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  • Cavalier Connection Students Host Kindegarten Buddies

    The Cavalier Connection Students hosted their buddies from Wingate Elementary this morning. Cuthbertson Middle School Cavalier Connection has partnered with either Marshville Elementay or Wingate Elementary for 10 years. Cavalier Connection members had a great time interacting with their Kindergarten buddy. Students played board games, colored together, and played outside games as well on this beautiful day!

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  • The Butterfly Project

    In April, sixth grade students traveled to the Levine Jewish Community Center in Charlotte to take part in The Butterfly Project. The Butterfly Project was created to remember the past, act responsibly in the present, and promote a more peaceful future. This project teaches the lessons of the Holocaust and what can happen when prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination are allowed to flourish. The ultimate goal is to help students understand how their role in society can promote acceptance and understanding. Each butterfly created was in memory of one of the 1.5 million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust. No names are repeated. Since 2008, over 36,000 butterflies have been created at the Levine Jewish Community Center. While creating the butterflies, each child’s name was spoken out loud. It’s possible that this name had not been said since the child was alive. The butterflies that were created are on display in the display case at the front of the school. The teachers and students worked very hard on this project and it has deep meaning that will stay with students for a lifetime.

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  • Cuthbertson Student Organizes "Water Walk" To Bring Clean Drinking Water To South Sudan

    In February, Ms. Secker’s 7th grade ELA students at CMS began reading the book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. During that time, students learned about the water crisis that is still happening in South Sudan, as well as the horrific experiences that the Lost Boys went through during the late 1980’s and into the early 2000’s. One student, John Bagdasarian, was particularly touched by the true story of Salva Dut, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan and his story of survival.

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  • Quenching the Thirst to Give, Kids Giving Kids Clean Water for Life, Students Persuading Others To Give

    Ms. Sinople’s class recently read the novel, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. Before they started reading, they discussed that were important to the book: clean water, refugee camps, the Nuer and Dinka tribes, and the Akobo Desert. Students were shocked that so many people did not have clean water to drink and to learn that adults and children are dying everyday from contaminated water. After students finished the book, the students wanted to do something to help those without clean water. The students wrote persuasive essays to their parents giving them reasons why they should donate for clean water. Students had to have three reasons and proof from the text in their letters. The classes created their own webpage for the foundation Blood:Water. Ms. Sinople simply shared the link with parents and before we knew it, we had surpassed our goal of $1000! We now have a total of $1,583.00, which means forty children will have clean water for life!

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  • Resource Carnival 2019

    CMS teachers enjoyed learning about and exploring many of the digital tools that were showcased at our Resource Festival on March 26th, 2019 in the school media center. The program highlighted all of our UCPS subscription databases, UCPL resources, and several other digital tools such as PBS Learning, Google Draw, Google Apps Locker, and Google Arts and Culture. Each table had a chromebook with multiple tabs open, one showcasing a short google presentation which gave a brief overview of the program, ideas for using the tool in classrooms, and other information such as screencasts, webinars, quick start guides, etc. The chromebooks also had another tab where teachers could explore the tool and think of ways to use the tools in their classrooms. Mrs. Michele Bost, media specialist and Mrs Ashley Ponscheck, instructional coach, were on hand to answer questions and work with teachers as they explored. The full presentation containing on of the mini presentations for each program will be housed on the school canvas page, for teachers to refer to. Bost and Ponscheck also made themselves available to work with teachers one on one, as well as modeling lessons with their students in the classroom. We hope to make this Resource Carnival and annual event.

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  • Ms. Liao's Year Long Chinese Class Visits New Asia Market

    Ms. Liao’s 8th grade year-long Chinese students had a blast at New Asia Market on Wednesday, March 20th. Students searched across the Chinese grocery store as they completed an educational scavenger hunt and learned about Chinese culture and traditions. They were astounded at the abundance of Chinese produce and cuisine they had never seen before. Students even ordered authentic Chinese food using Chinese! Ms. Liao’s class took what they learned in the classroom and applied it to a real-world situation on this enlightening field trip.

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  • CMS Celebrates Chinese New Year

    On February 21st, Ms. Liao’s year-long Chinese class staged an outstanding production for 2019’s Chinese New Year. Students created a full performance incorporating poetry, skits, singings, and even a traditional Lion Dance. Not only was the event a great learning experience for the students, but an educational experience for the audience as well. Students educated others on Chinese traditions, culture, and the class itself. Ms. Liao’s students took initiative by taking time out of class to make scripts, banners, lanterns, and dances for the presentation. Their diligence was well worth their effort as the stage became alive with their exceptional performance.

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  • Bon Appetit: Book Tastings in Seventh Grade

    On Monday, February 25th, Ms. Sinople and Ms. Secker were dressed as and served as “waitresses” for students as they entered into their “Book Tasting Delicatessens”, previously known as Language Arts classrooms. Soft music played in the background and students found their seats at their tables, complete with tablecloths, tasting menus, electric candles, and vases with flowers. Ms. Sinople’s class even featured a video of a wood burning fireplace to add to the ambience of the room.

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  • “Book Blogging” with Mrs. Marshall and Mrs. Secker

    "Book Blogging" is a favorite activity for students in Mrs. Marshall’s and Ms. Secker’s Language Arts classes. Both teachers have utilized Kid Blog with their classes as a way for students to respond to prompts as well as a way to respond to others about their class and independent reading novels. In Ms. Secker's class, students have been blogging on their class novel A Long Walk to Water and Ms. Marshall's students have been blogging about their independent reading dystopian novels. Marshall's next project will require students use Board Builder in Discovery Education to build a board on their dystopian novels.

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  • Cavalier Media Center Celebrates Black History Month

    In Honor of Black History Month, Mrs. Bost, our media specialist has set up a display of books that feature important events in African American History, as well as novels that feature African American characters. Each week during the month of February, we will feature Black History month book talks on our morning broadcast. We will also posting important quotes from famous African Americans on our tv scroll during activity times each day. Students are encouraged to visit the media center and check out the great titles located on our Black History Month Display.

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  • Odyssey of the Minds Spontaneous Fair Saturday January 26th

    Mr. McBride and Ms. Sinople attended the Odyssey of the Mind Spontaneous Fair on Saturday, 1/26 along with the Cavalier teams to help prepare for the regional competition in March. They received the opportunity to judge teams from across the central region while the teams rotated through rooms to practice verbal, hands-on, and combo problems. Everyone involved had a great time!

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  • Nutritionist Cayce Harris Speaks to Seventh Grade Students

    On Friday, January 18th, seventh grade students received a special visit for nutritionist, Cayce Harris, as a wrap up to their nonfiction unit. In the unit, students worked with the video "Supersize Me" where they learned the effects of fast food to one's body. Students also worked with various articles that showed them how changing eating habits can have lasting positive effects on the body.

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  • Fun With Frogs: Dissections in Mr. Lyons' Science Class

    As I walked in Mr. Lyons’ classroom on Wednesday, he was handing out frogs to student groups for the dissection lab. Students in Mr. Lyons’ seventh grade science classes worked in pairs as they took part in frog dissections on Wednesday December 18th and Thursday December 19th. Students took turns assisting and dissecting as they were directed by Mr. Lyons’ as he demonstrated the frog dissection using his document camera. Students examined the external anatomy, mouth, internal anatomy, muscle and bone, and internal body systems. In addition to the dissection , students identified all of the parts of the frog, and labeled the parts on a printed diagram.

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  • Cavalier Connection Club Gives Back

    Cavalier Connection 6th, 7th and 8th graders travelled to Wingate Elementary to meet their kindergarten buddy and share the gift of a warm coat. This is the tenth year Cuthbertson Middle's Cavalier Connection Club has partnered with an elementary school to help students in need. Every kindergartener received a new coat. It's a great experience to watch the middle school kids interact, read and play with the kindergarten students. This day also provides a unique opportunity to show our kids how rewarding it is to help others. Our students loved this day and are already excited to host their buddies at our school in the spring.

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  • Creating Gingerbread Structures

    Yearlong art students collaborated on a problem based learning art project by delving into the delicious history of gingerbread, yum! Students researched the evolution of gingerbread from its meager beginnings as a hearty treat to the major art form it has become around the world today. Students worked in pairs or teams of three to design and construct a traditional or non-traditional gingerbread structure based upon a set of criteria giving during art class. Each group or pair focused on creating an original structure that represents unity through the use of color, pattern, and theme. Teams had to be mindful of the overall appearance of the piece as well as their technical skills when working with this challenging art medium, food.

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  • Virtual Visit from Jennifer Richard Jacobson: Author of "Paper Things"

    On Tuesday, November 13th the Battle of the Books Club students were able to experience a virtual question and answer session with children and young adult books author, Jennifer Richard Jacobson. From her web site, www.jenniferjacobson.com here is a brief bio on the author: JRJ Coming from a long line of educators, I always knew I’d be a teacher. I didn’t always know I’d be a writer, but somehow it turned out that way. I kept a diary since the age of nine, and I won the Edith Bird Bass Essay Contest as a senior in high school in my hometown of Peterborough, NH. While an undergrad at Lesley College, I took a course in children’s literature and fell in love with the genre. I tinkered with writing while teaching, holding administrative positions, and getting my masters, but it wasn’t until I moved to Maine and returned to the classroom as first grade teacher, that I became determined to write a children’s book. I told my students we were going to write up a storm that year. I was going to teach them everything I knew about writing, and they in turn would help me to become a better writer. And they did. I consider the children’s novel I wrote that year to be “practice” and although it will never be published, it kept me on the path, kept me writing. When my daughter was born, I decided to try my hand at a writing career. I wrote articles, books for parents and teachers, teacher guides and emergent readers for first grade reading programs – anything that would give me the time and space to continue trying to break into the children’s field.

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  • Providing Meaningful Postitive Feedback Through Gallery Walks

    On Thursday, November 8th, Mrs. Bradley’s 8th grade students showcased their Anthem book projects through a Gallery Walk in the classroom. The students displayed their projects on their desks and the desks were arranged in a circular fashion. Students were able to walk through the “gallery of projects”, while leaving feedback slips for their classmates. Mrs. Bradley instructed her students to provide specific, meaningful, feedback to their peers by using the following criteria: Understanding of Novel, Creative Engagement with the Task, Clear and Engaging Presentation, and Whether the project was complete. The gallery showcased the student’s creativity is a variety of different mediums such as: movie trailers, newspaper articles, video game designs, book jackets, top ten favorite websites for the character of “equality” as presented in the novel, and movie soundtracks. Mrs. Bradley provided the students with examples of meaningful feedback, and stressed how hard she knew the students had worked on these projects and how important it is to be able to receive specific feedback from peers as well as teachers. The projects were truly engaging and thought provoking. It is clear that the students put a great deal of time and effort into these “works of art” as well as into the feedback they provided for their classmates.

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  • STEAM Day "Petting Zoo" in the Media Center

    On Thursday, November 8th, which is identified as National STEAM Day, Kelly Cehelnik from the Union County Public Library along with Ashley Ponscheck, instructional coach, organized a STEAM Petting Zoo to inform teachers of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) kits available for teachers to borrow and use in their classroom.

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  • Creating EmpowerED Classrooms

    Ms. Bradley, 8th Grade AIG ELA Teacher created an EmpowerED classroom on Friday morning, October 26th to allow her students to connect with the themes of “Anthem” by Ayn Rand. Students were truly hands on. actively generating personal reflections questioning, and then set about synthesizing the class-generated ideas collaboratively where they were encouraged to think creatively and take risks, driven by high-order discussion and inquiry. There were moments of discourse as they overcame struggles to connect the writer’s purpose to the readers’ experiences. The level of learning emanating from the group was phenomenal! @AGHoulihan #EmpowerED #BeTheBest

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  • Career Day 2018

    Over fifty professionals were in attendance as students from all three grade levels had the opportunity to visit and speak with our visitors. Students had prepared questions and were instructed to visit three professionals during our Career Day. Police Officers, Nurses, Cybersecurity Professionals, Designers, Bankers, Engineers, Broadcasters, Music Producers, Coca-Cola and realtors are just a few of themany careers that were representated. It was a great day for everyone. Our career day is always a huge event, and the professionals who graciously give up their time to take part in our event seem to multiply in numbers years after year. The students loved learning and asking the questions and many of the professionals said that they would love to come back next year!

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