News from Mrs. Wood, TMMS Principal, 12/8/14
HOUR OF CODE
This week is Computer Science Education Week. Last year, 15 million students tried computer science during the Hour of Code in one week across our country. This year, we're joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students!
The Marshall Library is hosting an Hour of Code Family Night open to ALL Marshall students and their families this Wednesday, December 10, 7:00-8:00 PM. Please bring your own technology devices or use ours to work with your student on a variety of fun and challenging coding tutorials.
This year at Marshall, due to generous parent volunteers, we are able to sponsor a giving program to provide for families over the holidays. We currently have gift tags available in our front office for boys and girls, age 0-18. If you are able, please stop by our front office to sign up for a gift tag. Presents will need to be wrapped and turned in to our front office by next Monday, December 15th.
BARNES AND NOBLE
Support the Marshall Library while shopping at Barnes and Noble during the week of Dec 13-18. Up to 25% of your purchase amount will be donated to MMS when you mention our library at time of sale. Marshall orchestra and drama students are performing in-store on Saturday December 13, from 4:00-6:00, so stop by to enjoy the talent as well. Thank you for supporting our library program.
All students at Marshall have been enrolled in the district-adopted keyboarding program, called "Typing Club." The class is "zero hour," which means there is not a specific time for coursework. However, Typing Club is available online and can be worked on in the library before or after school and during lunch, and in the Maroon Lab during MMS Time. Students should plan to spend about 60 minutes a week on Typing Club in 10-20 minute increments.
The link to Typing Club may be found on the Marshall homepage under the Library tab. Located there is also a short screencast showing how to log in and begin using the program.
Typing Club is a not-for-credit class, and ultimately is assessed as Satisfactory or Incomplete. Right now all students have an Incomplete. The standard for middle school keyboarding is 35 words per minute with 100% accuracy.
Once a quarter, students will have the opportunity to test out of Typing Club. We are going to offer that chance on Tuesday, December 16, during MMS Time in the Maroon Lab, and then again at the end of each quarter.
Typing skills are critical for the new state test in the spring.
That’s it for this month! Happy December to everyone.
Congratulations Marshall Varsity Robotics Team!
It was a very busy weekend for all eleven Olympia School District middle school varsity robotics teams as they competed in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Regional Qualifier at Chinook Middles School in Lacey. All five middle schools in OSD fielded Varsity Robotics Teams for this year’s international competition. Just like varsity sports, these after-school teams are an opportunity for experienced students to take their Robotics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills to the next level. Marshall Middle School has a single team, Reeves and Washington middle schools have two FLL teams, while ORLA and Jefferson have three each. Five OSD teams from three schools won awards at Saturday’s event, and four teams earned berths in the Washington State FLL Semi-Finals (details below).
At the Lacey FLL Regional Qualifier, our OSD teams had their chance to demonstrate their hard work on this year’s challenge, World Class. The teams were required to design, build and program autonomous robots to complete several time-sensitive Robot Game missions, as well as research, develop and present their Project solution to an engineering problem. This video describes World Class Robot Game, while this video shows a robot completing the missions from the previous year’s game (Body Forward). The process for developing the research Project for World Class is described in this video.
BLT – Best Lego Team (team 5006) from Marshall Middle School impressed the judges, referees and other teams alike. They earned the Gracious Profession Award, recognizing them as the team that best exemplified all the FIRST LEGO League Core Value. This award combined with the outreach from their research Project and their performance in the Robot Game also earned BLT a berth at the Washington State FLL Semi-final competition.