Thursday, February 2, 2017

Invention Shark Tank

In science lab, 4th grade students had to create an invention.  The invention had to be unique or could be an improvement on a current invention.  Students had to research, design and create a poster representing their invention.  Mrs. Ercole's class went one step further. She had her students pitch their invention in a "Shark Tank" environment.  Students presented their invention to engineers, end users and educators, such as: Mr. Tavolacci from GE, co-op students, Matt Kinsely from Welch Allyn, Elena Drescher, MCS Technology Director, Jean Sharlow, DMS Assistant Principal and Michelle Brantner, Superintendent of Schools.  In their presentations, students had to share what their invention was, why they chose to create this invention and how they would go about making their invention.  The "sharks" could then ask questions, seek clarification or provide feedback to students.
Below are some pictures as well as some screen shots of thoughts students shared about the experience.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Project Based Learning

Students in grades 7 and 8 spent their half day on Friday the 27th of January working on a grade level project.  7th graders explored their 21st century skills of collaboration, critical thinking and creativity as they used various materials to create a roller coaster.  They had specific requirements they needed to include and a limited supply of tape, tubing and toilet paper rolls!  Students worked together in groups to design their product and then build it.  Many test runs and revisions took place.  The team with the fastest time for a marble running the course and landing in a paper cup was declared the winning team.

8th grade students spent the morning learning about, investigating and reflecting upon the pros and cons of the growth of technology and how it has changed our lives.  They were given various presentations on privacy, sharing of information, personal rights, digital footprint and the uses of technology in the world of recruitment for colleges, employment, even housing.  Students then analyzed all the information they were given and created pros and cons for the use of technology.  These opposing sides were then presented to their classmates.

Overall, it was a great day of collaboration with all our students and staff. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

All County Festival

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the All County Festival this past weekend.  There is a lot of hard work outside of the school day that goes into preparing for this event. You all did an amazing job!

Emma Carver, Jay Colella, Alyssa Hopper, Ryan Lundrigan, Emma Roseboom, Deanna Gannon, Julia Schoeneck, and Brooke Spaeth.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

DMS Hall Decorating

Mustang Pride and Yearbook Club sponsored a Holiday Wall Decorating Contest!  Students in homerooms had to select a theme and decorate!