MacIntyre Park Middle School had the pleasure of showing Georgia’s School Superintendent Richard Woods around the campus and discussing the latest programs and achievements in the Thomasville City School System when he visited on Friday, January 13.
Woods arrived quietly without an entourage of staff members and was warmly greeted by Thomasville City Schools Superintendent Sabrina Boykins-Everett, MPMS Principal Tina McBride, Scholars Academy Director Dr. Dale Graham, and a group of middle school student ambassadors. Woods’ down-to-earth demeanor made the students feel immediately comfortable when they met the leader in the top position of the Georgia Department of Education.
Kevin Andrews was initially slightly afraid and overwhelmed to meet such an important person, but says that he will always remember this special experience.
“When I shook his hand, I knew there was nothing to be afraid of,” said Andrews.
Andrews added that he was proud of his school and that he looks forward to representing his student body when other “big” people chose to visit MacIntyre Park Middle School.
After the students had the chance to meet with Woods, he toured classrooms in MacIntyre Park Middle School and Scholars Academy.
Science teacher Meredith Crocker’s classroom was the first stop on the tour, and Woods was treated to the vision of students engaged with their teacher, individual Chrome books, and a large touch-screen television at the front of the room for interactive learning.
“I see the visit from the State School Superintendent as an opportunity to show off our students and the technology they are blessed to use daily, as they come to school to learn new concepts and apply their ideas,” said Crocker.
Eighth Grade Physical Science, AP Physics, and AP Environmental Science teacher Jonathan Ariail received a surprise visit from Superintendent Woods.
“It was wonderful to have a visit from Richard Woods on Friday. It was an excellent opportunity to exhibit our educational efforts and successes!” said Arial.
One student in Ariail’s class, senior Jacob Cone, recognized Woods immediately as he serves on the State Superintendent of School’s Student Advisory Council which is a select group of students in grades 7-12 who discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia.
“At the last meeting Student Advisory Council meeting, I mentioned to Superintendent Woods about coming down to South Georgia. I was so glad that he took the time to allow us showcase our great school,” said Cone.
When Woods visited Dr. Artez Sims’s classroom they were able to discuss the school system’s activities as it relates to Sims being the coach for FIRST LEGO League and the beginning involvement in FIRST Technical Challenge (a high school extension of LEGO League).
“Visiting the school provides a first-hand view of the interesting and exciting dynamics that our school system offers. He was able to see a blend of approaches used by various educators to teach their lessons,” said Dr. Sims.
Congratulations to all the students who were selected as winners in the Daughters of the American Revolution
1st Place winners 6th Jon-Henry Ellis, 7th Carson Helen Cochran, 8th Ja`Miya JaQuan Choice
2nd Place 6th Daniel Louis Belvin, 7th Julia Adelyne Welch, 8th Carsyn Kelley
3rd Place 6th Elyse Bentley Giles, 7th none, 8th McKena Willis
6th Grade, Group 1
Poster HM Brantley Taylor Rinehart Scholars Academy
1st Timothy Cordista Rinehart Scholars Academy
Stamp 1st Joseph Novak Rinehart Scholars Academy
2nd Abbey Bennett Rinehart Scholars Academy
Poem: 1st Ella Grace Williams Rinehart Scholars Academy
Short Story: 1st Jaidyn Wood Rinehart Scholars Academy
6th Grade, Group 2
Poster: 1st Jayden Singletary Rinehart Scholars Academy
Stamp: 1st Carter Grace Crocker Rinehart Scholars Academy
2nd Leah Brady Rinehart Scholars Academy
Poem: 3rd Benjamin Bundrick Rinehart Scholars Academy
7th Grade, Group 1
Poster: 1st Jocelyn Watson Boykins-Rome Scholars Academy
7th Grade, Group 2
Banner: 1st Ben Yentzer/Walt Moore Cassels Scholars Academy
Poster: 1st Skyy Stanley Boykins-Rome Scholars Academy
2nd Arlisha Madison Cassels Scholars Academy
Stamp: 1st Nicholas Hall Cassels Scholars Academy
2nd Ethan Oberding Cassels Scholars Academy
Poem: 2nd Emma Butler Boykins-Rome Scholars Academy
8th Grade, Group 1
Poster: 1st Julianne Watson Rinehart Scholars Academy
Stamp: 1st David Lee Jordan Rinehart Scholars Academy
Short Story: 1st Karli Icard Scholars Academy
2nd Lawson Brinkley Rinehart Scholars Academy
Poem: 1st Clara Clifton Rinehart Scholars Academy
8th Grade, Group 2
Stamp: 1st Margaret May Rinehart Scholars Academy
2nd Max Nicholson Rinehart Scholars Academy
3rd Malorie Turnbull Rinehart Scholars Academy
Poem: 1st Caroline Hiers Rinehart Scholars Academy
2nd Jordan Bonar Rinehart Scholars Academy
Short Story: 1st Faith Ridley Rinehart Scholars Academy
2nd Thomas Wilson Rinehart Scholars Academy
MacIntyre Park Middle School students Kelton Lewis and Tahj Brown, competing under the team name “Infinity and Beyond,” participated in the Zero Robotics summer program at the Thomasville Community Resource Center and placed 2nd out of six teams in the state of Georgia.
Zero Robotics is a five-week STEM curriculum that introduces students to computer programming, robotics, and space engineering, and provides hands-on experience programming SPHERES, which stands for Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites.
Lewis and Brown were invited to the finals tournament at Georgia Tech where winning SPHERES teams from across the country competed aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Participants were able to see the SPHERES operate in space via a live feed from the ISS while NASA astronauts provide real-time commentary; and with the help of Lewis and Brown’s codes, Georgia placed 3rd overall. Georgia held 2nd place until the 4th round.
Student participants compete to win a technically challenging game by programming their strategies into the SPHERES. Students’ programs control the satellites' speed, rotation, and direction of travel. The students program their satellites to complete competition objectives, for example navigating obstacles, while conserving resources such as fuel. The programs are autonomous - that is, the students are not able to directly control the satellites while they are running.
Each year’s game is motivated by a problem of interest to NASA and MIT.
Students create, edit, save, and simulate projects online. They use a graphical editor to write code, then simulate their programs immediately and see the results using a simulation. The programming interface and simulation are entirely web-based, so ZR does not require any software downloads or computer configuration. The system even allows teams to compete against themselves so that they can test different strategies before finalizing their competition submissions
Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is provided through a partnership between the MIT Space Systems Lab, the Innovation Learning Center, and Aurora Flight Sciences. The Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is sponsored by NASA, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), and the Northrup Grumman Foundation.
Zero Robotics seeks to inspire our next generation of great minds by allowing them unprecedented access to space at the middle school level. By making the benefits and resources of the International Space Station tangible to students, Zero Robotics hopes to cultivate an appreciation of science, technology, engineering and math through healthy, immersive, collaborative competition.
Parents: You are invited!!
Pastries with the Principal