|Classroom Feeder Watch
|One of the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s “Citizen Science” programs, this activity involves students in real-world science, monitoring the local winter bird population. Students maintain a variety of feeds in 3-4 feeders, and regularly monitor the birds feeding at them – tracking both the species and the numbers within each species. Data are entered weekly onto the Lab’s Internet site. Monitoring occurs from November through March, before school, during 8th grade lunch, and after school. $10 donation requested to help defer seed costs.
|Critter Care Club
|Students in CritterCare Club are involved in the feeding and care of a “menagerie” of animals (including at this time several types of turtle, frogs, an anole, a gecko, a guinea pig, and aquarium fish). This program fosters a sense of responsibility, care and compassion for living things, and gives interested students an opportunity for learning more about animals as pets, and an interactive outlet for animal or “pre-veterinary” interests. Activities occur before school 2 days a week. $5/Qtr donation is requested to help cover supplies.
|Problem solving practices and competitions: Mondays 7:45-8:30 Rm 43; Oct-March. Holmes Mathcounts School Competition in January. Regional Competition in February and State Competition in March. Open to all students interested in improving their mathematical problem solving skills.
|National History Day
||Social Studies Teachers|
|National History Day can either be done as an individual or in a group. Papers, projects, and drama or media presentations can be done. Students must adhere their project ideas to a given theme each year.
|National Junior Honor Society||Kristin Aberne|
|National Junior Honor Society is an organization that celebrates academic integrity and leadership. The group currently has 50+ members who serve the Holmes and Colorado Springs community through a variety of service projects. Contact Ms. Lindeman or Mrs. Abernethy for more details.
|Regional Science Fair
|All interested science students are encouraged to enter and compete in the Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair, usually taking place the first Saturday in March. If you are interested, first contact your science teacher and for additional information go online to http://teachersites.schoolworld.com/webpages/pprsf/. Registration deadline is usually the first week of February.
|The Science challenge is a nationally acclaimed field science experience that offers students a one day a week hands-on approach to the study of environmental science. The workshop runs six weeks. The program is directed and taught by Dr. Paul Grogger, a practicing scientist and University of Colorado geology professor.
||Melissa Gilbert, Rob Dolce and Kylene Riggen|
|The Holmes Middle School Student Council is comprised of a representative group of students who provide leadership and a communication link between students, staff, administration, parents and community. Student leadership groups focus on school spirit, fundraising, school incentives, school pride, communications and some community/school service. Interested students must get application forms from sponsors and get written evaluations from any two staff members.
|A weekly meeting group of students who will work together and create a yearbook of the Holmes’ current school year. Meeting are on Wednesdays before or after school.
|FCCLA is a local, state and national organization which promotes personal growth and leadership development through Family & Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development; creative and critical thinking; interpersonal communications; practical knowledge; and career preparation. www.fccla.cccs.edu = Colorado FCCLA State link www.fcclainc.org = National FCCLA website
|WEB-Where Everyone Belongs
||Lori Kadzikowski, Brenda Yohn and Jennifer Petersen|
|Holmes Middle School participates in the nationwide WEB Program, an organization whose sole purpose is to help sixth graders feel more comfortable as well as help them achieve success in their first year of middle school.
The WEB sixth grade orientation and transition program is designed to both welcome and support sixth graders by assigning them an 8th grade WEB leader as a mentor during this first year. This WEB Leader is a responsible older student who was hand selected from a large pool of applicants and has met the qualifications of being a good role model and a positive leader on our campus. Therefore, the WEB program serves as a leadership program for 8th grade students as well.
|The purpose of the Holmes Robotics Club is to introduce students to real life usage of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students will build and program Robots using Lego Mindstorm robotic sets. Students will follow building instructions using light, touch, sound, and ultrasonic sensors to create robots that will perform specific functions. Students must be dedicated and learn to work in a collaborative atmosphere. Students will also compete in fun, spirited and challenging competitions