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Syringa sends first students to National History Day Competition!

National History Day Idaho SW Regionals were held Saturday, March 14, 2014, at the Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa. For the first time ever, Syringa Middle School sent a small delegation to compete in the events of exhibits, documentaries and websites. Exhibit presenters were Star Campos Garcia, Leah Torres, Belen Huerta Gallegos, Annabelle Garcia, Yamileth Escobedo, Justin Bowling, Oscar Michua, and Jon Maxton. Star and Leah walked away with a third place finish for their entry – The Beatles: Leadership and Legacy. Katie Webster and Kelsey Ferro also received a third place ribbon in the documentary event for Eleanor Roosevelt. Social Studies teacher Kathleen Gómez and SMS paraprofessional Arlene Hollingsworth were judges during the day-long activity. Mrs. Gómez said, “It was a learning experience for all of us and we look forward to putting our new knowledge to work to make this an annual event!” Thank you to Mr. Gus Loayza and Mr. Mitch Dames for encouraging their 8th graders to get involved and to the Advanced 7th graders of Mrs. Kathleen Gómez “for letting me try something new and different!”

Boise State University Professor Visits Syringa!

Photograph by: Carrie Quinney, Boise State University

Syringa Middle School 7th graders had the pleasure of a guest speaker from the Boise State University science department on Thursday March 5th.

Dr. Kevin Feris is a professor at Boise State University who studies microbiology (small life). He specializes in the study of algae and how they can be used to make biofuels to replace fossil fuels as an energy source.  Dr. Feris asked Syringa's science students to help him do some experiments about algae to help him collect data to use in his research. 

Seventh graders will be taking on his challenge on March 17th when they start their spring science fair projects.  They will be looking at what factors affect the growth of algae.  Working in teams, they will use recycled water bottles as bioreactors to grow their algae populations and then they will spend the month of April counting their algae under a microscope and preparing their data for presentation.

The Syringa Science Fair will be held on Friday, May 1st from 3-5 pm to show off their projects.  The winners of the Syringa Science Fair will compete at Lone Star Middle School in Nampa on May 8 at the Treasure Valley regional science fair.  Stay tuned for more details!

Congratulations to the Syringa National Junior Honor Society Inductees. Here are a few photos of the event. (More to come)

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What’s Happening at Syringa!

Syringa Student Council
visits the Capitol!

On March 3rd, Syringa Student Council members toured the Capitol building and meet with Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter for a question and answer session. For lunch they ate at the Boise State University, Student Union Building and toured campus.

“I enjoy the kids having the opportunity to see the inside of the Capitol and how our government works.  We were able to see the senate and house working on current issues.  The high light is meeting both the governor and the assistant governor.”  Teacher, Ann Goeden

A few trip comments from the Student Council members:

What was the trip to the Capitol like?

Alex – “The Capitol is all marble and some parts have the original stuff.”

Monica – “I thought the trip was very informational.”


What did you like about the trip?

Kelsey – “Meeting the governor.”

Jackie – “We liked the architecture.”

What was one thing that you didn’t know before the trip that you know now about the Capitol?

Monica – “Know that the House and the Senate were the main governing bodies.”

Jackie – “That the Capitol was open 24 seven.”

VEX IQ Robotics Teams of Syringa:
Congratulations on hosting the state tournament and winning the Excellence Award
Team "insert cool team name here" has qualified for the VEX IQ Challenge World Championship. 

Great job Jake Waltman, Kelsey Ferro, Katie Webster, Justin Bowling, and Jon Maxton. 
All teams need to attend the Disassembly and Inventory Pizza Party on Tuesday. Thanks for a championship level season – your heart, perseverance, creativity, and determination are what make Syringa Panthers the best students in the state!
Correction to the award title for the VEX IQ Robot Tournament….. 
Syringa won the Excellence Award:

Excellence Award: Top All Around Team (Robot Performance & Judged) The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX IQ Challenge. The recipient of this award is the team that best exemplifies overall excellence in creating a well-rounded VEX IQ program. This team excels in many areas and is a shining example of dedication, devotion, hard work and teamwork. 

As a strong contender in numerous award categories, this team deserves to be recognized for building a quality robot, delivering an effective STEM Research Project presentation, submitting a well-documented engineering notebook, and demonstrating that their team is committed to excellence in everything that they do. 

Teams are eligible for the Excellence Award based upon the following criteria: • Teamwork Challenge Qualification Round Ranking • Robot Skills Challenge Ranking • Programming Skills Challenge Ranking • Effective STEM Research Project Presentation • Well-Documented Engineering Notebook • Judged performance in all other award categories at the event

JMS won the Programming Award.  All the other awards went to the mighty teams from our Eastern Idaho town of Menan.  Congratulations to all participants.

VEX Competition

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics!

For the second year in a row, Syringa Middle School has partnered with Micron and STEMfinity to bring a hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experience to the 7th and 8th grade students. The excitement started with a school-wide morning assembly where students watched a series of demonstrations about temperature and density that included smashing gummy worms and making "elephant's toothpaste". Then the science classes took turns exploring circuits, magnets, 3-D printers and microscopes in the back parking lot of the school as they ventured onto the 60-foot long technology bus. One student shared that he wished that he could live on the bus while another said that she wished that every day was like this at school. Thank you to Mr. Swan and Mrs. Peebles for making this experience possible again this year!

“We were so fortunate to have the Discovery Technology bus came again this year! This event has become a mini-assembly highlight, and we love the hands-on experience our students get with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Thank you STEMfinity, Micron, and our Science department for such a wonderful experience for our students!”

~ Vice Principle, Leigh Peebles


Yellowstone TRIP!

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National Geographic Bee Syringa 
Competition Results!

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Future City Competition

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Math with Mr. Yowell

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Syringa took part in global movement

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