During the Spring semester FFA and AVID students teamed up to participate in a 10 week study called "DIG IN." "DIG IN" is a program sponsored by Voices into Action to teach nutrition education. West Lee Middle School was this year's host site. Students learned valuable information regarding healthy eating habits, growing vegetables, and food preparation. Students from Meredith College and North Carolina A&T State University mentored our students and lead the program. They were instrumental in sharing their college experience with our students. Volunteers from the Greensboro Cooperative Extension Office as well as Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) came out in support of our students, helping them to understand the importance of healthy eating. Each week students were taught a mini lesson covering topics including vitamins and minerals, difference between fruits and vegetables, and using knives in the kitchen. The highlight of each week was at the end when students were able to taste the many items that they had been learning about. These included broccoli, kale, spinach, and kiwi. Students were also able to make their own dishes like vegetable pasta salad, bell pepper boats, and apple sandwiches. Our students loved the hands-on gardening experiences. They were also surprised to learn that they loved eating fruits and vegetables. This was a wonderful experience for all parties involved and carried over into the homes of our students. We sincerely hope to continue this in the future!
The West Lee FFA Chapter was well represented at the South Central Regional FFA Rally on Friday April 15th. FFA students Lexi Patterson, Zach Vasquez, Will Smith, and James Shover came in 2nd place for the Exploring Biotechnology Career Development Event. FFA students Mackenzie Cameron, Mackenzie Perry, Jordan Hooker, and Josephine Shelton received a participation award for the Exploring Biotechnology Quiz Bowl. FFA Students Jordan Hooker, Hannah Huffman, Madison Mortez, and Riley Gaddy came in 1st place for the Junior Farm Business Management Career Development Event. Ginny Smith came in 1st place in the region and 3rd place in the state for the Public Speaking Career Development Event. She will be recognized later this summer at the North Carolina State FFA Convention for this award!
Mrs. Peele's Math II class recently worked on an Angry Birds Project. This project justifies how the Angry Birds game works. Students were given a different representation of the quadratic flight paths of 4 birds (Red, Blue, Yellow, and Black). Students found the equations, axis of symmetry, roots, flight path, vertex, and length of flight of each bird. The students then were able to acknowledge which of the four birds hit the Moustache Pig and King Pig.
A huge CONGRATULATIONS goes to one of West Lee’s Finest, Ms. Kerner for being awarded by Lee County School District as Assistant Principal of the Year. Ms. Kerner’s hard work, diligence, dedication, and loyalty to the students and families were recognized by her peers and she was rewarded because of her relentless effort. She was awarded the Assistant Principal of the Year on September 22, 2015. On behalf of the West Lee Family, Thank You Ms. Kerner. There are no words that can express how grateful we are to have you at West Lee and we appreciate your hard work and know that you are truly deserving of this award.
To learn more about Voices Into Action and see what other projects are going on in the region, visit http://voicesintoaction.org