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Principal is Tickled Pink About Student Behavior

PERFECT IN PINK!! TKMS principal Brian Balding was true to his word and gave students the power to vote on his hair color for a day. The sixth graders earned the right to decide by earning the most positive behavior tickets for things like showing safety, integrity, responsibility and respect. WAY TO GO 6th GRADERS!! And a BRAVO to Mr. Balding for being such a great sport!
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Congratulations to the Robotics Team Trash Terminators

TKMS Robotics team was acknowledged Saturday, 11/21/15, at the Regional Tournament hosted by Grandville High School. They competed against 42 West Michigan teams and received the "Inspiration" award. This award celebrates a team that is empowered by their FIRST Lego League experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit. FIRST is TKMS Robotics team was acknowledged Saturday, 11/21/15, at the Regional Tournament hosted by Grandville High School. They competed against 42 West Michigan teams and received the "Inspiration" award. This award celebrates a team that is empowered by their FIRST Lego League experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit. FIRST is For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Team members include 6th graders Morgan Keller and Aubrey Bischoff, 7th graders Kyian Moma, Michael Willshire, and Jack Cove, and 8th graders Stefano Perra and Zane Walters. Great job representing TK, team!!
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Students Test Robots in Tug-of-War

Teams in Mrs. Aldridge's Mindstormers class design and test, then modify robotic Lego vehicles to try and win a tug-of-war contest. The teams adjust their robots by changing their gear ratios, wheel sizes, weight and engine power while staying within a time limit. The robots then try to pull other robots across a tug-of-war line. This hands-on technology curriculum engages and motivates students to learn science, technology, engineering and math concepts.
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Middle Schoolers Will Perform "Seussical Jr."

TK Middle School students are hard at work preparing and rehearsing for their upcoming performances of "Seussical Jr." November 19 at 7 p.m. in the high school performing arts center. This is a great family show that takes the audience on the wonderful ride from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos and guard an abandoned egg at the same time. Great show for the whole family. Donations are accepted at the door.
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Lego Robotics Teams are Preparing for Regional Tournament

TK Middle School has two teams of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students working hard this season with the FIRST Lego League program. The theme is “Trash Trek” and teams across the USA are researching how we are managing our garbage. Students are developing new ideas on how we can reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose our refuse. In addition, teams are programming their robots to complete missions and are developing their teamwork skills. Good luck to both teams as they head to competition in November!
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Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Exchange

As part of the Middleville Summer Concert Series, there is a German group from the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International exchange coming to perform. Catherine Getty from the Thornapple Township is in need of families to host a student during the weekend they are here. This is a SUPER FUN way for families to participate in an international exchange without a whole year commitment.
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