Future City students participated in the regional competition on Saturday, January 21st at the K-State Engineering Complex in Manhattan. Approximately 25 South students attended with their grade-level teams to present their city models to panels of engineers and other experts who served as judges at the competition.
We learned a great deal in our first Future City experience and have all kinds of plans for changes we'd like to make next year!
Future City applications will be available at enrollment time this year, likely in March. Any students who want to be on their grade-level Future City team will need to apply for a spot. Be warned: Teams will be capped at a much smaller size for next year, probably around 10 students. We will be looking for innovative, organized, dedicated, responsible students who have an interest in STEM and may be good writers, designers, and builders. We are working on establishing a relationship with a mentor in the community for next year's teams so that we can have consistent guidance in the areas of engineering, city planning, and design. Do you know someone in Lawrence who might be a helpful guide to our teams? If so, please let Dr. Manes know!
Students participating in History Day are gearing up for the regional competition on Saturday, Feb. 25th at Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park. We have five students competing this year in exhibit and documentary categories. Any students who place in the top three in their category will move on to the State competition in Topeka on Saturday, April 29th!
Dr. Manes will be staying for History Day work sessions after every school day until History Day, except for Feb. 20th and 21st. History Day students are welcome to stay until 4:15 each day and until 5:30 on Wednesdays. We will do practice judge interviews on Friday, Feb. 24th -- and all projects should be complete at that time.
Our very own Elena Weber wrote and shared an essay she wrote for the annual South Middle School Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly. She did a beautiful job!
Model United Nations in Topeka!
Several students will be participating in the Topeka Model United Nations on Monday, Feb. 27th and Tuesday, Feb. 28th! We have delegates from Canada, Liechtenstein, Fiji, Colombia, and Norway representing South Middle School. Our delegates from Canada, Liechtenstein, and Colombia have been selected to speak and propose their resolutions to their respective councils. Participating students will board a bus at West Middle School each morning and return to West Middle School each afternoon. Parents will need to drop off and pick up their children at West. More details to come as arrangements are finalized!
If your child has not participated in Model UN before but is interested in doing so next year, he or she is welcome to attend with us on Monday, Feb. 27th. I will be asking students about interest in that opportunity.