2013-01-17 / Community

News from MAS

Students in Mrs. Morrison’s fifth grade class work on models. Students in Mrs. Morrison’s fifth grade class work on models. Parents are reminded that Jan. 17 and 18, are ‘Early-out Exam Days” in the district. Emerald Elementary dismissal is at 1:20 p.m.; the middle/ high school is at 1:30 p.m.

In a recent science “Water Unit” lesson, second grade students at Emerald compared the use of water by a “Pioneer Family” and a “Modern Family”. They found it interesting that today’s families use over 100 gallons more water a day than the families before indoor plumbing and electricity. The students also learned that one load of laundry in a modern washing machine uses 60 gallons of water alone! More than a “Pioneer Family” used in a week!

Mr. Lindstrom reports that the fourth grade class did a number of experiments with unbalanced forces recently, including one that looks at how rockets work, and the effects of gravity and friction. Thank you to Kaylee Hoholik’s dad for constructing our rocket launcher.

To celebrate National Eads Day, fourth graders went sledding and enjoyed hot cocoa in their room. Eads stands for European Aeronautic Defense and Space.

In upcoming weeks, students in Mrs. Morrison’s and Ms. Barton’s fifth grade class will be using Lego Robotics to study their unit, “Amazing Mechanisms”.

Eighth grade science students in Mr. Morrison’s class have divided up into teams to design, build, and test a model structure made out of uncooked spaghetti sticks! The models will be tested on a specially built earthquake machine. This machine simulates the stresses that occur during earthquakes. The models need to withstand a 10 second “earthquake” without collapsing. Each model will have an uncooked egg at least 40 cm from the base. Each team will be competing against other companies (teams) by attempting to build the best structure. The teams will give a brief presentation prior to the final test. In this report, they will discuss Internet research and how it helped design their structures.

Each team member has a specific job: architect, treasurer, technology director, and project manager.

Only one chance to see the Manistique Competitive Cheer Varsity and Junior High Teams at home as they host the Emerald Invitational, Jan.17 starting at 6 p.m. in the high school gym.

There will be a junior high dance in the MS/HS cafeteria sponsored by the Tribal Youth Council on Jan. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is $4.

Jan. 22 is Financial Aid Night – the director of Financial Aid for Bay College will present this program for seniors and their parents. This presentation is in the community room at Manistique Middle/ High School starting at 6 p.m. The purpose of this presentation is to explain and discuss the process of applying for financial aid, and how financial aid is determined when your son/daughter applies to colleges and universities. Also, discussion will be held on important websites and scholarships available to your graduating senior.

Yeti Fun Night: Jan. 25 – elementary 4-6 p.m.; middle school 6:30-8:30 p.m. Early ticket sales are $4; at the door, the price goes up!

Mr. Rochon, guidance counselor, has updated the list of scholarships that are still open and looking for applicants:

-Michigan Education Association: Deadline Feb. 8. Last year MEA awarded 36 scholarships totaling $36,000.

-Best Buy: Deadline Feb. 15. Students in grades 9-12 can apply at http://pr.bby.com. Up to $1.1 million in scholarships will be awarded.

-Buick-General Motors Corporation: Deadline Feb. 28. Students must be pursuing a degree in engineering/technology or select design and business-related programs. Apply at www.buickachievers.com.

-Rosa Parks Scholarship Association: Deadline March 1; $2,000 scholarship. To participate: GPA of 2.5 or higher; complete the application form, essay, and three letters of recommendation. See Mr. Rochon in the office for the application.

Manistique High School staff is strongly encouraging juniors to take free online practice tests to prepare for the Michigan Merit Exam given in March. Students can go to www.actstudent.org and click on “Test Prep” at the top. Student can then click on “Practice Test Questions”. Four Saturday Sessions during January and February are available for students to come to the high school computer lab from 9-11 a.m. and take practice tests to review for the ACT: Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 9 and 23.

Emerald home athletic events:

Jan. 16: Swim with Gladstone at 5 p.m.

Jan. 17: Competitive cheer at 6 p.m.

Jan. 23: Swim with Rudyard and Sault at 5 p.m. (Senior Night)

Jan. 24: Girls’ basketball with Norway at 6 p.m.

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