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Riversprings Middle School

May, 2007 

The Bears of Riversprings can “bearly” believe the school year has flown by so quickly!  After FCAT testing in February, students and faculty have not slowed their pace one bit!  With field trips, experiments, projects, sports, extra-curricular activities, fundraising and more, the RMS Bears are closing out the 2006-07 school year with grrrreat school spirit.

crissy 125Mrs. Chrissy Sarvis, our Reading 180 instructor, was chosen as Wakulla County’s Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Sarvis has 14 years teaching experience.  She currently specializes in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade intensive remedial reading.  Prior to that Mrs. Sarvis spent 13 years teaching 6th grade reading, math, language arts and social studies.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in English, is National Board Certified in Early Adolescence, is certified in English 6-12, Math 5-8, and earned her Reading Endorsement for certification this past year.  Mrs. Sarvis’ philosophy of teaching is to “…capitalize on student’s strengths and deliver instruction to overcome weaknesses.  Outstanding teachers celebrate student success and tirelessly plan creative ways to help students get it when they fail.”  We are so very proud of you, Mrs. Sarvis!!   

The Physical Education staff is introducing their Summer Conditioning Program designed to help our students over the summer, prepare to meet the physical education requirements for the upcoming school year, to motivate them to be in their best physical condition possible, and maintain a healthy life-style.  Coaches Anderson, Knight and Hillmon are asking parents to become actively involved and join in to make it a fun, family event.  Extra credit will be awarded to each student who completes the program and passes the pre-physical fitness test on the beginning of the 2007-08 school year.

{sidebar id=1}The RMS Math Counts team, with sponsor Angie Williams, went to the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering on February 3, to compete at the Annual MATHCOUNTS Contest.  The students were up against 12 other middle schools from Leon County, totaling 105 student students in participation, and RMS placed 4th!  Jacob Ward was the high scorer, followed by Brandon Wagner.  Way to go, Bears!    Mildred Murphy, an eighth grader, won the Tallahassee Community College African American Essay Contest.  She competed against both Leon and Gadsden County middle school students.  Mildred’s essay was entitled, “Africans in America: From Trials to Triumphs”.  Mildred is an extremely hard working student who believes that hard work will be rewarded.  She is very well respected by both her teachers and her peers.  Mildred hopes to become a successful author some day.  Congratulations Mildred!

speaker at podium.gifCongratulations to Alyssa Kondos, the winner of the 2007 RMS Tropicana Speech Contest!  She received an all expense-paid trip to the Florida 4-H camp of her choice this summer.  The camp will last five days and is valued at approximately $160.00.  Sixth graders at RMS had been preparing for this contest hosted by Tropicana and the Wakulla County 4-H Extension Office since March.  The program is designed to introduce public speaking and higher-order thinking skills for students in grades 4-6, as well as providing them with realistic, real-world activity that enables them to demonstrate their ability to think creatively.  Jake Hunter placed second and Courtnie Fricchione was a close third.  Alyssa will go on to compete at the district level.  Way to go sixth graders!

forestOur school winners for the Optimist Oratorical Contest were Justin Putnam and Logan Harvey.  Justin and Logan competed against Wakulla High and Wakulla Middle school students.  Justin was our district winner for the boys; Logan placed third in the girl’s contest.    The Eagles sixth grade team is planning a field trip to Bear Creek Educational Forest in May.  The students will explore our earth’s ecosystem, enjoy a hike in the forest to learn how to identify different species of trees, shrubs, and leaves; as well as gain knowledge and skills in how to determine the age of a tree.  Special thanks go out to the Division of Forestry’s personnel at the Bear Creek Educational Center for being great hosts every year.

Congratulations Lady Bear’s Softball Team for an UNDEFEATED season – 16-0!

The baseball team, under the leadership of Coach Keith Anderson, finished-up a near-perfect season 13-3.  Awesome job, boys!!

Cheerleaders for the 2007-08 season have been announced.  They are Kenya Brown, Miranda Blankenship, Crystal Womble, Holly Harper, Alexis Collins, Vanessa Williams, Cedar Carter, Sloan Barwick, Alyssa Clark, Summer Shiver, Casey Lowe, Olivia Simpson, Ashlan Eddy, Madeline Champany, Ramey McIver, and Taylor Poka.  These students will attend a cheerleading camp over the summer.

clipboard03Under the leadership of Mrs. Dow, on February 16th and 17th, eleven students from band participated in the Annual Solo and Ensemble Event.  Each student prepared a solo to perform—four performed as majorettes and seven performed as instrumentalists.  Nicole Pandolfi performed as both a majorette and an instrumentalist, playing a solo on the alto saxophone.  The students are given ratings on their  performances.  Students from RMS earned 6 excellent ratings and 5 superior ratings.  All of the students represented the school well.  On March 9th, the eighth grade symphonic band traveled to FSU to participate in the Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessment.  These students also received a rating on their playing of three prepared selections and two sight-reading pieces.  The band did a wonderful job and received the rating of excellent.  Congratulations!

On March 16th, the eighth grade band traveled to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure as a reward for all of their hard work this school year.  The eighth grade band from Wakulla Middle School accompanied them on this trip.  With the two schools so competitive in most areas it was nice to see them come together in the common field of music.  A great time was had by all!

Mrs. Kathy Pandolfi led the RMS majorettes in the Crawfordville St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 10th.  Many of these girls also performed baton solos at Crawfordville Elementary School’s     Spring Festival on March 24th.  Ashley Alvarez, Blair Mathers, and Nicole Pandolfi traveled to Bradenton to compete in the Drum Majorettes of America competition.  Even though competition was stiff, all of the girls did very well bringing home medals and a trophy to make Wakulla proud.

Student Council sold donations to adults for a “Chance to Win”, to raise money for the Wakulla County Relay for Life American Cancer Society’s main fund raising event.  In addition to this fund raiser, student council members encouraged donations from students for the Mini RMS Relay for Life that was held Friday, March 30th.  Funds collected were donated to the American Cancer Society.  We had many local businesses aid us in the promotion of our Relay for Life fund raising efforts by contributing items of need and many participants that joined in at the main event to “walk” as a reminder that cancer never sleeps!

art suppliesMrs. Sutton’s and Mrs. Adam’s Mural and Art Group are working on the entry way to our school, where two trees with a bear in each of them, will be displayed.  They should be nearing completion in mid April.  Students are working with acrylics to produce this artwork, and are receiving lessons on working from the background to the foreground of a subject and how to give the effect of depth to a piece of work.  Plan to visit Riversprings toward the end of this school year to see these students’ beautiful artwork!

Home Economics has been bustling!  Should you ask Home Economics students what they do in class, they will probably say “We played Bingo,” or “It was Jeopardy today,” or “We spent some time doing a crossword puzzle.” Incorporating classroom information into “fun” activities that relate to safe food preparation and storage, kitchen safety, nutrition and sewing techniques is ongoing in Home Economic classes.  The 8th graders were among the first in the county to start their “Florida Choices” portfolio that they will continue to use when they move on to Wakulla High for career education!  Each student set up their personal account and explored career options.  They discovered classes they should consider taking in high school to prepare for various careers.  Students are now eager to start working on their sewing kits as the school year winds down.  When high school students return for a visit, this is often one thing they comment on when they think back on their “Home Ec days”!!

This article originally published on May 23, 2007.

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