5th Grade Science

Last week the 5th graders were learning about surface tension and cohesion. They were trying to see how many drops of water fit on a penny before the bubble breaks.

More How It's Made Projects

Cody Abbott presented about how grain augers are made and Anthony Walker presented about clocks

February Brainteasers

Friday February 1
Railroad crossing, watch out for cars. Can you spell that without any Rs?

Friday February 8
The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?

Friday February 15
Tall when I'm young and short when I'm old, I'll help you to see when the darkness unfolds.



Service Field Trip

The 8th graders delivered the lunches they made, along with hats and gloves. They then were given a tour and learned lots about the Lord's Diner and spent an hour volunteering at the Kansas Food Bank. They spent a great day helping the less fortunate and learning about the many ways that the community serves others.


8th Grade Service Days

The 8th grade and Mrs. Weninger served a fundraiser breakfast. The proceeds helped them pack lunches to be handed out at a men's homeless shelter.

January (Problem Solving) Brainteaser

January 4

What can be as big as an elephant but weigh nothing?

January 11

How is Europe like a frying pan?

January 18 

What do you call bears with no ears?

January 25

I can be cracked and I can by played. I can be told and I can be made

How It's Made Presentations

Every year the students each present to their class about how a specific topic is made. They usually pick topics that are of interest to them, which makes the presentations a little more fun & interesting. They can do a powerpoint, a video, a demonstration or any combination of those things. This semester, the following presentations have been given. Maria's presentation even peeked the interest of the kindergarten so they came down to watch. 

Katie Brooks: Glue
Simon Stasiak: Pumpkin Breads
Anna Nilsen: Ice Cream Treats
Grace Parsons: Crayons
Avery Mertens: Gelatin
Julia Hageman: Nail Polish
Joseph Kiley: Legos
Sophia Kaufman: Gum
Claire Birkenbaugh: Twix

Claire Kiley: Yeast
Peyton Eck: Finger Traps
Victoria Tetrick: Magic 8 Balls
Jadyn Belt: Horseshoes
Ashton Thimesch: Baseballs
Laney Wood: 4 wheelers
Thomas Behring: Bikes
Lexee Beck: peanut butter
Claire Meng: Crayons
Valerie Weninger: Telescopes
Braden Stauffer: Fireworks
Maria Leland: Playdough

Energy Cars

This last week, the 7th and 8th graders created vehicles powered by different energy sources. The objective was for the vehicle to go the farthest. Everyone enjoys an audience, so the Kindergarten class came to watch. 

1st place: Ty Birkenbaugh & Hope Stasiak (13 feet, 3 inches)
2nd place: Lexee Beck, Maria Leland, & Leo Hageman (10 feet)
3rd place: Peyton Thimesch, Claire Kiley & Braden Stauffer (8 feet)


December (Problem Solving) Brainteaser

Friday December 7

What needs an answer but doesn't ask a question?

Friday December 14

What do you get if you cross and apple with a Christmas tree?

November (Problem Solving) Brainteasers

Friday November 9
What is always coming but never arrives?

Friday, November 16
One big hockey fan claimed to be able to tell the score before any game. How did he do it?

Friday, November 30
How do you make the number one disappear?



5th Grade Math

The 5th graders have been working on double digit multiplication. We have dipped our hands in different mediums to practice with. After pencil/paper we tried chalk and then shaving cream!




6th Grade Board Games

To review the 4 fourth systems, the sixth grade class created board games to teach their classmates about each system (Geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere).

Red Ribbon Week

The Red Ribbon Week theme this year was "Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free"

Monday: "Sock it to Drugs"
Tuesday: "We are United Against Drugs"
Wednesday: "Lei Off Drugs"
Thursday: "Let's Take ACTION Against Drugs"
Friday: "Slam Dunk, Drugs are Junk"

8th Grade Socks

7th Grade Socks



October (Problem Solving) Brainteasers

October 5

What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?

October 12

Turn me on my side and I am everything. Cut me in half and I am nothing. What am I?

October 19

Why are ghosts bad liars?


September Science

The 5th-8th graders all competed in their first Junk Box of the year. They were given straws, marshmallows and toothpicks in which to build a tower that could hold a large amount of books.


They They also did a real quick activity to test their reaction times by trying to catch a ruler at different points


Respect Life Week

There were several activities going on for Respect Life Week
The classes paired off and read together, made cards for various adults in their lives and listened to Molly Bogner talk about "A Better Choice".

8th Grade Vs. Parents Kickball Game

To end Respect Life Week, the 8th grade class played a friendly kickball game against their parents on Friday September 28th.

Friday Problem Solving

In the middle school, on Fridays, we work on our "out of the box" thinking and problem solving skills. The students are given a brainteaser to try and solve that the class then discusses afterwards. Here is what we have done so far:

August 17
What word begins and ends with an E but typically has only one letter?

August 24
Two mothers and two daughters went out to eat. Everyone ate one burger, yet only three burgers were eaten in all. How is this possible?

August 31
I can travel from there to here by disappearing, and here to there by reappearing.
What am I?

September 7
You are on an island in the middle of a lake. The lake is in a remote part of the country and there has never been a bridge connecting the island to the mainland. Every day a tractor and wagon gives hay rides around the island. Puzzled as to how the tractor had gotten onto the island, you ask around and find out that the tractor was not transported to the island by boat or by air. Nor was it built on the island. Explain how the tractor got there?

September 14
A large truck is crossing a bridge 1 mile long. The bridge can only hold 14000 lbs, which is the exact weight of the truck. The truck makes it half way across the bridge and stops. A bird lands on the truck. Does the bridge collapse?

September 21
In 2000, a 40-year-old doctor told his son that when he was a little boy he decided to be a doctor by seeing a internet web site about performing a heart transplant on a puppy with a defective heart so that the puppy would live a normal life. I then thought that I would be a doctor so that I could help people in a similar way. What’s wrong with this story?

September 28

What starts with the letter “T,” is filled with “T,” and ends in “T?”

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school! I am really excited for all of the fun stuff that we will be doing this year. Once a month the student council will publish a newsletter in the bulletin about what kinds of things are happening in the classrooms. Be sure to look for it! 

The Student Council for 2018-2019 School Year is as follows:

Lexee Beck - President
Marissa DeWeese - Vice President
Katie Brooks - Secretary

Maria Leland
Ty Birkenbaugh
Victoria Tetrick
Claire Meng
Valerie Weninger
Laney Wood
Ryan Schreiner
Collin Schreiner
Claire Birkenbaugh


Mrs. Hageman
Middle School Math & Science