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Congratulations 8th Grade Class of 2015!

Congratulations 8thGrade Class of 2015!

 

The 8th grade class had a wonderful promotion ceremony on Thursday, June 4, at WHS Geiser Field. Here is a list of the special awards given:

  • Math: Serafin Bernabe-Vega
  • Social Studies - Ellie Miller Award: Isaac Gonzalez-Arzola
  • Language Arts: Julian Armando Martinez-Garcia
  • Language Arts: Karina leon-Godoy
  • Principal's Award: Marlene Alexandra Gonzalez
  • Asst. Principal's Award: Karina Bautista
  • Science: Nancy Zuniga
  • English Language Development: Javier Gonzalez, Daniela Lara Garcia & Erick Conda
  • Athlete of the Year: Juan Carlos Espinoza-Casillas
  • Athlete of the Year: Jessica Zavala
  • PE Student of the Year: Lisandro Perez
  • PE Student of the Year: Dalila Naomi Romero
  • Spectrum Award: Jesus Alfredo Alvarez-Beltran
  • Spectrum Award: Herlinda Guadalupe Nieblas
  • Daisy Ramirez - Technology Award: Rocio Xitlaly Navarro
  • Falcon Courage Award: Cristian Deangelo Gonzalez
  • Falcon Courage Award: Liliana Olivia Rojas
  • Plaque for School Site Council Services: Manuel Gutierrez
  • Daughters of the American Revolution: Alina Aguilar

Pictures from the ceremony will be posted as soon as we get them from the photographer. Students & families can also go to events.lifetouch.com/ tempHomepage.aspx?EventID=146596 and sign up to receive an email when your pictures are ready; you can then order prints from LifeTouch.

8th Science: Newton Vehicles!

Mr. Rubio's science students have built and are racing their "Newton Vehicles," model cars powered by mechanical forces such as rubber bands, balloons, mouse traps, etc. Here are a few pics from today's races.

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PVUSD 1:1 Chromebooks Celebrated Online

This great video is about Bradley Elementary, but could be about E. A. Hall MS as well!

 

PVUSD Students Shine at Student-to-Student Conference

Students from several PVUSD schools were among the participants at Saturday's seventh annual Student-to-Student Conference. E. A. Hall's Academic Coordinator Ted Altenberg and PVUSD GATE and VAPA Coordinator Lyn Olson are the co-chairs of the organizing committee for this wonderful annual event, which is like a "mini-TED Talks for kids." Students in grades 3-12 present 15-minute workshops on any subject at all. The conference is held at Cowell College, UCSC.

Read more about it in the Santa Cruz Sentinelwww.santacruzsentinel.com/social-affairs/20150516/event-at-uc-santa-cruz-teaches-confidence-exploring-education

Climate Change Videos

Check out the awesome videos created by PVUSD students about climate change! Find them at climatechangeaction2015.wordpress.com/.

Here's the Grand Prize Winner:

 

SBAC practice!

Students are advised and encouraged to practice the SBAC tests; actual testing began on Monday April 13, upon our return from spring break:

  • 6th grade: testing 4/13-4/24
  • 7th grade: testing 4/27-5/8
  • 8th grade: testing 5/11-5/22

Here's how to do it:

  1. Go to caaspp.org/practice-and-training/
  2. Click the big green button that says "Student Interface Practice and Training Tests"
  3. Leave everything the way it is, and login as GUEST.
  4. Select your grade, and then which test you want to practice.

There are 3 types of tests you can practice:

  • The "6-8 Training Tests" are shorter, and have a range of 6th, 7th and 8th grade-level questions.
  • The "Practice Test" is longer and grade-specific. This is like the "CAT" (Computer-Adaptive Test) part of the real SBAC.
  • The "Performance Task" is the really challenging question, similar to one of the District writing tasks (in ELA) or a MARS task (in Math). This is like the "PT" (Performance Task) part of the real SBAC.

Teachers can also create a "Session ID" for practice tests, which will allow students to practice logging in with the Secure Browser; here's how:

 

Teachers, do this:

  1. Go to caaspp.org/practice-and-training/

  2. Click the big blue button that says ""
  3. Login using first.last name and the password you set.
  4. Scroll down the list of practice and training tests; select the one you want; click the Start Session button. A session ID will appear, which will look something like this:  TRAIN-1234-1
  5. Direct students to do the following:

Students, do this:

  1. Follow steps 1 & 2 above (where it says "Here's how you do it" — not teacher instructions).

  2. Unclick Guest User, enter your first name and 10-digit SSID (which your teacher will provide).

  3. Unclick Guest Session and enter the session ID your teacher gives you.

College-Ready 7th Graders

From The Santa Cruz Sentinel (3/21/15):

"A sea change is happening in Santa Cruz County schools: Students are preparing for college at an earlier age, and the results are showing. Half of the county’s seventh-graders, 1,400 students, attended a summit on college eligibility requirements Friday at UC Santa Cruz. … In April, the rest of the county’s seventh-graders will attend a similar event at CSU Monterey Bay."

E. A. Hall MS 7th graders will be taking part in the April field trip to CSUMB, on Friday April 24. More information coming soon. Learn more about the Countywide Santa Cruz County College Commitment ("S4C"), a collaboration of educators started in 2011 and sponsored by the County Office of Education, at their website, www.sccommits.org. Learn more about CSUMB at their website, www.csumb.edu. Read the Sentinel article at www.santacruzsentinel.com/social-affairs/20150320/santa-cruz-county-seventh-graders-learn-college-planning.

EAHMS in the News!

6th grade teacher Jeff DeMarco's class wins county-wide Sumdog Math Comeptition Register - Pajaronian 2-28-15

Congratulations to the Mathematics students of 6th grade teacher Jeff DeMarco! This was on the front page of the Saturday February 28, 2015 edition of the Register Pajaronian. Another picture at www.register-pajaronian.com/ v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=18056&page=72

Miss Olga's Mid-Year Message...

Dear Falcon Parents,

We at Edward A. Hall Middle School would like to wish all of you a wonderful Holiday Season. Please know that our vacation begins on Monday, December 22nd. Students will be excused on Friday, December 19th at 12:47; this means that this day will be a minimum day.

 It is very important that you check with your student regarding any unfinished assignments. We want all of our Falcon Students to be successful and to soar academically. We strive to provide every opportunity to help your students by providing help during lunch and afterschool. Students have been much more responsible in coming to school on time, however, we still have some chronic tardies. Please help all of us by ensuring that your students come every day ready to learn and with their assignments done. Check School Loop for the latest assignments and progress for your student. If you do not know how to access this information, ask your student or come to the Parent Volunteer Center and ask Brenda Guzman to help you.

Finally, let’s welcome in the New Year, 2015, with Peace In Our Hearts! Have a wonderful family time. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated staff working at E A Hall and such kind and loving parents. See you all back on Monday, January 12th, 2015.

Sincerely,

Olga de Santa Anna, Principal

2014-2015 Anthology Submission

Use the Google Form to share your Anthology piece with Mr. Levy and the rest of the Anthology Editorial team.

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Watch this video if you want to see how to use this form to submit your anthology piece. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDJPcCkBrpE)

2015 Girls in Engineering

Join the excitement this summer!

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July 27–July 31, 2015
at Cabrillo College in Aptos

The Baskin Girls in Engineering @ Cabrillo College summer engineering program is designed for female students entering 6th - 8th grades who want to learn more about the role engineers and engineering play in our lives. This program is aimed at fostering female students' interest in engineering as an innovative, creative, and exciting field that shapes our lives. Students will engage in hands-on learning experiences in all areas of engineering designed to nurture their natural curiosity and will apply their creativity to solve engineering design challenges.

Participants attend a attend a 5 day long hands-on workshop on the Aptos campus of Cabrillo College in the summer from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Transportation is provided. And it's FREE!

Activities included:

  • Building a book light to discover electronics
  • Designing a watercraft to explore buoyancy
  • Constructing a card stock bridge to learn about the strength of materials
  • Building a windmill to learn about alternative energy
  • Discovering coding with Tic Tacs
     

Experiencing hands-on design projects, students will be exposed to the many fields of engineering and technology at an early age and learn that these fields offer exciting, lucrative, and rewarding careers.

Learn more at www.cabrillo.edu/associations/foundation/news-Baskin-Girls-in-Engineering.php.

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1:1 Chromebooks!

We are now in the process of checking out Chromebooks to students — but each student and a parent/guardian must first attend one of the Chromebook Informational Meetings!

Read more on the Chromebook Resources page.

Read Ms. Olga's Welcome Back letter (August 2014)

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Students of the Quarter!

Student Supplies required for the 2014-2015 School Year

This is a list of supplies that each student will need as an E.A. Hall Falcon:

1. A 3-ring binder at least 1.5 inches wide

2. A supply of lined paper

3. A set of dividers for separating school work by class

4. A plastic zippered pouch for holding pencils, pens & erasers

5.  Blue or black ink pens and pencils

All items can be purchased at Target, Kmart, or Staples.

For all P.E. classes, students will need the following items (which can be purchased in their P.E. class):

6. An E.A. Hall t-shirt ($8) with the student's name written on the front, and blue cotton shorts ($10) or nylon mesh shorts ($12) or sweatpants ($15).

7. White athletic socks and athletic shoes (which can be purchased at department or sporting goods stores).

Ag Perspectives Survey

Eighth graders: Please complete the Perspectives on Agriculture Survey. (goo.gl/forms/d5lFrkncSa)

Student Illuminate Login

Students: Access the Illuminate Student Portal, for taking online Benchmark Assessments.

Remember to click the Student tab before logging in, using your usual username (ID #) and password (birth date).

Activities and Events

Today: 7/1/15

10 Years Later

To complete the "Ten Years Later" Letter to a Friend, open this letter template, make your own copy of it, and then replace the blanks as you wish to write a letter to an old friend — pretending that you and your friend both graduated high school 10 years ago.

Free Homework Help and More! At Youth Now Center

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Located at 15 Madison Street —around the corner from EAHMS— students in grades 6–8 can enjoy no-cost after school program. Our program features low student to adult ratios, homework help, free healthy snacks, recreation activities, enrichment options and one on one tutoring.

Hours of operation are from Monday–Thursday 3–5:30 pm. Learn more at www.youthnowcenter.org/inspire/middle-school/ or www.youthnowcenter.org.

Policies

Read Important Policies dealing with Discrimination,Sexual and other Harassment 

Ed100

Ed100 is a new website for parents and others, to help people understand and get involved with their local schools. Find it at www.ed100.org y en español a www.ed100.org/es/.


The Santa Cruz County Office of Education has created a Student Support Resources Directory, which can be found at www.sccstudentresources.org/

14-15 Student Council!

The Following students were elected to student council for the 14-15 school year:

1. President: Karina Bautista

2. Vice-President: Jennifer Vazquez

3. Secretary: Isaac Rocha

4. Treasurer: Alison Ramirez

Please congratulate these students and we look forward to their leadership next year!

Kudos Korner!

Positive Unity

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S4C 7th Grade Survey

7th graders: go to sccommits.org/7thGradePreSurvey and take the survey!