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The above quotation is taken from a student interview with Mrs. Delaney for our Cam Newton contest video (embedded at the bottom of this page).
It only takes a glance at the wins recently featured on our closed-circuit scrolling announcements (below) to prove Mrs. Delaney's point: Piedmont students excel in athletic and scholastic endeavors and show winning character. We have a national-champion Science Olympiad team as well as state champion sports teams, Do the Right Thing winners and academic contest winners.
I've written about it before, but I'll say again, we are something special and YOU are part of the reason why. Whatever your gifts are- students, teachers, staff and parents- you share them with your school and help us all be great together.
Thank you again for being you.
Piedmont placed 1st in the nation in two areas of Science Olympiad and took 4th overall!
I'll pause a moment to let that sink in: out of every school in this this vast land of ours, Piedmont students are the best in the USA at small machines and solar system science. This is truly worth celebrating!
Congratulations to the team-members, coaches and parents! We recognize and appreciate all your hard work that led you to this point! Go Piedmont!
...and they're a snazzy, well-dressed bunch, too! They've got it all!
The six grade and eighth-grade teams today each showed one aspect a fabulous test prep, as seen in the two photo collages.
Eighth-grade teachers went the extra mile and created goodie baskets for their almost grads in honor of their hard work during their prep rotations, where they ran special review sessions to make sure students mastered their core content.
Sixth grade teachers Mrs. Lyttle and Ms. McCarthy got their students ready for test day tomorrow with a yoga relaxation lesson for their students to help them focus and get a good night's rest. Thanks to all the teachers and students who've given their best and worked so hard this year.
You're prepared and you have a lot to be proud of! Now take a breath, get some rest and enjoy the test.
The gym has transformed into a civil rights museum, with exhibits designed and created entirely by 8th grade history students. Here are a few of the projects
For the second year in a row Piedmont 8th graders have built their own Civil Rights Museum. This year the museum was visited by two distinguished leaders of the civil rights movement, Mr. Harvey Gantt and Rev. Dr. Jesse Douglas. Please read more about their historic visit and advice here, however the students work is the star of this post:
The photos speak for themselves as students did not shy away from topics that are hard, nor did they dumb down or sugar coat the era into a simplified story that makes it all seem easy. Hats off to the 8th grade social studies team for their leadership in the value of a true and deep study of the past.
Today Piedmont hosted two distinguished guests: African-American heros of the civil rights movement Mr. Harvey Gantt and Rev. Dr. Jesse Douglas.
The men were invited to speak by Mr. Reddig, Ms. Benfield and Ms. Hon of the social studies department as part of the 8th grade Civil Rights lesson.
The history displays (you see them in the background and for more detail please click here ) Piedmont students made came to life as the men recounted the difficulties and triumphs of their nonviolent fight for equal rights. Mr. Gantt recounted how became the first African American to integrate Clemson University and Rev. Dr. Douglass spoke of integrating the Georgia state capitol. Students learned of bravery, nonviolence and finding faith in themselves and their futures.
"I look at you and I see the doctors, lawyers, scientists,and athletes you will become" Harvey Gantt, architect of Piedmont, Clemson's first African-American student and Charlotte's first African American Mayor said to the 8th grade.
"I just wasn't afraid of anything" Dr. Douglas answered when students asked him how he found the bravery to lead. "We didn't have any weapons to fight anybody, but love conquers more than hate" Rev. Douglas told the audience as he described his work with SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) where he was often sent to pose as white to expose the hypocrisy of racial segregation. He urged students to create the America guaranteed to them in our founding documents: one truly free for all.
Here are just a few highlights of the event:
Below, Principal Barone shakes hands with the Rev. Dr. Douglas and shares stories of the Gantt family's Piedmont history with Mr. Gantt.
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!