Learning never stops…

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Learning never stops for our students at White Oak Middle School.  Summer is a wonderful time to pick up a book and read, invent something new and create lots of summer fun.  Thanks to Wonderopolis and Scholastic books, we were able to give our students a gift to help them have an awesome summer vacation. Scholastic donated over eight hundred new books.  Every student received one or more of the following titles:

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall

Scat by Carl Hiassen

Maggie Bean Stays Afloat by Tricia Rayburn

The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney by Lauren Barnholdt

Blown Away by Joan Hiatt Harlow

The 39 Clues by Peter Lerangis

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carmen

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Each student received information about Camp Wonderopolis from our friends at the National Center for Families Learning.


Keeping kids and their families learning together throughout the summer and out-of-school time, Camp Wonderopolis can help build vocabulary, background knowledge in science, reading comprehension, critical thinking, and other literacy skills along the way.


The best part was meeting with every student and wishing them well for the next year.  We will miss our eighth graders as they advance to high school, and we will see our current sixth and seventh graders next year. Happy reading!
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Lunch Lady Superhero Day

Have you met Lunch Lady? She serves up justice and lunch!  Friday, May 6th is Lunch Lady Superhero Day based on the famous Lunch Lady book series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.  On this day, we honor our cafeteria workers and their dedication to our students.  Our students signed aprons, and gave each of our cafeteria ladies a copy of the book Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. 


Sixth, seventh & eighth grade students signed all the aprons.

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Each of our awesome lunch ladies received a copy of Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s book.

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WOMS library assistants and Mrs. Stewart’s class shared their appreciation with our lunch ladies.


WOMS loves our cafeteria ladies!

Why school lunch ladies are heroes by Jarrett. J Krosoczka.


The Great Maker Challenge 2016

Do you love inventing, tinkering and creating? So do we! The Great Maker Challenge was an opportunity for our students to use their imagination and critical thinking skills to create a Rube Goldberg inspired machine.


To get inspired, the students watched Audri’s Rube Goldberg Monster Trap Machine.

Teams of students were given a set of supplies and a task to begin.



All teams received the same set of supplies. And…yes, the cardboard box counted as a supply!

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To begin, students designed their machines. The teams created drawings and blueprints to guide them. The goal was to build a machine that would pop a balloon. Simple, right?


Next, the fun began as students made their ideas come to life. They constructed, adjusted and troubleshooted any problems that arose.

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Peace, Love & Inventing!


Car made from a domino box, cardboard and straws!

The students had the opportunity to show off their machines to real life engineers. Terrence Kelley and Jeramy Hayes took the time to visit with every team and offer their advice.

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After all the construction, the moment of truth came. Would their machines work?

“Failure is not an option.”  Apollo 13

We even had a home entry from our friends the Curry Family!

Thanks to all our wonderful teams who spent their lunch time imagining, creating, solving problems, tinkering, and exploring their capabilities! The teams will have the opportunity to show off their machines at the Global Maker Day virtual event on May 17th.

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