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SCIENCE FAIR! Energized with ideas!

Friday May 1st 3-5pm

Syringa Middle School Gym

1100 Willow St. Caldwell, Idaho



Engaging, hands-on, real-world. These adjectives describe the type of science education happening in the Caldwell School District right now.  7th graders from Syringa Middle School, as well as advanced 6th and advanced 8th graders, have been applying their knowledge of scientific processes to the topic of energy in order to create a science fair of projects showing off their knowledge.  The projects, including a collaborative project with Boise State University's Dr. Kevin Feris in the area of algal biofuels, will be on display in Syringa's gymnasium on Friday, May 1st from 3-5 pm.  Topics range from alternative energy sources to population biology and photosynthesis.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards will be given in each category.  The public is invited to join the students in celebrating their hard work!  The event is FREE for everyone.

ROBOT DEMO at SMS Science Fair!

"Members of the CHS VEX Robotics team will be joining us for our Syringa Science Fair. Come check out their awesome and energetic robotics demonstration!"

Science Fair

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!

What’s Happening at Syringa!

For Previous school highlights please go to our Spotlight Tab.

·        Syringa National Jr. Honor Society

·        VEX IQ Robotics Team

·        STEM Visit from Micron

·        Musical Grease

·        Yellowstone TRIP!

·        National Geographic Bee Competition Results!

Fireside Chat

Nine Caldwell High School Seniors visited Syringa Middle School during a morning mini assembly. The intent of this visit was to have these seniors give back to their community by sharing some insight and advice to these young students as they progress through middle school into the high school. Students from Syringa wrote questions for the fireside chat that catered to the areas of high school formatting, college preparation, and ways to succeed in school. It was great to see these two different groups of students sit and talk about their futures while sharing different experiences that have led to their success.

A special thanks goes out to all the high school students that donated their time! 


E-Day with Syringa and the High School

Syringa Middle and Caldwell High School students braved the rainy weather to spend their weekend participating in E-Day. E-Day is a one-day camp hosted by the College of Engineering at Boise State University. The goal is to encourage students in grades 7-10 to pursue engineering and other STEM fields. Participants are mentored by college students from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Activities included building water-pressured rockets, a design-build challenge with BSU's NASA collaborative team and making mini-hovercrafts.



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.”

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