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2015 Math & Science Summer Institute (MASSI) takes place at the College of Idaho!

The purpose of the institute is to provide enrichment in mathematics and reading for students who have improved their math and reading skills in the past year, and who demonstrate the desire to continually improve.  The institute will use the science experience as the math enrichment tool.   Part of the focus of this experience will be to provide an opportunity for our middle school students to view a variety of career possibilities in the areas of science and mathematics, and to meet adults in these careers who have come from similar backgrounds as our students. 

These photos reflect the beginning of their week.

The 8th graders are working on coding.  The pictures show the using a wheel to decipher the Caesar code. 

The 7th graders are collecting data about height and length of jumps to analyze in a Phi table.

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IDAHO’s Teacher of the Year is honored at Syringa Middle School!

Syringa Middle School was honored to have the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sherri Ybarra, present the state teacher of the year award to our very own Melyssa Ferro. Over the past several years, Mrs. Ferro has served the students of Caldwell diligently in role of science teacher. During this time, she has been on a quest to have a positive impact on as many students as possible. She has done this while supplying them with a well rounded education within the scientific field. Recently, Mrs. Ferro has filled the position of STEM coordinator for Caldwell School District. Once again, her tireless efforts have led to many students at all levels exploring and gaining experience in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. 

It is most impressive to see how past students of Mrs. Ferro stay in close contact with her as they progress through their education beyond Syringa Middle School. I can honestly say that Mrs. Ferro has had huge impacts on the educational decisions of many students. 

Thank you Melyssa Ferro for your efforts and the influence you have had on Caldwell students. This prestigious award is well deserved.  

 ~Syringa Middle School Principal, Shay Swan

Middle Schools Partner with Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in research efforts…
Syringa and Jefferson Middle Schools are partnering with Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge to become citizen scientists for this year's 7th grade science fair. Education specialists from the refuge will be in all of the 7th grade classrooms in the district this week as they meet Caldwell's class of 2021 and begin working with them on introducing students to the Deer Flat Refuge and its plant and animal communities.
When they join our science classes again in January, they will be asking 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.
For more information on this current issue, read the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge article titled “Harmful algae bloom at Lake Lowell” on their website at or read the Southwest District Health Public Health Alert.
Syringa Science Teacher, Melyssa Ferro

SUCCESSFUL Caldwell Education Association (CEA) Blood Drive!

Caldwell teachers and students collaborating to give back to their community with a Red Cross Blood Drive. Thanks Caldwell Education Association and Syringa's National Junior Honor Society for partnering to make this important event happen!!

Mrs. Ferro

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Activity!

Syringa Middle School was visited by a Micron engineer in September.  Laurie Anderson helped Melyssa Ferro's 2nd period STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Design class use the steps of the engineering design process to solve a problem involving circuits.  Students used their background knowledge and a materials kit to design a prototype of a hands-free book light that could be used on a camping trip.  Their product ideas were tested and revised to fix design flaws and each group had to sell their idea to the other groups.  Each student received a pencil and some computer chips to take home as a souvenir of their experience.


Syringa Students Earn Money for Summer Trip!

Caldwell students partnered with the Caldwell Fire Department to serve pancakes at this year’s Indian Creek Festival. The money that they earned will go towards the summer science field trip to Florida. Way to get involved Panthers!!


Cross Country Pictures are posted!

Volleyball is on... See photos here

White House gives Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching to our own Melyssa Ferro !


Syringa Middle School congratulates our very own science teacher, Melyssa Ferro

for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics 

Teaching (PAEMST). Read about Melyssa at



Office of the Press Secretary


July 1, 2015 

President Obama Honors Outstanding Mathematics and Science Teachers 

WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama today named 108 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This year’s awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, DC, event later this summer. 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The awardees named today teach 7th through 12th grade. 

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration. 

"These teachers are shaping America’s success through their passion for math and science,” President Obama said. “Their leadership and commitment empower our children to think critically and creatively about science, technology, engineering, and math. The work these teachers are doing in our classrooms today will help ensure that America stays on the cutting edge tomorrow.”

President Obama is strengthening education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in order to fully harness the promise our Nation’s students. Investing in exemplary teachers like these awardees is vital to inspiring the next generation of explorers and innovators. That’s why President Obama launched the “Educate to Innovate” campaign, which has garnered more than $1 billion in financial and in-kind support for STEM programs. It is also why the President has called for preparing 100,000 excellent science and mathematics teachers over the next decade, leading to the creation of “100kin10,” a coalition of leading corporations, philanthropies, universities, service organizations, and others working to train and retain STEM teachers across the Nation. In addition, the President’s proposed STEM Master Teacher Corps aims to leverage the expertise of some of our nation’s best and brightest teachers in science and mathematics to elevate the teaching of these subjects nationwide. 


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