8th grade AVID students participated in U.T.'s The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life Speak Up, Speak Out! program. Students identified a problem in our community, gathered data and information pertaining to the problem, and devised a solution. Our students saw the Accelerated Reader program at Martin being underutilized and chose to promote it. Students presented their projects with a speech and a poster presentation at UT.
Ms. Karydas's enrichment students produced their own podcasts with the help of Texas Folk Life. Students' stories are about a local flea market, the legend of Martin's ghost, Emily, and the Martin girls' volley ball team. Have a listen here. These stories (and our students) are amazing!
Author Chris Barton visited Martin on Friday. He is the author of Can I see your ID?, The Day-Glo Brothers, and Shark vs. Train, among other titles. Students read stories from Can I see your ID? to prepare for Mr. Barton's visit. Mr. Barton spoke about being an author, how he gets ideas for his books, answered many questions, and even share the pages from his next book, The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, that will be coming out in April.
Club Anthem is a mentoring group led by Mr. Joe Trevino that meets in the library every Friday except the first Friday of the month
Comic Book Club meets in the library every first Friday of the month. 7th grade students discuss comic books while eating lunch.
What a great week we had with our incoming 6th graders! We heard a speech from Juanita Castillo, Eastside Memorial High School valedictorian and Martin Middle School alumnus, participated in great team building activities like tug of war and water balloon races, and learned all about Martin from the gym to the library.
Congratulations to all the amazing 7th graders who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society! Looking forward to next year with this great group of students.
This was my first book fair, and it went well. We sold 77 books and earned $400 in Scholastic Bucks. These Scholastic Bucks can be used to purchase books and supplies from the Scholastic Book Company. We did not earn any cash profits this time. I hope to hold my next book fair on a week we have an event in the evening at Martin, like Back to School night.
The National Junior Honor Society students cooked taco salad for teachers and staff to show their appreciation. They also wrote the notes below and used the paper as table cloths.