STEAM in action: “Healthy Me, Healthy We”

“A Healthy Me, A Healthy We”- Math Restaurant Projects in full swing

steamy-in-mathSeventh grade buccaneers are hard at work on their semester expedition focusing on nutrition and fitness as part of a larger central theme, which concentrates on the energy input and output that occurs within our bodies. Science has been focusing on different types of nutrients, how they affect our bodies and provide us with energy, as well as working on solutions  for common public health problems.

P.E. has been working hard on fitness grams and creating personal health plans to make sustainable life changes.

Math students have been creating bakeries that provide customers with nutritional information in order to make informed decisions.

In World Cultures, the focus has been on the diets of the Aztec and Maya and how the diets of ancestral American compared with those of the modern American. Have our diet changes and choices become healthier with technology or less so?

Spanish students were hard at work to engineer stress ball and calculate the cost benefit of their products.

English students have been focused on what type of diet might be best to maintain an active lifestyle.

We are looking forward to showcasing our final projects at an Expo night early next Semester!

STEAM in Action – Humans to colonize Mars and establish a Representative Democracy!

Humans to Colonize Mars and Establish a Representative Democracy


In a 54% vote by the Southwest Middle School 8th grade student body on Tuesday, August 30th, a Representative Democracy won as the preferred form of government for our proposed Martian Colony, receiving just over 60% of the votes. Other possible forms of government included Monarchy, Dictatorship, Oligarchy, Theocracy, and Autocracy.

The 8th graders are involved in a semester long STEAM project, titled “A Birth of a New Nation”, in which students are learning various elements involved in establishing a new colony after Earth has become inhabitable due to global warming. Students were first asked to research and generate proposals for colonies in science class, using their understanding of various scientific principles, including gravity, temperature, sustainability and astronomy;Mars received overwhelming support as a location for our new colony. US History introduced students to various forms of governments and the 8th graders were asked to vote on which  form of government should be established on our new colony. Students will continue to work in Math, English, PE, Computer Science, Spanish, Music and AVID to develop their colony, diet, culture, fitness in low gravity, sustainability and sketch out what a day in the life might look like on Mars.

The culminating project expo will be displayed in two sessions at the beginning of Second semester, TBD. It will be exciting to see what our Martian future holds!


To see more about the Mars Vote, click on the presentation by Mr. Conrad, Mr. Marroquin and Ms. Zaragoza

HISTORY mars govt type election powerpoint ppt


Our first school-wide Expo was a success! Please help us improve for next year by leaving your comments and feedback! Please take the post Expo survey here!

Bell Schedule

Schedule A:Regular Block Schedule

8:00 – 8:25                  ELP                 25 min.

8:30 – 10:15                X                     1:45

10:15 -10:25                NB                  10 min.

10:30 – 12:15              X                     1:45

12:20-12:50                 Lunch             30 min.

12:55 – 1:15                Advisory         20 min.

1:15 –   3:00                 X                     1:45  

Schedule B: Minimum Day All Periods


8:00 – 8:40                    X                 40 min.

8:45 – 9:25                     X                 40 min.

9:30 – 10:10                    X                 40 min.

10:15-10:45                 Lunch           30 min.

10:50 – 11:30                 X                 40 min.

11:35 –   12:15                 X                 40 min.

12:20- 1:00                     X                 40 min.


Schedule C: Regular Day All Periods

8:00- 8:20                  ELP              20 min.

8:20- 9: 15                     X                 55 min.

9:20- 10:15                    X                 55 min.

10:15- 1025          Nutrition         10 min.

10:30- 11:25                  X                 55 min.

11:30- 12:25                  X                 55 min.

12:30- 1:00              Lunch           30 min.

1:05- 2:00                     X                 55 min.

2:05- 3:00                    X                  55 min.