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Port Jervis Middle School
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PJMS Picture of the Week - March 2017

Port Pride at the Middle School means Pi, or perhaps Pie, or both!

March 24, 2017, PJMS, Port Jervis, NY - Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter (which begins with the digits 3.14). This is why Pi Day is celebrated around the world on March 14 or 3/14. Students from Mr. McGuire, Ms. Crescenzo, Mr. Kaufmann, and Mrs. McKeeby's classes celebrated Pi Day with several activities related to pi. A contest was held to see which students could memorize the most digits of pi, students made a paper chain representing the first 150 digits of pi. The students walked the chain to the cafeteria and were able to completely surround the room to visually see that pi is a never ending number. Pi day ended with students from grade 7 Red team competing in a pi (pie) eating contest!.



Local Business, Haven for Heroes, Brings a Haven for Art to PJMS

Last week, students in Mr. Doyle’s art classes started a project based on pop artist Robert Rauschenberg’s work. Rauschenberg coined the term “combine” in which his artwork would consist of found materials that would be assembled into one piece of art. From Rauschenberg’s perspective, anything in life or found in the environment could be considered beautiful. Students put this concept into action with the help of a local business. Haven for Heroes, a local comic book store located on Front Street, generously donated several hundred comic books to the Art Department. Students used the comic books, and their imaginations, to create something new and artistic of their own. The finished pieces of art will be displayed at Haven for Heroes in April!

A very special thank you to Emmet Garnham, owner of Haven for Heroes, for the generous donation to our Art Department!