Friday, November 30, 2012

Get the Message Out

How important is the gifted program to you? Create a video or essay that supports the importance of gifted education. 
Get the Message Out Contest

Friday, November 16, 2012

Candidate Webpages

Campaigning in the Classroom
2012 Mock Election

Presented by Gifted Education Students

     Challenge students have been learning about six different political parties, and they created fictional candidates to run for office in 2012.  Because we are learning about a variety of parties, the candidates did not get to choose their own parties.  For this reason, the views of each candidate may not represent their personal views.  
              2012 Presidential Candidates
Web Pages
Christina Omnen
Christina Omnen's Webpage
Alana Kennedy
Alana Kennedy's Webpage
Teddy Peterson
Teddy Peterson's Webpage
Crystal Trayer
Crystal Trayer's Webpage
Joe W. Vitt
Joe W. Vitt's Webpage
Jack Anderson
Jack Anderson's Webpage


Victory Speech

Alana Kennedy makes her victory speech! Congratulations to Alana and her committee! Go GREEN!

Victory Speech from Jennifer Hawkins on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

What to Expect at the Future City Competition

We are getting excited about the upcoming Future City Competition!  Our regional competition will take place in Chicago on January 26, 2013.  We will have two teams participating.  Here are a few videos from last year's National Future City Competition to give you an idea what to expect. 

I think this team had great public speaking skills.

 This was the first place team from Wisconsin.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Votes are In!

The GREEN Party wins!  Congratulations to Alana Kennedy and her party. After tallying the votes, the green party won the majority of the popular votes as well as the electoral votes.  You can view our results below.

As you can see, it was a close race!  I'm proud of all of ALL the committees for showing that it is possible to campaign in a positive manner.  Thanks for sticking to the issues!

Students waited in line to turn in their voter registration cards and sign in.

After students received their ballots, they went to booths to vote.

Then voters placed their ballots in the ballot box.

Students were excited to have the opportunity to vote!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Waste Warriors

The Waste Warriors--Past and Present

The Waste Warriors ARE Agents of Change!  A group of 6th grade students started their service learning project last year.  They developed their mission, collected data, and created a plan.  Their mission is to reduce waste in the Edgar Murray lunch room.  Their plan is to create a recycling station and composting station.  They'd also like to educate their peers and hold "No Waste Days."  The 6th grade team (back row) has passed their project down to a 5th grade team (front row).  The fifth grade team will follow through with the Waste Warriors' mission.  Good luck Waste Warriors!

5th Annual Family Trivia Night

Our DECADES family trivia night was a success! We made over $1,200 for our Future City Competition! Thank you for your participation and donations!  Despite our technical difficulties, I think everyone had a good time!
Concession Stand

Families dressed up in DECADE fashion.
Chris played music between rounds.

Got Popcorn?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election Time

It's election time for the Edgar Murray! Our campaign committees have been working very hard to help our students become educated voters. Learn more about our candidates and parties by watching the speeches below. You can also visit the their webpages here.
Christina for Pres. from Jennifer Hawkins on Vimeo.
Constitution Party Speech from Jennifer Hawkins on Vimeo.

Republican Campaign Speech from Jennifer Hawkins on Vimeo.

Libertarian Campaign Speech from Jennifer Hawkins on Vimeo.

Libertarian Campaign Speech from Jennifer Hawkins on Vimeo.

Jack Anderson's Campaign Speech from Jennifer Hawkins on Vimeo.