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.

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.