Every year, Wood Middle School students select a book that the whole school reads in a tradition known as "Wood Reads". This year, the book selected by the Wood Reads Student Committee is"No Summit Out of Sight", the true story of Jordan Romero who climbed Mt. Everest at age 13 and became the youngest person to climb the seven summits. Recently, 6th grade students were asked to "find their Everest". They selected a goal and thought of the steps they would take to get there. Their "summits" included winning first place in the 100 meters, owning an environmentally green company, getting a book published, visiting all 50 states, and becoming an astronomer. Dream big, Wood Middle School students!
Students in 8th grade ornithology academy classes are applying their algebra skills and their newfound knowledge of birds to create habitats for different local bird types.
Wood Middle School 7th Graders hosted a shred day fundraiser as part of their Community and Beyond work. Students give back to their school community by supporting team building events for future 7th graders. And they give back to the wider community through volunteer efforts throughout the school year.
Ms. Dobson, our Teacher Librarian, invites students to participate in STEM exploration activities at lunch.
Students in Ms. Cerasin's art class created these amazing art installations around the school. Groups of students took photos of various areas in and around the school, created perspective line drawing of the photos, and then scaled them to life-sized displays using blue masking tape. Beautiful!
Scientists in Ms. Hanthorn's class explore the properties of matter.
Seventh grade language arts students participate in a "Rumble", an activity to build their background knowledge of the characters before reading the novel, The Outsiders.
Art students at Wood Middle School created pinwheels that reflected symbols of peace and their hopes for a peaceful world. The 8th grade art students then installed a display of the pinwheels for the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2016.
Since October, students at Wood Middle School have been learning how to play competitive chess. They meet once a week to learn the rules and strategy of play. One sixth grade student said he joined the club because his brother learned how to play at Lowrie Primary School, and he was intrigued by the game. At the club's first meeting, he was already learning how to gain an advantage. "The first thing we learned was how to take down an opponent in two moves. That was amazing! I'd never learned anything like that!" After Thanksgiving, players were introduced to the game clocks. "You have to finish a game in five minutes, so you really have to think fast! That's the best part. It's exciting to have to move fast and still make a good move." A huge "thank you" goes out to the Wilsonvile Rotary for starting and supporting the chess club at IWMS, and to our volunteer coaches who are teaching a lifelong love of the game!
Seventh graders at Wood Middle School recently participated in a ropes challenge course to learn about grit, perseverance, and team work. Students harnessed themselves to safety wires, and with the help of experienced guides, climbed, crawled, and jumped through the trees and around obstacles as they learned about facing their fears, collaborating, and supporting each other. One boy wrote about his experience, "It was one of the scariest things I have ever done in a long time." As he paused and prepared to leap from a climbing pole, he heard his fellow students encouraging him from below. That gave him the courage he needed. "It felt like I was flying. It was one of the best feelings in the world. My whole team cheered as I was lowered to the ground." The ropes course kicks off a year of teambuilding and community service that will be the focus of 7th grade character development at Wood Middle School.