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The VIEW: Riversprings Middle School News, May 2006

 

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Riversprings Middle School

  May 2006


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, fund-raising and more, the RMS Bears are closing out the 2005-06 school year in style.

Relay for Life activities have been the main fund-raising focus for us during March and April.  Our guidance counselor, Catherine Harris, has been spearheading the efforts to raise as much money as we can for cancer research, and for families who have been affected by cancer.  Our Jr. Optimists have also been working with the Relay for Life event, helping raise money for cancer.  Our school has its own Relay for Life team and, as always, our Jr. Optimists have been lending their hands in community support. 

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Riversprings Relay for Life Campsite

The Jr. Optimists have also been working to collect diapers for the Diaper Drop program as part of a community project.  They have been showing community support along with other schools, to collect diapers for needy families within our community.  This year is winding down for our Jr. Optimists and we would like to thank parents for their support of our student’s efforts to support the community.  They have been involved in not only school projects, but in projects after school at various events, and we know we wouldn’t have been successful without those parents. 

The track team performed wonderfully this year!  With Head Coach Chad Linville, the team finished in first place, overall, against Wakulla Middle, Havana Middle, and Quincy Shanks.  Way to go Bears!

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Bears baseball had a “grrrreat” season under Head Coach Anderson, as they finished eleven and three.  The pitching staff was led by Brock Glover and Shay Barwick, who both were four and one on the year.  Tre’ McCullough led the offense with a .555 batting average.

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The girl’s softball team, with Coach Butler and Coach Baggett at the helm, finished the season eight and four.  Sarah Gregory pitched six no-hitters and Kristin Mathers was the team’s top hitter.  Great job girls!

RMS Brain Bowl team, with sponsor Bill Taylor, went to the Big Bend Annual Brain Brawl where they beat-out Coast Charter School and Nims Middle School.  Jacob Kilpatrick was the top scorer for the team.

The RMS Math Counts team, with sponsor Angie Williams, went to FSU/FAMU on February 25th where they placed 17th out of 100 other teams.  WOW!  Jacob Kilpatrick was the team’s top scorer.

On March 10th the Riversprings Symphonic Band performed at the Florida Bandmasters Association Concert Music Performance Assessment.  The Bears band, under Monica Leimer’s tutelage, received a “Superior” rating in sight reading, and an “Excellent” rating for their stage performance.  All of the band classes were very busy preparing for their annual Spring Concert and did a super job.  Hats off to our GRAND band!!

The RMS Drama Club, under the direction of Jennifer Thaxton, held two very successful performances of the play, “Is It Soup Yet?”  Over 30 cast members performed for both parents and students, and had a tremendous time doing it!  The Drama Club also hosted its annual Variety Show in March, where it showcased student talent with a diverse group of acts.

The Eagles sixth grade team went on a field trip to Bear Creek Educational Forest in March.  The students explored our earth’s ecosystem, went on a hike in the forest to learn how to identify different species of trees and shrubs, as well as gained knowledge and skill 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.  The parents and students all had high praises for their staff!

In Mr. Rossow’s technology hub, students are rounding out the school year with some “technically sound” coursework.  The sixth graders are learning about Internet Treasure Hunts, and gaining knowledge and skills in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher.  The seventh graders are working on basic web design, and school web research and review.  Eighth graders are studying advanced web techniques, computerized video creation, Flash animation software, Vex remote control robotics, and creating your own superhero.  Whoa...what technology whizzes we are producing at Riversprings!!

Home Economics classes at Riversprings are in pins and needles making their spring sewing kits.  Seventh and eighth graders have the option of ordering kits and making furry footballs, pillows, and critters or sewing a monogrammed fabric block that will be given to charity.  The students truly enjoy stitching their projects.  The eighth grade classes train on the sewing machines and enjoy the challenge of stitching seams and  trying to tame the machine after they earn their sewing operator’s license!  They also made breakfast burritos just before FCAT and looked at healthy breakfast options they could prepare at home before school.  Seventh graders recently studied money management and created breakfast flyers to promote healthy breakfasts, particularly before taking important (FCAT) tests.  They also did an outstanding job creating games using Home Economics topics and information.  Sixth graders have learned about the importance of good nutrition and just completed a poster competition creating appropriate meal plans for a day.  They have also talked about communication skills they can use with their peers and families at home and just recently made a sewing project and plans include another one soon! 

All the “Bears” at RMS wish each of you a great summer!

- by Janet Webber 

This article originally published on May 9, 2006.

 

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