|Professional Development News|
Students and staff alike have been all smiles at recent events. It seems like we've had multiple special reasons to smile at school lately. For example:
Mix it Up Lunch Day helped us find new friends thanks to Ms. Delaney's seating signs while Twin Day gave us a chance to bond with our besties during spirit week.
Character day helped us enjoy Halloween, and nothing brightens a cloudy rainy day like snowcones and a glow party - unless it’s running a giant hamster ball across the field.
And speaking of field, Piedmont does more than just win at sports out on ours (but win we do! Looking at you, teams!)You can also catch us learning on the field. Mr Kollar and Ms Swift took 6th grade math out to walk the track and then use thier counts to calculate how many laps it would take to travel to Myrtle Beach. (Ask Mr. Kollar about his follow up warm up using a 5 foot student to measure the goal post height!)
Thanks Piedmont teachers, staff, and parents for giving students so much to smile about!
Click on the photos in the gallery below to view a few of the many staff and student twins (and triplets during spirit week) and catch Mr. Monismith and Mr Reddig with their student twins!
This slideshow is a few photos from the Cookie Dough Fundraiser party today. Top sales winners enjoyed Ga Ga ball, a giant hamster dash, swirling their own snowcones with syrup and a glow party in the gym.
Finally a few more smiles from Mix it Up lunch tables, Math class on the field, and Halloween Character day - watch for the Dinosaur who won some candy in Ms. Newburger's Makerspace Halloween Lego Build Contest. (more on that later)
Genius Hour, Passion Project, 20 percent time...whatever you call it it's about the Love of Learning. At Piedmont we call it LOL and it happens every spring.
For the 4th year in a row, 6th graders showcased the information and skills they gleaned from their 6th block independent study time to their classmates, families, and teachers and once again we were amazed at the talent, dedication, creativity and diversity of interests of our class.
Thank you to the sixth grade teachers who each year braves the messiness that comes with student-driven learning. Thank you to the sixth grade students who shared with open arms just a little of what they love. You can tell it was all worth it when you see the proud and happy smiles in this video.
Curriculum Day CLips
If you'd like to learn more about Piedmont's curricular and extracurricular offerings, watch these clips from this week's Curriculum Day event.
You'll learn about IB grading, Service in Action, Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, World Languages, Art, Music, CTE, Drama, a few of our many clubs and contests, as well as information about upcoming events including the Orchestra concert, school play, and international travel meeting.
This is just a small peek at a few of the great things we do every day here at Piedmont so contact your teachers or Ms. Gurthie if you want to know more.
This week 7th grade once again hosted another proud Piedmont tradition: the Culture Cluster. Each team sets up displays of their own culture writings and shares with each other and the community. Thank you for watching and learning about each other and what makes us great.
This year, Piedmont staff have made a concerted effort to care for ourselves and each other. The faculty can take advantage of Marble Mondays (paper marbling taught by Mr. McGill, Tabata Tuesdays with Mr Cherry, and Smoothie Fridays with the health club. From Mr. Cherry's bow tie fashion inspiration to students to Mr. Reddig's mentor inspiration for staff, to all the weekly club offerings where teachers share their knowledge of everything from nutrition to yoga to ballroom dancing to embroidery, there's something to nourish everyone's mind, soul, and spirit.
Thanks, Piedmont, for taking care of each other. We really are a community of learners. It's amazing to watch you support and help each other.
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!