Hello North Pointe Families,                                     August 27, 2015

As we enter the Fall season, I wanted to let you know about a project that we have in the making here at North Pointe.  As some of you know, we have a courtyard in the middle of our building that is not utilized.  At the end of last year the Energy Team decided that they wanted to plant a pumpkin patch in the courtyard.  Each class started pumpkin seedlings in recycled milk containers.  At the end of last year each grade level came out and planted their seedlings in their grade level rows.  Over the summer the pumpkins have grown and we have quite a harvest available for our picking.  The plan is to harvest them in early October to decorate our lobby and the school.  We are also going to use them for another reason; pumpkin chucking.  As part of the Science Standards students will study the engineering of building a catapult or a trebuchet.  We are inviting parents that are willing to take our student’s designs and make them a reality by building a full size version.  If you are interested, please contact your child’s teacher so that we can begin designing and building now.  We will have a competition to see which catapult or trebuchet will launch a pumpkin the farthest.  On Monday, November 2nd we will host the first annual North Pointe Pumpkin Chucking Competition.  I personally will be entering my own trebuchet design and will crush all competition.  Are you up for the challenge? Below are some youtube clips if you are interested in learning more about building a catapult or trebuchet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXuQvAPwcOE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hAX72Xgf1U 

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Mike Shires, Principal