Towles Intermediate School Academic Events

2016-17 Academic Events

8th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies

The 8th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies classes wrapped up the school year by completing team projects about the Wild West. Each team researched a different topic involving the West and created an infographic to demonstrate their research and knowledge. Check out this one:Women of the Wild West

8th Grade Math and Science

Eighth grade Math and Science students (pictured from left to right: Kayla Bliven, Casey Stephens, Mayra Mendez, and Logan Ross) presented their Periodic Table Exhibit at Science Central on Sunday, March 19th. Their Periodic Table exhibit will remain on display for a year until next year’s 8th grade Math and Science students replace it with their own. Make sure to check out the new exhibit located in the Demonstration Theater at Science Central the next time you go!

8th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies

8th Grade Language Arts students recently finished a project called Window of War, in which they learned about and compared the French & Indian War and Revolutionary War. Each team used a vintage window to create a display that reflected a specific event in each war and why they were important. They also created short video clips to accompany their window, which are linked to the display with a QR code. On Monday, November 21, each team presented their window and video to 2 judges, employees from the History Center, who selected 6 teams to have their displays put into the museum for a temporary exhibit. The winning windows will be on display at the History Center from mid-December through February 2017.

In this project, 8th grade LASS students learned about the Three Branches of Government, Separation of Powers, Checks and Balances, and the Electoral College. They also researched the current presidential election. All students wrote a letter to the next president about a current issue that they would like to see changed/fixed at the national level. Each letter contained quotes, research, and facts about the chosen issue as well as the student’s opinion on the topic. Topics ranged from Gun Control, Immigration, Higher Education, Climate Change, and more. 20 of the top student letters were chosen to be published on the national website Letters2president.org for the public to read. Currently there are 4,100 student letters on the site, and now Towles New Tech has put its mark on it! (Link to Letters to the President

7th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies

The 7th grade LASS students all participated in the Holding Down the Fort project during the month of September. All students were charged with the task of learning about the 4 major civilizations (Ancient China, India, Mesopotamia and Egypt). All of these successful civilizations had 8 characteristics in common: rivers, technology/innovations, religion, government, social hierarchy, culture, food supply, art & architecture. Students then researched the history of Fort Wayne and found that we had many similarities. Students wrote a comparative essay explaining how Fort Wayne is like a great ancient civilization. They then worked in teams to use this same argument to create a promotional video about the great civilization of Fort Wayne. These videos were reviewed and judged by Visit Fort Wayne and the two winners have their videos posted on Visit Fort Wayne’s blog

8th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies

The 8th graders at Towles New Tech had the 3rd Annual Early American Fair at Towles on Thursday, October 20th. The 6-9 students visited the Fair this year and enjoyed learning about life during the colonial period. They learned about quilting, blacksmiths, the art of the fan, dancing the minuet, making flax, the use of horses, militia life, candle-making, silhouettes, calligraphy, weaving, apple cider-making, children’s games, and so much more! The 8th graders dressed in period clothing and created all of the exhibits themselves during their Language Arts and Social Studies project, "Speaking of the Past: Our American Heritage." Pictures from the fair will be posted soon!

 

 

2015-16 Academic Events

8th Grade Math/Science

8th Grade Math/Science

Several 8th grade students at Towles New Tech went to Chick-Fil-A at Jefferson Point on Friday, March 25th and Saturday, March 26th, to collect data that they will use in their 8th grade Math/Science course to estimate the amount of water being sequestered in landfills and identify the potential effects of removing that much water from the water cycle. This is the second year that TNT students have gained valuable experience by talking to Chick-Fil-A customers and collecting real data that they will then use to solve a real-world environmental problem. Going clockwise from the top left, the students who participated were Izaak Berghoff, Amara Lueker, Ashontis Steel, Martina Solis, Thea Lwin, Zeah Merritt, and Ceci Moran.

8th Grade Math/Science

8th Grade Math/Science

On March 20th, the 8th grade TED-Ed Club student facilitators at Towles New Tech unveiled a new exhibit at Science Central titled “Elemental Interaction.” This exhibit is an interactive periodic table designed to engage children of all ages and educate them about each element on the periodic table. All 8th grade students contributed to this exhibit and they received a DonorsChoose.org grant that helped them create it. This exhibit replaces last year’s 8th grade periodic table exhibit and will be on display until next year when the new group of 8th grade students creates their own version. The exhibit is located in the Demonstration Theater at Science Central. The student facilitators who attended the exhibit unveiling were Thea Lwin, Casey Chapman, Amaela Bruce, Mya Statler, Annijah McGraw, and Zeah Merritt (in order from left to right).

8th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies

On March 24th, the 8th grade Language Arts and Social Studies students at Towles New Tech presented their projects to three important community members. The project required each team to design a monument for Fort Wayne that incorporated Indiana’s involvement in the Civil War and also celebrated the Bicentennial (200 year anniversary) of Indiana’s statehood. The guest judges present were Bill Brown (County Councilman and President of the Downtown Improvement Committee), Curt Witcher, (Director of the ACPL Genealogy Department, Civil War Expert, and Manager of the Indiana Bicentennial Committee), and Mike Nagel (Land Surveyor for the Indiana Department of Transportation).
8th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies
Mike Nagel listening to students Amaela Bruce and Casey Chapman presenting their monument idea.
8th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies
Bill Brown listening to students Payton Gorman, Thea Lwin, and Iris Miller presenting their monument idea.
8th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies
Curt Witcher listening to students Simon Twiss, Emily Malagon, and Maddie Derr presenting their monument idea.

Regional Science Fair

Two 8th grade students, Zeah Merritt and Rachael Pickett, competed at the Regional Science Fair on March 5, 2016. Zeah Merritt won three awards for her science fair project titled "Trash...does it disappear?" The awards she received include the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award, the American Meteorological Society Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for Ability and Creativity in an Atmospheric Science Exhibit, and the Fox Island Alliance Award for Environmental Excellence Runner-Up (which included a monetary prize in addition to a certificate). Congratulations to Zeah and Rachael for competing at the Regional Science Fair! 
Regional Science Fair
 
Regional Science Fair
 

Science Fair

The Towles Science Fair was Wednesday, January 13th! As part of the eighth-grade science curriculum, students completed a Science Fair project that helped improve their scientific literacy skills. Two students have been selected to move on to the Northeast Indiana Regional Science Fair - Rachael Pickett and Zeah Merritt! 

Advanced Art

On December 9th, we had 6 people from our community come in and evaluate the 7th and 8th grade art portfolio websites.  Follow this link to check out what students created and see some pictures of their presentations.

8th Grade Math/Science

Students have completed their element videos for the Interactive Periodic Table. Our TED-Ed student facilitators will be working on creating the Interactive Periodic Table exhibit for Science Central in December and January. Here’s a sneak peek at several of the videos that will be included in the final exhibit that will be on display in March. 

8th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies

8th Grade Language Arts / Social Studies had two employees from the History Center at our school on Monday, November 9th, to judge window displays that had a chance to be displayed at the Fort Wayne History Center in December. This is for the 8th grade project, “Gazing Through the Window of War”. Eight teams were selected as winners, and one grand display was chosen from those 8 teams. The winning team was comprised of Kyler Davis, Skyler Anderson, Jordi Guerrero-Hernandez, and Connor Causey.
 
The winners of the Windows of War competition, 8th grade students, Kyler Davis, Jordi Guerrero-Hernandez, Connor Causey, and Skyler Anderson.
 
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Eighth-grade students, Bryce Kiefer, Simon Twiss, Caleb Wetzel, and Nick Chapman with their final window display for the competition. Play 8th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies 7 8th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies 8