Middle School

The Middle School teacher is Mackenzie Nofziger.

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The Classroom blog is written by the students.

November 17, 2017

Hello all!  This week in the middle school classroom has been pretty relaxing.  Many of us have been working on our science projects related to water quality.  It has been fascinating to see each others projects and what they have been working on.  We have also been working on our fall camping trip project which we will be displaying at Curriculum Night.  We are so excited for all of you to see it!  Another thing that most of us are excited about is riding on the float in the BG Holiday Parade (we might also be excited about eating some of the candy as we through it to the parade go’ers).  We just hope that it doesn’t rain on Saturday!  Well…that’s all we have for you this week.  It hasn’t been very action packed here in middle school.  But, we hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Break!  

November 10, 2017

November 8- Namaste, friends!  This week has been pretty chill for all the middle schoolers.  On Tuesday and Thursday we started working on water testing.  On Thursday we tested and compared water from behind the school and from the ditch at Carter Farms.  It was very fun!  And speaking of Carter Farms, we went on Wednesday!  We got to walk all the goats (or more like they walked us!) and give them all kinds of attention.  It was very fun and we all took some silly pictures!  We also played with the kitties because when can we not go and play with them?  Oh, and how could I forget to tell you?!  We provided some entertainment for car passersby as we attempted to get a small sample of water from the ditch without falling in.  Eventually, Jeanette was victorious!!!  Anyways, that’s all we have for you this weeks.  Punardarśanāya (goodbye in Sanskrit)!

 

November 3, 2017

November 2- Hello, hello!  This week has been very fun for all middle school students.  We started the week off being introduced to the theme of our new cycle, which is movement.  We did some fun “kick off” activities and then got to work.  This week, we also worked in the garden on Wednesday afternoon trying to clean it up so it is ready for the spring when we start to plant new plants and flowers.  It took a very long time, but we had some fun chats about possibly starting a new Montessori News run by the middle schoolers.  Also happening this week is the beginning of our new science studies, and we found out that we will be studying water, which has been pretty enjoyable for us to learn about.  So far we’ve learned about the hydraulic cycle and watersheds.  During our watershed lesson we made a landscape with “mountains” and “rivers” and other physical features and then covered it with plastic.  After this, we pretended to “make it rain” on the landscape and watched to see where all the water would collect.  It was very interesting!

 

October 20, 2017

October 19- Hello and happy October!  Even though we are already more than halfway through October, it doesn’t matter, because you haven’t read a new blog since before October! (And yes, that’s because we haven’t written one...but who could blame us?! We’ve been quite busy here in middle school.)  At the beginning of October we went on our fall camping trip to Hocking Hills and we certainly had a ton of fun, so today we would like to share some of that fun with you!

 

We started out our trip by driving down to Hocking Hills, which was like a seriously long drive.  And we apologize to anyone who had to hear some of those weird conversations or see our awful dance moves.  Anyways, once we got to Hocking Hills we hiked at the Cantwell Cliffs and had lunch.  Most of us enjoyed this, but it was kind of terrifying because we were up very high and there was a lot of stairs (little did we know those stairs were just the beginning of it).  Then we went to the Rock House which was so cool!  We had fun climbing in the little caves in there and seeing how far back we could go.  Soon after this we went and hiked a small gorge trail and at the end skipped some rocks in the small “pond” that was end.  After we finished hiking we went to our campsite and had a bit of a competition to see if the boys or the girls could put up their tent the fastest.  The guys won because the girls couldn’t figure out how to work the rain cover.  We finished setting up camp and then had our seminar on nature, which was fun.  Then we made “hawty dawgys” over the fire!  Which everyone enjoyed.  At the end of the night we walked down to the lake which was a short distance away and admired it under the moonlight.  Then we went back to the fire and told some “scary” stories.  It was interesting...I think the scariest part was that we were actually able to come up with these stories.  Finally, we went to bed and it’s safe to say we were exhausted.

 

On Thursday morning we woke up, ate breakfast, and left for our naturalist hike at Old Man’s Cave.  It was rather enjoyable besides the fact that it was raining on us the whole time and we got pretty wet.  We ate lunch and then prepared for our trail cleaning service learning, but were pleasantly surprised to find we couldn’t do the trail cleaning anymore since it was so wet.  Hahahaha, you could say we were happy.  So the nice naturalist got the parks owl, Houdini, and did an awesome presentation on Great Horned Owls.  After this we went back to camp and had “relaxo” time until we had to go ziplining.  Ziplining was awesome and we all especially liked being able to scream at the top of our lungs as we soared across the ground beneath us.  When we got back to camp we made pizza sandwiches in the pudgy pie makers and it was delicious.  It took forever for us to cook our sandwiches though because we kept putting the fire out in our mad dash to eat.  And once again, we were exhausted so we went to bed with little difficulty.

 

When we woke up the next morning we ate breakfast and then went on one last hike to Cedar Falls, which was beautiful!  We all skipped rocks (the middle school classroom may have an obsession with skipping rocks) and climbed across large rocks and logs in the water.  Even though we were in danger of falling in the water and getting soaked we didn’t care and luckily no one fell in.  Then we went back to the campsite, packed up and headed off on the way home.  On the drive, most slept, but there was a select few who stayed awake, telling jokes, singing songs and playing “Find the Big Fat ‘Merican Fill in the Blank”.  Which I’m just gonna say, is a very fun game.  Well, that’s it for now!  Hope you enjoyed reading about our adventures!

 

September 29, 2017