Celebrate West Virginia Comes to Green Bank Elementary Middle School

By: Shayla, Student Reporter

On November 12, 2019 preschool through 8th grade invited their grandparents to Green Bank Elementary Middle School for Grandparents Day.  Mick Souter, the storyteller behind Celebrate WV, performed an excellent show for the grandparents, staff, and students playing different instruments, singing a variety of songs about West Virginia, and talking about our state history. 

GBEMS has hosted Grandparents Day for three years now.  This year, 65 grandparents attended despite the cold weather and snow and enjoyed this wonderful event. The families of students at Green Bank School play an important part in our traditions and community events. 

When asked how he got started, Mick Souter said “I played at venues at Snowshoe.” Mick was asked if he could perform in schools and he did. He also said, “The banjo is my favorite instrument.” 

Cammi Warner, a sixth-grade student from GBEMS, said “It was awesome. He was playing two different instruments at the same time and it looked very hard to do.” Students and grandparents really enjoyed the show.  

4th Annual Literature Fair is a Success

By: Mackenzie, Student Reporter

On October 17, 2019 the county literature fair took place. Third through eighth grade students from Green Bank Elementary Middle School went. GBEMS students took home a lot of awards. Students who placed first will be moving on to Regionals at Glenville State College on November 2. This is the 4th annual literature fair.  

The literature fair is something GBEMS does yearly. Each student picked out a book, made a board, and were judged.  

Taylor, a 7th grader from GBEMS, said she “likes to participate in the fair because it gives me an opportunity to show my creativity.” Taylor said what she likes best is she sometimes meets new people. She continued to say she would even love to have her own library.  

Mrs. Baldwin, the ELA teacher at GBEMS, said that the Fair “was a lot of hard work but really enjoyable .” It was her 4th year doing it. She also said that she “loves seeing the projects get better every year.” 

Eighth-Grade Watches The Diary of Anne Frank

By: Hailey, Student Reporter

On September 27, 2019 the Green Bank Elementary-Middle School 8th grade went to the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, WV to watch the Diary of Anne Frank.  

The eighth grade went to watch this play to learn about Anne Frank. Eighth-grade students will be studying Anne Frank and the Holocaust in their textbook in English Language Arts. 

Students enjoyed the field trip and some of them said they would go on this trip again. Kaelyn, an eighth-grade student at GBEMS, said “I learned how back then was different from now days.” What she liked most about the play was “the acting because it looked real.” 

Along with watching the play, students learned about where actors are from and how far they travel to be in the play. Overall, the GBEMS 8th-grade enjoyed watching the play and learned a lot about Anne Frank.  

New Crosswalks at Green Bank School

By: Cammi, Student Reporter

At the beginning of the school year, Green Bank Elementary-Middle School installed two new crosswalks in the school parking lot. The new crosswalks make it safer to cross the road.

During the second week of school, the Department of Highways installed them for the school. Mrs. Shiflet, the principal at GBEMS said, “I wanted a designated area [for students and staff] to cross the road.” Mrs. Nottingham, a GBEMS teacher that helps with end of the school day pick-up said, the new crosswalks were a big help and were “going well.”

Scholastic Book Fair Coming to Green Bank

The library is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from August 26th-30th during school hours and during the Open House on August 27th.

Parents, grandparents, and other important adults may use the library’s Book Fair webpage to place orders online 24/7 and orders can be shipped direct to your home. Online orders will open August 17th (prior to the in-person fair) and ordering online is an easy way to pay by credit card.

For more information or to purchase online click here.

GBEMS Students Raise 1.8K for Pennies for Patients

By: Ashley B., Student Reporter 

About 13 years ago, Green Bank Elementary-Middle School started to fundraise for a worthy cause, Pennies for Patients, a campaign which supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Mr. Brown and the Natural Helpers oversee the fundraiser and during the multi-week campaign, the efforts of GBEMS students, faculty, staff, and community members totaled $1,809.83 raised for Pennies for Patients.  

During this year’s fundraising event, the class who raised the most money was Mrs. Brown’s 8th-grade class with a total of $350.82. The class raising the second most was Mrs. Baldwin’s 6th-grade class with a total of $253.36. Mr. Morgan’s 7th-grade class came in third with a total of $202.61.  Pennants are awarded to classrooms collecting $100, $200, and $300. This year, GBEMS classrooms earned nine pennants; one gold, three silver, and five bronze. 

Pennies for Patients organizer, Mr. Brown, said: “I am very proud of our Green Bank students for their support for helping the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I’m also thankful for the parents for their support for the program.” Mr. Brown would like to give a special thanks to First Citizens Bank and Tonya Jones for their help counting the money with Pennies for Patients.     

Pennies for Patients will start again next year so start saving your coins to help find a cure! 

Pocahontas County 8th-Grade Students Take Over State Capitol

By: Mackenzie T. and Trenton B., Student Reporters

Pocahontas County 8th grade students took over the capitol on February 25 – 27, 2019 as part of the annual Youth & Government Seminars.

The Youth & Government Seminars bring 8th-grade students from all sections of West Virginia to the state capitol in Charleston to learn about “state government by observing it and interacting with its leaders” according to the program’s website.

Students did a variety of activities during the seminars including attending mock trails, attending night court and having dinner with the Legislature. GBEMS eighth-grader, Mason Solliday said, “we learned about how West Virginia’s government goes about creating laws.” Fellow classmate, Sara Maxwell said, “The whole trip was fun because we got to meet new people. I also really enjoy night court. I was glad I went.” 

The Sporting Event of the Year

By: Trenton B. and Summer M., Student Reporters

Rivals Marlinton Middle School Copperheads and Green Bank Middle School Eagles met for a basketball show down at Pocahontas County High School on February 14th during the 2019 Pocahontas County Basketball Tournament.  

During the first game, the Lady Copperheads took an early lead and dominated the first half of the game. At halftime, the score was 15 to 2. During the third quarter, the Lady Eagles began to close the gap and in the last few minutes of the match, Green Bank overtook the Lady Copperheads and went on to win the game 25 to 22. 

Next to hit the court was the boys’ teams. The score was close throughout the entire game with the Eagles leading at most by eight points during the third quarter. Marlinton Middle School played aggressively but were unable to overcome the Eagles. The final score was 40 to 34.

Players recognized as part of the All-Tournament Team included Green Bank team members Sara Maxwell, Emma Riffe, Kelsi Taylor, Austin Morgan, Nacota Smith, and Connor Taylor and Marlinton team members Mackenzie Meyers, Haley Spencer, Braedan Hayhurst, and Dillon Dunz. Cheerleaders recognized as part of the All-Tournament Team included Green Bank team members Jaclyn Osborne and Summer Warner and Marlinton team members Pyper Cowan and Hayley Kincaid. When asked about being recognized as part of the All-Tournament Team, eighth-grade Eagles player Austin Morgan said, “It felt good to win because I played hard all year and helped the team and advanced as a player myself.” 

Student athletes were also recognized for their academic achievement. Green Bank was presented with the GPA award for both the Girls’ and Boys’ teams, alongside Marlinton Middle School’s Cheerleaders.