. . . . . . Nov. 25 - 27: No School, Thanksgiving break . . . . . . Dec. 21 - Jan. 1: No School . . . . . . Jan. 4: No School, Professional Development / Teacher workday . . . . . . Jan. 5: School resumes . . . . . .

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The physical education department recently wrapped up a basketball unit, which looked at several techniques incorporated in a variety of activities. These activities focused on the fundamental techniques of shooting, dribbling, and passing at the individual level and through team play. The students were given shooting technique instruction and evaluated while performing basketball golf, which focused on form and accuracy. The instruction on the dribbling technique focused on spatial awareness and maintaining ball control in an activity called tails. The passing technique consisted of the basic bounce, chest, and overhead passes to stationary and moving targets using a weave activity. The primary goal of these activities leads to the development of basketball game play and giving student the opportunity to enjoy this recreational and competitive sport.

Over the next few weeks the physical education classes will be focusing on a nutrition unit covering multiple topics.  Some of these topics will highlight effects of soda pop and energy drinks, vegan and gluten free lifestyles, sugar vs sweeteners, obesity, healthy eating choices, organic food vs GMO’s, antibiotics and hormones injected into foods and their effects.  Students will be researching these different topics and creating their projects on Google slides and presenting it to the class. If anyone has information they would like to contribute about these concepts, please contact Lisa Dowdy or Harrison Campbell. 

Middle school winter sports practices are well underway for wrestling and basketball.  We kick off our first home middle school winter sports activity on Monday evening, November 23 at 5pm in our middle school gym with home basketball. 

This upcoming season the Chicks return 12 players who played last year as 7th graders. Individuals who played on the A Team last year that went 7-7 include Kylie Campbell, Braylee Davis, Jacey Faust, Paige Hicks and Jordan Hoerl. Returners who played on last years B Team that was 5-5 include Haley Comegys, Hanah Hocker, Sydney Lamborn, Tanner Reffitt, Brylee Wells, and Rachel Wilhoit. With all the experience coming back, the Chicks have higher expectations and hope to continue to show improvement as the team finished last season with a record of 5-2 after Christmas.

The Chicks first game is on Monday, November 23rd at Harrisonville at 5pm. The A Team will then resume play after Thanksgiving break playing in the Grain Valley Tournament November 30th, December 2nd and 4th. All tournament games are at Grain Valley North Middle School and start at 7pm. The first home game is an A/B doubleheader on December 7th versus Odessa.

The Pleasant Hill Middle School Rooster basketball began November 2nd.  We had a lot of boys tryout with a lot of talent.  The 7th and 8th grade teams have been selected, and we are just a few practices away from our first game.  Our first contest of the year is at home against the Harrisonville Wildcats on November 23th.  Coach Hutzell will coach the 8th graders this season.  We have a talented core group of 8th grades (many played last year as 7th graders) along with a few new players to fill the roster.  Coach Kober who is now student teaching at the high school will again coach the 7th grade team. The 7th graders had tough competition at tryouts and are progressing nicely into the program.  The coaches are excited to work with the boys and look forward to them also learning a few life lessons along the way while growing as athletes. 

Jenny Daniel, Principal

Upcoming events:

Nov. 23:  Home Boys BB
Nov. 24:  Home Wrestling
Nov. 25-27: No School, Thanksgiving break
Dec. 18: End of Second Qtr / First Semester
Dec. 21 - Jan. 1: No School, Winter / Christmas break
Jan. 4: No School, Professional Development / teacher workday
Jan. 5: School resumes


Battle of the Brains

Burns & McDonnell an engineering design firm headquartered in Kansas City, MO announced today, Pleasant Hill Middle School has two exhibits in its top 20 finalists for the Battle of the Brains competition. Battle of the Brains is in an academic competition for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Pleasant Hill Middle School is the first school to ever have two teams from the same school get in the top 20.

Exhibits are:

  • Newton's Playground
    The 8th grade Battle of the Brains team strived for a successful and designed an exhibit,Newton’s Playground, that represents Newton's three laws of motion. In their exhibit visitors will engage in activities that will demonstrate Newton’s laws of motion. Newton's Playground will include a giant Newton's cradle, ziplines, stomp rockets, and many other attractions. This exhibit will be educational yet fun.   
  • A Bug’s Eye View
    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to see the way an ant sees the world? Well, withA Bug’s Eye View, you can do that and much more!A Bug’s Eye View is an exhibit about the environment. Kids who visit this exhibit will learn about the animals, plants, and other things that they can find in their own backyard gardens. Kids can explore the parts of a flower and how insects are useful in an ecosystem through a fun outdoor playground.A Bug’s Eye View includes a Flower Observation Tower where you can learn about the parts of a flower, a Decomposition Log where you can learn about the decomposition process, some Spiderwebs that you can climb on while learning about arachnids, a Honeycomb that you can build, and many other places where you can learn about the ecosystem. 

The finalists were judged by a Science City/Burns & McDonnell panel of experts in science, engineering and academia. The panel evaluates and ranks the entries according to the criteria, and based on the ranking selects the Top 20, 10 entries from each division. The judges’ ranking of the top 20 accounts for 70 percent of the final rankings. The remaining 30 percent of the final rankings are determined by a public vote from November 7-14.

The Battle of the Brains winners will be announced at an event on November 18 at 10am in Science City at Union Station.


For detailed locations & times, please visit online Middle School calendar below

Attendance Line, 987-9204

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