When Dr. Rich Bucko retired in 2003 after 24 years as Baker school principal, the Home and School Association marked his tenure by having a wooden sculpture of a bear reading made for the school.The bear was housed in the school’s media center where it was a focal point. Library Media Specialist Ann Ferruggia often used it to help advertise special events, such as Read Across America and Book Fair. The bear fell into disrepair over the years as some of the wood dried out and cracked. The Baker Bears were very fond of this bear and were sad to see it looking that way. The problem was solved when Baker head custodian, Nelson Dimpter, took the bear home and refurbished it on his own time. The bear has now been restored to its former glory and is back in place in the Media Center. Many thanks to Mr. Dimpter for preserving this Baker icon!
In offering a high-praise and congratulations to these outstanding Moorestown High School students and their mentors (including MHS Engineering/Robotics teacher, Mr. Ed Wright, and MHS Physics teacher, Mr. Zack Bross), we share with you this press release we received from the Combustible Lemon’s Marketing Team Captain….
FRC 5113: Combustible Lemons, Moorestown High School, Moorestown, NJ, March 26, 2015— On behalf of the team, I would like to share the great news about our robotics competition this past weekend. [March 21-22, 2015] We won the Seneca District Competition with alliance members 1640, Sab-BOT-age from Downingtown, PA, and 1218, Vulcan Robotics from Philadelphia, PA, and took home the Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen! This award is given to the team with visual attractiveness in all aspects of the team. Last year, we won this award at Hatboro-Horsham for our robot design and team logo. This year, the judges were impressed by the hand painted flames and the face paint, or “war paint” as some teammates call it, which were all drawn by students.
Our team had left Hatboro-Horsham in February with ideas about improving the robot in time for Seneca. Using the six hours allotted, the team designed a pneumatics system that greatly improved the intake of game pieces. During alliance selections at Seneca, because of our superior consistency in making small stacks during the game, we were able to make an alliance with the top-ranking team, Sab-BOT-age, and the second place team, Vulcan Robotics! Through careful strategizing, the teams created a plan focused heavily on teamwork. With us moving game pieces around so that Sab-BOT-age could obtain them quicker, the alliance was able to make one more stack in every round of the finals, scoring an extra 42 points. The Combustible Lemons then churned out small stacks which were topped off by Vulcan Robotics with a bin for more points. Throughout all the final matches, our alliance never scored below 120 points, which brought us to an amazing victory. By the end of the competition, our team ranked 7th out of the 37 teams there. We are immensely grateful for all the support we’ve received inside and outside of school.
Because of this win, the Combustible Lemons are now guaranteed entry to Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships at Lehigh University from April 9 to April 11. We already have plans to improve our pit display and make changes to our robot.
Team pictures and videos from the event will be posted on our website, http://www.mhsfirst.org
Thank you for your support,
MHS Combustible Lemons Marketing Team Captain
Well done…and best wishes for continued success…from all your supporters throughout the Moorestown educational community!
Students in Mrs. Kristen Kowalczyk’s third grade class love the biography section of the Baker Media Center! With the help of librarian Ann Ferruggia and paraprofessional Jennifer Bove, they each selected a biography to read. They then wrote reports and attached them to brown grocery bags. Using great creativity, the children then constructed life-sized models of the people they learned about on their bags. These attractive bags are currently on display in the Baker Media Center for all to enjoy. The lesson did not end there, however. After the bags were presented in class, the students were moved to select biographies of people their classmates depicted to read.