Battle of the Books
Sponsor: Heather Fleming
Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program that is organized by the Alaska Association of School Librarians. It has been taking place in Alaska since 1981! More information, including the list of titles for the 2018-2019 school year is available on the Mears Battle of the Books website. Books are available now in the Mears library and practices will start in October.
Black Cat Cafe
Sponsor: Lauren Hundrup
As part of the School Business Partnership class, students will become certified barristas, making lattes, smoothies, italian ices and custom hot chocolates for staff and students in partnership with Cafe D'Arte.
Construction Academy will be an after school activity where students can learn construction skills.
Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition. National Geo Bee
The Mears competition will be held on January 24, 2020.
8th Grade Teacher: Hiromi Chambers | 7th grade teacher: Ken Yazaki
The Japanese Immersion program at Mears increases the Japanese reading, writing, and speaking skills of students who continue in the immersion program from Sand Lake Elementary. Students in the immersion program will have social studies with either Sensei Chambers or Sensei Yazaki.
Sponsor: Richard Zelinsky
In-depth jazz music is studied. Jazz Band is taught during Zero Hour at Mears. That means it starts at 7:15 AM and ends at 8:00 AM.
In our increasingly technological society, those students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering or technical career. As a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students, MATHCOUNTS prepares students for future career opportunities and success. More than 6 million students across the U.S. have participated in the MATHCOUNTS program. National website for MathCounts
Sponsor: Tina Arend
This is an after school activity held from October to late March. Students will foster creativity, gain experience with technology, and display a basic knowledge of photography and layout and design by producing the Mears Memory Book. Self and peer critiquing skills will be acquired as well as work ethics, such as meeting deadlines.
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
Sponsor: Mrs. Klueber
NJHS is a prestigious organization, providing leadership opportunities for students who demonstrate excellence in four areas: Citizenship, Scholarship, Leadership, and Character. Nominations for participation will go out in the Spring of 2019.
Peterson Bay Field Trip
Sponsor: Ms. Brown
The Peterson Bay Field Station is operated by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, Alaska. For more information about the field station please visit their website. Peterson Bay Field Station
Project Lead the Way
Sponsor: Brandon York
Science Olympiad gives students the opportunity to challenge themselves in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by working together in teams to learn new skills.
Smart Girls Rock!
Sponsor: Diane McLaughlin
Mears has been invited to participate in this one day conference for several years. Smart Girls Rock! is an annual event, it is the brainchild of Dimond teachers Lea Bouton and Jennifer Childress and also, 3M Engineer Julie Morman. The afternoon conference gives students the chance to network with local female engineers to discover the opportunities available in the engineering field.
Sponsor: Greg Ross
The Scripps National Spelling Bee web site states "Our purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives."
National website SpellingBee
The Mears competition will be held on February 21, 2020.
Student Advisory Board
Sponsor: Eric Backman and Michael Scott
The Student Advisory Board advises the principal and vice principal of Mears on issues that affect our school community, the school district, and the community at large. Students are recommended by their team teachers to be a part of the SAB.
Sponsor: Mr. Pease
What is the Mears Writing Contest? The Mears Writing Contest is a monthly writing competition that provides a creative outlet for those who enjoy writing or for those who don’t like to write, but discover they are natural storytellers. So you don’t think of yourself as a writer? Just remember, we all have stories within us waiting to be told. In other words, this opportunity is for everyone!
How It Works. We introduce a new writing prompt at the start of each month. The prompt is read over the intercom during morning announcements. Prompts also gets posted on the Mears Writing Contest web page, with additional flyers posted in the library, in the front office, and in language arts classrooms. Work on your story throughout the month and submit your story entry to Mr. Pease or to your language arts teacher by the deadline listed below the prompt.
What Do I Win? Of course, winning is not the point of creative writing, but nonetheless, writers deserve to be recognized for a well written piece. Each month, judges select a first place winner and a runner-up, with first place earning a $75 gift card and runner-up receiving a $25 gift card. Additionally, winners receive recognition on the school announcements and have the opportunity to have their work published on the Mears Writing Contest web page. All participants automatically become eligible for a drawing at the end of the school year for two, $100 gift cards.
Help Getting Started. Visit the Mears Writing web page to read past winning entries, to view this month’s prompt, and to read tips on writing in a specific genre.
We hope to read your story entry soon. Write on!
YWCA Multicultural Female Leadership Conference
Sponsor: Mrs. Keese
The conference is one of several Youth Empowerment Programs sponsored by the YWCA. Teams nominate students to attend the conference. The mission of the YWCA Youth Empowerment Programs is: "Cultivating courageous, critical thinking youth through Youth Empowerment Programs."