Career Tech Scholars explored Invent2Make in downtown Youngstown. Scholars built rovers using 3D printed wheels and gears and created logos using Canva. The logos will be made and given to the scholars when they are completed. We are looking forward to participating in the Mars Rover Competition in April for our Engineering Unit.
On Wednesday, January 11, 52 scholars and staff members went to see the Broadway touring production of Hamilton at Cleveland Playhouse Square. This tied in nicely with their social studies lessons, and they had to all addition to go by singing a Hamilton song to Dr. Donofrio:)
After 18 rounds, we have our Spelling Bee Champion, Makaila Rowland in 7th grade! She won on the word, "intubated" and then had to spell "seminary" to win!
Scholars put on a performance for the school on December 20th. It was a shorter show than the after school show held earlier this month and was full of talent! Way to go performers!
Here are some physical education students working on problem solving activities. Our sixth graders have been climbing across our new rock wall while our seventh and eighth graders have been working on cooperative activities. They had to reposition themselves on our balance beams without falling off and then had to get everyone over a four foot rope using only themselves and a wooden plank. These classes have done an amazing job all semester and they are truly finishing strong.
Our RECMS physical education students got some hands-on experience with our new climbing equipment (The Whittle). These students used teamwork, cooperation, communication, and a ton of patience to complete some very difficult tasks.
Thursday, December 8 scholars put on a spectacular Winter Showcase for the Fine Arts! Doors opened at 5:30 and it was a packed house! Performances by Choir, Drama and Dance were enjoyed by all and the Visual Arts by Art and Stagecraft were stunning. Career Tech students helped createThe REC Shop and run concessions.
2022 marks the first time THE RECMS Band has played in the Light Up Downtown Youngstown parade! We were the only stand-alone middle school band there! The event was well attended and the kids had a lot of fun participating in the parade by either playing in the band, passing out candy and REC pamphlets or chanting, "Here we go Tigers, Here we go!"
Until next year...GOOOO Tigers!
On Sunday, November 20, 2022, eleven students went to represent Rayen Early College Middle School at Ohio's Statehouse in Columbus. Scholars had the opportunity to write their own bills and go through the entire bill passing process with other Ohio Schools. RECMS took 6 pieces of legislation and Quenci Duckworth represented the 2022 Lt. Governor.
Scholars present and defend/debate the legislation with other Ohio schools in the Statehouse where they're permitted to use committee rooms & the Senate/House chambers. Ohio has 33 Senators and 99 Representatives that use these rooms and sit in the very seats scholars used.
O'Tayveon Green was selected to sing, The National Anthem, a cappella, to kick off the event. This was his first time singing solo in front of a crowd and he was spectacular!
Porter Wilson's bill on schools providing a clothing stipend for low-income students was 1 of 4 pieces signed by the student Governor. He had a tough debate and did it alone!
Special Awards were given to:
Jenna Kent - Outstanding Senator &
O'Tayveon Green - Outstanding Delegate
RECMS ran for 3 offices and won them ALL!!! The 2023 winning officers are:
Taelynn Davis-Speaker of the House
Meliyah Edwards-President of the Senate
Congratulations Yanuelis! You're the lucky winner of a brand new sewing machine and starter kit! We cannot wait to see the things you will create! Perhaps you will be able to help with some costume design for our Spring production of The Lion King Jr.
Thank you to all our sewing applicants for taking the time to write or record a response. Your words were heartfelt and we loved reading about your passion for learning something new or keeping family traditions alive.
We gave out over 200 turkeys and had exactly enough! That was crazy! We had big donors such as RECMS Middle School parent, Miguel Rojas Nueva's, who donated 30 turkeys, John and Jackie French who donated 25 and Jimmy Venerosa who donated 6 WalMart Gift cards! Dr. Freeman, Mr. Matlock and Stacy Quinones helped to pass out turkeys! We even have additional gift cards to kick off our Santa's Workshop!
Today (11/11/22), Mr. Gregory and myself had the pleasure of taking our 8th grade choir and theater classes to see La Boheme! Wow! What an amazing show it was! We got to follow the story of Rodolpho and Marcello as they found new love, renewed love and dealt with heartbreak! A show sung in Italian may seem like a tough obstacle to overcome, but our scholars loved the show! Many of our scholars were so moved by the performance that they were crying or on the verge of tears at the end! I want to thank everyone that helped make this trip possible. I believe it is an experience that the scholars will be able to cherish, and that they can move forward with an even better understanding of the Arts!
Career Tech scholars learned how to sew, creating doggy bandanas to donate to a local animal shelter to give to pets upon adoption. All bandanas were made with LOVE!