MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT ARTICLES

COMPUTER SCIENCE CLASS:

Coding: Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades have been learning HTML and CSS programing languages to code their own websites from the ground up through Code.org. The following is a very small sample of students' work.

Website 1Website 2Website 3Website 4Website 5Website 6

5TH GRADE:

March Maddness Book Tournament: Sixteen picture books that were read throughout the year were chosen to compete in a Sweet16 March Madness Book Tournament. Students voted on the books each week to narrow it down to 8, then 4, then 2. Finally, students voted on the winner for the 2019 Book of the Year!

2019 Tournament of Books

STEM - Mr. Johnson's Classroom

Hot Air Ballons: Students learned about how air density can provide lift.

STEM Career Path Posters: Students learned about different types of engineers and what they design.

Cave Paintings: In homeroom, students created cave paintings to go along with a book they read.

 Hot Air Ballon Launch - 3/21/2019

7th GRADE:

I Am Poems: The "I Am" poetry activity is for students to discover how poets (and all writers) use concrete imagery to evoke abstract themes. This is an exercise in "showing not telling" as a writer.

A photo of the "I Am" poetry activity.

8th GRADE:

Quilt Squares: During the language arts Human Spirit Unit, students learned about various historical people who showed powerful human qualities such as bravery, leadership, kindness, and loyalty. Students then chose a person to honor who demonstrates great human spirit. Choices ranged from family members to presidents to musicians. Students designed paper "quilt squares" with a quote, picture, and an explaiantion of how the person chosen is worthy of this honor, as well as the original border. Indiviual quilt squares were combined to make a larger paper quilt.

ROBOTICS CLUB:

Final countdown to competition:

TEACHERS IN THE NEWS

Andrew Johnson - Featured in BHSU Alumni

6th Grade Science at Belle Fourche Middle School – Black Hills State Unveristy graduate class of 2013 and class of 2015 - Feature travel to China, germanium technology and its impact at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. View more details here. March 2019

Education 2018 Honorees - Penny Shuster Louks

8th Grade Language Arts at Belle Fouche Middle School – Featured in Black Hills Parent Magazine as an Education 2018 Honoree - View more details here. Spring 2018

Anonymous Donor Rewards Board-Certified Teachers

6 of 8 National Board-Certified Teachers at the Belle Fourche School District – Teach at the Belle Fourche Middle School - Joann Stephens, Julie Hatling, Reva Potter, Penny Louks, Wendy Larson, Ann Anderson View more details here. 1/3/12 – Butte County Post

Belle Fourche (Teacher) Basketball Standout Honored at Northern State Wolves

Jammie (Coyle) Raba (BFMS language arts teacher) was inducted into the 2010 Hall of Fame. View mor details here. 1/6/11

2015 NSIC Hall of Fame – Jammie (Coyle) Raba – Northern State Basketball

Jammie Raba – Profile on YouTube View more details here. 7/20/15

Belle Teacher Honored by White House

Ann Anderson, Middle School Science Teacher, receives the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. View more details here. 12/23/13 – Black Hills Pioneer View more details here.

BHSU Mascot Sting Surprises Belle Fourche National Award Winning Educator

Ann Anderson, honored by Black Hills State University for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. View more details here. 3/31/14 – BHSU News & Events

President Obama Honors Outstanding Mathematics and Science Teachers

Julie Hatling, Belle Fourche Middle School Math Teacher, is state-level finalist for 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
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Belle Fourche School District names Employee, Teacher of Year

Julie Hatling, 2014 – 2015, Teacher of the Year View more details here. 5/16/15 – Black Hills Pioneer

Belle Fourche Educator Honored

JoAnn Stephens received both the American Legion District 1 Educator of the Year award and the 2015 South Dakota American Legion Educator of the Year award. View more details here. 6/16/15 – Butte County Post

Brain-Injured Teen Gets Chance To “Go-Fast” in Marathon

Chris Riley, Belle Fourche Middle School Social Studies Teacher, helps a brain-injured teen “run” fast in a marathon and both become an inspiration for many. View more details here. 7/25/14 – Argus Leader