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MOMS IN THE NEWS
posted: Tue, Dec 10th, 2019


Students win awards

Mount Olive Middle School students recently won awards in several competitions.

Thomaz Honda shows off his award

Seventh-grader Thomaz Honda won first place in the advanced category at a chess tournament sponsored by the New Jersey Consortium for Gifted and Talented Programs. About 60 G&T students from area middle schools competed in the tournament, which was held at Randolph Middle School.

In an area spelling bee, also sponsored by the NJCGTP, eighth-grader Siyona Satpathy took home an award for finishing in the top 10. The bee began as a MOMS tournament in which 102 students competed. The best 10 MOMS spellers advanced to the finals and competed in Morristown against their peers from other area districts. Siyona was eliminated from the bee with the word “hinderance.”

In October, a pair of students worked together on a poster that won first place at the Renaissance Faire in Manheim, Pennsylvania. Seventh-graders Charlie Atkinson and Robbie Cahili shared the honor, which was received when two dozen students in the MOMS G&T program visited the 35-acre theme park to learn first-hand about life five centuries ago. With costumed characters and entertainment such as glass-blowing demonstrations, jousting, and human chess, the trip back in time provided an immersive educational experience that augmented what students had learned in class about the time period.


Testing their planes are Saribel Solis, Cheyenne Harding, Ayesha Shah, Anthony Fiumara, Ryan Swaim, Pranati Gopal, Andres Ochoa, and Emerson Baisley

Students analyze flight data 

Math teacher Caren Kennedy could have given her sixth-graders definitions of statistical terms and a set of numbers, and told them to get to work. But in Dynamic Math, the focus is on teaching students practical applications for math, helping them link the real world to a subject that can seem abstract. She needed her kids to feel a connection to the data itself, she needed it to be theirs.

Ms. Kennedy challenged her students to create paper airplanes that could fly the furthest. The measurements of the distance flown would be the data that would then be analyzed. 

Some students Googled the best paper airplane designs, others just winged it and used trial and error to refine their creations. There was one catch, though: Each plane had to have a paperclip somewhere on it. It was up to each young aeronautical engineer to decide where to place it. 

On test day, Ms. Kennedy pulled out her heavy duty 100-ft-long tape measures that she bought herself for the project and had students fly their planes in the hallway outside her classroom. After four test flights, each student calculated his or her average distance. The sixth-graders then used the averages for their class to come up with the mean, median, mode, and range, as well as identify "outliers" in data – measurements that appear to be anomalous to the others in the set.

“They had so much fun they forgot they were doing math,” said Ms. Kennedy. “Some kids were really competitive and took their designs very seriously. They wanted to do the best they could. I always tell my students that Dynamic Math is the cool way to do math.” 

Of all the classes, the longest flight was 536 inches – a mark set by Sean Hawley.

Dynamic Math courses are offered in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. They are trimester courses, 13 weeks long.

Lauren Marone and Victoria Maher crunch flight data
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