Project Reverso Annual Coat Drive
Ms. Andrea Hall's class entered the Project Reverso Annual Coat Drive art contest last month. Each student offered suggestions to help decrease homelessness in the Triangle area in addition to drawing posters. Three Neal students: Jayla Riley, Mhea Davis, and Jonathan Nunez Dias won the contest and had their work presented by 103.9 FM radio personality, Melissa Wade, at the coat drive's concert and received gift cards. Congratulations to these students and the entire class for their participation!
Neal's Leadership group Canoe/Hiking outing
Neal's Leadership group went canoeing and hiking Friday, May 17 as an end of the year trip. We focused on identifying and then stepping out of our individual comfort zones. We discussed that people grow the most when they are experiencing something new, and that is what this trip was about. For some students, simply getting on the boat was very outside of their comfort zone. For others, getting in the water was a new experience. For others still, taking on a more outspoken social role was a challenge. We worked together to learn canoeing techniques, and had a blast on a fantastic Friday morning!
Arbor Day activities sponsored by Hispanic Leaders of Tomorrow
It was a fantastic day at Neal Middle School and the community came out to support our efforts. The student club: Hispanic Leaders of Tomorrow and the NC Society of Hispanic Professionals planned an awesome community day that brought over 100 students and volunteers to help make Neal a better place.
We planted over 15 trees, 100’s of flowers, spread mulch, trimmed bushes, and helped make Neal a more beautiful place to teach and learn. The NC Society of Hispanic Professionals set up a series of Science lab stations to show off their summer STEM camp in hopes to gain interest for future members. Neal has sent 30 students last year and another 30 students this upcoming summer on a 2-week Science camp. A special thanks to our many partners who came out to support our efforts...Durham Baptist Memorial Men’s group, Keep Durham Beautiful, Durham 4-H, and of course the students and families at Neal Middle School. This was our second Arbor Day event and look forward to continuing our partnerships and good work in the years to come.
Meals on Wheels
Our first Meals on Wheels group had a blast packing lunches and learning about how they provide meals to hungry members of our community. Our pictures will be on their facebook page soon thanking Neal students.
Tuskegge Airmen visit!
Ms. Bibbs hosted an in-school field trip last week for all of her Flight and Space students that featured two amazing guest speakers:
Mr. Leroy Walker, Jr. educated students about the story of Tuskegee Airmen and their important place in history. The Tuskegee Airmen played a key role in the integration of the armed forces during World War II by proving that African American pilots were equal in skill and bravery to their white counterparts. Captain Wiley Shearin is a veteran pilot for US Airways. He gave students a first-hand account of what it takes to become a pilot and answered the many questions students had. Thank you, Ms. Bibbs, for creating this amazing opportunity for your students!
7th Grade Debate in Action!
7th grade Social Studies Classes are currently debating Communism vs. Democracy within teams. Visionaries were the 1st to debate in class. Mrs. Fuller had specific expectations for her students during the debate; students are to dress professionally, include in their debate a team line, definitions, outline, and rebuttal. The Visionaries, along with the Aviators and Innovators, are getting prepared for the 7th grade cross team debate on Civil Disobedience.
-The Real Deal at Neal-
Read all about it! Battle of the Books! Science Olympiad! Favorite Teachers! Sports and Fashion! Lots and lots of pictures!
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DPS Lego Robotics Competition
Congratulations to Dr. P and his Lego Robotics team TOREX for taking home a 2nd place trophy for their Tri-fold display on Saturday at the Inaugural DPS Lego Robotics Competition held on the Duke campus! They did quite well in the Sumo competition as well, competing against 25 other robotics teams in Durham.
School of the Future Competition
Hannah Maxwell's students are currently competing in the southeast regionals for the School of the Future Competition. It is an international design competition where they had to build a school of the future that was sustainable and met the needs of Durham. They are competing against schools from Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. They are judging this week and the finalists will have a Skype interview next week with leading architects from the southeast. If Ms. Maxwell's students were to place in the southeast competition, then they will move on to international finals where they will compete in Pittsburgh against schools from around the world in April. Here is the youtube link http://youtu.be/9ePpnI01Bvw to the video that the students made. The posters and model are in Ms. Maxwell's room. Cool stuff! We are very proud of them!
Neal Lady Eagles win Championship!
Neal Middle School Lady Eagles played an intense championship game against Shepard Middle School proving that hard work and determination pays off. The Lady Eagles won 35-31 resulting in an undefeated season of 13-0 and becoming champions.
Ms. Maxwell's STEM students and final projects:
Ms. Maxwell's students' final projects and 8th graders' technology projects can be found >here<.
Henderson/Oxford Airport Field Trip (January 11, 2013)
On a cold and wet morning on January 11th Ms. Bibbs’ Flight and Space students travelled to the Henderson-Oxford Airport to see up-close the operations at the airport and learn many things about aviation from flight instructor and owner of Empire Aviation, Paul Hesse. Inside the general aviation building everyone was dry and warm where the students learned about the aerodynamics of flight, basic flight navigation, and some of the milestones in the history of aviation. They were even treated to homemade cupcakes! Outside where the airplanes were grounded due to the nasty weather the students were shown several of the planes and got to sit in the pilot and co-pilot seats! On our next aviation field trip Ms. Bibbs’ students will visit Lake Ridge Aero Park which is Durham’s only remaining airport.
The second issue of Neal's student newspaper is >here<!
NC State 13th Annual Freshman Engineering Design Day (November 20)
Some of our 7th grade students attended NC State's Engineering Design Day and saw exhibits from pinball machines to bubble machines to concrete canoes to hovercrafts. This was all courtesy of the freshman class of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. The students were able to ask questions and also had hands on experiences with some of the projects.
Sister 2 Sister "Classically Altered" (November 19)
Some of Neal's female students practiced dining etiquette in the classroom and then took what they learned into Maggiano's Restaurant. The young ladies had a flair for doing things in an elegant way and they represented Neal very well. We are very proud of them and look forward to many more accomplishments.