7:30 AM - 2:30 PM 8th Grade Student 4 Year Plans during Social Studies Classes
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM Love of Reading Day
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM Half Day School/Half Day Inservice
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM Heart Grams Delivered
2:30 PM Progress Reports Go Home
February Student of the Month: Zachary Gorenflo
4th Annual Martin Luther King Service Learning Day, 1/14/2016
January Love of Reading Day: "Read and Feed"
Waynesville Middle School hosted their monthly Love of Reading Day. This month's theme was "Read and Feed Day" Students ate snacks while reading their favorite books. Please view the slideshow of photos at the bottom of the page
January Student of the Month: Kyrien Edwards
WMDS Students Propose ‘Green’ Ideas for School
In addition to orange and black, some Waynesville Middle School students want their school to go green – that is, to use environmentally responsible and resource-efficient materials – when the school’s major renovation occurs.
A four-phase remodel of WMDS is being considered by the Waynesville R-VI Board of Education. The current proposal would preserve the school’s newest additions and upgrades, including both gyms, but eventually demolish the oldest parts of the
structure dating to the late 1950s.
That’s where the students in Tammy Davison’s Project Lead the Way
(PLTW) class enter the picture. Rather than working on a textbook project, students in Davison’s PLTW energy and environment class tackled the real- world 21st Century issues facing their own school.
“The level of student engagement escalates when students work on something that they can relate to,” Davison says. “Beyond this being a project about their school,
Dr. Berger’s participation made it an especially powerful lesson. When the assistant superintendent comes to their classroom, sits through presentations and asks questions, students know they are being taken seriously.”
At the start of the semester, Dr. Chris Berger, assistant superintendent of
operational services for the Waynesville R-VI School District, presented information about proposed renovation concepts for the new middle school.
The students then divided into teams to learn about building green and how to apply the concepts to a real-world situation – their school.
Students researched the best products for their green ideas and created a cost analysis of implementing them into the new middle school. The students also created Power Points, display boards and 3D models to help aide in their final presentations to Berger.
Their proposals included using outdoor classrooms to help conserve energy, power saving light sensors, programmable outlets to turn off forgotten plugged- in items, choices of fruit to reduce cafeteria waste, permeable pavement to expedite rain water drainage and reduce flooding and energy efficient windows to cut down on the need for electricity.
“The students were very thorough and professional. A couple of times I had to remind myself that these were middle school students making these presentations,” Berger says. “Mrs. Davison’s students took this project seriously and delivered ideas that were well researched. Perhaps the most important lesson of all was the cost associated with certain projects. Students learned that while some ideas are ‘cool,’ they simply cost too much to implement, but that others are very doable.”
Berger will share their findings with the architect and Davison will provide a new class of students the same opportunity during the second semester.