Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Walk Toward Excellence MHMS: The Walk Toward Excellence by gwyneth

The excellent deets:
  • What: April Gladness Walk-A-Thon
  • When: April 16th April Gladness Day!
  • Students who collect pledges more than $20.00 will receive a FREE limited edition MHMS April Gladness T-Shirt.
  • The 5 students with the highest donations will receive a catered luncheon with Mr. Dickey during April Gladness and will lead the Walk-A-Thon with Mr. Dickey!
  • All pledge forms must be turned in by April 14th
  • Get your pledge form at lunch!
I'm ready to Walk Toward Excellence, are you!?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Book Review Challenge!

Write a Book Review - Read a Book Review!

This Book Review Challenge is going out to ALL Grades but 8th Graders get first crack at it!
Write a GREAT book review - Get a chance to win an iTunes Gift Card, FREE advance copy books and and other random stuff i think is cool!!

Write a LOT of GREAT reviews get an even bigger chance at Winning!
The more good reviews you write, the better you have at winning.... as they say for the Maryland Lottery... You gotta play...write to win!

How it works:

For every good (not a one liner lame "i'm just doing this to win" review! As if!) book review I'm gonna put your name into the drawing win! So the more good reviews you write the more chances to win! Winners will be drawn and announced on MHTV!

Books must be available from the MHMS Media Center -- not sure? Check our PAC to see!
Murray Hill Middle School Library Collection Search

Visit our MHMS Learning Wiki (or here!) to write & submit an online reivew

and read published reviews!

Be sure to spell check, follow the directions, use appropriate language and grammar and have fun! Of course i'm not going to publish your *real name* on these reviews - so come up with an appropriate screenname!

Give us your personal book review and win!

Participate for a chance to win FREE Advanced publisher books, iTunes gift cards, and other random stuff i think is cool!

Write a Book Review TODAY!~

Want to WATCH a Book Review? - My Teacher-Librarian friend Mr. Yeargin does book review VLOGS called Read This Book! now, Ms. Jones is WAY to shy [cough cough] to do this - but hey! if anyone of you guys wants to i have my flip camera ready and rarin to go! LOL
Ms. Jones

Pssst! Teacher-Librarians and other book lovers!
Creating this was a SNAP! I just created the form in Googledocs and used a preset theme!

Inspired by my media friends:
Kathy Glasscock
Tim Grafton
Mike Hobson
Adam Yeargin

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Rap You Mad Pi Day Love

Happy Pi Day!

When searching for a new video to play on MHTV for Pi Day tomorrow (& day old pi is still Mmmm Mmmm good!) i stumbled across the above video from uber cool math teacher, Nathan Shields at Fort Math....or the Math Department of Fort Vancouver High School in Vancouver, WA. And it's a whole lot of AWEsome!

Can't watch the above YouTube vid cause it's blocked for you at school? Watch it and download it here!

and i still LOVES our MHMS GT Dept. 3.14 Pi Vid from a few years back....still wished we ended with a Pi in the face....LOL

List of numbers – Irrational and suspected irrational numbers
γ – ζ(3) – √2 – √3 – √5 – φ – ρ – δS – α – e – π – δ

Number system Evaluation of π
Binary 11.00100100001111110110...[1]
Decimal 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288...
Hexadecimal 3.243F6A8885A308D31319...[2]
Rational approximations 3, 22⁄7, 333⁄106, 355⁄113, 103993/33102, ...[3]

(listed in order of increasing accuracy)
Continued fraction [3; 7, 15, 1, 292, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3, 1, 14, 2, 1, 1, ... ][4]

(This continued fraction is not periodic. Shown in linear notation)
Trigonometry π radians = 180 degrees

How do YOU Celebrate Pi Day?

from wikipedia
graphics from Fort Math

Academic Excellence the Video!

Several MHMS kids talk about academic excellence and what i means to go beyond average and what it feels like to succeed! Great job, kids!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jacqueline Woodson Visits Howard County

Noted (& super COOL!) Author Visits Books Alive!

Books Alive host Barb Langridge interviews author Jacqueline Woodson about her career as an author of books for children and adolescents. Woodson is best known for book "Miracle's Boys" which won the Coretta Scott King Award in 2001 and her Newbery Honor winning "After Tupac & D Foster," "Feathers" and "Show Way." Her work is filled with strong African American themes and generally written for a young adult audience.

Newbery Honor book recipient Jacqueline Woodson is the author of 25 books, including 8 picture books, 6 middle grade books, and 11 young adult novels. Her novel After Tupac and D Foster was named a Newbery Honor Book. WITS Founder Marvin Hoffman in the Houston Chronicle writes, “Jacqueline Woodson is a phenomenon. Her picture books and chapter books emerge at a stunning rate and grow richer and deeper with time.”

From Miss Jones:

This is worth watching, kids...I've seen this lovely author speak before and she's a whole lot of AWEsome! Very cool, refreshing, smart, and totally tuned into today's kids & teens! If you ever wanted to write a book...WATCH this show!

Books Alive is broadcast on Sundays at 6:00 pm, Tuesdays at 11:00 am, 2:00, 7:00, and 10:00 pm, and Saturdays at 10:00 pm. on HCPSS TV, channels 42 (Verizon) and 95 (Comcast).

photo credit: from Ms. Woodson's author website

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Academic Excellence

(click for the gorgeous full size image)

The kids of MHMS talk about Academic Excellence...
The Movie is coming! Here's a Sneak Peek!