SYRINGA MIDDLE SCHOOL
Where Panthers Strive for Success!
Syringa Science Classes partner with
Students visited both Deer Flat and the Boise WaterShed Project on March 28th.
Education specialists from the refuge asked for our help in using scientific processes and critical thinking to solve some of the problems that they are facing right now with algae in Lake Lowell. Each group of students collected data to test their hypothesis about which area of the wildlife refuge would be most likely to encounter an algal bloom later this summer.
Deer Flat taught us how to test water quality and to count the different types of insects that live in water ecosystems. Students looked at abiotic factors like pH and water temperature that might make it difficult for plants and animals to live in the areas around the refuge biotic factors like tolerant invertebrate species that act as clues to how clean the water really is.
Syringa Middle School students and teachers worked in a co-curricular way by having students use their math class to graph and analyze their obtained field data. This coordination allowed students a hand on approach while meeting the academic needs of both math and science.
Syringa Middle School is partnering with Deer Flat National Wildlife refuge to become citizen scientists for this year's 7th grade science fair. The projects will be on display at our science fair May 13th!
Regional National History Day competition RESULTS!
Syringa had several students compete at the regional National History Day competition on Saturday, March 12th. MeiLi O'Bannon and Lydia Beardsley received 1st place marks for their project. Madison Smith received 2nd place for hers. These students will complete at the state level on April 23rd at the College of Idaho.
For more information on this event, go to the Idaho State Historical Society website. http://history.idaho.gov/history-day-contests
All six SMS Orchestra ensembles received Division I - "Superior" ratings!
Two of the six groups received perfect scores! Go Panther string players! Woo!
On Saturday, March 5th 2016
Six small ensemble groups from the Syringa Middle School orchestra participated in the District III Solo and Ensemble Festival.
Division Ranking and Score Definitions:
Division I (Superior)
Division II (Excellent)
Division III (Good)
Division IV (Fair)
Division V (Poor)
Callie Mae White (violin) and Katerina Howe (viola) (40/40 points! Perfect score!)
MeiLi O'Bannon (viola solo) (34/35 points!) and Aria Strasser (violin solo) (33/35 points!)
David Burns (violin) and Cyress Wilson (violin) (37/40 points!) and Austin Jones (violin duet w/ Callie Mae White) (37/40 points!)
MeiLi O'Bannon (viola), Lydia Beardsley (violin), Sam Leishman (bass), McKenna Wrigley (cello), Aria Strasser (violin)(40/40 points! Perfect score!)
Great job PANTHERS!