Summer Work and Sikorsky’s “Helicopter 2050”

Sikorsky's Helicopter 2050 Contest Flyer
Sikorsky’s Helicopter 2050 Contest Flyer

For students of the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, or anyone else looking for a summer activity, Sikorsky Aircraft is sponsoring a contest to design a “green” helicopter. The contest runs from June 1 to October 15, 2015 and is open to 9 to 16 year olds. I will plan to give my students time to work on this contest this fall in our Innovations in Aerospace class, but you can get a head start by looking into it and researching and brainstorming ideas now. Good luck!

On a side note, for Academy students, remember to start your IXL summer prep for Algebra I (H) in Academy of Aerospace & Engineering summer math assignment in IXL.com by the beginning of August. Remember that this assignment is in place of the one in your summer packet that was handed out to all students. You do need to complete the language arts assignment in the packet. Contact Mr. Holmes with any questions.

Summer Math Assignment

Dear Parents/Guardians,
We had a great orientation night on May 28th with all students and their parents/guardians in attendance. Here is an update since then, with the main point being summer math work:

Summer Work: All students should do the summer math assignment, IXL summer prep for Algebra I (H) in Academy of Aerospace & Engineering. Math work is the only summer assignment I am giving. It involves a few exercises in the online program, http://IXL.com . Students already have accounts in IXL, but I will follow up and have IXL email you your son’s/daughter’s username and password in case they do not have it. Please have your son/daughter begin this math assignment after July 31st and complete it before the start of school on August 26th. I don’t want them to finish it early in the summer, as then it will not be fresh on their minds when school starts. For students that have any problems, I will be available in the JWMS Library/Media Center on August 19, 20, and 21, from 8:00AM to 12:00Noon. Just email me a day or so prior to arrange to meet, and we can sit down and go over any items where you need help.

Academy Preparations: I have been writing the curriculum, coordinating with outside agencies, and ordering supplies, plus doing the many tasks needed to begin a new program. Everything is on track to start the year with an outstanding program. The new facility will likely be finished about one month after school starts, and once we move in and get it ready, we will have an opening ceremony to which you will be invited. Remember to mark our Academy Induction Ceremony on your calendar – it is September 16, 5:00 to 6:00 PM, right before the JWMS Open House – we will have food and drinks, then induct your sons and daughters into the Academy and have them show you what they have learned so far.

I will send out new blog posts about every 2 weeks, and a monthly email newsletter – but email me through my JWMS website if you have any questions. Have a great summer!