dages, Evan Pallanes, Keegan Pierce, Jonathan Schirmer, Cole Vickers, Parker Visage, Greg Ybarra; Alternates: Jacob Castaneda, Cody Dupuy, Laura Franco, Luke Sederberg and Cade Vickers
(Bold represents first chair) (November 2015)
Smithfield Middle School: Makerspace Mornings!
The Maker Movement has taken Smithfield Middle School by storm! Last week librarian Beth Muirheid launched Maker Mornings in the library and the student turnout was incredible. “What do you do in a makerspace? The simple answer is you make things. Things that you are curious about. Things that spring from your imagination. Things that inspire you and things that you admire. The informal, playful atmosphere allows learning to unfold, rather than conform to a rigid agenda. Making, rather than consuming is the focus. It is craft, engineering, technology and wonder-driven.”-Thinkers and Tinkerers
With the help of a Birdville Foundation grant, Beth supplies a variety of activities for students like 3D pens, robotics, 3D architecture, soft crafts, and take-a-parts where students dissect old electronic equipment to see how things work on the inside. Once students agree to and sign a Maker Morning contract, they get to choose a tub that holds an activity they are interested in.Once they check out a tub, it is theirs for one week to explore and create as they see fit. Basic instructions are provided on each tub but the idea right now is to get kids exploring and pique their curiosity. Students are encouraged to collaborate and learn from each other in informal, project-driven, self-directed learning. "The makerspace provides them a place to tinker, try out solutions and hear input from others with similar interests." - Educause Based on the number of students still attending Maker Mornings, one week after launch, I think this movement is here to stay.
If you’ve never been to a Makerspace, I encourage you to find one at your local library or go online to find a place near you. It’s just as fun for the adults as it is the kids. Let’s just say, I couldn't keep my hands off one of the take-a-parts this morning!
by: Rashel Larson
Congratulations to the Smithfield Middle School Tenor-Bass Choir for their recent invitation to perform at the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association Convention. The choir will perform in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio in February before approximately 1,000 choral directors and music educators at the country's largest annual music convention. Thank you to directors Jennie Crawford and Debbie Pilgrim for their terrific work with the outstanding singers. (September 2015)