GBEMS Visits Seniors for Valentine’s Day

By: Keisha B. and Kaydence W., Student Reporters

On February 13, 2019, Green Bank Elementary-Middle School’s preschool and kindergarten went to the nearby senior center to hand out Valentine’s and interact with the community seniors. Mrs. Shonda, GBEMS Preschool teacher, said, “We went to entertain the elderly with songs and we also handed out valentines. It was really nice.”  

Bennett Wins Scholastic Writing Contest

By: Ella J., Student Reporter

On January 29, 2019, fifth-grade student Jayden Bennett was informed she had been chosen as a winner of the Storyworks Cave Contest from the October to November 2018 Storyworks issue. Storyworks is a literary magazine for grades 3 – 6 published by Scholastic, Inc.

For the Storyworks Cave Contest Jayden wrote an informative explanation regarding the dangers of smoking/drinking. When asked how she felt about informing people on how drinking and smoking can be bad for you and be recognized for her writing she replied, “Really happy.” Jayden was complimented on her “excellent work”’ by Lauren Tarshis, the publisher of Storyworks magazine.

Radioactive Robotics Advance to State Competition

By: Willie O., Student Reporter

On October 3, 2018 the Green Bank Elementary Middle School Radioactive Robotics attended the regional West Virginia First Lego League (WVFLL) robotics competition in Union, West Virginia. This event was hosted by the West Virginia First Lego League (WVFLL).  This event happened so that children can learn about robots. Participants practice respecting others and have fun in a relaxing atmosphere. Mason Solliday, a member of Radioactive Robotics. said, “It was fun.“ Sarah Cole, also a member of the team, said, “It was fun because of the team.“ The team placed 2nd in the competition. The Radioactive Robotics will advance to states on December 1.

Update! The Radioactive Robotics competed in the state competition on December 1. The team placed 1st overall and 3rd in the Robot Game. The Radioactive Robotics will advance to the world robotics competition in April 2019 held in Detroit, Michigan.


Students Buzzing with Excitement Over Spelling Bee

By: Gracie S., Student Reporter

Twenty-nine students from grades five through eight from Green Bank Elementary-Middle School, Marlinton Middle School, and Hillsboro Elementary competed in the county Spelling Bee on December 13, 2018.

According to Mrs. Baldwin, the English Language Arts teacher at GBEMS, the goal of the spelling bee is to “help students improve spelling, vocabulary, and develop correct English usage.”

Students took turns spelling difficult words until only a few remained. As the competition went on, many students got eliminated but continued to cheer on their peers. The final rounds were exciting and two students fought hard to win. Jordan Farris from Marlinton Middle School won first place. The two-runners up were Paul Jordan in second place and Dillan Dunz came in third; both students were from Marlinton Middle School.

Nacota Smith, an eight-grade student who represented GBEMS in the county spelling bee said, that he thought the competition “was exciting.” Cammi Warner, a fifth grade student at GBMES said, “I thought the competition was hard.”

Winner Jordan Farris will go to The Gazette-Mail Regional Spelling Bee on March 9, 2019 at Capital High School.

West Virginia History Comes Alive to GBEMS 8th Grade Students

By: Emily R., Student Reporter

The Green Bank Elementary-Middle School eighth grade went to West Virginia Wesleyan College to watch the Golden Horseshoe Musical on October 23, 2018. The Golden Horseshoe Musical is a play about the history of West Virginia but is told through the perspective of an eighth grader who is studying for the Golden Horseshoe test.

All eighth-grade students in West Virginia are given the opportunity to take the Golden Horsehoe Test which assesses students’ knowledge on West Virginia history.  The eighth grade went to see the musical because it is a visual representation of the material on the test and it will help them understand West Virginia history better.

Eighth-grader Madison Arbogast said the Golden Horseshoe Musical “inspired me to do better on the test.” Fellow classmate, Mason Solliday said the musical was “fun and educational.”

Students will continue to prepare for the Golden Horseshoe Test which they will take prior to the holiday break. 

Students Learn About Native Pollinators and Pollination

By Matthew C. and Willie O., Student Reporters

On October 10, 6th graders at GBEMS went to Marlinton Ranger Station where they learned about pollinators and pollination. Amy Lovell, an Ecologist with Monongahela National Forest, said the purpose of the trip was for 6th students to “learn about native pollinators and their role in a healthy, functioning ecosystem.”

Students did numerous activities to expand their understanding of pollination including working in the garden planting native plants to encourage pollinators to visit, collecting native seeds to make “seed bombs” and making butterfly feeders.

Green Bank Students Love Reading with Puppies, Paperback and Popcorn Event

By: Miranda G. and Kaydence W., Student Reporters

There is nothing more fun than puppies, paperbacks, and popcorn. On October 9th, students in preschool through 2nd grade attended an afterschool reading event called Puppies, Paperbacks, and Popcorn. 

During the event, parents met in the library for a presentation about the importance of reading to their child. Students gathered in the preschool room for a read aloud activity. GBEMS librarian Mrs. Shinaberry, read four books to the children with the help of her puppet dog named Wallace. Each student received a stuffed puppy, two paperback books, and popcorn. The kids were very excited to get popcorn and a stuffed puppy. Preschooler, Cora Baldwin said, “I like getting the popcorn and puppy.” 1st grader, Ethan Jones agreed the “getting popcorn” was fun.

Puppies, Paperbacks, and Popcorn was an amazing event to encourage kids to read. The students want to give a special thanks to Mrs. Rittenhouse for making the event happen.

GBEMS Students Experience History Firsthand

By: Melinda B. and Isabella B., Student Reporters

On October 5, 2018, the Green Bank Elementary-Middle school 8th-grade class went to Huntersville, WV to learn about Pocahontas County Civil War history. Mrs. Ryder, social studies teacher at GBEMS, organized the trip because it fits into what students are studying in WV state history. Also, it is local happening that students may not get to experience otherwise. When students arrived they learned how the soldiers lived during the war. The students also learned about the responsibilities that the women had during the Civil War. Not only did students learn a lot but they enjoyed the trip as well. Eighth-grade student Jesse Johnston said “I thought that the Civil War cemetery was really interesting because they showed us how to identify unmarked Civil War graves.” Fellow classmate Brycen Carroll said “I really like that the four Generals told us how they lived during the war.”

GBEMS Gets New Water Fountain. How Do Students Like It So Far?

By Kaydence W., Student Reporter

Today, I interviewed three elementary students about the new water fountain in the cafeteria to find out if they like the water fountain and to ask why they think they got it.

The first elementary student I asked was in the third-grade and I asked her, “Do you like the new water fountain?” She said she likes it, but she has not been able to fill her water bottle up in it yet.

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