Relay for Life Volleyball Game, Friday April 3

Bring your dollars into school this week to watch the staff battle against the fifth graders in volleyball!  Game will take place tomorrow afternoon at the end of the day. Proceeds will benefit our Relay for Life team.

Go staff!  Go students!

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Homework & Information Wed 4/1

Sign up for Remind. Check it out on remind.com. Use this phone number: (757) 809-2118, and use the code for your class (see below).

2nd block – Remind code: @stoneblk2  Vocabulary Project definitions due on Tues 4/14. Vocab Quiz #1 (Ch 15, 17, and 2) on Mon 4/20. Vocab Quiz #2 (Ch 3, 4, and 5) on Wed 4/22.

4th block – Remind code: @stoneblk4  Evolution Vocab. Quiz on Thurs 4/16.

7th block – Remind code: @stoneblk7  Nine Weeks Test tomorrow. The test is cumulative, so you will need to review a little bit of everything. Evolution Vocab. Quiz on Thurs 4/16.

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Homework 4/1/15

Math: Review Sheet

Science: Review Sheet

Study

Benchmark test is tomorrow

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NASA SPACE CAMP APPLICATIONS DUE

Current 6th- and 7th-graders interested in a free week this summer at NASA Space Camp should apply now.

Northrop Grumman Foundation is sponsoring four (4) students from Suffolk Public Schools. astronaut-floating

The application deadline is
Friday, April 24.

Here’s all the information:

Click here to see photos from two SPS students who participated in Space Camp 2013.

 

 

 

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NASA Space Camp

Current 6th- and 7th-graders interested in a free week this summer at NASA Space Camp should apply now.  Northrup Grumman Foundation is sponsored four (4) students from Suffolk Public Schools.  The application deadline is Friday, April 24.

Here’s all the information:

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Community Service Opportunity

 On April 18th we will be participating in Global Youth Sowls-150ervices Day here at the Suffolk Art Gallery.

Our project will be to construct and paint owl boxes that will be placed in Suffolk Parks.

Please see the attached flyers for more information.

owl flyer

   GYSD_poster_2015

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If You’re Retiring, We Want to Celebrate with You

If you plan to retire July 1, 2015, please contact Human Resources by Friday, April 24.  By doing so, we can make sure you are included in our Retirement Banquet celebration and receive your well-deserved retirement gift.  If you have not met to complete your paperwork, please contact Erma Goodman or Beth Simpkins  at 925-6758 to schedule an appointment.

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Want to go to Space Camp for free this summer?

It’s not Rocket Science?   But wait … it really is!

Northrup Grumman Foundation is sponsored two (2) from Suffolk Public Schools.  The application deadline is Friday, April 24.

Qualifying teachers must be a middle school science, technology or engineering teacher … or a middle school gifted resource teachers … and expect to teach for SPS next school year.

Here’s all the information:

Click here to see photos from two SPS students who participated in Space Camp 2013.

 

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It’s Not Rocket Science? But Wait, It Is

Current 6th- and 7th-graders interested in a free week this summer at NASA Space Camp should apply now.  Northrup Grumman Foundation is sponsored four (4) students from Suffolk Public Schools.  The application deadline is Friday, April 24.

Here’s all the information:

Click here to see photos from two SPS students who participated in Space Camp 2013.

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Wednesday, April 1

Block 1 – Bring 1.69 oz bag of M and M’s for assignment (milk chocolate)
Block 2 – Bring 1.69 oz bag of M and M’s for assignment (milk chocolate)
Block 3 – New 1-subject notebook after Spring Break

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Play PAC-MAN in Google Maps!

Welcome, Player 1! You can now play the classic arcade game PAC-MAN in Google Maps with streets as your maze. Avoid Blinky, Pinky, Inky, (and Clyde!) as you swerve the streets of some famous places around the world. But eat the pac-dots fast, because this game will only be around for a little while.

Game rules

Instructions

  •  PAC-MAN avoids  the ghosts
  •  pac-dots score 10 points each
  •  PAC-MAN can eat power pellets to attack  the ghosts
  • Beware of flashing ghosts, which are about to change back to dangerous colors

Ghost point value

200 400 800 1600

Extra points

100
300
500
700
1000
2000
3000
5000
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March 30 – April 3

Hello everyone!  Our glue stick supply is dangerously low (this is dangerous in kindergarten )!!  If anyone could send in some glue sticks it would be greatly appreciated.

Also, I’ve noticed that some homework books are almost full.  Many of your children have an extra composition book here at school.  Please check with me before you buy a new one.

Don’t forget about the reading log in your child’s homework book.  Once it is full, send it in and I will give your child a prize.

As always, thank you for your support.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

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4/1

study

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Why Does the U.S. have an Electoral College?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why does the U.S. have an Electoral College?

By Laurie L. Dove

Faithless Electors

When a member of the Electoral College who has pledged to uphold the wishes of the majority by electing the popular choice candidate instead votes for an opposing candidate, he or she is known as a “faithless elector.” While it may not seem fair, in many states it is legal for an Electoral College member to change his or her mind — and vote — at any time [source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration].

Founding Fathers, Trust Issues and the Popular Vote

Because Electoral College voting does not necessarily reflect the vote of the American people, a president could be elected for whom the majority of Americans did not vote. In fact, it’s happened four times already. For example, in 2000, 271 Electoral College votes out of 538 were cast for George W. Bush, who therefore won the presidential election even though he’d failed to garner the majority of popular votes [source: Gore].

So why would America need an Electoral College system that does not, at least some of the time, work the way it was intended? The decision rests solely on the framers of the Constitution and their somewhat surprising distrust of democracy. Instead of allowing for “one person, one vote” presidential elections — as the democratic process would imply — the founders opted to place the responsibility in the hands of a select few who “will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite so complicated an investigation,” or so wrote Alexander Hamilton in The Federalist, No. 68 [source: League of Women Voters].

It wasn’t that the American people weren’t good decision-makers. Truth is, news didn’t travel quickly (especially since telephones, televisions and the Internet had yet to be invented), and neither did the American people. Political leaders were known and supported primarily in specific regions and deciding a presidential election by popular vote would have led to national elections without widespread geographic balance.

Still, when a president is elected in spite of a popular vote in favor of another candidate, it appears trust issues remain — and this time, they are on the part of the people. Critics decry the Electoral College as an arcane system that must be replaced, while supporters believe the Electoral College maintains a balance between state and federal government, as well as states of varying population sizes [source: England].

In light of mounting support for eliminating the Electoral College and allowing the popular vote to elect the next president instead, it seems the Electoral College will continue to be a hotly contested part of the American political process. A 2011 Gallup Poll reported 62 percent of Americans would forgo the Electoral College in favor of a “one person, one vote” election process [source: Saad]. It makes one wonder what the Founding Fathers would have to say about that. But then again, they could simply argue the point on their blogs.

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Happy Black History Month

Students have been using their busy “hands” to show their efforts to celebrate Black History Month at Norther Shores Elementary!

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Homework this week……

(Wednesday) 4/1/15

MATH: NONE

SCIENCE: READ PGS. 160-166 AND ANSWER QUESTIONS (1-6) ON PG. 167

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Google Apps Updates – New Google Drive User Interface

Last year, Google started a gradual roll out of the new Google Drive User Interface while retaining the ability to return to the old Drive User Interface.  In the Settings drop down menu you will see either “Experience the New Drive” (if you’re in the old interface) or “Leave the New Drive” (if you’re in the new interface).

Old DriveNew Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Users have had the option to experience the new Drive, but for scheduled release customers, the roll out of the new Google Drive User Interface as the default user interface will occur in early April.  In the first half of May at the earliest, Google will remove the option to return to the old Drive User Interface via the Settings drop down.  At least 2 weeks before the removal of the option to return to the old Drive User Interface, Google will show a notification in Drive about the upcoming change.

To switch now to the new Google Drive User Interface, click the Settings wheel and choose “Experience the new Drive” to become familiar with the new interface.

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Daily Announcements 4/1/15

Wellness Tip of the Day –  Quality proteins, especially at dinner –  For the best sleep, it is better to stop eating at least 4 hours before bedtime, and preferably by 6pm every night.  Your evening meals should include proteins, vegetables, and healthy fats.  Eating enough protein at this meal will help prepare the body to enter the sleep cycle.

  • SENIORS-  Let your voice be heard!!  Vote on the Senior T-shirt design and order yours today.  Complete the survey posted on the website right now.  Last day to order your T-shirt is 4/15.
  • SENIORS-  Please bring any financial award letters you receive with your college acceptance letters to the Guidance department so they can keep a tab of how much money NR students earn in scholarship money. The total amount will be announced at the end of the year.  We need to break 3 million dollars in order to beat the 2014 Senior class and continue to be the top Suffolk school in scholarship money!!!!
  • SENIORS-  Please pick up any requested transcripts or scholarship applications in Guidance before Spring Break.
  • Photo Club- There will be a Photo Club meeting TODAY 4/2 after school in the Art room.  Please bring your photos and arrange transportation home.
  • ART-  The Sister Cities International Awards Ceremony was held last night at the Cultural Arts Center and NR students swept the “Painting Category” as well as “Best in Show”  The following students won awards:
    • Cody Edwards- 1st place
    • Matthew Kus- 2nd place
    • Nikia Gregory- 3rd place
    • Raven Askew- Honorable Mention
    • Special Congrats to Maia Micou for winning “Best in Show” Her entry will go on to Washington D>C> for the National Competition.  Great job Warriors!!!
  • PROM-  There will be a meeting on Tuesday 4/14 after Spring Break in Room 228.
  • Anime Club – meeting in Mrs. Newsome’s room (103) Thursday, 4/2!
  • National Honor Society members please see Mrs. Murray to sign up for March of Dimes fundraiser, which will also begin this week during all lunch shifts.  The year is starting to come to a close, so if anyone needs hours it would shifts to sign up for as many shifts as possible.
  • Volleyball Open Gym-  We will be holding an open gym time for students interested in playing volleyball during the 2015-2016 school year.  Open gym will begin after Spring Break on Tuesdays and Thursday directly after school until 4:30.  You must have a 2.0 GPA and have your own ride home at 4:30.Cap and Gown-  make up pictures will be April 15th and 16th.
  • Marketing-   Congratulations to the following students that passed the NRF Customer Service and Sales Industry Certification Test in Marketing Education Program:
    • Raven Askew
    • Arreon Jones
    • Gilbert Lopez
    • Brandon Ocheltree
    • Matthew Palaqyi
    • Aaron Parker
    • Breaunna Rush
    • Thai Uzzle
    • Leslie WInfield
  • Dual Credit Class-  Any student interested in taking a dual credit class needs to sign up for the placement test.  See your counselor for more details!!
  • FBLA – is accepting applications from qualified and motivated students who are interested in serving as an FBLA chapter officer next school year.  There are 6 positions open to all grade levels.  Applicants must take a business elective course next year.  If your’rs confident that you can lead our FBLA to bigger and better things next ear, we want you to pick up an application from Mr. Bartholomew in room 121.  Completed applications are due April 14th.
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Gifted Program Accepting Nominations

Gifted Education Program Accepting Nominations

  • Suffolk Public Schools is now accepting student nominations for next year’s Gifted Education program for students in grades 3-7.
  • Parents, teachers, administrators and community members can nominate a student for gifted services by Friday, April 17.
  • LINK HERE FOR A NOMINATION FORM.
  • Forms should be submitted to the school’s gifted teacher or Maria Lawson-Davenport, Advanced Instruction Specialist, via e-mail to marialawson-davenport@spsk12.net
  •  Link here for a flyer.
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Suffolk Education Foundation Fundraiser

We would like to give a HUGE thank you to our parents, students, and staff for making our fundraising at the beginning of March for the Suffolk Education Foundation a success!

Through the dress up days, staff vs. student volleyball game, and other festivities, we raised over $1,000 for the benefit of our students and school!

Thank you for giving back to the needs of our students!

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