Tuesday, March 19, 2013
"Silence The Violence" brings school together
Even as they presented their plan to their fellow students, a group from Middle School South knew asking their friends to stop playing violent video games for a week would be something of a stretch. Still, they pressed forward with their "Silence the Violence" campaign and according to their teacher Jamie Strauss it went better than they could have hoped. "Overall we had a great week," she said. With 75 percent of the student body signing a pledge to put some of their favorite games on the shelf, Strauss said the gamers got the message. Rather than defending the earth against aliens, fighting virtual wars or going hunting Strauss said they spent their time bonding with friends, playing other kinds of games and even forming kickball games…
Friday, March 1, 2013
Project aims to support victims of CT shooting
Following the school shooting in Newtown, CT people around the country have come up with unique ways to show their support for the victims and survivors of the tragedy. At Middle School South a class of seventh graders came up with a project to work with their fellow students to put down violent video games for a week in a show of solidarity with the Connecticut students. Calling the project "Silence the Violence," was inspired by a student from the affected district who started a drive to collect and destroy violent video games donated by his fellow students. Five students, Katie Klein, Aparna Ragupathi, Riley McGowan, Jayne McDevitt and Charlotte Paley gave a series of presentations asking not to destroy the games but just to take a …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Environmentally friendly dinner to benefit several groups
Friday, February 22, 2013
Threats made on social media site, determined to be "unfounded"
Before students at Middle School South arrived this morning the Howell Police Department was busy investigating a threat made by a student on a social media webpage. According to information provided by the district word spread online that a student was possibly bringing a weapon to the school today. The local department was notified and "thoroughly investigated the rumor prior to school opening today." The investigation showed that the threat was "completely unfounded," and that there was no cause for concern for students or staff. "The police were on site this morning and our school is perfectly safe for our students," the district said.
Collected items for local food banks.
It has been a busy year across the district for all schools in the Howell Public Schools. At Wednesday night's meeting of the Howell Board of Education a group of students from Middle School South was honored for their work collecting food for The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties 6th Annual Holiday Hunger Challenge. Superintendent Enid Golden, who showed an official proclamation from the New Jersey State Assembly, said the work done by the students was that much more impressive and needed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Golden also showed awards the students were given for their efforts in the challenge. Middle School South teacher Arthur Perez said he was proud to see the work his students had done in an effort to benefit those …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Science fair experiment brings good results, helps others
Sitting in the cafeteria of Middle School South a group of eighth graders noticed several of their classmates taking the fruit that came with their lunch and throwing it right in the garbage. Putting their heads together Lorenzo Bedore, Matthew Petersen, George Moran, Mike Palladino and Ryan Leary found a way to put the fruit to good use and learn a valuable science lesson at the same time. "We wanted to see if there was a way we could reduce the waste either compost it or give it to charity," Petersen said. The students made boxes that they put near the garbage cans to collect the fruit that was then donated to the local SPCA. Collecting data from their school and calculating totals for the rest of the district they entered into a …