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By Julie Rich
Special to the Courier 

Sunset Middle School’s end of year showcase

 

Courtesy Phtoto/ Michelle Faye Cian Linehan, Peter Bonn-Elchoness, Ryan Lady and Henry Stauch. of Sunset’s Team IQ.

Sunset Middle School’s 2016-2017 year is closing with a showcase that has something for everyone. Community service projects will be displayed by students, showcasing the school’s authorization as an IB World School. The seventh grade jazz band, a string group and a cappella singers will be performing at the event as well.

Eighth-grader Cynthia Ragland focused her service project on helping those in need. She volunteered at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, cooking and serving meals to people, where she learned about the transition program designed to help people find jobs and housing. She was surprised to see how many people were served at the shelter.

Paola Arriaga, a seventh-grader, volunteered at an after-school Spanish language class at Burlington Elementary. The class was for students learning Spanish as a second language. She liked teaching the younger students, grades one through three, how to learn their colors through arts and crafts projects. With the older students in fourth and fifth grades, bingo was a hit to help learn numbers.

The sixth-graders as a whole class worked with international focus. They raised funds and awareness through a bake sale for the Kiwi bird and donated $365 to the Kiwi’s for Kiwi foundation in New Zealand.

Assistant Principal Mrs. Olsen said, “Dr. Macy & I are so proud of the hard work our students and teachers have done to officially become an International Baccalaureate Middle Years program school. The dedication students and teachers have given to the Community Projects is beyond our expectations. We are excited to display work from the passionate individuals that make Sunset great.”

Courtesy Phtoto/ Michelle Faye Emma Bovaird, Tehya Laughlin, Dara Ouellette, & Nefeli Hadjiyiannis. were part of Sunset Middle School’s Team IQ.

Make sure to stop by to see the sixth and eighth-grade robotics team display. Visitors can have a hands-on opportunity to operate robots. Both grade teams recently returned from competing at the VEX IQ World Championship. A big thank you to the PAC, as its generous donation helped the teams travel to Louisville, KY to compete. These two teams have been recognized for achievements throughout the year, which brought them to the next level of competition. The sixth grade boys excelled in autonomous programming and the eighth grade girls team won the design award at the state level. The robotics program (both the classes and the competitive club) are the realistic implementation of the IB Design cycle, Mrs. Faye, a Sunset teacher, remarked. .

Join Sunset Middle School staff and students on May 4 from 5 - 7 p.m. for the showcase. This event is free to the public and if you have an incoming sixth-grade student, please arrive at 4:30 p.m. for a special informal welcome meeting.

 

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