For the third year in a row, The Dynamics, our Junior High Choir, performed at the Shasta County Veterans' Hall for the "Viet Nam Veterans' Welcome Home Event" on Saturday, March 23, 2018. The group sang The Armed Forces Salute and The Song for the Unsung Hero. Our a cappella group, The Mistletones, performed the National Anthem, and Taylor Cole led the Pledge to the Flag. Mistletoe's singers enjoyed a chance to serve the Veterans their meal, and we were honored to be a part of the community's recognition of our brave soldiers!
We have had a change in staff in our office of which I wanted you to be aware. Mrs. Towers, who has been our half-time vice principal had to leave us. She was needed to support one of the other schools in our district for the rest of this year. Although we will miss her, we are fortunate to have Mr. Lewin step in to provide some additional help with administrative duties in the office as a "teacher on special assignment." Mr. Lewin was a teacher at Mistletoe for many years, so he is quite familiar with how we do things at Mistletoe. For the last two years, he has stepped into the role of an ed tech teacher in our district but has continued coaching multiple soccer teams at Mistletoe. For the most part, he will be on campus in the afternoons, so be sure to stop and introduce yourself if you see him around!
This is the first year our 6th graders took part in the Shasta County Science Fair. Students conducted an experiment based on their own interests, put their learning into action, and did amazingly well placing in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd! Tristen (above) took 1st Place at the science fair! He chose to investigate whether the color of light would have an effect on the growth of a plant over a 2-week period of time and discovered that plants prefer red light far more than any other color. Kaden and Preston (below) took 2nd place by designing and engineering a windmill as a source of renewable energy. Emily took 3rd place by creating a water filtration system, inspired by our schools' effort to raise funds for water filters in Africa.
Three teams from Mistletoe went to the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition on March 3. Team "Mega Minds" took first place and will be traveling to CSU, Riverside to compete at the state level on March 24. Go, Bulldogs! All students who participated in Odyssey this year showed tremendous teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Way to go!