14 results for author: Rachel Hale


MADE in Morganton – An Engineering Challenge

In the MADE competition last weekend, middle school teams were charged with building a functioning wind turbine from recycled materials. The Morganton Art, Design, and Engineering competition is an annual event in downtown Morganton open to middle- and high-school teams from Burke county. This was Morganton Day School’s first year participating. The challenge was to create a windmill that could generate electricity in 3 simulated locations: the Mountains, the Piedmont, and the Coastal Region. Students had to work with tools and materials provided onsite to build their windmill. They worked for 12 hours Friday and Saturday to create their final ...

Students Send Mosquito Nets to Africa

After learning about malaria, a few young students at Morganton Day School organized a fundraiser to send mosquito nets to children in Africa. It all began when the second graders at MDS learned about the malaria problem in Africa and how the deadly disease is spread by mosquitoes. When word spread to the kindergartners that children die from this mosquito-borne illness, the younger students were very upset and wanted to know what they could do to help. They spent their free centers time researching and looking for solutions with adult help. The students found an organization that sends mosquito nets to African children, and they decided to ...

Visiting Author Shares Rhymes for Young Hearts

On May 3rd, students at Morganton Day School enjoyed a literary treat. Visiting author Joy Resor, of Brevard, visited with lower grades at MDS to share her latest book of poetry, Designed to Shine. The inspiring book walks students through a poem for each letter of the alphabet in an attitude of reflection and self-awareness. The letter P is for Peace: “Sink into Peace as a seed that you sow. With Peace in your heart kindness always will flow!” N is for Nature: “The sweet earth below us, the blue sky above. A world overflowing with Nature to love!” Joy was in Morganton to share her book at Adventure Bound Books, where Dr. Angela Shores ...

Science Olympiad Team Awarded at State Level

Morganton Day School’s middle school Science Olympiad team just returned from the state competition in Raleigh with some impressive awards to show for their hard work. In the state-wide competition including middle and high school teams, MDS won second place in the Team Competition event, which involved a series of puzzles and challenges. MDS students Ellie Deacon and Ruthie Collett won first place in the Applied Anatomy and Physiology event. The girls had to read descriptions of rare physiological issues and then complete tasks and answer questions. All the students joined in excited cheers at the announcement of MDS coach Leslee Bentley ...

Young Authors Honored for Writing at State Level

Eighteen talented writers from Morganton Day School were recently honored during the North Carolina Reading Association’s state level Young Authors celebration. Their writings were published in a compilation, along with other young authors from across the state. The Blue Ridge Reading Council chose works from 22 young authors, all of whom were from MDS, to submit to the North Carolina Reading Association for judging. Other regional reading councils did likewise, and state winners were chosen in January. Young Authors may write prose or poetry, fiction, or non­fiction about their personal experiences with kindness, tenacity, or anything uplift...

Cultural Pavilion – All about Argentina

On March 21st, students at Morganton Day School taught their families all about the South American country of Argentina. For the school’s fifth annual Cultural Pavilion, students researched Argentinian culture and presented their findings in the form of art, dance, music, food and drink, and written displays. Each year, Spanish teacher Carolina Barbosa helps students choose a Latin-American country, learn about that country, and share their knowledge with families at the Cultural Pavilion event. Students researched and prepared display boards on many aspects of Argentinian culture ranging from government, religion, and food, to sports, family ...

3rd Graders Celebrate Greeks and Romans

After studying the ancient civilizations, 3rd graders at Morganton Day School recently celebrated Groovy Greek Day and Rotten Roman Day. Wrapped in white sheets with laurel wreaths on their heads for Greek Day, students decorated Greek masks and clay pots. Then they had their own Olympics with a pentathlon including javelin, discus, long jump, wheelbarrow “chariot” races, and a memory “boxing” game. On Roman Day, dressed in togas, students enjoyed designing gladiator shields and tasting a Roman feast, complete with kid-friendly foods representing sea urchin, jellyfish, pork brains, and peacock eggs. Students toured the CoMMA to see ...

Middle School Students Take 3rd in Regional Science Competition

On March 16th, fifteen Morganton Day School middle school students packed up a battery buggy, a roller coaster, a bottle rocket, a boomilever, their test tubes, and lots of knowledge and headed to CVCC to compete in the regional Science Olympiad competition. Throughout the day, they participated in twenty-one different events against seventeen middle school teams. Teams of students used the engineer design process to accomplish various challenges. They took tests, participated in labs, and tested previously created prototypes. After a full day of scientific challenges, students waited for their results. Excitement filled the air as each and every ...

Visiting Artists Make Pottery with MDS Students

On February 8th, students at Morganton Day School enjoyed an artistic treat. Visiting artist Sid Luck, a 5th-generation potter from Seagrove, NC, has visited the school since 2015-16. Luck made some of his popular face jugs with 4th and 5th graders. MDS students watched his demonstration and learned how traditional pottery has been made for centuries. Then they decorated their own jugs with creative faces. MDS art teacher Kara Jones said, “We enjoy having Sid Luck come each year to share his talent with us. Exposure to visiting artists inspires our student artists!” On March 15th, 7th graders at Morganton Day School enjoyed making clay ...

2nd Graders Meet the Mayor

Mrs. Cook’s second grade class has been studying our community and local government, so on Tuesday, the students met Mayor Thompson and toured City Hall.