• March 25-29, 2019

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 3/25/2019

    Choose 1

     

    1. NGPF.org Case Studies and Interactive

    *for students wishing to compete in the Econ and Fin Lit challenges

    2. Graphic Art Book - create a comic book - see example in the classroom

    *for students who like to draw and write - creativity

    3. Creative Writing - compose poems, short stories, essays, chapter books

    *for students who enjoy writing

    4. Game Star or Scratch - create a game or program

    *for students who enjoy logic

    5. Ceiling Tile Art - select either a school theme or a PA theme and design your own art on a ceiling tile

    *for students who enjoy creativity exercises

    6. Cardboard Construction - make a plan and construct it using cardboard

    *for students who enjoy hands-on

    7. Chess - not every day, but this is an option

    8. Robotics, Science Olympiad, Future Problem Solving - use class time to prepare for these National and International competitions

    *for students who qualify to advance to the next level

    9. Career Exploration - use this website to complete the workbook packet in Career Studies

    *for all PA students - due at the end of the nine weeks - this will be your big grade this nine weeks.

    10. March Madness Basketball bracket - research the teams and complete the bracket - must provide evidence of research and justification for your choices in the bracket

    *for students who enjoy research and independent learning 

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  • March 18-22, 2019

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 3/7/2019

    The final round of the Economics Challenge and the Personal Finance Challenge is here NOW!

    The Challenges apply the excitement of an athletic competition to academic excellence and encourages students to apply their economics and personal finance knowledge and work in teams.

    Mississippi middle and high school teachers have the opportunity to hold a preliminary first round of the Challenge in your classroom ONLINE.

    All teachers and students throughout the state are able to participate regardless of travel or budgetary constraints. There are no registration fees and no team limits so this makes a great class activity. The tests are open through March 22, 2019.

    timeline

     

    Upcoming events:
     
    March 4-22, 2019
    Online Economics and Personal Finance Challenge Testing window open
     
     
     
    April 12, 2019
    Spring 2019 SMG Trading Ends
     
    April 16, 2019
    State Economics Challenge; Hosted by Northwest Rankin High School
     
    April 23, 2019
    State Personal Finance Challenge; Hosted by Germantown High School
     
     
     
     
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  • FPS Affiliate Bowl Info

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 2/21/2019

     

    Friday, March 1, 2019

    9:00 am  Depart GMS

    11:00       Lunch (you need cash- ABOUT $10)

    12:00 pm                  Arrive at GUES – Registration

    1:00 pm Begin special comp for middle team

    2:00 pm   Begin Competition

    4:45 pm   Depart GUES

    5:00 pm   Check in Hotel

    6:00 pm   Dinner (you need cash – ABOUT $15)

    7:00 pm   Action Plan Practice with your team in an assigned room

    9:00 pm   Present Action Plan to Mrs. Morali

    9:30 pm   Pack your skit items carefully, clean room

    10:00 pm  Lights out

    Saturday, March 2, 2019

    6:30 am   Eat breakfast (included in hotel – grab a snack for later)

    7:30 am   Board bus, depart for GUES

    8:00 am   Seated & ready to begin Presentation of Action Plans

    10:30 am  Break – snack if you packed one

    11:00 am  Awards Ceremony

    12:00         Depart GUES – stop for lunch (you need cash ABOUT $10)

    2:30 pm   Arrive at GMS

     

     

    Hotel Room Assignments

    BOYS

    ROOM 1

    Reed Fairly

    John Custer

    Andrew Austin

    ROOM 2

    Cade Weathersby

    Camden McKinney

    William Gardner

    ROOM 3

    Trevor Bryson

    Awulu Ochai

    ROOM 4

    Dylan Uribe

    Wade Estess

    GIRLS

    ROOM 4

    Mary Leigh Williamson

    Kirsten Reid

    Ava Tidwell

    Meredith Lovitt

    ROOM 5

    Kathryn Land

    Georgia Pitcock

     

    ROOM 6

    Olivia Bagwell

    Bentleigh Vernace

    Lili McGee

     

    ROOM 7

    Rachel Parr

    Harsika Dillibabu

     

    TEACHERS/EVALUATORS

    ROOM 8

    Deb Morali

    ROOM 9

    EVALUATOR

    Tori Hillman

    ROOM 10

    EVALUATOR

    Wesley Dillard

    ROOM 11

     

     

     

    PARENTS

    ROOM 12

    PARENT ROOM

    Caroline O’Cain

    Mary Caroline O’Cain

    ROOM 13

     

     

     

     

    DRIVER

    ROOM 14

    Angie Parr

     

     

     

     

    Any parent wishing to attend the Affiliate Bowl in Grenada, please contact me before you book your room. Comfort Inn & Suites, Grenada, 255 SW Frontage Rd, Grenada, MS 38901, Phone 1-662-2276.

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  • February 18-22

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 2/20/2019

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

    NGPF.org

    1. Can you  make it as an Uber driver?  game and worksheet

    2. Case Study - Bank on This - worksheets due for grade

     

    Thursday/Friday

    FPS AB Students - work on topic research with teacher

    Non-FPS students - continue Case Study - Bank on This

     

    Interactive Library https://www.ngpf.org/interactive-library/

    Do the Career Games - Standard SS MS.3

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  • Mid Feb - Germantown Junction

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 2/7/2019

    These two files contain Information about Germantown Junction:

    schedule

    Inventory

     

    PA - GERMANTOWN JUNCTION INFORMATION

    Friday, February 15 – A-Day

    Thursday, Feb 14 - 8B PA students will set up all the stores in the cafeteria.

    Friday, Feb 15 - A-Day

    7:25 - All PA students should arrive at school and set up. Parents may want to help set up, and are welcome to stay and help, but please let the students run the stores.

    7:30 Tickets – Parent volunteers will be available to help swap cash for tickets during this event. Depending on who shows up, we may need some teacher volunteers to help us.  Remind students that there are NO REFUNDS. I suggest buying $5 to start and if they want/need more, then they can always go back to our ticket moms.

    ***6th & 7th Courtyard Duty Teachers – please do not let these students out of the courtyards to shop. They will need to come at the scheduled time. Thanks.

    7:30 - 8:40   8th grade Courtyard, 8th grade HALLWAY/COTTAGES & GYM will shop

    8:40-8:45     Break (8th graders will exit and 7th graders will enter)

    8:45-9:10     7th Grade HALLWAY/COTTAGES and OFFICE and LIBRARY will shop

    9:10-9:15     Break (7th graders will exit and 6th graders will enter)

    9:15-9:45    6th Grade HALLWAY/COTTAGES and BAND/CHOIR will shop

    9:45-10:06    Each PA store/group will disassemble his/her store and take the GOOD cardboard boxes to the MR. POTTS.  Place the NOT-SO-GOOD boxes INSIDE the dumpsters OR take them home.

    9:45 - 10:06 All PA students will cleanup:

    • 8th Grade Boys - Return tables to the appropriate locations.
    • 7th Grade Boys - Remove all trash from the cafeteria and take it to the dumpster.
    • 7th and 8th Grade Girls - Sweep and mop floors.
    • 6th Grade Girls - Take ticket boxes to Morali's room.
    • 6th Grade Boys - Take all unsold inventory to Morali's room.
    • EVERYBODY - Remove all personal items from the cafeteria.

    10:07  All students will return to their 2nd  block class and resume a “normal” school day schedule. Students are responsible for making up any 1A work they missed. All 2A PA students will remain in the cafeteria with Stevenson until it is cleaned and arranged for lunch.

    10:07-11:41  Parent/teacher committee will meet in Morali's classroom 807 to do all accounting, reimbursements, and prepare the deposit. Please contact Mrs. Morali to volunteer (if you have 2A planning and are willing).

     

    Germantown Junction is just over a week away! Thank you so much for your tireless hunt for boxes. We know that wasn’t an easy task. You will be so impressed with what your students have created with them!

     

    Next week, your students may begin bringing in their inventory. When inventory items are purchased, please save the receipts if you would like to be reimbursed. Place your receipts in an envelope with your child’s name on it and turn it in to Mrs. Morali, Mrs. Sprayberry, or Ms. Holloway with the inventory. Once Germantown Junction is completed, we will collect the ticket boxes and determine the profit for each store. We will then reimburse each student for the inventory based on the receipts that were turned in THAT DAY. Because we can not keep cash, and must make a deposit, we will only be able to make reimbursements on the day of the event. Please do not ask to be reimbursed afterwards because we will not have the funds available to do it.

     

    Since the students are being reimbursed for inventory expenses, they need to understand that if they partake of their inventory, they will need pay tickets for it just like everyone else. Otherwise, it is dishonest.

    Once the receipts are turned in, for reimbursement, the inventory becomes the property of Germantown Junction. The unpurchased inventory is NOT free to be consumed. This is a fundraiser.

     

     

    Thank you so much for all your support during this project!

     

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  • FEBRUARY 2019

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 1/31/2019

    FPS

     

    The competition will be held at Grenada Upper Elementary School on March 1-2, 2019. Students must attend both days to be eligible for awards. Transportation will be provided by Durham Bus, driven by Angie Parr.

    All first place students will be invited (and expected) to attend the International Conference in Amherst, MA on June 5-9. Partial funding for registration and transportation will be available to students for the IC Conference.

     

    Friday, March 1, 2019

    10:00 am  Depart GMS

    12:00       Lunch (you need cash- ABOUT $10)

    1:00 pm  Arrive at GUES – Registration

    2:00 pm  Begin Competition

    4:45 pm  Depart GUES

    5:00 pm  Check in Hotel

    6:00 pm  Dinner (you need cash – ABOUT $15)

    7:00 pm  Action Plan Practice with your team in an assigned room

    9:00 pm  Present Action Plan to Mrs. Morali

    9:30 pm  Pack your skit items carefully, clean room

    10:00 pm  Lights out

    Saturday, March 2, 2019

    6:30 am  Eat breakfast (included in hotel – grab a snack for later)

    7:30 am  Board bus, depart for GUES

    8:00 am  Seated & ready to begin Presentation of Action Plans

    10:30 am  Break – snack if you packed one

    11:00 am  Awards Ceremony

    12:00         Depart GUES – stop for lunch (you need cash ABOUT $10)

    2:30 pm  Arrive at GMS

     

     

    Hotel Room Assignments

    BOYS

    ROOM 1

    Reed F

    John C

    Andrew A

    ROOM 2

    Cade W

    Camden Mc

    William G

     

    GIRLS

    ROOM 4

    Meredith L

    Mary Leigh W

    Ava T

    Kirsten R

    ROOM 5

    Mary Caroline O

    Kathryn L

    Mabry M

    Georgia P

    ROOM 6

    Bentleigh V

    Lili M

    Emmie S

    ROOM 7

    Rachel P

    Harsika D

    Sadie G

    TEACHERS

    ROOM 8

    Deb M

    Tori H

     

     

    PARENTS

    ROOM 9

    PARENT ROOM

    Caroline O’

    Olivia B

     

    ROOM 10

    PARENT

    ROOM 11

    PARENT

    ROOM 12

    EVALUATOR

     

    ROOM 13

    EVALUATOR

    DRIVER

    ROOM 14

    Angie P

     

     

     

               

     

    Any parent wishing to attend the Affiliate Bowl in Grenada, please contact me before you book your room. Comfort Inn & Suites, Grenada, 255 SW Frontage Rd, Grenada, MS 38901, Phone 1-662-2276.

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  • Feb 18-22

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 1/27/2019

    Review GTJ Profit Spreadsheet

    Discuss

    Play $tax  at www.buildyourtax.com  on the phone or chromebook

     

     

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  • January Update 2019

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 1/27/2019

    FPS Qualifying Round is done. The following teams will compete at the Affiliate Bowl in Grenada on March 1-2

     

    Meredith Lovitt

    Kirsten Reid

    Mary Leigh Williamson

    Reed Fairly

    Andrew Austin

     

    John Custer

    Cade Weathersby 

    Daegyum Lee

    Sai Sarna

    Dhanush Kondabathini

    Camden McKinney

      

    Kathryn Land

    Mary Caroline O'Cain

    Harsika Dillibabu

    Rachel Parr

    Mabry Musgrove

    Georgia Pitcock

     

    Randi Adams

    Lili McGee

    Emmie Strong

    Bentleigh Vernace

     

    William Gardner

     

     

     

    Quiz Bowl THIS WEEK! in Columbus Feb 1-2

    Please make sure I have your forms and all payments

    Quiz Bowl   $65

    Camden 

    Sai

    Dhanush

    Daegyum

    Rachel

     

    John

    Aidan

    Brody

    Jack

    Graeme

     

    Meredith

    Andrew

    Georgia

    Isabelle

    Ryan

     

    Cost Per Person: $65 total payable to GMS PA for transportation and registration  and hotel     ++PLUS cash for dinner and snacks

     

    Schedule:

    Friday, February 1 (Parents may book their own hotel and drive their own vehicle or ride the bus)

                      4:00 pm                 Depart GMS

                      6:00 pm                 Check in Hotel in Columbus

                                                          Go to dinner (you need CASH)

                      8:00 – 10:00 pm                 Quiz Bowl practice in hotel rooms & Shower & Pack

    Saturday, February 2 (Parents are invited to attend, but not required)

                      6:00 am                  Go to complimentary breakfast in the Hotel lobby

                      7:00 am                  Load luggage on bus and board

                      7:05 am                  Depart hotel (make sure you have everything, we are not returning)

                      7:30 am                  Arrive MSMS Registration

                                                          Compete (time depends on slot drawn at registration)

                      Noon                        Tiebreakers & Lunch --- eat any time you are not competing

                      1:00                          Championship rounds

                      3:45                          Awards

                      4:30                          Depart MSMS

                      5:30                          Stop for restroom and snack (you need CASH)

                      7:30                          Arrive GMS

     

    Team 1

    Camden McKinney

    Sai Sarna

    Dhanush Kondabathini

    Daegyum Lee

    Rachel Parr

    Team 2

    John Custer

    Aidan Guilfoyle

    Brody Watkins

    Jack Brown

    Graeme Burkes

    Team 3

    Meredith Lovitt

    Andrew Austin

    Georgia Pitcock

    Isabelle White

    Ryan Harper

     

    Hotel Room 1

    Camden

    Sai

    Dhanush

    Daegyum

    Hotel Room 2

    Aidan

    Graeme

    Jack

    Hotel Room 3

    Rachel

    Angie (driver)

    Hotel Room 4

    Meredith

    Georgia

    Ryan

    Isabelle

    Hotel Room 5

    Andrew

    Judson

    John

    Brody

    Hotel Room 6

    Deb Morali

    Stacy Tingle

    Parents may book their own hotel room

    La Quinta Inn & Suites Columbus

    1200 Hwy 45 N, Columbus MS 39705

     

     

    • Don't forget to bring your registration fee if you have not paid yet ($40 per team)
    • Please do a quick check and make sure we can photograph your students (we take a picture of the winners)
    • Please email me any student changes you may have; it is easier to change them before registration Saturday morning; I will need all student information used to register
    • Please notify me ASAP if you are unable to participate (662-329-7670/662-570-5756)
    • Remember to enter campus from 15th Street. The gate by Shackleford will open.
    • Registration begins promptly at 7:30 am
    • VERY IMPORTANT:  Please don't forget nametags for your students.  The nametags should include:
      • Student Name, School, & Team #
    • Remember to bring your signed Code of Conduct form for each team; see 2019 Competition Packet (emailed January 16th)
    • Lunch tickets will be on sale during registration for $8 (cash only for tickets); lunch will be served in the University cafeteria OR you may go off campus
    • Calculators are not allowed
    • Scratch paper will be provided
    • No cell phones or electronic devices may be used by students, coaches, or spectators once the match has started, including during the break between the two halves.

     

     

    Chess - Congratulations Dhanush for placing 1st in the MCSD PA Chess Tournament!!!

     

    Germantown Junction - if you don't have a box yet, send me some nails and screws and we will make a frame in the classroom.

     

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  • January 2019

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 1/14/2019

    1 - Working on Germantown Junction - bring a box or other 'store' material

     

    2 - FPS QP in library on 1/16  11:45 - 3:15

     

    3 - Chess tournament at MMS on 1/18  8:00 - 1:45  $5

     

    4 - Math and Science Quiz Bowl at Mississippi School for Math and Science on 2/2  Leaving Friday @ 4 and returning Saturday @ 7  $65

     

    FPS

    Meredith L

    Kirsten R

    Mary Leigh W

    Reed F

    Andrew A

     

    John C

    Cade W 

    D Lee

    S Sarna

    D Kondabathini

    Camden M

     

    Bradley K

    S Gibson

    Andrew L

     

    Ben M

    Cannon W

    Brody W

    Jack B

     

    Kathryn L

    Mary Caroline O

    Harsika D

    Rachel P

    Mabry M

    Georgia P

     

    Cooper C

    Wen C

    Brayden M

    Jimmy D

     

    Ava T

    Ashley L

     

    Chloe H

    Paige W

     

    Will G

     

    Trevor B

    Wade E

    Awulu O

    Jude T

    Dylan U 

     

    Randi A

    Lili M

    Emmie S

     

    Bentleigh V

     

    William G

     

    Quiz Bowl   $65

    Camden 

    Sai

    Dhanush

    Daegyum

    Rachel

     

    John

    Aidan

    Brody

    Jack

    Jud

     

    Meredith

    Andrew

    Georgia

    Isabelle

    Ryan

     

    Chess   $5

     

      Last Name
       
    1 Liu 8
    2 Weathersby 8
    3 Kondabathini 8
    4 Sarna 8
    5 Watkins 8
    6 Houpt 7
    7 Jones 7
    8 Tingle 7
    9 Estess 7
    10 Moses 8
    11 Ammons 8
    12 Smith 8
    13 McKinney 8
    14 Kuebler 8
    15 Lee 8
    16 Guilfoyle 8

     

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  • GTJ Fundraiser

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 12/11/2018

    Germantown Junction 2019 

     

    Dear Parents,  

    Germantown Junction is a fundraiser. It is the final activity in our Econ and Finance units. Students will use LARGE boxes to construct a business and then operate it.  The funds will be used to cover transportation and registration costs for our students who qualify for State and International competitions. We will be sending more details in January. For now, this is what we need you to do over Christmas break. 

    The Christmas break is quickly upon us and once we return in January, the students will dive right in to preparations for Germantown Junction. It is important that we are thinking about our boxes in advance so no one is scrambling last minute.  

    Over Christmas, go ahead and start collecting large boxes so we will have them when we return from the break. These need to be refrigerator size boxes, at least 6 foot tall. Attaching two smaller boxes does not work as well.  

    Go ahead and start calling businesses to see if they can save some for you, this is the perfect time of year for them to have ample amounts.  

     

    A couple of notes for this year:  

    • We will not have any raffle drawings  
    • Any game booths need to be fun but simple, you will not have much time to explain a game to students before they lose interest.  
    • Students need to be thinking, in advance, about what they want to sell at their booth and looking into the cost.  
    • All inventory MUST be approved by the PA teacher.  

    Thank you for all you do.   

     

    Wishing each of you a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! 

     

    Sincerely, 

    Deb Morali 

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