Things are Happening in Art!

Emily, Cendy, Ganelies

In Ms. Yorston Art classroom students look at art in a new perspective, using the color wheel. Learning about pigmentation, students identify primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. A fun project so far this year is making personalized pins made out of papier-mâché. Students also made 3-D hands, tracing their hands and then drawing curved lines over them to make them pop off the paper. And one of the most exciting things about art that every eighth grade student looks forward to is pottery; currently the students are making holiday projects, shaping, glazing, and firing their creations. Karina R.

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Sankofa Danzafro Holds Master Class at Palm Springs!

Mr. Weagle’s 7th Grade Gifted students, Ms. Costello’s 8th Grade Gifted students, and Ms. Tome’s dance students attended an incredible dance performance by Sankofa Danzafro today at the Kravis Center. The dance troupe then visited Palm Springs and held a master class for Ms. Tome’s very lucky dance students – take a look!

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Dance is a Rigorous Elective

Ms. Tome’s advanced dance class.

Ms. Tome, our dance teacher, has taught here for sixteen years. She began studying dance when she was three. She continued studying at Dreyfoos High School of the Arts, and then studied at Southern Methodist University. She is a great teacher and an inspiring dancer.

A typical week for a dance student at Palm Springs look like this: On Mondays, students work in a workbook, learning the language and history of dance, and the different poses. Tuesday is the day for ballet. Ballet originated in Renaissance Italy during the 1500’s. The word ballet comes from the Italian word ballare, meaning to dance. It is characterized by light, graceful, fluid movements. Our dancers practice at the barre, and they learn the French terminology of ballet. Wednesday is the day for modern dance, an expressive style of dancing which began in the early 20th century.Thursday the dancers practice jazz, and African American inspired dance of the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s. On Friday we experiment with our own choreography and work on it, but if we don’t have an assigned dance we stretch or practice other things from modern and jazz.

Dance may look easy and natural, but it’s actually a great workout! ~ Sabrina W. and Jenea D.

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National Junior Honor Society Induction

It was a beautiful ceremony where forty-five students, all with a 3.75 GPA or higher, were welcomed into the NJHS. Mr. Bermudez, the club’s sponsor, officiated. Congratulations to all! Darlene M.

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See Something, Say Something

Oftentimes one student’s wrong choice affects our whole learning environment. We have to work together as a community to stop that from happening. That’s why we use the School District app www.studentprotectionapp.com. Load the app, and then select our school, and when you see something you know is not right, report it by selecting a category of concerns. Some of the concerns might be bullying, threatening behavior, or someone destroying property. One thing you don’t need to worry about is that anybody who has the app has a choice to be totally anonymous when reporting threats and suspicious activity. In an emergency, users may instantly call 911, and the app sends your exact location to law enforcement.

If anything does ever happen at our school, the first thing you need to do is stay calm, and then  report the problem on the app. Take a look at the video above. Ms. Egan’s art students’ works of art decorate our hallways, explaining the process for See Something, Say Something! Darlene M.

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Palm Springs is Recycling with a Vengeance!

Led by an exuberant and enthusiastic Ms. Faust, the Green Rays are cleaning up campus with their recycling initiatives. Classrooms have co-mingle containers for bottles and glass and bins for paper. Green Rays have also installed a bin to collect textiles which are sold by the pound, and the money returns to campus. Below is a picture of Ms. Casucci’s class beaming with pride as they enjoy popsicle rewards for their recycling efforts! Way to go, Green Rays!

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The Undefeated Lady Rays are Enjoying a Stellar Season!

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Academic Games

This year Palm Springs Academic Games team competed in three games in Social Studies, Presidents, Current Events, and the Theme round which was Greek and Roman Mythology.  Practices started at the end of December and continued through January and into February.  Students competed on the last four Tuesdays, ending yesterday February 6th.  They finished 5th place in the district among twenty middle schools that competed, with a very strong finish by Lourdes R. in the Mythology Theme round! Mr. Mancusi and Palm Springs is so proud of the entire team, everyone played great this season.  Competition was tough! Mr. Mancusi says, “I was amazed at how much students knew about Mythology and how excited they were about that particular topic. We had a lot of fun this season, learning about a variety of things!  I’m going to miss the 8th graders; they’ve been a solid group now for two years!”   Academic is also played in Math and Language Arts— talk to your teacher about getting involved. ~ Elizabeth A.

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Ms. Turner’s Language Arts Classes Are Enjoying Reading The Giver

For the past couple weeks, in Ms. Turner’s Language Arts Classes, students have been reading The Giver by Lois Lowry. The novel is about a boy named Jonas who has been selected to be the next Receiver of Memory in his community, which will lead him to  experience pain he has never felt before. In Jonas’s town there are many rules and restrictions, and he is given instructions to guide him in his new role. His community is based on a fair value system that makes no one greater than anyone else, but Jonas soon finds out there are things going on that the community does not know about. This book is in the genre of Science Fiction and is considered to be post-apocalyptic. The community strives to be an utopic community, but it is actually a dystopic community.

As a student I feel that this book makes you think about whether you would want to live in a world that is safe where you have no freedom to make your own choices and decisions, or a world that is unsafe, but you have the freedom to make your own decisions. This book makes you really understand what it would be like to live in a completely different community. You realize all of the freedoms you have and they do not. This book can make students think outside of the world they know and think of their daily lives, which would be very different, because of all of the different rules of the community. ~ Elizabeth A.

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Palm Springs Boys Basketball Team

Palm Springs has announced the 2017-2018 boys basketball team, and they are Staviss B., Angel O., Alberto C., Nicolas T., Preston M., Jailin C., Patrick M., Brayser M., Terrence J., Anderson F., Carlos H., Adrian P., and Zadarius R.. Ms. Knight is the incredible coach of this thirteen player team.

Ms. Knight began playing basketball when she was nine years old. This is her first year being the head coach for Palm Springs; last year she was the assistant coach. She also coaches the girls basketball team at Wellington High School, and they are ranked as one of the top twenty teams in the state. To keep busy, Ms. Knight coaches the 8th Grade Wellington Wolves girls travel team.  Ms. Knight’s goals for the Palm Springs team this year is for the boys to have fun, learn how to work together, and to work hard and develop good habits. She is not sure when their first game is, but the Palm Springs supporters know the team will work hard to win! ~ Elizabeth A.

 

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