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Check out some of the other activities available to SHMS students!
Foreign Cultures Club
The seventh and eighth grade students at Spring Hill Middle School have the opportunity to participate in Foreign Cultures Club, an activity that meets monthly to promote global awareness and the importance of foreign language studies. Directed by the middle school’s Spanish and French teacher, Jennifer Snyder, the group learns about a country or world event at each meeting. Club members will also have the opportunity to meet with the district’s exchange students to discuss cultural differences among countries. By the end of the school year, members will have a better understanding of the world in which they live and gain a new perspective on the importance of learning a second language. Knowing a second language opens doors to countless opportunities at home (in the United States) and abroad. In addition to study and work abroad options, bilingual skills increase career opportunities and advancements.
Hillsdale Water Quality Project
Eighth grade students at Spring Hill Middle School have the opportunity to participate in an after-school activity with Hillsdale Water Quality Project. Steven Haffener, SHMS eighth grade science teacher, organizes these activities with assistance of a specialist from Hillsdale Water Quality Project in Gardner. The purposes of the activities are to educate the students about water quality issues and to teach them what they can to do improve water quality in our watershed.
The students collect and analyze water samples and from this learn more about the quality of the water in Hillsdale Lake. Tests include: nitrates, dissolved oxygen, pH, total phosphates, and temperature. Different sites around Hillsdale Lake are visited. Normally, eight students participate in an outing, which are typically held once during each of the fall and spring months.
In the spring, the entire eighth grade class spends a morning attending the Hillsdale Water Festival and participating in activities taught by presenters from the entire Kansas City area. Hillsdale Water Quality Project plans this outing. Students have a fantastic time as well as learn practical applications for science.
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Kansas Photo Contest
The Spring Hill Middle School seventh grade students participated in a photo contest for Kansas History class. Photographers could take a nature photo, historical photo or a creative photo. All photos were required to be taken in Kansas.
Seventh graders at SHMS volunteered to participate in a project called "Talking Tombstones." They spent time researching, writing a dialogue, finding a costume and practicing. They presented their characters for the 6th graders and then to the community at the October Historical Society meeting in the Spring Hill Cemetery.