Palestine Middle School
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November 21, 2011
Ms. Thorn and 14 students are overseeing the production of a 52 page yearbook, complete with color, photograph summaries, and student pictures. Yearbook Officers include Presidents Laura Velazquez and Luis Zavala, Secretaries Macy Stone and Kalin Roman, Parliamentarian, Taylor Malone and Class Representative Joseph Davis. The theme of the books is the 30 year anniversary of the two middle schools, Davy Crockett Junior High School and Palestine Middle School. Our book will consist of athletics, student photos, student activities, and student academics. The yearbook staff would also like to dedicate a page to the eight grade students of 1981 and 2011. Anyone who has access to photos of the Davy Crockett Junior High can contact Laurie Thorn at 903-731-8008. Yearbooks will be presold beginning in January and delivered in May 2012.

The Palestine Middle School ELA department is wrapping the end of our second six weeks. Students have been working tirelessly on many concepts in both Reading and Writing. From drama, plays, and poetry to sentence structure, writing styles, and parts of speech, the Middle School student body engages in a multitude of lessons that build their skills. Analyzing all aspects while defending their responses is creating a highly motivated school of students.

The Palestine Middle School football teams had a stellar season including winning three district titles. The four Wildcat squads had a winning record this season, as participation for both the eighth gade and seventh grad teams were at an all-time high. The Palestine eight-grade "A" team led the way with an undefeated record of 8-0. The Wildcats swept district play with a pair of nail biter wins. Palestine defeated Mexia on a late interception in the end zone and then outlasted Madisonville 12-12 on a cold and rainy night. The Wildcats finished the season with a 31-0 shutout of Westwood. The Palestine seventh-grade "A" team captured a district title, finishing the season with five straight district wins. The Wildcats finished the season with a 7-1 record. The wildcats had a challenge their second district game when they traveled to Mexia, who was undefeated at the time. Palestine fought hard through the entire game to come away with a 18-14 win. The game turned out to be the difference in a district title, as it was Mexias only loss of the season. The Wildcat sventh-grade "A" team, which outsocred its district opponents 147*24 points, finished the season with a 34-7 win over cross town Westwood. The seventh-grade "B: team also captured a district title for the Wildcats. Palestine was 5-1 on the season as the Wildcats defeated Mexia, Fairfiled and Madisonville to go perfect in district play. The eighth grade "B" team shook off a couple of eerie lossed to finish the season at 5-2. The wildcats ended their season by posting a 14-0 shutout over Westwood.
November 14, 2011
Ms. Thorn and 14 students are overseeing the production of a 52 page yearbook, complete with color, photograph summaries, and student pictures. Yearbook Officers include Presidents Laura Velazquez and Luis Zavala, Secretaries Macy Stone and Kalin Roman, Parliamentarian, Taylor Malone and Class Representative Joseph Davis. The theme of the books is the 30 year anniversary of the two middle schools, Davy Crockett Junior High School and Palestine Middle School. Our book will consist of athletics, student photos, student activities, and student academics. The yearbook staff would also like to dedicate a page to the eight grade students of 1981 and 2011. Anyone who has access to photos of the Davy Crockett Junior High can contact Laurie Thorn at 903-731-8008. Yearbooks will be presold beginning in January and delivered in May 2012.

The Palestine Middle School ELA department is wrapping the end of our second six weeks. Students have been working tirelessly on many concepts in both Reading and Writing. From drama, plays, and poetry to sentence structure, writing styles, and parts of speech, the Middle School student body engages in a multitude of lessons that build their skills. Analyzing all aspects while defending their responses is creating a highly motivated school of students.

The Palestine Middle School football teams had a stellar season including winning three district titles. The four Wildcat squads had a winning record this season, as participation for both the eighth gade and seventh grad teams were at an all-time high. The Palestine eight-grade "A" team led the way with an undefeated record of 8-0. The Wildcats swept district play with a pair of nail biter wins. Palestine defeated Mexia on a late interception in the end zone and then outlasted Madisonville 12-12 on a cold and rainy night. The Wildcats finished the season with a 31-0 shutout of Westwood. The Palestine seventh-grade "A" team captured a district title, finishing the season with five straight district wins. The Wildcats finished the season with a 7-1 record. The wildcats had a challenge their second district game when they traveled to Mexia, who was undefeated at the time. Palestine fought hard through the entire game to come away with a 18-14 win. The game turned out to be the difference in a district title, as it was Mexias only loss of the season. The Wildcat sventh-grade "A" team, which outsocred its district opponents 147*24 points, finished the season with a 34-7 win over cross town Westwood. The seventh-grade "B: team also captured a district title for the Wildcats. Palestine was 5-1 on the season as the Wildcats defeated Mexia, Fairfiled and Madisonville to go perfect in district play. The eighth grade "B" team shook off a couple of eerie lossed to finish the season at 5-2. The wildcats ended their season by posting a 14-0 shutout over Westwood.
November 7, 2011
The US History Classes start the 3rd Six-Weeks with the presidencies of George Washington and John Adams. Ideas and concepts covered under George Washington are precedents such as cabinet positions, a stable economic plan for the new nation, interpretation views of the US Constitution, the Neutrality Proclamation and Washington’s farewell address. Events connected to John Adams are the development of political parties, the XYZ Affair and the Alien and Sedition Acts. All Math classes are continuing to work on proportionality, similar figures, and geometry. We have been investigating geometric transformations and how they affect the location of the figures on a coordinate plane. We are also working on drawing 3-dimensional figures from all perspectives. Next six weeks we will be moving on into the investigation of algebraic expressions and equations and using different representations for problem situations. The National Junior Honor Society has started the 2011-2012 school year off with a bang. They have already elected officers, run Palestine Middle School’s Red Ribbon week, and participated in a fundraiser at Applebee’s to raise money for their club. This year’s elected officers are as follows: Justin Hayes, President; Andrew Vigil, Vice President; Jessica King, Secretary; Abigail Olguin, Treasurer; and Priscilla Cardona, Historian. In addition to electing officers they were busy preparing for the national Red Ribbon Week event. The students worked hard to create and distribute posters around the school, deliver ribbons and bracelets to their fellow classmates and teachers, and find stories that depicted students’ fight against drugs which were then read daily over the school’s PA system. English teachers were a great help in conducting a poetry contest on our behalf as well. We had the winner, Jaime Pena, read his original poem to his fellow peers the Friday of Red Ribbon Week. Furthermore, twenty one NJHS students showed up to help raise money for their club at the Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast on October 29. They had a great time and there was a good turnout. The club and its sponsor, Michelle Walter, are looking forward to future events. There are community projects in the workings that the group can’t wait to get underway. COMING UP: November 23 – 25 Thanksgiving student/staff Holiday
October 30, 2011
WHAT’S UP @ PMS???? Seventh grade reading and writing are working on dramas this week. They are talking about setting, conflict, climax and resolution as key components to drama and how each one has an effect on the story. They will then put it all together as they read the play "Sleepy Hallow". In eighth grade reading and writing, students are working on poetry. They are annotating poetry, diving deeper into the poems, discussing figurative language and learning how to find the hidden meanings in poetry. All 7th and 8th grade Math students are continuing to work on proportionality. We are investigating the proportional relationships found in similar figures. We are also working on real-world problems involving proportions and percent. We are getting ready to enter the world of geometry and work with congruent figures as they are transformed on a coordinate grid. We are becoming awesome mathematicians, recognizing math everywhere around us! COMING UP: November 6 – Daylight Saving time ends November 8- Voting November 11 – End of 2nd Six weeks November 14- Beginning of 3rd Six weeks November 18- Report Cards November 23-25 Thanksgiving Holidays
October 24, 2011
English Language Arts – Beginning in spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). The STAAR program at grades 3–8 will assess the same subjects and grades that are currently assessed on TAKS. To help prepare our students for this new system (STAAR™) the ELA department has focused instruction around teaching the “TEKS”. Teaching the “TEKS” will help improve students reasoning skills needed to succeed on the (STAAR™). Our goal of sensitizing students to the inferences they make and to the assumptions that underlie their thinking enables them to begin to gain command over their thinking (the way they are using logical structures to model the world). In addition each evening students need to read their library book at least 10 minutes. Don’t forget to check your child’s student planner each day for class work assignments, homework projects, and special events. Also, if you need to speak to anyone of the ELA teachers, the conference period is daily from 12:55 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. and the telephone number to the middle school is 903-731-8008. Science Happenings This week 8th grade science students are studying the law of conservation of mass by balancing chemical equations and performing lab experiments. The 7th grade students are studying forces in nature and how these forces can cause catastrophic events. All science students are continuing to learn about good scientific documentation as they reflect in their journals. 8th grade Social Studies This week 8th grade students will be analyzing the 7 principles of the constitution such as: republicanism, federalism, limited government, separation of powers, check and balances, popular sovereignty, and individual rights. Our students will see how our constitution organizes these principles into the document and actually read sections of the U.S. Constitution. This information will be organized into a “U.S. Constitution foldable”. We will finish the six weeks by tracing the development of religious freedom and the importance of free speech as contained in our first amendment rights. COMING UP: October 31 – November 1-3 – Brandon Sheeley- Motivational speaker will speak to our students & athletes about respect and direction for their lives. November 8 – Election Day November 9 – Rotary presentation November 11- Veteran’s Day
October 17, 2011
Hallsville this past Saturday against many other junior high students from all over our region and earned the privilege of performing at the UT Tyler Cowan Center on Saturday, November 12. Seventh Grade Reading Students will be working on Drama and being introduced to Character Analysis. Students will learn the various aspects of the stage and of a stage production as well as a characters point of view. Seventh Grade Writing Students will be introduced to the concept of Fiction and Non-Fiction. Students will be using such academic vocabulary as setting, plot, and character. You tube videos will be an essential part of analyzing the differences in fiction. Grammar will be practiced daily in appetizers, revising, and editing activities as well as analyzing a writing composition. Eighth Grade Reading Students will be working on the concept of poetry and the uses of figurative language in the verses. Graphic organizers will be an essential part of the comparison and contrast of how poets and poetry are alike and different. 7th Grade Science classes have just completed a unit on forces in living things. Students planted corn and beans and observed the forces acting on and within these seeds. They also observed the effects of turgor pressure by soaking potatoes in both salt and fresh water and observing the effects of each. They will now be doing several labs over the scientific concept of work. COMING UP: October 24 – Progress Reports 2nd Six weeks October 25 – Parent/Teacher conferences – call 903-731-8008, ext 2760 to setup an appointment.
Oct 6, 2011/Whats Up Palestine Middle School
This week 8th grade science students are continuing their journey through matte and energy as they experiment in different chemical change labs. Students who met the first six weeks grading requirements will be attending an enrichment trip to Eastman Chemical Company in Longview, Texas Seventh graders are performing turgor pressure experiments on different plants. 8th Grade Social Studies 10.6.11 Students will be reviewing the Articles of Confederation and the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The Articles of Confederation governed the new nation during the Revolutionary War, but by the end of the war many knew a change was needed. The weaknesses of the Articles and Shay’s Rebellion demonstrated to the leaders that the national government needed more power. The power of the national government divided the delegates into two camps: the Federalists and the Antifederalists. The Constitutional Convention negotiated two major compromises: the Great Compromise over representation and the 3/5’s Compromise over slavery. Language Arts In Palestine Middle School the 7th grade students are studying mythology, comparing various values and beliefs passed down from a number of cultures in their reading classes, and they are busy writing and editing their work in their writing classes. In 8th grade the students are diving into poetry, learning how to use poetic devices such as metaphors, similes, personification, allusion, alliteration, and symbolism as they read and understand poems. All 7th and 8th grade Math students are working on proportionality for the first part of the second six weeks. We are reviewing how to use scale factor to create equivalent ratios (which reminds us a lot of equivalent fractions!). We will then be using scale factor to find unit rate and solve problems involving unit rates. We will also be increasing our problem solving skills by solving real-world problems involving ratios, proportions, and unit rates. COMING UP: October 19 – Fall pictures October 26 – Motivational Speaker – Brandon Sheeley will speak to our athletes November 1 & 2 – Motivational Speaker – Brandon Sheeley will speak to 7th & 8th students
Sept.29, 2011 / What's Up Palestine Middle School
In the 2nd six weeks, 8th Grade social studies students will understand the concepts of representation, authority, governance, compromise, freedom, and individual rights. They will begin by summarizing the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation understanding it was the government of the United States of America during the American Revolution. Shay’s Rebellion highlights the need for a stronger national government when there is no executive to put down the rebellion. This event propels state delegates to Philadelphia for the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The seventh grade students are learning about multi-cultural myths and legends. Students will be learning the similarities and differences of each. In addition, students will continue to practice their editing, revising, and grammar skills. Be sure that you are checking you young adult's planner each evening for classwork and homework assignments. Students will need to bring to class each day notebook paper, a pen or pencil, and their daily planner. This past week teachers from Palestine Middle School had the privilege of attending a workshop at the Tinkering Studio in the Exploratorium Museum located in San Francisco, California. The goal was for these teachers to bring back critical problem solving skills that will enable them to empower inventive, innovative, and creative thinking in students. Tinkering is part of a project called the PIE (Playful and Inventive Explorations). It started when MIT, the Exploratorium, and several other museums began to experiment with science and art activities. PIE is enabling individuals to develop 21st century critical thinking skills. COMING UP: October 10 – Student Holiday
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