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Posted by Melinda Gargiulo on November 2nd, 2017

Since the 7th and 8th grade semester classes are making cookies at home, here is a great resource to check out.  Sign up with Betty Crocker and get a new cookie recipe sent to your email in-box every day for 24 days!

Remember that your cookie evaluation sheet is due by November 17th.   Print a new copy if you need it.  Cookies at Home Evaluation Sheet

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Sewing Safety Test

Posted by Melinda Gargiulo on September 14th, 2017

Students in the semester classes will have a test on sewing safety tomorrow, September 15!!  This is a major test and students must pass with 100% accuracy in order to work independently at the sewing machines.  A second test will be given if necessary, but only the first grade will be gold.  If the student does not pass the second attempt, there will be a writing assignment to make sure they understand the items missed.

A copy of the safety rules is available by clicking on the link below.  Be sure to know any parts or tools that are referenced in the rules.

Safety Rules

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Extending Your Learning

Posted by Melinda Gargiulo on August 28th, 2017

In an effort to take learning outside the classroom, 7th and 8th grade students will choose one square from the Extending Your Learning project to complete each week.  The first reaction paragraph is due on Tuesday, September 5.  A new activity / paragraph will be due each Monday following that one for a total of five this grading period.  See the detailed instructions on the attached document.  Remember…a dated parent signature is REQUIRED for each paragraph turned in.

ExtendingYourLearning-fall 2017

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Eclipse Food Lab Coming up August 21st

Posted by Melinda Gargiulo on August 17th, 2017

I wanted to do something fun and yummy to commemorate the Great American Solar Eclipse but since we have not had any cooking instruction (and our classes will be cut a little short on Monday) it needed to be super easy.  We have more several more food allergies this year than we have had in the past so I felt it was important to give you a heads up about our Eclipse Cookies.  🙂
We will be dipping Golden Oreos into Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate Morsels.  If your child cannot eat either of those items please let me know and then feel free to send in a snack that they can enjoy in class.

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Posted by Melinda Gargiulo on February 21st, 2017

Congratulations to our local FCCLA cook-off winners!

Beef – 1st place Kaitlin M. and 2nd place Ellie C.

Poultry – 1st place Jade C. and 2nd place Mykala G.

Dairy Dessert – 1st place Ella Grace M. and 2nd place Caden M.

On Friday, February 17th, our local FCCLA Cook-off 1st place winners competed in the Shelby County cook-off at the University of Montevallo.  While all students did well, we want to give a special shout out to Ella Grace M. who won 1st place in the Dairy Dessert category!!

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Play-dough Soap

Posted by Melinda Gargiulo on September 8th, 2016

Today in 6th grade we made play-dough soap.  It was a fun (and messy…and LOUD) time.   Several students asked for me to post the recipe so here it is…

1 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup liquid dish soap, 2 tsp. olive oil

Stir until mixed and then dump out onto a table or counter.  Knead the mixture until it is smooth and the texture of play-dough.  Add a little extra corn starch if it is too runny or soap if it is too dry.

To use, pinch off a small piece and rub between wet hands.  🙂  The dough should disappear as you wash your hands!

We will be discussing hygiene and kitchen safety in class as we prepare to begin cooking next week.  Students should get in the habit of washing their hand for 20-30 seconds…about the length of time it takes to sing the alphabet song or to sing Happy Birthday twice.

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Lab Recipes

Posted by Melinda Gargiulo on April 11th, 2016

Attached is the recipe for the homemade pizza dough and rice the students made with Mrs. Vineyard.  Feel free to try these at home!!!

Classroom Recipes

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