Mad-Jeff Robotics Team
Massena’s Mad-Jeff FLL Team
Front Row: Nick Marino, Christine Grant, Colden Hardy, Emmalee Coffin, Wyatt Englert
Back Row: Brahm de Coning, Harley Robillard-Ramatici, Alexa Seeber, Coach Darcie Fregoe, RaShawn Self
Missing: Marissa Yanacheak
On Sunday, December 13th, Mad-Jeff, our FIRST Lego League robotics team made up of ten 4th-6th Graders from Madison and Jefferson competed at the 9th Annual NNYRA’s FLL Championship tournament at Clarkson University against 27 other teams from all over Northern New York. FLL teams are tasked with researching a problem in their community, researching it, communicating with experts in the field, and creating an innovative solution to the problem which they share with judges at the competition. In addition, teams at this level design, build, and program a robot to run autonomously in 2 ˝ minute matches scoring points by interacting with mission models on a field mat. Mad-Jeff met with coach, Darcie Fregoe, after school 4-5 days a week from September through December to prepare for this tournament. Team Mad-Jeff and their robot took 4th place out of the 28 teams in the robot game portion of the day. In addition to that success, the team earned the first place trophy for their Science Presentation “Garbage Can’t Drag Us Down”, a parody on One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” which the children wrote themselves and performed for the judges communicating their problem, research and solution of potentially reducing the use of Styrofoam trays.
Video above shows an overview of our season culminating in our competition on Sunday.
Video above shows the student's award-winning science presentation for the judges.
Holiday Cheer at Jefferson
Jefferson Elementary third grade student, Julian Araujo, recently visited a first grade classroom to share his version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas..." Julian and his classmates from Mrs. Scott's classroom have the opportunity to spread their holiday cheer and love of reading with the younger classrooms throughout the month of December.
Jefferson Super Kids
Jefferson Elementary is proud to announce their First Trimester Super Kid award recipients. “Super Kid” awards are made for superior effort, outstanding citizenship, excellent academic work or substantial improvement in any of these areas.
Jefferson Elementary Halloween Parade
On Friday, Jefferson Elementary had its annual Halloween Parade. Check out some of our students and staff's scary, silly, and just plain super costumes!
Fun at Parent Group Family Fun Night
Jefferson Fourth Grade student, Samantha Nason, was surprised by the Mad Scientist (Parent Group member, Ryanne Araujo) who escorted her through the "haunted hallway" at Jefferson Elementary's Parent Group Family Fun Night.
Jefferson Pumpkin Math
Ms. Stoffel's class incorporated carving pumpkins with Math. The students guessed the weight or the pumpkin and how many seeds it contained. They then weighed, carved, counted and graphed their results. Jefferson fourth grade student, Shawn Love is pictured sorting and counting his pumpkin's seeds.
Jefferson Elementary Celebrates Unity Day
On October 21, 2015, Massena Central School District students of all ages wore orange clothing to celebrate Unity Day, which represents a rally against bullying behavior in schools. October is National Bullying Awareness Month, and the orange clothing served as a visual representation of the District’s stand against bullying.
Pre-K Students Celebrate Fall
Pre-K students from Nightengale, Jefferson, and Madison Elementary Schools celebrated the start of the fall season with a visit to Kaneb Orchards this week. Students learned about cider-making and enjoyed delicious treats at the orchard.
Award-winning Performer Eric Herman Presents 'Bully Shmully'
Jefferson's 5th and 6th graders joined students from Nightengale and Madison Elementary earlier this month for an informative and entertaining performance about how to respond to bullying by award-winning children's musician, Eric Herman.