20 results for author: Rachel Hale


Making a Difference through Service Day 2019

Students at Morganton Day School braved the cold to reach outside the walls of their school and into the Morganton community. During their annual “Making a Difference through Service Day” on Nov. 25th, MDS students experienced being part of a greater community and contributing in meaningful ways.  Another important part of Making a Difference through Service day is helping build student agency, the capacity and propensity to take purposeful action. Working collaboratively, students choose service projects that tie into their unit of inquiry or tap into their areas of interest. This year, projects included the following: Junior Kinder...

MDS Acquires Armory, Plans Expansion

Morganton, NC, November 25, 2019 – Morganton Day School announces their purchase of the Old Armory in downtown Morganton and plans for renovation and expansion into the historic building.  MDS students, staff, trustees, and city officials held a ribbon cutting with the Burke County Chamber of Commerce to commemorate the occasion on Thursday, November 21.  MDS has used the Armory for STEAM and special events for years, and now the local landmark will officially become part of the school. The Board of Trustees announced plans to upgrade the gymnasium for expansion of the athletic program, and to create innovative Middle School classroo...

Students Honor Veteran

duty courageous Veteran stolen lives passionate freedom peace  protection horrendous fight blood death pain war sacrifices serve  proud brave  risk-taker appreciation honor  This collaborate poem was written by third grade students for Shawn Keller in honor of his years of Service.  Veteran's Day, 2019      Each year we come together to honor our veterans on this special day through learning activities and special guest speakers. This year was no different. Today, students began the day with an interactive presentation from veteran Mr. Shawn Keller. Students listened attentively as they ...

Touch a Truck Family Event Successful in First Year

Smiles, laughs, and horns lit up the cloudy morning last Saturday in downtown Morganton. On Oct. 26, Morganton Day School held their first Touch a Truck family event at the Old Armory Building on McDowell Street. More than 400 attendees enjoyed the wonderful day with dozens of large trucks, construction equipment, racecars, and emergency vehicles to explore up close.  The event, a collaboration with Morganton Public Safety, encouraged children of all ages to interact with the truck operators and learn about their professions. Children gleefully climbed into the driver’s seat, honked horns, flashed lights, and moved buckets. A quiet “sensory ...

Titans Win County Soccer Playoffs

The MDS Mighty Mites team (5th graders) won the county soccer playoffs against Drexel Elementary. The Titans team was undefeated for the season, despite being a player short for the first few games! Way to go, Titans!

4th Grade Poetry Slam

Fourth graders at Morganton Day School study expression through poetry by exploring different poetic styles while writing and illustrating their own poem to share. Students recently shared their original poems and artwork for peers and parents at Adventure Bound Books in downtown Morganton.  The fourth grade class studied figurative language and how poets use it to express themselves. Some students enjoyed Edgar Allen Poe and the dark emotions, while others preferred Emily Dickinson expressing life events, and most really liked humorous poems. They studied rhyming and how to put words together to share a message without explicitly stating it, ...

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 ...