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This week the 7th graders studied the history and culture of the ancient Byzantine Empire. They learned that mosaic art was popular during this time.  They had some time on block day to get creative with paper and make their own designs.  They had a lot of fun doing temporary designs on their desktops or "permanent" art glued onto paper plates.

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New nine weeks, new students, 3rd day of Successful Living class and we are already baking cinnamon twists. Yummy treats in FACS class!

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Automation & Robotics students are practicing their team building skills with writing “robot” with strings & marker. 

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Edgewood FACS students in Successful Living classes made snickerdoodle cookies. The assignment was to use math skills to cut the recipe in half. The goal was to do the math correctly and eat good cookies. ? Incorrect math meant eating mistakes! ?The room smelled delicious! 

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Students took advantage of Student Resource Time (SRT) to gather in their National History Day teams and work on last minute preparations in the library.  It was interesting to watch as they finished creating their project boards, practiced speeches, finished their websites, added last minute touches to their annotated bibliographies and process papers.  Mrs. Eberhardt, Mr. Devlin and Mr. Ringler wish all our 8th grade students a well deserved break after all their hard work and effort this past two months!

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Congratulations to team “They Did Surgery on a Grape” for winning this week’s bake-off. Thank you judges. 

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Students in Computer Science for Innovators & Makers (PLTW) are working on their Secrets & Safes projects.  These students presented their project:
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Mrs. Lori Roe worked with students in Mr. Devlin and Mr. Ringler's history classes this week.  She teaches public speaking classes at Ivy Tech in Warsaw, and volunteered her time to teach these skills to Edgewood students in preparation for their National History Day (NHD) speeches.  She helped students come up with attention-getters and introductions to speeches, how to project the voice, getting over anxiety.  Everyone who met with Mrs. Roe said she was a huge help.  We are so appreciative of her help!
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For the past several weeks the 7th grade social studies classes have been researching for their National History Day projects.  They have been learning about thesis statements, citations, annotations, researching and reading for on-topic information, in-text citations, and how to find and cite legal picture sources from Google.  The theme for National History Day this year is "Tragedy and Triumph" so the topics chosen had to match BOTH of these themes.  Presentations on a wide variety of topics were on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

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Students in Spanish 1 competed head to head in some tense Conjugation Battleship games this Monday.
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Congratulations to team “The Best Bakers” for winning this week’s enrichment bake-off at Edgewood Middle School. Their mini lattice topped apple pies were both beautiful and yummy. Thank you judges! #wcsmission #SayYesToFCS 

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Biology students testing different variables that effect the rate of photosynthesis.

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Congratulations to Jessica Holcomb for making the Indiana Junior All-State Band as 1st alternate.  Jessica is a 7th grade student at Edgewood Middle School.  She is 1 of 6 oboists in the state that was selected to this very prestigious 100-member band.  All 7-9 grade students in Indiana were given  the opportunity to make a recording of selected musical excerpts demonstrating their technical and lyrical playing.  These recordings were then sent to the state level for evaluation.  " I am very proud of Jessica.  Her hard work and determination has been an inspiration for others.  She will represent Edgewood and our community with pride,' states Joseph Peloza, Director of Bands at the middle schools.  
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Students in Spanish class played some rousing games of Go Fish.  Rules were the same as from childhood, only you had to speak in Spanish, not English!  It was so much fun, even Mr. Culver joined in.  As he doesn't speak Spanish, the students had great fun teaching him what they know!

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Automation & Robotics students toured Dalton and were able to run an industrial robot.

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Members of the Edgewood and Lakeview band poise for a quick picture, with their guest conductor,  after their All-Region Band Concert. 
Congratulations to all members of both schools for being named to All-Region Band!
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Ms. Rhoades and Ms. Dubois PE classes have just finished 3 weeks of swimming instruction.  Many students improved their swimming skills during this time.  Be looking for those swimsuits to come home now!

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Edgewood’s enrichment students were very creative this week. We had 2 variations of s’mores & pie crust cookies drizzled with chocolate, but team “De Joux” won with pinched strawberry tarts! Tough decision for the judges! All were delicious. 

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History students are busy working on research for their National History Day projects.  This week, Mr. Ringler's classes went to the Warsaw Community Public Library to look for more books and learn about their databases.  Thanks to the staff at the public library for hosting our 8th graders!

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Ms. Kempton's 8th grade pre-algebra students collaborating on how to solve multi-step inequalities. 
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Biology students conducting their own investigations in trying to determine where the oxygen bubbles come from when liver is mixed with hydrogen peroxide.
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Automation & Robotics students are testing their robots in the balloon demo derby.

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Students in Mrs. Adamiec's Focus on Business class researched about a famous entrepreneur of their choice, then gave oral presentations to their classmates.

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Students cooking ice water to study the molecular motion of water molecules as it changes from ice to water to steam.

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Students measuring the pH of various substances using pH probes and cabbage juice.

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Congratulations to the  beginning band students on an outstanding  concert!  The students performed traditional band classics to a full house audience.  " The students did a fantastic job in preparing for their first concert.  They looked and sounded great," said Mr. Peloza, middle school Band Director. Mr. Peloza would like to thank the parents of the students for their continued support of their child's progress with learning how to play an instrument. The next opportunity to hear the beginning bands will be on Monday, December 10 at Lakeview Middle School.

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Congratulations to Edgewood’s team  “Cooking Leprechauns” for winning this week’s enrichment bake-off with their mini lattice-topped blueberry pies. Mmmmm. Thanks judges! 

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Design & Modeling students are designing & building a foot orthosis for people who have a physical impairment. 

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For the past few days, all seventh graders have been working in teams to research ancient China’s dynasties. They have been practicing the skills of in-text citations, full citations, and researching and summarizing facts from databases like Gale, Encyclopedia Britannica, and ImageQuest.  The students have also been reviewing proper timeline numbering sequence with BC and AD plus correctly plotting the different lengths of each dynasty on the line.  All of these requirements have kept them pretty busy and focused with both independent expectations and teamwork skills.

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Students explored slope using cars and tracks in Mr. Wysong’s class! What IS the best slope for a ramp?

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These Computer Science for Innovators & Makers students are going to assist in the production of the Masquerade of the Horse at the Michiana Event Center working on the inputs/outputs of the physical computing world.  They will be assisting a professional lighting and sound technician while learning about how to program these inputs and outputs.  

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Students in Automation & Robotics are working on their team building skills. 

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Good morning, the Edgewood Band had 5 students that were selected to the All-Region Honor Band.  Students will perform 5 to 6 musical selections and have the opportunity to work with a guest conductor. These students will do a fantastic job and represent Edgewood with pride!
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Mrs. McDonald, from MedStat, came to Everyday Skills class and taught us about food safety and preventing food borne illness. We learned the proper technique for washing our hands using a black light and fake germs. Some of us had to wash our hands 2 or 3 times to get really clean! Thank you to Mrs. McDonald and MedStat. 

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What do children learn while playing with toys? That is what FACS students in Everyday Skills classes set out to find. Using the acronym PIES-M, we discovered children learn physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and morally. And, we had fun too! 

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PLTW’s Design & Modeling class & Wise’s Sciences classes are gathering data. DM students have designed a puzzle cube based on constraints & they are timing the science students on how long it takes to solve it. The data will be used for statistical analysis. 

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Students Gram staining bacteria cultured at Edgewood in biology class.

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Using critical thinking skills, 8th grade honors language arts students attempted to get out of their escape rooms. Only one group was able to master the puzzles. 

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Eighth grade language arts students are reading The Secret of the Yellow Death, the story of how 4 scientists used the scientific process to figure out how yellow fever was spread. 8th grade honors language arts students conducted their own experiments of spatial observation using the scientific process. 

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We did a “graffiti walk” where they had a different picture and each time they were given a different poetic device to draw on the poster.

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Beginning Band students having fun after rehearsing their concert music!
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Congratulations to the “J-RAT BAKERS” for winning the enrichment bake-off. Yummy! Pie crust with apple pie filling, brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs, drizzled with caramel sauce and chocolate. Thank you judges. Mmmmmm! 

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Ms. Rhoades’ PE classes enjoyed the fall weather today and played frisbee golf. 

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"Our spotlight section of the Advanced Band is the flutes and oboe.  These ladies are fantastic musicians as well great students.  They are well prepared and make band rehearsals enjoyable!"  

The students are: 

Jessica, Megan, Morgan, Monica, and Lily

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Students in 7th grade social studies have been studying Ancient Egypt.  One of their projects was to research, then write their own Book of the Dead, the directions for moving from death, through the underworld into the afterlife.  Researching this topic helped us all learn more about ancient Egyptian culture, and we enjoyed a chance to do group projects!

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Congratulations to the “Big Daddy Pizza” team for winning this week’s Edgewood enrichment bake-off. They made yummy, and pretty, cherry Homemade Pop Tarts. Thanks to the judges too. 

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Automation & Robotics students tour Dalton’s to interact with their Industrial robots. 

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Automation & Robotics students are demonstrating the design process by testing their design thru the balloon Demo derby. 

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Students are practicing note identification practice drills on their IPads. Maybe this is quieter than practicing on their instruments?
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FACS students in Everyday Skills classes learned to follow a recipe, measure ingredients, bake cookies and EAT them! Yum. The rest of the school got to smell good smells! 

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Students in 8th grade history class have been studying early historical events, including battle techniques.  They learned how volleying battles took place by launching objects with trebuchets they buillt in class.  It was a bit difficult to restrain themselves from launching until they heard their commander (the teacher) countdown to fire!  As one class "battled" against the other, the most fun was hearing 60 middle schoolers all laughing at the same time!  

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Students in 7th grade science have been practicing measuring in metric.  They are using meter sticks to measure the distance from one exit to another exit.  Wonder if they are getting the same answers?  You can have your student practice measuring all kinds of things using the metric system at home!
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Mr. Peloza, Mr. Brannock, and Mr. Travis, Warsaw schools band directors, are pleased with the progress of our band students this year!  Enjoy the pictures, and in the near future, we hope you come enjoy our concerts!

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In social studies, Mrs. Fisher's students analyzed a series of posters called "Hungry Planet" to discover similarities and differences in diet among typical families around the world.  There were some interesting discoveries such as the family from Germany spends on average the most money per week but the family from Chad spent the least due to being in a refugee camp.  The United States on average eats the highest amount of calories and Chad has the lowest, Japan has be best life expectancy and Chad has the lowest. One family has two wives, two families have servants, and one family is mainly adults with only one child.  Foods really vary with guinea pig being common in Ecuador and seafood common in Japan whereas there's no meat on the table with the family in India.  There were many other unique things we learned and discussed with our final question being a debate on which family had the best overall diet based on the picture.  We couldn't come to a conclusion but we agreed that the food pictured for the families in Guatemala and India looked the most healthy. 

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Mr. Howett's classes are launching rockets!  Watch out, Edgewood neighbors!

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Edgewood and Lakeview students displayed their Art Voice projects at Rua Gallery.  We are pleased to share pictures of their projects from this exhibit.

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MD students dissecting a cow eye after learning about eye anatomy.

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Automation & Robotics students built mechanisms for different survival challenges. 
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Medical Detectives students are dissecting & seeing what part of the brain controls our senses. 

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The 7th grade social studies classes have begun our Historical Twin research project.  We started off by doing character studies of ourselves, thinking about goals, dreams, skills, and talents.  Next we took the Smalley Animal Personality Test to find out if we are more of a beaver, lion, otter, or golden retriever.  Ask the students what these animals represent.  Today we read about 30 mystery people from the 20th and 21st century and matched our characteristics to them.  The pictures on the website show the students' reactions when we posted the list and they discovered their match.  Many were quite surprised and excited to find out who they will be researching.  Our next steps are doing "twin" pictures and researching more about our "twins."

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7th graders learning a new game called Spikeball in PE class.
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8th graders are learning basic CPR skills and what to do in an emergency in health/pe class.
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Science classes and pe classes enjoying the spring air while conducting labs and playing double kickball.
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Advanced Art students are working collaboratively with Madison Elementary. The Madison  students are studying bees, chicks, butterflies and caterpillars. Pictured here is Claire's bee and Anna's butterfly. Mia  and Marin designed the chicken piñata.

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Automation & Robotics students are testing their design in a balloon Demo derby. 


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Automation & Robotics students learn about industrial robots at Dalton.
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The seventh graders are reading novels in social studies and participating in literature circle discussions.  Why read a novel in social studies?  Groups are reading different novels that are all set in the 20th or 21st centuries and are all dealing with an important event in history or with an important social issue facing the world today.  Today we are all about 3/4 of the way through our novels and are discussing if we would add a new character to the story and what their role would be and what kinds of questions we have about our novels - such as what we don't understand, what we wonder about, surprises in our stories, etc.  Many students have been surprised at how interesting their books have been.

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In between ISTEP trivia over standards, students strive to earn bonus points with an activity.

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Students in Mrs. Toumey's Honors Language Arts class presented their book reports using slide presentations on the new smart TV's in Edgewood's Learning Commons.  They all enjoyed the opportunity to present in small groups, then hold discussions about dystopian societies.

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KCH presenters, Miss Farver & Mrs MCDonald, are discussing & demonstrating how to take vital signs in Medical Detectives.

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Automation & Robotics students are racing their dragsters.

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Students worked on team of three to create colorful life size collages. The collages are made with pieces of old magazines and junk mail catalogs.

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Medical Detectives are celebrating the 9 weeks with a jello brain.
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 Isa S., an 8th grade student at Edgewood Middle School, has been selected to perform on the 2018 Middle School Honors Performance Series. The opportunity begins June 20 and lasts for 5 days. The performance will take place in Carnegie Hall, New York, NY. Her audition CD was submitted back in November 2017.  Congratulations, Isa!  We are excited that you have the opportunity to showcase your talent!
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Medical Detectives students are dissecting a cow eye after learning about the parts of the eye.

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Design & Modeling students designed & 3D printed hooks to place their 3D object by flying drones. The drones were sponsored by a Red Apple Grant.

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8th Grade History students are giving their speeches this week!  While they are incredibly nervous, they are doing a fantastic job!  Teachers are assuring students that nerves before giving a speech in public are perfectly normal.  Public speaking is a critical job skill, one which we want our students to practice now so they are more confident in their futures!
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Medical Detectives students are learning about polygraphs from Mr Dobbins, a license polygrapher. This kicks off our mock murder mystery.

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Medical Detectives students are dissecting a sheep brain after learning about the senses and the parts of the brain.

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Students worked in the library during Student Resource Time putting the finishing touches on their projects.  Parents and community members are all invited to come watch presentations all next week, being held in our Library Learning Commons.  Ask your student for the exact date and time they will be presenting, or contact the school for more information!

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The seventh graders have just wrapped up their World War II unit and we spent some time reviewing the Holocaust.  In our final activity we read the poem "To the Little Polish Boy Standing with His Arms Up" by Peter L. Fischl and then the students wrote their own letter or poem to the little Polish boy.  The goal was to help the students think about compassion for others and, hopefully, make history a little more personal by drawing them deeper into a famous photograph from that time period.

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Miss Rohrer, FACS teacher, and Mrs. Eberhardt, Teacher Librarian, have been working with students in the Stitch 'N Save class to create e-textiles.  Students made their own pattern, then diagramed electronic circuitry on this pattern.  They cut their pattern out on felt or fleece, then had to sew on their electronics parts correctly so the light bulbs worked.  Each success was met with shouts of glee as light bulbs activated!  Be sure to have your student show you their finished electronic pillow project next week!

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Students in Mr. Fleming's science classes are learning about the rock cycle.  They received different chocolate pieces (semi-sweet, milk, white, mini, and M & M's) which they had to "weather" by smashing them into pieces, or sediments.  Then they layered the pieces on foil, showing how sedimentary rocks form.  They will then apply pressure to their foil packets of sediments to demonstrate how metamorphic rocks form.  Lastly, they will heat their packets to show how igneus rocks form.  It should be interesting to see what happens with all their chocolate pieces!

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Design & Modeling students are timing Mr Wise’s science students on solving their puzzle cube. They are gathering statistics to analyze.

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Art students are working on movable murals, the latest exciting project in art class!

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These students in Stitch-n-Save class can sew in buttons, practice hand sewing stitches, thread needles and tie knots! They now have skills to save money!

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Adv Art visits the Ft Wayne Museum of Art.  Dania, Marin, and Andon all had their artwork on exhibit at the museum!

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Automation & Robotics students are programming their test beds.

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Students in Dr. Tseng's Chinese I class celebrated Chinese New Year by tasting a variety of Chinese snacks.  Least favorite - seaweed!  Best - Chocolate!  Most surprising - seeds!  As they tasted their snacks, students talked about what American snacks they would share with someone from China.  
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Many students from both Edgewood and Lakeview Middle Schools competed in the National History Day Regional Competition on Saturday, February 17.  Both schools had several teams place who will move forward to state competition on April 14.  We are so proud of all our students!  Many thanks to them, to their parents, and to Edgewood teachers Mr. Devlin and Mr. Ringler, history teachers, and Mrs. Eberhardt, teacher-librarian for all the dedication and hard work!

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Automation & Robotics student’s tour Dalton Foundries to see industrial robots in action.

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Cook spaghetti squash. Scrape  it out of its rind. Use the rind as a bowl. Add sauce and Parmesan cheese. Fool yourself into thinking you are eating spaghetti but really you are getting more veggies. Fun in FACS class!

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FACS students stained cotton and polyester fabric. We tried washing out the stains in our 6 milk jug "washing machines" which contained different detergents and stain removers. We analyzed the results, recorded our findings and wrote conclusions.

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Mrs. Helser's Honors Language Arts class has spent the past three weeks working on researching information, then developing a plan to help combat current issues in society.  The team of Abby, Skyler, Cora, and Morgan researched the topic of teen suicide, then emailed Ben Higgins asking if he would come speak to Edgewood students about depression and suicide.  Mr. Higgins graciously agreed and shared his own story of how he has asked for help when he has struggled.  Our students and staff appreciate the work these students did, and appreciate Mr. Higgins coming to talk with our students about this serious topic.  Way to make a difference!

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The physical education classes have been working on their swimming skills and enjoying time at the high school pool this month.  They have worked on swimming techniques and cardio endurance as well as enjoying some friendly competition!

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For the last several days Edgewood's 7th graders have been studying Medieval China and Japan. They were required to make a 3-D object or research a topic for a poster related to the history or culture of China and Japan.  We've had some Mongol catapult competitions, "porcelain" displays, and Mongol/Samurai armor and weaponry among others.  It's been alot of fun, especially measuring how far a catapult will throw a ping pong ball!

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Language arts is beginning our hardest unit... argumentative essays! We begin by color-coding parts of different paragraphs as an example before writing our own. Let the research and typing begin! 

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We invited our resident expert on public speaking, Mrs. Smyth, to talk with our honors language arts classes to give them some pointers ahead of their big Game Chambers Presentations. 
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With the increased use of images in school work, it is important to give credit to the creator of all images, after making sure the image is free to be used.  
Edgewood offers the Image Quest database with hundreds of images that are free to use in student work.  Students may also look for free images in Google by clicking on Settings in Google, then scrolling down to Usage Rights and selecting Free to Use.  Once the student has selected an image, that image must be cited.  Click the link below for guidelines on citing.

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Automation & Robotics students are competing in the balloon Demo derby.

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