2012-09-27 / Community

News from MAS


Above, third grade teacher Colleen Hoholik, sitting, is shown with a group of students releasing Monarch butterflies. Below, a group of eighth grade students is shown shile participating in “Earth Walk”. 
Courtesy photos Above, third grade teacher Colleen Hoholik, sitting, is shown with a group of students releasing Monarch butterflies. Below, a group of eighth grade students is shown shile participating in “Earth Walk”. Courtesy photos Emerald Elementary third graders finished a science unit about the lifecycle, migration path, and adaptations of the Monarch butterfly. Students in each classroom watched Monarch caterpillars chew many milkweed plant leaves, change into a chrysalis, and emerge as a brightly colored butterfly. The butterflies were released outside the school. They will be the generation of Monarchs that will make the long migration to Mexico this fall. Students learned that the great grandchildren of our butterflies will likely make the journey back to Michigan in the spring.

Mr. Morrison’s eighth grade Earth science classes did an “Earth Walk” recently. Earth Walk is a hands-on and feet-on lesson of Earth’s interior structures. The students were provided with the basic structure of the layers of Earth before proceeding to the football field. The diameter of the Earth was shrunk down to the dimensions of the football field. One goal line represented the crust and the opposite goal line the center of the Earth. Traffic cones were put down where there is a transition from one layer to the next. After laying down the cones, the students went to the sideline at midfield to get a better perspective of the layers. The thickness of the crust is about 35K (27 miles). This distance seems pretty big until it compares with other layers which are as thick as 5000K (3100 miles). The walk has given the students some perspective on how thick the crust really is. The students will be learning how the theory of Earth’s layers are determined if we can only drill a fraction of the total distance to the center of the Earth.

The International Club is still open to students and recent graduates who may want to spend 18 days in Italy and Greece this coming June. The tour is open to students currently in eighth grade through to recent graduates. The highlights include: Venice, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Athens, and a Greek Island cruise. There will be informational meetings for students in the coming week, but anyone who is interested can contact Shawna Anderson at the middle/ high school (341-4300, ext. 224).

High School Art News from Ms. Mulligan: Open Studio will begin on Oct. 2, and meet every Tuesday until spring in the art room of the middle/high School building. Meeting time is 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. For a $2 donation, high school students and adults from the community can come together to work on their own projects. Last year, enough funds were generated to provide for some supplies, and this year, a couple of special projects if people are interested. Hope to see you there!

High School students in grade 9-12 have an opportunity to enter a poster contest sponsored by the International Auto Show, to be held at Cobo Center in Detroit. Winning entries are awarded cash prizes, big ones, and the top award will be used in their advertising campaign. See Ms. Mulligan for details, supplies, and for help to get you started.

Middle school art students’ first two projects this year were made from 100 percent donated materials from people all across Schoolcraft County. Ms. Mulligan would like to say, “Thank you all for your donations!”

Upcoming Emerald Events:

Varsity Football – Sept. 28, Emeralds host Iron Mountain with kick-off at 7:30 p.m.

Hunter Safety Classes – Oct. 1, 2, and 4 in the Middle/High School cafeteria starting at 5:30 p.m.

JV and Varsity Volleyball – Oct. 2, Emeralds host Negaunee beginning at 6 p.m.

Cross Country Taco Bar Fundraiser – Oct. 3 in the Middle/ High School cafeteria starting at 5 p.m.

MEAP Testing – Begins week of Oct. 8.

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