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Our Science Olympiad team just returned from the national competition where they took 6th place!
"We are extremely proud of all the competitors! 6th in the nation is amazingly difficult yet we have a young but mighty team and their passion for rigorous STEM is worthy of celebrating!" says coach Corina Mota. Coach and science teacher Mr Ciambrone notes, "This is the 2nd best result ever for our team and the 4th time we placed in the top 10 at Nationals!
We also have 9 events recieve medals (which is only the top 6 teams, out of 60 in our division).
- Battery Buggy (Rishi N., Ved P.), 3rd
- Crimebusters (Ester M., Preston L.), 1st (National Champions!!)
- Dynamic Planet (Sahil S., Dhyey S.), 4th
- Hovercraft (Jake D., Preston L.), 4th
- Mystery Architecture (Sophia G., Hannah M.), 5th
- Optics (Dhyey S., Jake D.), 3rd
- Potions and Poisons (Ester M., Nina P.), 5th
- Road Scholar (Dhyey S., Jake D.), 2nd
- Solar System (Spriha M., Nidhi P.), 6th
The students themselves made the announcement to their classmates and the Piedmont community both on our televised morning announcments and in a phone call last night, saying,
"This is Ester and I got first in crimebusters and fifth in potions and poisons.
This is Nidhi and I won 6th in solar system.
This is Spreha and I got 6th in solar system.
This is Sofia and I got 5th in mystery architecture.
This is Nina and I got 5th in potions and poisons.
This is Rishi and I got 3rd in battery buggy."
Ms Barone also gave a shout outs to "Dhyeh who took 4th in dynamic planet, 2nd in roads scholars and 3rd in optics. Shout out to Jake who took 4th in hovercraft, 2nd in roads scholars and 3rd in optics. Shout out to Saahil for taking 4th in dynamic planet. Shout out to Preston for taking first in crimebusters and 4th in hovercraft. Shout out to Hanna for taking 5th in mystery architecture. Shout to Ved for taking 3rd in battery buggy.
Extra special out to all of our coaches especially Ms. Mota, Mr. Ciambrone and Ms. Burrell.
Congratulations Science Olympiad. We are so proud of you!"
Piedmont! You Know!
Ms Gurthie noted that in addition to being brilliant young scientists, the group is also a well dressed bunch! What talent and creativity all around!
Piedmont's media center and field have been postively prismatic this week as students created giant rectangular prisms for math class.
Thanks to 6th grader Rachel for being the on-the-spot news anchor for the Facebook Live video of the event.
furry facULty fAm
Piedmont PTSA inadvertently started an email beef when they requested staff pet photos for an upcoming book fair display.
Mr Reddig set off the “chain of madness” and soon each staff member was trying to prove that their pet was the cutest of all.
Which one truly is the cutest pet? You’ll have to decide for yourself.
Be sure to visit the book fair to find out which Pirate pet belongs to your teacher!
Whether attending a wedding in formal attire or casually doing chores at home, our Pirate pets are always helpful and good-looking, as the above dogs illustrate!
The addition of cute props is making this a tough decision!
(Some staff tried to sneak their children and boyfriends into the contest)
Cats V Dogs: it’s too hard to choose! (maybe go with the fish?)
Pirate parents are a sporty bunch so like to put their pets in jerseys as you see below.
Ms Winegardner students had the privilege of working with a UNC Charlotte clarinet professor and a guest composer today. Students learn how to use the garage band app on an iPad to create modern radio dramas.
The 8th grade students recorded the script and design their own sound effects using the latest filters and technologies. Thank you so much to Mrs. Winegardner into the UNC Charlotte out reach for helping the students have this unique musical creative experience!
Scroll to the bottom of this post to hear a few clips from instagram and twitter videos.
6th Grade Hosts Sci Fi Author Talk
As you know from this blog, Piedmont IB was the first school in North Carolina to receive the state's Global Ready designation.
Now we're going intergalactic.
10 days after hosting our first International Night, the 6th grade will go out of this world. The students are receiving a visit from Scott Reintgen, author of Nxyia.
Nyxia is a thriller about 10 teens who launch into space. The characters come from a wide range of countries and backgrounds and it is an accessible read that students can feel comfortable diving into. During the presentation, students will get a chance to think about what they want to do with their lives and get a glimpse into what it takes to make a dream come true
Students who purchase a book can have it signed if they bring it to the talk.
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!