News from Jack Jackter Intermediate School

By Colchester Public Schools
Colchester - posted Mon., Jan. 20, 2014
JJIS Geography Bee winner Sean Gannon, with teacher Michael Byrne. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

JJIS student wins Geography Bee

The winner of the Jack Jackter Intermediate School annual Geography Bee competition is fourth-grade student Sean Gannon, from Mrs. Desrochers’ classroom.  Recognition goes out to second-place finisher Ian Domeika, third-place finisher Tyler Cottrill, and to all participating students. Sean will now take a written test which will then be sent to the Geography Bee headquarters in Washington, D.C., where it will be scored. If a qualifying score is earned, Sean will be notified through the mail that he will participate at the state-level Geography Bee.

The semi-finals were held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, under the direction of fourth-grade teacher Michael Byrne.   Selected fourth- and fifth-grade students had to pass a pre-test to qualify and were presented with challenging questions throughout the bee.  From the 20 semifinalist participants, 10 students qualified for the finals.


JJIS Lego Robotics team competes

The Jack Jackter Intermediate School Lego Robotics Teams recently competed at the local competition at McGee Middle School in Berlin, Conn.  Mrs. Anderson’s team, The MegaWhats, won the Team Spirit Award, as they truly show their R.O.C.K.S. (Respect, Opportunity, Cooperation, Kindness and Safety) behaviors wherever they go. Mr. Bech’s team, ROC, won the Single Run Specialist Award for earning the most points at the competition for a single run of the robot. Due to the increased number of robotics teams involved in the challenge over the recent years, these accolades did not earn a ticket to the state tournament.

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