Joe Beresford Field Trip Fund celebrates one year anniversary
One year ago, on December 14th, Piedmont's lobby was the setting for the press covereage the Joe Beresford Field Trip fund. The setting was a meaningful one as the family is a longtime member of the Piedmont fam: Sam and Lia were students at Piedmont in the 80s and 90s and their mother Jackie Fishman taught at Piedmont in the 70s. They remember their father sending them to school with extra money to give their teacher to cover a student who couldn't afford the trip. After his death, they chose that simple yet meaningful way to honor his memory. Now almost a year into it's inception the fund has helped many students throughout CMS pay for a trip they otherwise could not have, including Piedmont students.
After the interview, Lia and Sam toured Piedmont and even found their class photos still hanging on the lobby wall. Below are some images of the family touring the school and reconnecting with old classmate Mr. O'Neill.
Piedmont is proud of these alum and grateful for their gift. We are gifting them with a Piedmont Pirate hoodie and a "Piedmont You Know" T-shirt they admired in the case!
Thank you and your family, Lia and Sam, from all of us at Piedmont!
Piedmont, you know!
Watch the news story here https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/family-honors-father-with-school-trip-fund-for-cms-students-who-need-assistance/888978711
Piedmont extends its sympathy for the recent loss of Lia and Sam's grandmother. The link below shows Ms. Czernak Spatz speaking to the 7th Grade about her experiences surviving Auschwitz-Berkenau. Her message is an important one today for all of us. We appreciate her sharing it with our students:
Congratulations to Ms. Brown and Saidou, Henry and Jackson for creating this great video to go along with tomorrow's breakfast celebration. Looking forward to seeing the veterans enjoy all the wonderful food and entertainment you've taken the lead to organize.
Ms. Barone is known for surprising teachers who win awards, (see here for just one clip) so it was fun to surprise her with flowers and cheers when CMS Regional administration came to announce she'd been named CMS Central Region Principal of the Year!
The busy day included getting drenched, not just congratulations but in rain! But that perfectly sums up one of many reasons we love working for her: Ms Barone is not a principal who stays behind a desk! She's out there with us, rain or shine!
As Ms. Clark wrote about the below photo in a letter to our staff, "She was out in the middle of the monsoon Friday during bus dismissal and didn't come inside until every bus had picked up the students. Jackie, THANK YOU for all you do for these kids and our staff. "
A few great clips only capture a snippet of all the fun and learning she brings to us over the years. Keep watching for much, much more!
The gym was abuzz with 8th graders touring each other's handmade exhibits. Students discussed what was happening in each tableau and decided together what was the message to take away. Ms. Hon, Ms. Styles, and Mr. Reddig facilitated the showcase and quizzed students while visiting teachers were amazed. Take a look at some of the work below.
We’re winding down with curriculum compacting for the year. I have helped some students personalize their curriculum and many others have done so within their usual classroom this year. The slideshow above shows just a few of the things we've done in the last month here at Piedmont: curricular and extracurricular. From music to art to electronics. In the compacting room some students learned elecronics basics and fixed a 3D printer, some students created non-photoshopped trick photography, some wrote presentations on astronomy, the mind, and more. We even created a bubble and glitter trombone, explored plastics and hydrophobic sand. Earlier students wrote and created an orchestra skit, a black hole independent study and a musical chess score.
A sixth grade ELA compacting student who is 27 pages into her first novel just left my office. I left her feedback on the first 17 pages and she’s returning to discuss it tomorrow and continue working. Two other students just left the makerspace after fixing the schools 3D printer. It had been defunct for years. These students sought out the opportunity to fix it as a “passion project” and have been coming in during recess to see if they could find the problem. They worked together via trial and error, trying one thing, looking for a result, going back to the drawing board, trying something else. After weeks of research and tinkering, they just completed a perfect print of a tiny toy boat. They started a second print, and, as tech will do, this print isn’t adhering. I wish I could take credit for the thinking process happening as they methodically attack this new problem, but it’s all them. I am taking notes while watching them, and planning a way to have them take on apprentices next year who can learn from them.
These two compacting situations today illustrate the commonalities and differences of the compacting room this year and help elucidate why I am so proud and happy of our inaugural year of having a dedicated space for compacting. In both situations, students have brought a personal passion into their school day and in both situations they are creating a tangible product. In the case of the novel-writer, she is working on this for class credit. In the case of the printers, they are doing this as an extracurricular extension. Both situations are valid and scalable to future work. If your student is interested in compacting their classwork, have them ask their classroom teacher and if they’d like some guidance on a passion project they can bring to school, have them speak with Ms. Gurthie. We are always looking to learn and improve.
Celebrating Piedmont : a blog of Happy Happenings
"Celebrating Piedmont" logs only a small fraction of the learning magic the teachers of CMS' Piedmont Middle School, an IB World School. create daily. In that sense, it is authored by all the staff and students of Piedmont. It is curated by Ms. Gurthie who can be reached at the icons above. She'll be happy to brag about Piedmont's teachers and students any chance she gets! Please note this blog has only just begun and we have so much to show off! Come back again soon!