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    Academic Showcase  
    Inman Intermediate is hosting a Spring Carnival and Academic Showcase on Friday, April 8th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  The ALERT students’ work will be showcased that night.

    I would like to have student volunteers at each station to share and answer questions.  More information will be sent home this week.  

    It is going to be a fun night with games, performances, food, and more.  I hope to see you there!

    Rube Goldberg Machines
    Students have completed their Ruble Gold Machines!  Check them out here. They are completing their presentations explaining the steps and the science behind the machines. They will be posted soon.

    Rubber Band Projects
    Students completed their Rubber Band projects for the Young Inventors Contest.  Students were required to design and create a working invention or artwork that incorporated at least one rubber band.  Their final products can be found here.
    History Day
    Sixth grade ALERT students have been exploring the past as they prepared for National History Day. They researched a historical topic of their choice that related to this year's theme: Explore, Encounter, Exchange. They showcased their work in the form of a documentary, exhibit, website, paper, or performance at the regional History Day at MSU on February 26.  Several students placed and will be advancing to the state competition in Columbia in April.

    If your child is planning to attend the state competition on April 30, please complete the registration as soon as possible. The deadline for registration is March 30th.You can register online here.  You can find more information about the state contesthere.
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    Rubik's Cube

    Inman ALERT students will be hosting the second annual Rubik's Rumble on Thursday, April 7th.  Branson and Repubic gifted students will be joining us that day for a friendly Rubik's Cube competition.  Students have been learning to solve the cube and practicing for speed. Our class record is 17 seconds!  Wow!

    Not all students wish to attend the competition.  The students who plan on attending will be picked up at their home school on April 7th around 9:00 a.m.   JTSD students will return to JTSD around 1:30 pm.  Summit and Inman students will be dismissed at 2:30 pm from Inman.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this event.

    Students have also been putting their creative and problem solving skills to work and creating Rubik's Cube mosaics.  You can check out their mosaics here.  Once class created a mosaic and entered it in the You Can Do The Rubik's Cube mosaic contest. Winners are determined to by the number of votes they receive, so please help them out and vote here.

    CSI 

    Next week, we will begin a CSI unit.  Students will learn about forensic science during their detective training. Once they become detectives, they  will investigate the crime scene of Felix, the Missing Millionaire.  After collecting the evidence from the scene, students will use science concepts to analyze the evidence in labs in order to determine who did it.
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  • February 4, 2016

    Parent/Teacher Conferences will be February 23 and 25.  If you would like to schedule a conference, please sign up here.  All conferences will be held at Inman.  Hope to you see you there!

    Check out some of the Rubik's Cube Mosaics and Genius Hour projects that were completed this week.

    6th Grade - Important Information  History Day is Friday, February 26, at Plaster Student Union at MSU.  Tomorrow is the deadline for registration. If your have not yet registered your child, and he or she wishes to participate, please register by tomorrow. Students will need to be registered in order to attend.   If your child does not plan to attend, please let me know as soon as possible so I can make necessary adjustments.

    A permission slip will be sent home with your child. Please sign and return the form to me by February 18th.  

    We will be leaving Intermediate at 7:00 a.m. and returning between 3:00-3:30 p.m.  Students can bring a sack lunch or lunch money. There are several restaurants located in Plaster Student Union. Since there is no school that day, sack lunches from the school cafeteria will not be available.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Have a great weekend!

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  • January 15, 2016

     

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    Students have returned from  Winter Break ready to learn!  It has been a very busy  two weeks. Students have been applying math and science skills, researching, problem solving and thinking creatively in order to accomplish goals while participating in the following units.

    History Day - 6th grade students have been researching their chosen topic for History Day.  Students will showcase their final products at National History Day on February 26th at MSU.  Please visit the National History Day  website for more information. If you have not already done so, also please complete the required registration.

    Rube Goldberg Machines - 5th grade students have been busy designing and building Rube Goldberg Machines. They are applying problem solving skills and what they know about simple machines and physics to their creations.

    Sphero Challenge - 5th grade students participated in an interactive activity that challenged them to use creativity, problem solving skills, and teamwork. Students used the design process in order to build a Sphero-based creation. The engineers designed a cart that Sphero, a spherical robot capable of rolling, pulled through a maze.  The student controlled Sphero using iPads. Students are looking forward to participating in more Sphero STEM challenges.

    Rubber Band Contest - 5th and 6th grade students are participating in a Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors.  Students are required to design and create a working invention or artwork that incorporates at least one rubber band.  More information about the contest and the official rules can be found here.

    LAD - 5th and 6th grade students will be participating in LAD again this year.  Students have been working on their creative writing pieces throughout the year. All LAD entries will be due before Spring Break.  

    Genius Hour - Graica and Celeste presented their Genius Hour Project on wrecking balls and Tanner and Elijah shared their video game designs.  
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    We will be having Christmas Celebrations in ALERT the week of December 14-17th.  They will be very simple, low-key celebrations.  Students are invited to bring a snack to share if they wish. Some of the students volunteered to bring specific snacks. That list can be found here.  Please know that the snacks on the list are not required, and you are welcome to send a different snack if you wish.  If you do choose to send a snack, please keep in mind the Healthy Food Policy that is in place in our district. 


    We will not be having a gift exchange this year.  We will instead play a few games and enjoy our snacks.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  

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  • November 16-19

    ​Students competed in a First Lego League competition in Camdenton!  
    The competition consisted of Robot Games, Robot Design and Programming, Project and Core Values. You will find more information and pictures here.

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    Students have completed the Ultimate Utopia,  Robotics and Mythbusters units.  They will continue to compete in the Stock Market Game throughout the year.  In addition, they are designing and creating a working invention or artwork using rubber bands. Several students have completed their first Genius Hour.

    For the next several weeks, 5th graders will be busy learning physics and applying science concepts in a Rube Goldberg machine that they will design and build.  Sixth grade students will be working on the National History Day project. We hope to participate in the Regional National History Day contest at MSU in February. More information will be coming soon!

    Items needed for upcoming projects:
    Plastic bottles (1 and 2 liter size)
    Cardboard paper towel tubes

    Angel Tree at Inman
    We will have an Angel Tree at Inman with paper ornaments. Each ornament will list a gift that can be purchased for a local family in need. If you would like to purchase an item from the tree, please take an ornament, purchase that item, and return the item to the school counselor with the paper ornament attached by December 11th.  We ask that parents assist their student in choosing the ornaments. Children will not be allowed to choose ornaments without a parent present.  Items will go to students and families in the Nixa School District.  Thank you so much for helping a local family this Christmas!

    Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • November 2-5

    Students have been working hard completing units and beginning new ones. 

    The First Lego League competition is next Saturday, November 14th in Camdenton. Team members have been busy programming their robots and putting the finishing touches on their presentation.

    The 6th grade JTSD ALERT students have completed their Utopias.   You can check them out here.  They did a great job!

    The mythbusters are wrapping up their science experiments.  They have presented their conclusions here.

    The students have started their rubber band projects.  They are either creating art masterpieces or designing and creating a working invention using at least one rubber band. Students will enter their products in a contest in March.

    Students have also been working on either solving the Rubik's Cube or practicing for time. They completed a Rubik's Cube mosaic of Abraham Lincoln this week.

    Coming up...
    6th graders will begin their History Day projects.  We hope to participate in National History Day in February at MSU.  Students will be exploring this year's theme, Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.  They will choose a topic within the theme to investigate and present.  Topics can range from local to world history and across any geographic area or time period.  More information will be coming soon!

    5th grade students will be involved in either an Exporavision unit or Rube Goldberg unit.  The students will vote next week, and we will begin the unit they have chosen beginning the week of November 18th.

    All students will continue to work on LAD and the Stock Market Game.  The team DID (Dallin, Isaiah and Dylan) is in first place in the SMG in the region!  Great job, guys!

    Please contact me if you have any questions about any of the units.  Have a great weekend!

     

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  • Parent/Teacher Conferences will be October 19th and 22nd.  All 5th and 6th ALERT conferences will be held at Inman in room 102.  If you would like to sign up for a conference, you may do so here. ALERT students are invited to attend the conferences as they will share with you the activities they have been working on this quarter.  If you are not able to attend, we will continue to update the website with current student projects.  Also, check out the first quarter video below.  And as always, if you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me

    Parents of Robotics Team Members:  If you have not already done so, please be sure to register your child with First Lego League as soon as possible.  If you need another email sent to you, please let me know.  Also, a team T-shirt form
     has been or will be sent home with your child.  Please return the form to me as soon as possible, but no later than October 14th. If your child is not on the team but would like to show their support, they can order a "fan" shirt.   We are working hard and are excited about the competition in November. Thank you so much for your support!

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  • September 28-October 1

    This week, students participated in a creative problem-solving activity that required them to work together to create a skit containing specific elements.  They were very creative in their ideas as well as their props and costumes.  

    Students have formed teams, and each team has been given $100,000 (virtual dollars) to compete against other students across the nation in the Stock Market Game.  This real-world experience will allow students to explore the basics of investing and managing an investment portfolio.   Students will participate in critical problem solving and money management skills while having tons of fun playing the Stock Market Game.  Please feel free to share any trading tips with your child to help them with the game.

    Students continue to be mythbusters as they confirm or bust myths using the scientific method.  Some students have been busy creating the ultimate utopia.  You will be able to visit these perfect societies very soon.  Other students continue to program robots to complete missions and tasks.


    Parents of Robotics Team Members:  If you have not already done so, please be sure to register your child with First Lego League as soon as possible.  If you need another email sent to you, please let me know.  Also, a team T-shirt form has been or will be sent home with your child.  Please return the form to me as soon as possible, but no later than October 14th. If your child is not on the team but would like to show their support, they can order a "fan" shirt.   We are working hard and are excited about the competition in November. Thank you so much for your support!

    Also this week, Duke TIP 4th-6th Grade Talent Search information was sent home with your child.  This is completely optional.  I am just passing along the information.  If your child is interested in Duke TIP, you can find more information here.

    Parent/Teacher Conferences will be October 19th and 22nd.  All 5th and 6th ALERT conferences will be held at Inman in room 102.  If you would like to sign up for a conference, you may do so here.  Not able to attend?  No problem.  We will continue to update the website with current student projects.  And as always, if you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

     

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  • September 21-24

    This week students completed the SAGES-3 test.  Thank you for allowing your child to participate in this national field research project.  In addition, the kids have been authors for LAD and researchers and inventors during Genius Hour.  Some students are creating utopias while other are building and programming robots.  We have had a busy week in ALERT! 

     

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  • Just a couple of reminders...

    • If your child wishes to order an ALERT T-shirt, please return the order form and payment no later than September 24th.
    • If your child plans on participating in the SAGES-3 test and has not already done so, please return the permission form this upcoming week.
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  • September 14-18

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  • September 8-11
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    This week in ALERT, students continued to work on LAD and participated in a Junk Box War where they worked together using critical thinking and problem solving skills. They are also preparing for the Stock Market Game that will begin next week.  Students will have the opportunity  to "connect to the global economy with virtual investing and real world learning." They will learn about the stock market and how to buy, sell and trade stocks, bonds, and/or mutual funds as they compete with other students in our region and across the nation.   In addition, students have been working hard on their major units.  Some have become mythbusters; others are creating utopias; while other are designing, building and programming robots in preparation for the First Lego League competition to be held in Camdenton in November.  It has been a short, but very busy week!


    Thank you for returning the permission form for the SAGES-3 test.  If your child is able to participate, but has not yet returned the form, please do so next week.  Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the test.


    We have decided to have an ALERT shirt this year.  The fifth and sixth grade students designed shirts, and all ALERT students (1-6) voted on their favorite. Payton's design received the most votes!  Order forms were sent home this week.  If your child is interested in ordering a shirt, please return the form and payment by September 24th.


    As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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  • August 31-September 3

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    It has been another productive week in ALERT. Students participated in team building  and affective activities.  The classes also began their first major units for the year. Students in Monday's class are creating utopias.  Over the next several weeks they will be creating their "perfect societies."  The students in the other three classes are either "mythbusters" or robot engineers and programmers.  The mythbusters will be using the scientific method to either confirm or bust certain myths. The robotic engineers and programmers are preparing for a First Lego League competition in Camdenton in November (more information on this coming soon).  The kids are excited about the units and learning!

     
    I sent home with your child a permission form allowing them to be given the SAGES in ALERT class.  As stated in the letter you received, we have been given an opportunity to participate in a national field research project.  If you will allow your child to participate, please return the permission form to me next week.  Your child will remain anonymous to protect student confidentiality.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the research project, please feel free to contact me.
     

    I am in the process of transitioning to this Nixa Public Schools School Wires website.  You will also be able to access information from Weebly class website.  


    Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Have a great three-day weekend!
     
    Check out more pictures here.

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