Beginning Tuesday, March 10, the school day at West Lee will be extended 15 minutes. Classes will now end at 3:00 pm. This change in schedule will be in effect until the end of the school year.
West Lee Celebrates Black History Month
On Thursday, March 12, 2015 the Pride Connections Club hosted the annual Black History Month Celebration at West Lee Middle School. The theme for this year's celebration was "The Harlem Renaissance." There were performances by the West Lee Pride Steppers and songs from Ms. Shaylena Wood and Ms. Melanie Parker. Mrs. Lisa Bellini, Ms. Lavonne Stover, and Ms. Edna Stephens read poetry selections from Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou. The West Lee Jazz Ensemble, led by Mr. Devin Rauson, gave beautiful performances of “Killer Joe” by Benny Golson and Cannonball Adderley’s “Work Song.” Mrs. Valerie Nelson read the poem, "My Goal," written by Ruby Wallace, the same age as many of our students. The poem was an inspiring look into the goals and dreams of a young girl of color written a couple of generations before. Although much delayed by the effects of weather on our schedule, the Black History Month Celebration was a moving and thoughtful event that was well worth the wait.
So How Do You Know When
When you see West Lee students (the self-proclaimed Tie-Dye Pi Groupies) in tie-dye shirts with numbers on their back, of course. Two of Mrs. Susan Davis’ Math II students, Marissa R. and Ashlyn S., decided that celebrating the Pi Day of the Century required a special touch. So they took it upon themselves to collect tee shirts, tie dye them, mark them with the first ten digits of Pi, and share them with their classmates. Though you can’t tell it from the picture, the students are lined up in the appropriate Pi order.
And what, you may be asking, is the Pi Day of the Century? This year is the only time this century that the date (3-14-15 at 9:26 and 53 seconds) matches the first 10 digits of Pi (3.141592653). And for the math lovers out there, it happens twice! Enjoy your Pi (Day).
Learning Math the Angry Bird Way
Students in Mrs. Susan Davis’ Math II classes have been getting into the math of Angry Birds. The students are studying quadratics, which form the basis of the flight paths taken by the birds in the game. For a two-day project, each student was given a bird with specific information regarding its flight. Some were given an equation, some a table, some a graph, and some just points. From the information given, each student had to figure out the path—a quadratic equation—his or her bird flew and give the maximum height, roots, axis of symmetry, and the distance traveled. In addition, the students had to tell whether the bird would hit one of the two pigs placed on the chart. As you can see from the pictures, the students took their game calculations very seriously.
West Lee's 2015 yearbook is now available for preorder. There are a limited number of books in production, so reserve your copy early.
Yearbooks may be purchased online with a credit card at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/. Use order number 10569 to quickly reach West Lee's information. Nameplates for yearbooks may only be ordered with the online sales. The online sales will remain open through April but may close early if the books sell out.
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