Granite Mountain Middle School (GMMS) held a multi-faceted family night last month on Thursday, October 16. The evening was a celebration of GMMS’s implementation of the brain-based, research approach to learning, called “STEAM.” STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math integration. The event began at 4:00 p.m., and one of the highlights of the evening was the Science Truck, which the Arizona Science Center brought up for the event. The exhibit provided hands-on science experiments for students and parents alike.
At 5:00 p.m., the night turned into a showcase of the amazing work done by Granite Mountain students. Students have been actively engaged in this new and progressive learning style, and they showcased their learning of 21st century skills to a packed audience of parents, peers, guests, community members and teachers. Some students presented their videos, PowerPoints, picture collages and iMovies on large interactive televisions, while others wrote music about their topics and performed them either vocally or on their own instruments. Visual displays were on exhibit in classrooms and the library.
The event theme for the 8th graders was “Who in the World?” Students focused their work on connecting a person from history to their own lives. Additionally, they had to complete research on their historical figure and determine what job that person might hold in 2014. Some topic investigation examples included: Air Friction Physics, Inertia and Barrel Racing, the London Bridge, Beethoven, Machiavelli, the WWII Song “Revolutionary Rock,” and Geometry in Dance.
The 7th graders focused on “Where in the World” and finding their own connections. Students completed a substantial writing assignment on their role in the world and, more specifically, in Arizona and/or Prescott. Some students linked these investigations to The Mexican Gray Wolf conservation efforts and Prescott’s Heritage Park Zoo and Sanctuary, while others explored Mars and what they learned at ASU’s Mars Research Center.
The event was concluded with special musical performances from the GMMS intermediate and advanced band, as well as the orchestra. Special recognition and appreciation goes to the musical talent and courage of Aydan Bruce, Emily Camper, Megan DeSpain and Victoria Winsberg. This group of students wrote and performed their own solos during the band concert.
PTO has been working diligently to fundraise and purchase technology for our school. We need your help! If you have a Fry’s food card, please register your card and select Granite Mountain Middle School PTO (organization number is 62738) for Community Rewards.
STEAM YouTube Videos from GMMS
VEX Robotics Team
Chopped Challenge – Granite Mountain Edition
Choir Concert at Alta Vista
The $15 Grizzly Grub Card is a discount card to use at participating restaurants in our community. Local restaurants in our community have partnered with GMMS to provide you with these great discounts, which are listed in the order form, below.
If your child sells two or more Grizzly Grub Cards (or 3 per family) by October 31st, they will be able to attend a PTO sponsored root beer float party during their lunch period in November. Cards will be delivered to your child’s classroom.