Friday, April 26, 2013
Team participates in annual Middle School Technology Design Challenge.
The 16th Annual Middle School Technology Design Challenge took place at Bridgewater Middle School on April 20, with 13 Warren students participating. This event allowed middle school students from around Somerset and Hunterdon Counties to delve into robotics through the use of the LEGO NXT 2.0 Mindstorms Program. Students were given 16 weeks to build and program robots to attempt a series of four technological challenges. Shown are Warren Middle School students’ whose efforts were put to the test at the county event held in Bridgewater. Thirteen Warren Middle School seventh- and eighth-graders attended the event and participated in what some would call “the most real life collaborative and problem solving experience at the middle school…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Warren Middle School's 'Iron Chef' competition celebrates students' culinary creativity.
Warren Middle School's Iron Chef competition returned Tuesday, after a year-long hiatus following a fire in the school's Home Arts room, with eight contestants creating their most savory salads. The event combines Bev McGorman's cooking class with Gladys Veitch's journalism students—who act as sous chefs for the cooks as well as documentarians of the competition, and follows the same format as the famous TV series. The students were given 40 minutes to create a salad with at least one cooked ingredient. After intial rounds eliminated 22 of 30 students-chefs, the eight finalists cranked up their stove tops, chopped their ingredients and presented their creations to an anxious group of judges. The lucky judges—Warren Schools Business …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Two earn first-chair honors.
The New Jersey Music Educators Association annual all-state orchestra is to string musicians what the Meet of Champions is to athletes: a chance to be recognized as the best in your group. And when the association held its auditions last week, four Warren Middle School students were picked for the honor: Lauren Kim, Catherine Chen, Phoebe Chen (not related) and Brian Zeng. "In the 10 years I've been here, we've had a student go every year—but this is the first time we've had more than one," Warren Middle School Insrumental Music Teacher John Seramula said. "It's also the first time we've had a 'first-chair.'" Two of the students—Lauren and Brian—were named first chairs in their respective instruments, sort of like winning the gold at the …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Three teams advanced to top 16 against statewide competition.
Tuesday, March 19
Each year, the Bridgewater Raritan Education Association sponsors an academic tournament open to all middle schools in the state of New Jersey called ATOMS (Academic Tournament of Middle School). The ATOMS tournament began in January and finalists competed until early March. The tournament was held each week at the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School. Twenty-four ATOMS teams from across the state competed in rounds consisting of three games which incorporated 75-quiz style trivia questions. This year, Warren Middle School had three teams participate in the ATOMS tournament and after the first three weeks, Warren Middle School’s three teams advanced to the top 16. One WMS team, consisting of eighth-graders Will DiGrande, Sophie Feldman…
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Changes in curriculum move advanced classes to lower grades.
A proposal to revamp Warren Middle School's math classes approved by the board of education will launch a sixth-grade algebra class and keep advanced eighth-graders in geometry at school. According to a presentation by WMS Principal Robert Comba at the Feb. 25 board meeting, the school currently has two math tracks in the sixth grade, and "at some point during the fall, we identify a number of students through criteria who we feel could be accelerated." These students are then given a series of assessments, if if they maintain an 85 percent passing grade in the assessments, the students are essentially self-learning the pre-algebra class material. They then go into the Algebra J class as seventh-graders. "What we are proposing for next …
Tickets on sale Thursday for amazing musical production.
Warren Middle School is preparing for next week's opening of its production of the popular musical "Fame, Jr.," with its cast featuring 80 students and a 20-student crew. That means tickets to the show will be hard to get, which is a shame since the amazing cast and crew have the same high-energy and positive enthusiasm on stage as the cast of the movie "Fame" that it's based on. Under the direction of the school's instrumental music and drama teacher Diane McCloskey, who's marking her tenth time directing the middle school's productions, with assistance from ALT music teacher Amy Jensen, the students are polishing up the dance routines and songs. The curtain opens at 7 p.m. March 7 and March 8 at the middle school gym, and tickets can be …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
After developing business plan and making products, four Warren students raise $350.
Wednesday, January 9
What happens when you combine beads, brilliance and resilience? You get Beadzilliance; a clever play on words. When four seventh-grade Warren Middle School students combined these things, they formed Beadzilliance, an entrepreneurial endeavor to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Beadzilliance is an informal kid company that sells handmade bead necklaces, earrings and bracelets with the mission to help people in need. In November, the jewelry items were sold to the staff at Warren Middle School and all profits benefitted the American Red Cross. Seventh graders Catherine Chen, Michelle Du, Eliana Neuwirth and Caitlyn Park, entrepreneurs of Beadzilliance, developed a business plan in their gifted and talented class. During the two-week power …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Seventh-graders work on display at Warren Library.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Students in Meryl Lettire's seventh-grade classes at Warren Middle School recently completed a study of American Quilts, including exploring the history of the quilts as an art form. Throughout the years quilts were created primarily as utilitarian objects but over the centuries they were transformed by quilters into more personal artistic works. Within this lesson students had the opportunity to explore the role of women in the arts and how they transformed everyday objects into pieces of great personal value as well as artistic integrity. Quilts were created for many different purposes including commemorating special events, documenting occasions, and telling stories about one’s own family history. Quilters worked alone as well as in …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Twelve Warren students will join WHRHS' Geometry class
Twelve Warren Middle School students will be taking on high school geometry this year, part of a class of 38 students from Watchung Hills Regional's sending districts enrolled in the class. The students qualified for the program by completing a first year of high school algebra, having high marks in their end-of-the-year tests and acceptance from the high school's math department supervisor, Michael D'Alessio. Warren's 12 students is a typical enrolllment for the district, Warren Superintendent Tami Crader said, while Watchung's Valley View School boasts 17 students attending. "We had a very unusual group of students," Watchung Superintendent Barbara Resko said. "They're very capable and interested students—especially in the area of …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Accept Rachel's Challenge after program at high school, and tackle fundraising for Valerie Fund.
Students at Warren Middle School accomplished a lot last Friday, when the school participated in two special challenges for the students. The day began with the entire student body and staff commuting to Watchung Hills Regional for a presentation of the anti-bullying Rachel's Challenge program. The program is named after Rachel Scott, the first person killed in the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School. In her memory, a nationwide anti-bullying was launched aiming to foster positive attitudes and behaviors by students as a way to prevent incidents caused by long-term bullying. While at the high school, the students participated in a program with a video presentation, followed by a 90-minute session with adult and student leaders offering…