With a handful of seed and two square feet of soil each, Mrs. DeAngelis' sixth graders began salad gardens during an April Life Science enrichment activity. The students worked in pairs planting radish, turnip, various lettuces, chard, kale, bok choy and mesculn. In May, they mulched the plants with straw in anticipation of a June harvest and class salad "feast".
Mrs. Amendolara came to visit first grade and do a great Earth Day lesson with the students. She taught them some tree vocabulary, made "tree stories" and discussed how to tell a tree's life story from looking at its rings. We also made tree "cookie" necklaces.
What bright futures our 8th graders have planned for themselves! During a Career Exploration unit, students researched professional paths of personal interest and presented their findings to the school community. Our annual Career Fair highlighted engineering, law, sports, medicine, science, business, and so much more. Our graduating class has gained insight into the challenges and rewards of careers, as well as the preparation required to achieve professional goals. Wishing each and every 8th grader a life of great success and happiness!
The first grade students completed a service learning project through Project Linus. They made four fleece tied blankets to donate to the program which give children who are hospitalized, involved in an accident, or fire. After the blankets were completed the students were personally thanked by a representative from Project Linus and incorporated their knowledge into a how to writing piece to help others make their own blankets.
On March 26 and 27, the Drama Club took the school to the world of Dr. Seuss. The Spring Musical, "Seussical, Jr." was performed for the school, followed by 2 evening performances for the community. The Drama Club featured 96 students in Grades 5-8. Congratulations to the cast and crew on a fun, wonderful show! Click here for a slideshow.
Vegetable, herb or flower? Mr. Lohse's 4th grade science class students were left guessing what their mystery seed would grow up to be during a recent greenhouse enrichment activity. After trying their hand at seed germination using a baggie and coffee filter, the students potted up their seedlings using an assortment of recycled yogurt, cereal, pudding and applesauce containers. In mid-May, the identity of each child's seed will be revealed. At that point, students will label and plant in the school courtyard garden. Next September, as fifth graders, they will have the opportunity to share in the harvest of their individual plant.