By: Rose Finney 8th Grader at JMS
Recently, eighth graders in the JMS Learning Academy program reenacted the 1988 Supreme Court case of California vs. Greenwood. Greenwood had been convicted of illegal drug possession. However, for the police to receive a search warrant, they used evidence found from searching his garbage. Greenwood argued that it was unconstitutional for the police to have searched through his trash, while law enforcement stated that he had no reasonable expectation of privacy. Students prepared by researching information about the trial and working in their groups to share thoughts and write arguments.
The reenactment began when the Supreme Court Justices, played by students, entered the room. Then, the students selected to represent the lawyers gave their opening statements. Next, came the meat of the case – the arguments. The defense argued that people could not see into the trash bags and that the trash was Greenwood’s until he gave it to the trash collector, while the prosecution argued that an animal could have easily torn the bags apart and that Greenwood willingly gave up his garbage when he left it out on the curb. In the end, the Justices decided in favor of the prosecution with a 7-2 vote. The case was closed by Sadie Phillips, who played the role of Chief Justice. The students enjoyed the hands-on activity as a boost to their studies of law and court proceedings. A huge thank you to Anda Olsen for her hard work and dedication to the Learning Academy at Jasper Middle School.
From left to right, the students in the picture are: Peyton Johnson, Layne Wendt, Michayla Pickett, Jada Cline, Brett Menard, Colton Smith, Seth Densmore, Matthew Campbell and Sadie Phillips.
JMS Students Celebrate pi Day with Pie
By: Heather Vincent, 8th grade student at Jasper Middle School
How many digits of pi do you know? Most could only make it to 3.14, but why try to memorize a number that goes on for forever anyway? Math is supposed to be boring, right? On March 14th, Jasper Middle School’s Accelerated 8th Grade Math class decided to dive straight into pi activities. They celebrated pi on March 14th, because the digits of pi are 3.14 and the date was 3/14. Now most would say how could pi be fun, isn’t pi just supposed to be the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet? Well, the teacher of the class, Mrs. Hermann, came up with a brand new twist for the students. She asked every student to bring in a homemade edible circular food. The students were confused on how food could correlate to pi, other than pie! Then they realized how circles were the geometric shape that had almost everything to do with the irrational number. The decimal equivalent of pi, 3.14 deals with finding the circumference and the area of circles. The students were thrilled to take on the new task of looking at math in a different view. When the time came for everyone to reveal their treats, the students were amazed at the many different circular foods. There were donuts, pizzas, cake, and of course pie! After many delish foods and math problems, the day had finally come to an end. What a well rounded way to finish pi day!
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