Thursday, May 26, 2005

Education

Making pinch pots
Sheri Marshall, a local potter, came to Marshall Academy on Thursday, May 5 to teach students about ceramics. She worked with all the students in first through sixth grades as well as Mrs. Ford’s seventh through 12th grade art classes. She started with letting the students do a “hands-on” project by teaching them how to make a pinch pot. Sheri feels that it is important for children of all ages to be able to touch clay. She felt it for the first time when she was five years old and fell in love with it. Each pot that the students made was unique even though they were using the same technique. She will fire the pots in her personal kiln and give them back to the students for them to paint. Sheri also showed a video of her throwing a pot on the wheel. She talked to them about the physics of the wheel and the process that a piece of pottery goes through. All of the students enjoyed her presentation and making their first ceramic pot. Marshall Academy hopes to get the equipment for a ceramics lab in their art department, so that students can further develop their ceramics skills. Pictured above, Bronwyn McNeill helps second graders Jake Jones and Chase Clanton as they begin to work on their pinch pots.


Potts Camp Jr. Beta Club inductees
The Potts Camp Jr. Beta Club inducted 31 new members in grades seven and eight during the initiation ceremony held Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m. Presenting certificates were co-sponsors Carol Gurley and Lela Hale. Vice-president Dustin Minor opened the candlelight ceremony by reading the mission statement. Laken Cook presented the vision statement. Treasurer, Zach Franklin, ad hoc committee chairperson, Cara Paiz; Dustin and Laken participated in lighting the candidates’ candles. Assistant principal Ray Kennedy encouraged the members with his inspiration. Numerous parents, grandparents and family members attended. The officers who have served during the 2004-2005 year are as follows: Brittany Bass, president; Dustin Minor, vice-president; Sidney Clayton, secretary; and Zach Franklin, treasurer. Eighth graders being inducted were Justin Ash, Jessica Ash, Latasha Davis, Queen Dean, Rita Dollahan, Christina Ford, Andrea Haney, David Russom, Justin Whitworth, and Kyle Swinford. Seventh graders being inducted were Briancus Campbell, Ali Cheatwood, Kayla Courson, Jeremy Dillard, Allison Faries, Jonathon Faulker, James Franco, Ashton Gandy, Hanna Goolsby, Joey Gurley, George Hampton, Savannah Henson, Tess Hill, Shawna Levitt, Tyler Mayer, Justin Miller, Larry Miller, Jeffery Rikard, Samantha Stinson, Shelby Sanderson, and Candie Whitworth.


Kid’s Kollege at Northwest offers opportunities for youth

A variety of opportunities for area youth will be available this summer through Northwest Community College’s Kids’ Kollege.

Science, Space and Adventure Camp with instructors Robin Robison and Bud Donahou will be held June 4 for grades one-four, and June 11 for children in grades five-eight. Participants will learn more about the plant and animal kingdoms and space exploration. They will also go on a scavenger hunt using a GPS receiver. The fee is $40 which includes lunch and snacks.

French Camp for Children, set for June 13-17 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., is for students who will be in the fourth or fifth grades in the upcoming school year. They will learn some of the French language, explore the culture and learn about French influence in America. Activities include singing French folk songs, tasting French food and making a portfolio. Carieann Howell will be the instructor, and the fee is $55. Classes will be held in the Yalobusha Building, Room 120.

Tennis Camp is for boys and girls who will be in the fourth through sixth grade for the upcoming school year. They will learn the fundamentals of the game including rules and etiquette, grip, forehand, backhand and serves. Students should bring their own rackets if possible. The camp will be held June 13-17 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Northwest tennis courts. Cameron Blount will be the instructor, and the fee is $75.

Blount will also teach the Golf Camp which is scheduled for June 13-17 from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Northwest tennis courts. Campers can include fourth through seventh graders for the upcoming school year. Fundamentals of the game of golf will be covered including scoring and terminology. Students should bring their own clubs. The fee is $75.

Computer Camp will be held June 20-24 in the computer lab in the Tunica Building. Grades 3-4 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon, while grades 5-6 will meet from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Students will learn how to copy and paste text and photographs from the Internet and place them in a word processing document. Digital photography will also be covered. Helen Williamson will be the instructor. The fee is $75.

Spanish for Children with instructor Wendy Gregory will be held June 20-24 in Room 120 of the Yalobusha Building. Besides learning greetings and other conversational Spanish, participants will learn about Hispanic culture. A Spanish fiesta, including a lunch from El Charro, will complete the class. The fee is $55.

A field trip is scheduled to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., June 24-25 for boys and girls entering fourth through eighth grades. Participants will tour the facility and view displays of artifacts from the space program. They can also experience hands-on interactive exhibits and space travel simulators. The fee of $75 includes lodging, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, a T-shirt, and admission to the center and the IMAX movie. Each child will need money for the two evening meals and optional gift shop purchases. The reservation deadline is June 8. The trip will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

American Red Cross swimming classes will be offered for beginners, advanced beginners, intermediate swimmers and water babies. All classes will be held in June, and fees vary. Contact the office of Continuing Education for exact dates and prices.

For more information or to register for any of these classes, contact Patricia Lowder, coordinator for Continuing Education, at (662) 562-3349.


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