Today was a very bittersweet day at Nitschmann Middle School in Bethlehem, PA. “Pi Day and Good-Bye Day” was a celebration I will never forget. I presented each student with a Happy Pi Day greeting card to review the history of pi. Here’s the link: Happy Pi Day Greeting Card I also found some neat pi pencils and gave one to each student. We began the festivities by watching a few videos and listening to pi songs. I challenged students to recite pi from memory! My best competitor memorized 18 digits, but I reigned supreme by reciting 51! We also enjoyed my favorite pi search engine (found here) where students’ birth dates can be entered as a string of digits, and the pi search page tells how many digits into pi the string of numbers occurs consecutively… an annual hit with middle schoolers!

Today was also my last day teaching at Nitschmann Middle School before our family makes our way to a new life and new schools in Austin, Texas. I was humbled and amazed at the outpouring of thanks and appreciation I received from my 160+ students. Cards, gifts, tasty homemade pies and pi cupcakes, student speeches, and even a song written and performed by a student warmed my heart in ways I will never forget! Here are some more class pictures from our day! Thank you Nitschmann!

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