Thursday, December 17, 2015

Butcher-Greene Elementary Students Give More than 500 Potato Boxes to GAP

Students at Butcher Greene Elementary school participated in a food drive for the Grandview Assistance Program, GAP, in December as part of Project ECC (Enhancing Community Collaborations) led by UMKC.  Teachers Michelle Mosiman, Judy Robben, Cathy Christiansen and Tammy Anderson participated in the program to explore community collaborations and service learning projects that connected with curriculum.

The teachers challenged each classroom to donate a minimum of 20 boxes of potatoes to give to GAP. Surprisingly, the students exceeded that goal and one class actually donated 545 boxes!  Way to go Butcher Greene!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Meadowmere Mechanical Maniacs Head to FIRST Robotics Regional Competition

Robtotics students at Meadowmere aren’t far behind the GMS Techno Dogs as they both head to regionals.  The Meadowmere Mechanical Maniacs also qualified for the January competition. That’s the first in district history where there’s been two teams competing.  The Mechanical Maniacs won for Robot Performance this past weekend at Bingham Middle School in Independence.

The theme for FIRST Lego League this year is Trash Trek, so it’s all about recycling. The team had to build and program a Lego EV3 robot to complete mission that were related to reducing, reusing, and recycling.  The team was the first in the region to get 500 points or more in competition this season by earning 502 points in performance.

“Our students worked very hard on their robot game, presentation, and team work paid off. We are very excited to head to Union Station in January,” said Carrie McDonald, Meadowmere Mechanical Maniacs Coach.

The FIRST Lego League Championship will be at Union Station January 16th.

GMS Robotics Team Head to Regionals

Congratulations to Grandview Middle School teacher Jason Reese and GMS First Lego League Robotics Team for advancing to the Championship at Union Station in January. This is the first time a Grandview school has qualified for the Kansas City regional competition in Lego League robotics!
The GMS Techno Dogs robotics team competed at the local qualifying tournament.    During the competition the team presented a research project, completed a team building activity, and discussed the design of their robot and game strategy with judges.  In the afternoon the team got three attempts to score as many points as possible on the robot playing field. The team’s high score was 261 points, which was good enough for 14th place.  However, they were selected by the judges as having the most creative solution to the trash related project they worked on.  This award, plus finishing in the top half of robot game scores, qualified them for the Kansas City Regional Competition at Union Station January 16th!  

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Thursday Dec. 3

PLEASE JOIN US!! The City of Grandview will be hosting is annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting event THIS THURSDAY, December 3 at the View Community Center. Mayor Leonard Jones will be reading ‘Twas the Night before Christmas” to all the little ones in attendance.  Several of our elementary school choirs will be showcasing their talent during the show.  Conn West, Butcher-Greene, Belvidere and Martin City will be spreading their holiday cheer with a few holiday songs, before the highlight of the event, the lighting of the tree.  Below is a schedule of their performance.   

Conn West 6:00p-6:15p
Butcher-Greene 6:15p-6:30p
Belvidere 6:30p-6:45p

Martin City 6:45p-7:00p

Conn West 5th Grader Wins Spelling Bee Second Year in a Row

Congratulations to Na’Kya Hawkins for winning the Conn West Spelling Bee Monday.  Hawkins won by spelling the word ‘iambic’ in the final rounds.  Fourth grader David Franklin didn’t make it easy for Hawkins.  Franklin took second place. Both were neck and neck for the last nine of 20 rounds!

Hawkins will go on to the divisional spelling bee to represent Conn West in February.  If she makes it five rounds she will go on to the Jackson County Bee.