Lauren Triplett, Baleigh Neu, Madalyn Stott and Taylee Middlebrooks demonstrate December’s Character Education Theme: Caring.

Project Lead The Way

By Chantel Eubanks

We may not have Project Runway but at GMS we have Project Lead The Way. It is an engineering type class taught by Mrs. Stapler.

Project Lead The Way teaches students about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by combining all those fun subjects into one elective.

Baleigh Neu said,” Project Lead The Way is an elective available for 7th and 8th grade students that introduces us to the fields of STEM. I wanted to be part of Project Lead The Way because I plan on taking engineering class in high school and this class helps to prepare for it. We learn many things that will be helpful for our STEM classes.”

Camden Schwieterman said, “Project Lead The Way is basically STEM classes where we get to build and draw different objects. I wanted to be part of this class because I want to have a STEM related career. I like Project Lead The Way because we get to build and construct different things.”

Kyle Campbell said, “I wanted to join because I want to be an engineer. My favorite part about Project Lead The Way is building, so I can make awesome projects like our skimmer. Project Lead The Way is an academic elective that teaches you how science, technology, engineering, and math all operate together in real ways for careers.”

Lexie Smith said, “I wanted to join because it sounded really interesting. My favorite part is using the skimmer, because first you had to build it then you got to test it. I enjoy using the computers in this class and getting to design stuff.”

Jocelyn Almaguer said, “My favorite part is that we can learn to draw and how to measure lots of things. There are lots of things to measure like weight, height, front, top, and sides.”

Izy Medina said, “My favorite part about Project Lead The Way will be when we begin building robots and programming them. I do enjoy Project Lead The Way because it has helped me understand the metric system. I wanted to be part of it because I thought it’d be fun and it helps me learn how to be an engineer and about sketches.”

Davis Biddle said, “I enjoy being in Project Lead The Way because it is fun. I love the teachers, and it is easy for me to comprehend. My favorite part about Project Lead The Way is getting to work on the computers.”

Character education

By Chantel Eubanks & Brianna Lamons

Having good character is a very important quality. At GMS, our counselor, Mrs. Calley Kutner, is going to help us learn more about what it takes to have good character.

She started the program back in November. The theme for that month was “Month of Giving.” This month, it has been “Month of Caring.”

Mrs. Kutner said, “Character education helps students become better people. We will use a T.E.A.M approach. That is an acronym that stands for Teach, Enforce, Advocate and Model. Teachers and administrators are letting young people know character counts. We are also rewarding good behavior and using fair consequences that prove we are serious about who we are.”

Students, teachers, and administrators are putting the Six Pillars identified in Character Counts to work: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

“I am excited about incorporating character education at GMS in hopes to help transform the climate at GMS and increase engagement in the community,” Mrs. Kutner said.

Brittany Lemons said. “It will help teach students civil responsibilities.”

Ben Fussell said, “Character education will help us focus on our work better.”

Campbell Leach said, “It won’t only help us in school, it will also help in sports because we will have better sportsmanship.”

Gavin Davis said, “Character education will make our students here at GMS have better discipline at school and at home.”

Farryn Langley said, “This will make us better people, and make our school better.”

Cole Luffs said, “We would pay more attention in class, which would improve our grades.”

Laci Romano said that caring was an “excellent” theme for December. She said that she cares a lot about her friends because they help her in life.

Christmas wrap up

By Avery Masdon &

Sarah Wright

As you know we all have our favorite movies, traditions, songs, and memories related to Christmas and the holidays.

We asked a few students at GMS about their favorite movies, traditions, songs, and memories. Here are some of the answers we got:

Josie Clay said her favorite Christmas memory was, “One Christmas morning at 6:00 a.m. my family and I woke up and we looked outside and snow covered the ground. It was a white Christmas!”

Mia Galloway shared her favorite Christmas tradition.“I love to go to Noccalula Falls and watch the lights,” she said.

Laci Romano said “The Polar Express” is her favorite Christmas movie, and she loves spending time with her family on Christmas.

Ely Manganaris recalled a favorite Christmas memory. “I once woke up at 2:00 in the morning and got to open a Christmas present,” she said. She also enjoys the movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Skylar Park says that one year at Christmas he got to light a candle.

Jessica Lee loves the song “Jingle Bells” this time of year.

Christmas is an important time of the year to spend time with family and create memories.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the GMS journalism staff.

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