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Here are a few highlights of the 8th Grade Recognition Ceremony. Every year the teachers create a beautiful experience for the students including a social, end of the year traditions and a slideshow of memories.
Dr. Cox returned from his retirement to give his good wishes to the students as they lined up for the ceremony.
From top left: 1-Students involved in extracurriculars rose to their feet when called -what an involved group of students the Class of 2018 is! 2-Faculty flanked by balloons and fern decor. 3-Mr. Reddig presenting the Daughters of the American Revolution Award 4-Applause for the 14 students who earned straight A's all 3 years at Piedmont!
Students wrote this poem themselves and recited it during the ceremony. Beatiful show of unity and a great literary and scientific references, too! Those students really know their curriculum- they are ready for high school thanks to the 8th grade team!
From Top left - 1- Lining up outside 8th grade classrooms and anticipating the ceremony 2- Straightening up and getting ready to walk 3- NJHS President delivering address as faculty looks on. 4- View of the audience. The at-capacity crowd of well-wishers spilled over into the media center and balconies.
Showing off the beadie bracelets and accomplishments was just one part of the ceremony. The real recognition is to all of the 8th grade teachers and students who worked hard to shine every day this year.
Seeing Piedmont spring back to life these last days of school is exactly the right antidote to a long bout of testing.
I couldn't catch all the activities as I was proctoring make-ups, but from the tie-dying and arts and crafts, to the memory wall, to the Pirate Awards (where the definition of award-worthy is not just based on test scores) to the street hockey game Mr. Egnot ref'd all day Wednesday, Piedmont said:
The test is done now let the passion based learning continue!
7th Grade Pirate Awards didn't just hand out certificates, they put on a PERFORMANCE everyone enjoyed!
6th graders take a ride on a hovercraft their classmates made for Catching Fire - Only Ms. Lyttle can make futuristic dystopian worlds this much fun!
Here are a few more images of the beautiful Tie-Dye. Ms. Gorman said it is amazing to watch students faces light up when they unroll their creations. Art and Math is always a plus here!
Ms. Czerwinski and Honors Art Class Wins Big with Green Guy!
It's not every day that you get to brag about your award-winning dumpster so I am taking full advantage in the wake of today's announcement that we won 2nd Place in the the Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful Paint-A-Can Contest:
"WooHoo! Our Dumpster is Better than Your-rs! (unless your dumpster is the 1st place winner, in which case: Congratulations on having the best dumpster in all the land!) "
In all seriousness, Ms. Czerwinski's students did a great job working within the parameters of the fun contest and we are truly proud of them. They created a great theme and character as you can see from the photos and helped spread an important message. After brainstorming a theme and story, they worked long hours to bring their vision to completion- even painting after school under threat of rain.
Thanks so much to the recycling contest sponsors: Republic, ReCommunity Recycling, Mecklenburg County, Sherwin-Williams, and Coca-Cola! Ms. Czerwinski and our students are looking forward to being able to create more beautiful art thanks to their generosity!
Remember what Green Guy says: "You don't have to be a Superhero to save the world...Recycle!"
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!