At Mary Roberts’ Elementary, Mrs. Furman’s second grade class went “deep sea diving” into an informational text called Jellies. While we were looking at amazing coral reefs and jellyfish the size of whales, students learned the difference between a fact and an opinion. Our class was mesmerized by all the facts that we learned about jellyfish.
Students enrolled in Adam Roth’s Honors Global Business I course have been declared national winners in the New Jersey PNC Christmas Price Index – SIFMA Foundation Stock Market Game Challenge! Students were tasked with analyzing historical data, from the past 33 years, along with implementing current business strategies to determine the actual cost of this year’s 12 gifts of Christmas. PNC’s whimsical economic analysis rose 0.7%, just $232.50, to $34,363.49 this year. The PNC Christmas Index is very similar to the U.S. Consumer Price Index, which measures the changing prices of goods and services and reflects the spending habits of the average American.
Students in grades 6-12 in the states of New Jersey, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin who actively compete in the SIFMA Foundation Stock Market Game were eligible to compete in The PNC Christmas Price Index Challenge. Mr. Roth’s Honors Global Business I class had twenty-two teams competing against 146 teams nationally, with 79 from New Jersey alone. Each team submitted their data and rationale through an anonymous online system, where student names were omitted and a unique code associated with the Stock Market Game was provided.
After students conducted their research and estimated what each gift would cost, they had to compose an 800-word maximum rationale to support their claims. The winning teams in Mr. Roth’s class will be honored at a special awards ceremony held at Stockton University, in May. Students on the 1st place team, which is comprised of two boys, one sophomore and one junior, will be awarded a $250 American Express gift card each. The 2nd place team, comprised of two sophomore girls, will be awarded a $150 American Express gift card each. Additionally, the class has also won a $200 stipend for a celebratory party and Moorestown High School will be awarded a 1st and 2nd Place Trophy.
Elizabeth Reidel, Vice President and National Director of the Stock Market Game Program, stated in an email to participating teachers “…the top entries are first judged on the cumulative accuracy of their estimates of the 12 gifts named in the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ song and the total price of the PNC Christmas Price Index. The entries are then judged by the written descriptions teams provided of the process they used to decide on their estimates.” PNC Wealth Management Advisors judged all entries.
Note: This is the second time in four years that students in Mr. Roth’s Honors Global Business course have won this annual competition.
At Mary Roberts Elementary, Mrs. Furman’s second grade class is reading stories about December being a time for giving. The students have made holiday/winter wreath to give to their parents. Each ribbon stands for a “thank you” for the MANY things they have done for them this year. Many of the wreaths have over 100 tied ribbons on them! That is A LOT of thank yous!!
Mr. Adam Roth, MHS Business Teacher and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Advisor, shares with us an update on FBLA’s recent competitions:
On December 8th, 2016, twenty students ranging from 9th through 12th grades studied tirelessly to compete in FBLA’s Regional Competitive Events. Those students that place in the top 8 in their chosen content area from the Southern NJ Region will then have an opportunity to compete at the State Leadership Conference in Atlantic City in March; where students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners are then eligible to compete for national awards at the National Leadership Conference each summer. These events were created to recognize and reward excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Students tested in the following content areas:
- Global Business
- Introduction to Financial Math
- Computer Applications
- Parliamentary Procedure
- Business Calculations
- Business Law
- Introduction to Business
- Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Results of the Regional Competitive Events were released this week. The competition was very strong this testing season, with several MHS students placing well in their content area. Students in the following content areas have been deemed eligible to compete at the 2017 State Leadership Conference.
- Advertising, 7th place
- Business Law, 2nd place
- Computer Applications, 3rd place
- Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure, 4th place
- Marketing (team competition, 3 students per team), 5th place
Mrs. Semptimphelter’s 3rd Grade Class at South Valley did a service project during their Winter Party on December 23rd. Our wonderful room parents, contacted Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey and asked what items were needed to be sent over to the troops. The students were encouraged to earn money to buy the items or at least choose the items to be brought into school. Many items were collected that week leading up to the Winter Party, such as Pringles, tissues, toothpaste, etc. The students also wrote the letters to the troops on Patriotic paper to be included with the items that were being sent over to the troops. It was a nice service project to do this time of year and a nice way to give back to our service men and women.
At Roberts Elementary, Mrs. Furman’s second grade class is practicing counting hundreds in our math class. We counted 100 in groups of 10. We put 100 beans in our snowmen.
On December 23, 2016, Dr. Jim Sanfilippo, a community member and local Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon, returned for his fourth annual visit with Mrs. Erin Todd’s Honors Anatomy and Physiology students. Dr. Sanfilippo spent the day with each class engaging in an open and inviting discussion about the process of applying to medical school, the training, the residency differences, and what they can expect from a typical day. At the conclusion of the Q&A, Dr. Sanfilippo taught the students the basic process of suturing. Each student was provided instruments and fresh sutures where they proceeded to practice on raw chicken legs. Dr. Sanfilippo’s visit is always one of the highlights of the year, as Mrs. Todd explains…”his visit introduces new students to the processes involved with entering the medical field. He provides information on new and innovative surgical techniques being used and exposes the students to a skill they would not ever see until they have gotten into medical school.”
On November 4, WAMS World Language Department hosted our first-ever Day of the Dead celebratory lunch. The lunch was open to all students taking Spanish at the middle school, and more than 320 attended. Students were able to experience the culture of Mexico while enjoying authentic cuisine catered from a local restaurant.
Under the direction of music teacher Kristin Dzuranin, the third grade chorus performed their annual Holiday Concert. The chorus is composed of 64 third graders who gave up their lunch recess time to practice the songs and choreography in the concert. The chorus sang songs like “An African Wish,” “Celebrating Hanukkah,” and “Peace on this Silent Night.” The concert’s finale was “Light the Candles All Around the World” which featured each singer lighting a battery-operated candle at the perfect moment in the song. The chorus also delighted the residents of Care One when they performed there and went caroling in the hallways. Mrs. Dzuranin is assisted by paraprofessional Angela Reid.
Baker kindergarteners had fun decorating gingerbread houses with their parents/guests. The houses were built out of graham crackers and frosting ahead of time by parent volunteers. Then parents and other guests came in to help decorate the houses. This is a long-standing tradition at Baker and the culminating activity for the reading of many versions of the famed story of the gingerbread man. The Baker kindergarten team is composed of Syreeta Lee, Sharon Kulik, Susan Kuzy, and Liz Hagan.