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When our elementary students caught wind of the Straw Tower Challenge that our middle school students participated in, they insisted on doing it for themselves! Before you could blink, we had teams at each elementary school competing to assemble the tallest tower that could hold a tennis ball for a minimum of three seconds. The catch? They were given only 50 straws, one roll of masking tape, a tape measurer, tennis ball, and list of pretty specific rules. What they did was amazing!
Straw Tower Challenge - Buckland Elementary
Straw Tower Challenge - Gatesville Elementary
Straw Tower Challenge - T.S. Cooper Elementary
Congratulations to JT Riddick and Benjamin Ross for constructing the tallest tower!
This November, our CMS AIG students participated in an escape room field trip at Escape Room Virginia Beach. It was a success and I highly recommend it!
I challenged those students to write and publish a blog post about their experience on this website. Our students worked to follow a set of guidelines to brainstorm, write a post, select and upload pictures, format their blog, and add special features before clicking the "post" button. Afterwards, they commented on the posts of their peers and offered feedback.
...but that's not all!
Cal Bryant agreed to run the "best blog" in the Gates County Index. I, along with my students, spread the word and opened the blog posts up for "voting." To everyone who commented - thank you for your time and thank you for supporting our students!
And the drumroll please...
Congratulations to Derrick Nowell and Camiya Riddick for having the most votes! Stay tuned for their post in the Gates County Index!
Operation Gratitude has delivered more than 2.1 million Care Packages filled with items donated by grateful Americans and service-friendly companies that want to express their support for Heroes serving overseas and here at home. Every Operation Gratitude Care Package includes a bundle of letters from the American people, thanking Troops, Veterans, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes and their Caregivers, or First Responders for their service to our country.
This year our CMS students wanted to make an impact, so we chose to write letters to be included in special care packages that Operation Gratitude sends out. I want to encourage you to visit their website and learn more about this amazing cause!
By Madison Myers & Camille Cullipher
We went to the escape room in V.A. We thought it was really fun and wanted to share our experiences.
If you don’t know, an escape room is where you’re ‘locked’ in a room and you have to find clues to get out. You usually get an hour to get out, but if you don’t get out in time, you will get help from one of the workers. (at least at this place) Some of the rooms are easier than others. This place’s rooms had ratings on the rooms. (1 being the easiest and 5 being the hardest)
King Neptune’s Trident
A war is raging and King Neptune's Trident has been taken! You and your soldiers have been summoned to capture his trident from an underwater castle. Retrieve the trident, or the protection of our Virginia Beach shore, and the fate of the world, will be changed forever…
High Noon Saloon
With the help of a few outlaws, you’ve been plotting to rob the town saloon. The bartender has secretly told you about the owner’s safe that is filled with bricks of gold. You and your team of bandits must steal the gold before Sheriff arrives to throw you in county jail at high noon!
The Traveling Crook
Immerse yourself within a foreign experience as you attempt to catch the traveling crook. You have tracked down his secret lair, but he has locked you in. Find your way out amidst the many treasures or else the crook will run free forever!
The Con Artist
You've been called upon to help retrieve a precious piece of stolen art from the con artist. Unfortunately, he expected your arrival and has much different plans for your visit. As he hopes to be the next, notorious criminal, you'll see that everything in his studio is not as black-and-white as it seems. Work together to recover the stolen work or else you'll become part of his next piece of art.
*Please note that this room is not recommended for those under the age of 16 due to the spooky nature of its content.
Elves Take Back
Jealous Jack Frost has sabotaged the elves' surprise present for Santa. Help them assemble the pieces and wrap the gift before Santa returns from his route!
by: Katelyn Jones, Brooke Jones, Emma "Jellybean" Sheets
Q: What is an escape room?
A: An escape room is a room where you usually have a theme and you have to solve all of the clues to escape.
Q: Is it challenging and fun?
A: Our experience was great! Our room was very challenging though, each room has a different level of difficulty.
Q: Do they actually lock you in the room?
A: In our room, they did not lock us in, however it all depends on where you go.
Q: How long does it take to get there from Gates County?
A: It took us about an hour and ten minutes on a bus.
Q: Is it a reasonable price?
A: Yes, it is $25.00, though we got an amazing discount. If you can get a group together you might get a discount.
Q: Is there an age limit?
A: You have to be sixteen to do a room by yourself, however if you are under that age you must have an adult in the room.
For more information, visit the website. https://escaperoomvirginiabeach.com/
Our experience was great! It was very fun yet challenging. We did the “Tides Take Back” room.
Our room was full of baseball equipment. Their were many different kinds of locks. When we first started the room, the lights were off. We had to figure out how to cut them on. We were allowed to have three hints, but we were not allowed to use them in the last ten minutes. You could ask for clarification on a hint though. We would DEFINITELY go back and do a different room. There are five different escape rooms you can do and they all have different themes. The room we did was rated a 5 out of 5 for difficulty. Only 17% of the people that have done it have completed it.
Brooke’s: “It was very fun! I had a great team and we all worked together well.”
Katelyn’s: “I had so much fun! It was very challenging though. My team was very good and we almost completed it.”
Emma’s: “It was a great experience! I would go do another one for sure!”
By:Brycen Newsome and Christopher Nelson
Escape Room, VA
Rodrigo the interviewer-What is an escape room?
Chris- A room you try to escape from with your friends.
Brycen-A room you try to escape from that challenges your leadership and teamwork skills.
Rodrigo-Was it fun?
Chris- It was ok but it could have been better if the rooms were bigger and more realistic.
Brycen-I also thought it was decent but it wasn’t my favorite thing to do.
Rodrigo-Was it educational?
Chris- Yeah, in some ways it was educational
Brycen-Yes, I thought it was rigorous
Rodrigo-What did you do?
Chris- When we first got there they gave us 60 minutes and three hints. When they began the timer we started looking around the room and looking for clues.
Brycen-When we arrived, at first I thought it was gonna be scary. Then when we got in there it wasn’t to bad. After the woman gave the instructions we were able to be given 3 clues when necessary.
Rodrigo-Did you get out?
Brycen-We did not.
Rodrigo-Was it strategic?
Chris-Yes I think it was
Brycen- Yes, it was very strategic because of the major puzzles we had to solve.
Rodrigo-Was it safe?
Brycen-Yes I think it was perfectly safe.
Rodrigo-How can I contact them?
Brycen-You can contact them at (757) 228-7577
An escape room is a mental and physical game in which players solve puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the challenge. Players are given a set time limit to complete the challenge given to them at the beginning of the activity. The purpose to an escape room is to search for clues and solve puzzles and they are a ton of fun for anyone to enjoy. The act of problem and puzzle solving is actually very beneficial for brain function, and brain activity. It was very fun and enjoyable because I got to do it with some of my friends. I would recommend it because I want other people to experience all the fun I had. It is worth the money, it costs $25 per person. The rooms fit their theme very well, and they were challenging and strategic. It was kind of hard also you had to use teamwork to complete your challenge. I would go again but choose a different room with a theme that interests me more. Yes it was very educational especially in the math field and you had to read many different things. To contact Escape Room Virginia Beach you can call 757-228-7577.
By: Cadence Rowe and Alexia Austin
Hey my name is Cadence, and my name is Alexia, and we are here to tell you about the escape room we went to not to long ago. We went through an experience of our 6th grade year. Alexia and me went to an escape room in Virginia Beach called Escape Room Virginia Beach.
Here is some information if you want to go to this escape room(we hope you will go, it’s FUN!!!)
So now we are going to tell you about our experience you won’t be able to escape the screen.
We both went to two different escape rooms, so here’s Alexia to talk about her experience… Me, Alexia, I went to the escape room called “Tides Take Back”. There are a lot of clues in this room. You have to find keys to unlock locks. More clues were in the locked containers. There were four different types of locks : Directional lock, Letter lock, Number lock, and Key lock. In mine you have to find underwear(EWWW GROSS!)There’s WAY more info but to find out go see it yourself.
Me, Cadence, I went to the escape called ‘The Traveling Crook”. There were also a lot of locks and clues in my room too. There were multiple rooms in this escape room. I had to find out were the crook was going to before his plane left, and there was no more finding him anymore.(If you want to do this one dress as a detective, you got to do A LOT!!!)
In closing “we hope” you have as much fun as we did.
Here are some pictures of our experience!!!
Our AIG kids at Central Middle School took a trip to an escape room in Virginia Beach. It took us only about an hour to get there. We drove a bus so it might not take as long on a car or other vehicle. When we arrived, we had to wait about 10 minutes before we could get into our room. When we get in they don’t actually lock you in the room, you just can’t come outside of the room. You have an hour to escape or complete the challenge. Just in case you didn’t know, an escape room is a room where you just have to find clues and answer questions and escape the room. There is a limited number of people that can be in the room. You can have eight people in a room but, if you are not fourteen or older you have to have an adult in the room. Anybody can go into the room but we wouldn’t recommend kids under the age of eight entering because it was kind of difficult. Our theme for our escape room was “ The Tides Take Back “. What we had to do was try to find the pitcher’s lucky underwear for there big game which was in an hour ( the amount of time we had to finish ). If you had to go to the bathroom they would probably let you go out of the room. It cost $20 for one person. If you are going with a group of people or a school field trip you would get a group discount.
BY: Jasmine Holcomb, Kaylee Seward
Q: Was it fun?
A: It was a fun experience, but it was really challenging, since I chose a room with a difficult level. (level 4)
Q: Was it educational?
A: Yes it was, it helped with my strategic skills, leadership skills, team building, communication skills, and critical thinking.
Q: How can you learn strategic skills from this activity?
A: You have to use clues and critical thinking to figure out how to get out of the room in an hour.
Q: How long do you have to escape?
A: You have exactly one hour to escape.
Q: Is this worth going to more than once?
A: Yes, because it can help more with leadership, communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and your strategic skills. Most of all, it’s really fun!
Q: Is it worth spending my money on?
A: Yes, unless you’re claustrophobic, issues getting along, etc.
Q: What restaurants are nearby?
A: Starbucks, Golden Corral Buffet and Grill, Kolache Factory, etc.
Q: What is an escape room?
A: An escape room is a puzzle like game with a theme that involves ork, critical thinking, and your strategic skills. Most of all, it’s really fun!
riddles, clues, puzzles that you have to solve in a given amount of time.
Q: Is there different choices you can pick from?
A: Yes there is, some examples are King Neptune’s Trident, The Traveling Crook, The Con Artist, and the Tides Take Back
Q: How much does it cost?
A: $25.00 plus tax
Q: Where is it located?
A: 408 Investors Pl #107, Virginia Beach, VA 23452