Wind Power Competition
Two 8th grade teams from PCMS competed in the Middle Grades Wind Power Competition at GC&SU on May 9th. Students had to use various materials such as cardboard, Styrofoam and paper plates to create the blades for a wind turbine. Additionally, students had to build a support base out of K'Nex to hold their propellers. During the trials at competition, the power generated by our teams' windmills measured almost two volts.
" class="video_link">PCMS Travels to New York City
The New York City Trip allowed students to experience first-hand The Big Apple . The “city that never sleeps” offered the best in art and musicals, renowned architecture, and a colorful history. The New York trip focused on Americans most cherished beliefs, the values of the individual, the family, and the society, including political and governmental issues and current events such as the War in Iraq, Ground Zero, and diversified cultures. These are abiding emblems and themes interwoven throughout the curriculum, inspiring students that humans have the power to shape their future. Students understand that they should not take their freedom for granted, and they understand the symbolism of “loving their country”.
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William ZIn from Long Beach California won 1st place in the adult category and Best of Show trophy
Curry Holloway and WIndee Little won the Crowd Favorite Award and 2nd place in the Adul
PCMS 8 th Graders Visit UGA
PCMS students are currently creating their “Goals In Life” scrapbooks. Students are researching colleges they would like to attend, identifying possible occupational interests, and making plans to volunteer in their community.
On Friday, April 1st , a group of Putnam County Middle School 8th graders visited The University of Georgia. The first stop on the tour was the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, which showcased veterinary medicine as an exciting and rewarding career.
PCMS students met and interacted with UGA professors and students throughout the day. The tour also included historic North campus, downtown Athens, the Ramsey Student Center, Stegeman Coliseum and Fo
" class="video_link">Helping Hands
Mrs. Melton's Helping Hand Club traveled to the Putnam County Primary School for their "Read Time" Field Trip. The club members had a chance read and interact with Kindergarten students. The students were able to volunteer in the Media Center, Classrooms, and Computer Lab. This was an awesome experience for the Primary Students as well as the Middle School Helping Hands Club. The Club hopes to make this an annual event.
" class="video_link">Students Cleaning up the Environment
Upon learning about the environmental issues countries face in Europe and Latin America, Mr. Jones' 3rd block class was inspired to clean up at Putnam County Middle School. According to student Caroline Bottchen, "If everyone did there part to keep small areas of the world clean, we could prevent the larger evironmental disasters from happening. " In one hours time Mr. Jones' class filled up six large trash bags from the Putnam County Middle School Campus.
Catch up to date with all the latest news about PCMS. This newsletter is filled with information about each grade, sports and stories about our retiring school secretary, 6 th grade essays, Shona art and dancers, autopsy of a frog, FLYERS Club, Science fair, the Sweetheart Ball, and teacher spotlight.
Speaker Milton Creagh
Milton Creagh author of the book Nobody Wants Your Child
spoke to all of the students of Putnam County Schools during assemblies in all four schools on Thursday, March 3rd and Thursday evening he spoke again to parents in the PCMs Gymnasium.
" class="video_link">Skit - Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Dr. Davis's class performed a skit for members of the PCMS staff, students, and parents on February 28, 2011 in the Little Theatre. The name of the skit was "Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott". The skit was the culminating activity in a two month unit on African American history and the Civil Rights Movement.
Other activities that students participated in as part of the unit included a visit to the Harriet Tubman Museum, audio visual biographies of Dr. King, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Jane Pittman, and literary biographies of Oprah Winfrey, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
PCMS Lady Eagles are the Piedmont Conference Champions.
Shedding Some Light on Electricity
8th grade Physical Science students in Ms. Grimes's class are learning about static and current electricity, conductors, insulators and circuits. In this lab, students tested different materials to determine which ones would conduct electricity. Students also observed various demonstrations with balloons to learn about static electricity.
" class="video_link">Geo-board Lab
All 7th grade Math students at PCMS in Ms Hood's, Morris's and Eldridge's classes recently completed a Geo-board Lab
7th grade Social Studies students from Mr Rogers and Mrs Hill's classes gave presentations to the 6th and 8th grade Social Studie05/18/2011tion for the Shona art exhibit opening up at the Plaza Art Center
Students Learning at their own Pace
Students in Mr. Rakosnik's class used the computer lab to learn at their own pace by watching video segments. The video segments taught the students what happened when the Aztec and the Inca encountered the Spanish conquistadors and the roles of Cortes, Montezuma, Pizarro and Atahualpa.
Students who needed more time were able to pause, rewind and even completely rewatch video segments as they needed. Students who fully understood the video segment the first time and were able to answer questions based on the video they had just watched were given the opportunity to learn beyond the standard by going on a virtual field trip of Machu Picchu and learning more about the Native American cultures.
To determine the participants in the County Level Spelling Bee that will be held in February, Putnam County Middle School students participate in two preliminary bees. All students participate in a written Homeroom Spelling Bee. The two top spellers from each Homeroom Spelling Bee move to the next round which is an oral Grade Level Spelling Bee. The PCMS Grade Level Spelling Bees were held on Friday, January 21 st . The winners were sixth grade- Kristi Bachan, seventh grade – Luke Wessely, and eighth grade – Paxton Pickett. The alternates were sixth grade – Shakera Nelson, seventh grade – LaShun Hardy, and eighth grade – Dakotah Young.
The Performing Arts Students of PCMS presented their Winter Performance at the Plaza Arts Center of Eatonton, Georgia
on December 14, 2010 under the Direction of Mr. Brian Avery, String Orchestra, and 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Bands and Mrs. Ida Jackson, Choral and Dance Instructor. Mrs. Jackson presented a 100 member Choral group consisting of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students as well as 6th grade Ballet, 6th grade Male Creative Movement and 7th and 8th grade Jazz Dancers. The Plaza Arts Center was filled to capacity as Parents, Community Members, Family and Friends of the Performing Arts Students came in support of the 1st Performing Arts Winter Program. Mr. Avery and Mrs. Jackson also had the support of the PCMS Faculty and Staff for the night of this performance as well. The students were very confident as they took the stage to perform for such a huge audience.
Many thanks to everyone that made this evening a smashing success!!
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Students from the PCMS Builders Club and Mrs. Edwards' class visited the Eatonton Health Care and Rehab Center to visit with the patients and give them a blanket for Christmas.
PCMS Students prepare a Thanksgiving Dinner
Dr. Davis's 6th, 7th, and 8th grade class prepared a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for parents and teachers on Friday, November 12. In total, 57 people attended the dinner. All of the students helped to prepare the meal. The meal included turkey, ham, rolls, potato salad, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, dressing, macaroni and cheese, green beans, collards, deviled eggs, sweet potato pie, million dollar pie, pecan pie, apple pie, and cheesecake.
Mrs. Jennifer Morris's student made an integers video with the awesome help of the Eagle Eye Video team from the Putnam County High School. To watch the video click here
Zaxby's Tip-Off Classic at Putnam County Middle School
Wednesday, November 10th Girls Opening round games
Thursday, November 11th Boys Opening Round games
Saturday, November 13th Championship and consolation games
Tickets: $4 per day or $10 tournament pass.
For more information click here.
If any parents are interested in volunteering contact tournament director Derrick Williams or coach Mark Jones by calling PCMS.
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Putnam County Middle School participated in a system wide Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 27th, 28th, and 29th .
Wednesday, October 27th - “Drug Awareness Day” Students wore as much red as possible. Mrs. Haley/Entrepreneur members gave out suckers to the students who had on red. “Don't Be A Sucker-Say No To Drugs”
Thursday, October 28th - “Sock it to Drugs” Students wore a pair of crazy socks. Mrs. Haley had high school students speaking to the 7th and 8th grade classrooms.
Friday, October 29th - “Team Up Against Drugs” Students wore their favorite team hat, shirt, jersey, etc.
Students participated in a drug quiz each day for a chance to win a shirt.
A Night of Thanks and Giving presented by PCMS 7th graders for their parents
Thursday, November 4th
6-7 pm in the Little Theater
Students will perform various acts (dance, poetry, math presentations) and Science projects will be on display.
Drawings will occur for 25 turkeys, 10 Walmart gift cards, various gift baskets and door prizes.
Parent Bridge Gappers Group
Putnam County Middle School's 7th grade teachers are formulating a parent group that will focus on bridging the gap between parent and student involvement in our school. Parent involvement is crucial to the health and well-being of a child. As a parent, you are the most important influence in your child's success in school and in life. In this role, you have a fresh opportunity to actively get involved. Please click here to learn about participating at PCMS.
" class="video_link">Fernbank Field Trip
Dr. Davis's class took a field trip to Fernbank Museum of Natural History on September 22. The class looked at Dinosaur exhibits and toured the Georgia History Through Time exhibit to learn about different geographical regions in Georgia and the types of animals and plants that lived in that habitat during the different time periods.
While learning about pure substances and mixtures, 8th grade students in Ms. Grimes's Physical Science class participated in a bubble lab. Students created bubbles using a mixtures of water, dish detergent and glycercin. Students had to predict which solution would create the largest bubble. Some bubbles measure over forty centimeters in diameter!