Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Dog Star Skit

The Dog Star Skit is happening. We have been practicing and practicing. The skit is about a very greedy miser (Sushil) that wont share his sweet rice dumplings with anyone, not even his family. Sushil gets taught a lesson by a god (Sakka) that pretends to be him.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Marionette Making in Art Class

Art with Rhonda is a favorite class for the majority of MSMS! I mean, who doesn't love the carefree, funny, creative Rhonda who leads this class? Each year in Art class there is a list of projects to complete that year. For 7th graders, making a marionette puppet is on that list. There is a step-by-step process that you must complete to have your puppet be a success! Here are a couple of the basic steps:
1) Sketch a life-size drawing of your puppet, with color!
2) Use clay to create the feet, hands, and head
3) Use foam to create the body of the puppet
4) Attatch the feet, hands, heady, and body together
5) String your puppet together

This is the packet of directions:
These are some puppets made from previous students:

Green Up Vermont Poster in Art Class

Each year in art Class you make a poster for Green Up Vermont. But this is no ordinary art project, You compete with other students across Vermont at a chance for 200 dollars. Most students find this project fun and creative. There are a lot of different things you can do for this project. Rhonda loves it and hopes that MSMS will win a prize!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Gareth Hinds Graphic Novel Writer

Last Wednesday, Gareth Hinds payed the 7th and 8th graders of Team Sirius and Team Summit a visit. He talked to us about his life as a comic book artist, and his adventures along the way. He showed us the process that goes into making his graphic novels, and how long it takes. It starts with him making a detailed plan of what he is going to do which gives his publisher an idea of when it will be finished. Then, he goes on to design the layout and fit the dialogue to the pages. Mr. Hinds also talked to us about how his experiences in being a video game designer. He believes that everyone should make their own path and that just because he chose his path doesn't mean that everyone should do it that way. He does believe though, that we should chose a job because we enjoy doing it, not because it pays a lot.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

SST Groups

SST groups are student support time that we do every week from Tuesday to Thursday. They can be a chance to get caught up on missing work or if you're all caught up you might be playing games or blogging. There is always something going on! Below are some pictures of the silent reading SST and a make up SST. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Greek Festival

We had our Greek Festival on the 23rd of December. There was food, games, some skits and a fashion show! We had a Percy Jackson trivia game, our very own Minatour Maze and a few gods even came down to join us. Hades, Poseidon and Zeus himself came all the way from their palaces to judge our fashion show! Aphrodite and Ares came as a couple to compete in class, while Athena and Artimis were the height of Olympus fashion. Everyone's costumes were awesome!!! 

Recycled Cardboard Creations

Why would you throw away cardboard when you can make something cool out of it? For example, in Rhonda's art class, we saved cardboard to make wonderful new creations. Our task was to choose something to make that would be a challenge, and try as best as we could to build it. Some things kids made were a moose head, a cat, a walrus, a house, and much more. When you give yourself a challenge and don't give up, the things you can make are endless!