Last Thursday, Ms. Kembell Schnell received the 2014 Oregon Middle Level Consortium Outstanding Cooperating Teacher Award for her dedication to both students and future teachers. The Middle Level Consortium, educators who meet to advocate for excellence in middle level teacher preparation, has the privilege each year of recognizing an outstanding middle level teacher. The recipient is someone who not only brings excellent teaching to students in her or his care but also provides exceptional experiences for teachers in training.
In the nomination process this year, Ms. Schnell was described as an outstanding cooperating teacher whose practices include “a range of instructional strategies for supporting students in learning to articulate and justify their thinking.” It was noted that her classroom environment values students because she “understands the power of relationships.” Additionally, she mentors teacher candidates in a positive and safe atmosphere that fosters growth. University supervisors note that Ms. Schell is determined to bring out the best in a pre-service teachers.
|Please join us for an informal meet and greet with our new Principal, Jim Severson, and our new Assistant Principal, Leah Torres. We invite all Wood families and community members to drop by Wood Middle School between 5:00 and 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 13 to welcome Jim and Leah to the Wood community. Refreshments will be provided by the PTSA. We hope to see you there!|
Students in Mrs. Jones's Engineering Design academy have been working on designing and prototyping multi-use buildings for the Wilsonville area. The project required students to consider energy-efficiency, weight-bearing, and wind stability in addition to practical functional aspects of the building, like the location of staircases and windows.
After working with materials including popsicle sticks, cardboard, foam core, cellophane and hot glue guns, students presented their structures to David Collins of architectural-prototypes.com. Mr. Collins asked questions about their engineering and design principles, and gave constructive advice for future architectural designs.
Thirty students from Mr. Bell and Ms. Koller's 8th grade social studies classes went to Washington, DC to compete in the national Congressional Hearings competition organized by the Center for Civic Education. The competition, known as We the People - The Citizen and the Constitution, involved teams of students engaging in presentations and discussions with a panel of expert judges. The Wood Middle School team placed 2nd in the national competition for the second year in a row!
Beginning in January, students met 3-4 times a week before and after school to prepare for the national competition. The students are also part of an Social Studies Extension Academy class this semester. Working with volunteer coaches, students studied the Constitution, Bill of Rights, major Supreme Court cases, and their connections to current events. The hard work and dedication to their team paid off with great success!
Topics that students studied and presented included:
Teams were scored on criteria including Understanding, Constitutional Application, Reasoning, Supporting Evidence, Responsiveness and Participation.
When not competing, students visited important historical and cultural sites around the nation's capital, including the House of Representatives, Arlington National Cemetery, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress.