Letter from Claire - May 23

May 23, 2106

 

Dear Families,

Aaron’s Book Signing and Used Book Fair was a huge success. Our students asked poignant questions and came together to support one of our graduates.  Aaron was inspiring and reminded us that all students are capable of working hard, dreaming big and accomplishing great things!  Big shout out to our book room volunteers for all their hard work and commitment to making these events so extraordinary!

 

From the Classroom

This is our 5th year of hosting the MSC Science and Sustainability Symposium to celebrate our Challenge Based Science Modules and Greenhouse Project Curriculum, both developed in partnership with NY SunWorks.

 

At the Symposium, 5th, 6th, 7th , 8th grade students presented their inquiry-based projects.  One group researched the time span it takes for red oak leaf lettuce and radish to mature and how long it takes a plant to get ready to harvest.  Some groups researched how plants grow better in rock wool since they soak up more water, others presented sketches and designs of echo friendly buildings with triple glazed windows, and glass made from sand which keeps heat in the winter and out in the summer.  Guest judges used a rubric to select projects that will be included in the 2016 MSC/NY SunWorks “Discovering Sustainability Science Youth Conference” on June 2, 2016 at Symphony Space.  Big shout and thanks to Brian, Nicole, Shakira, Stephanie D, Manuela, Sidsel and our SunWorks partnership for planning this celebration of learning. 

 

Madelene's class is studying the life cycle of butterflies, what they eat, and the parts of their body: thorax and abdomen.  They who taught me about “spreading butterflies,” which is the topic for their science fair project, where they hydrated butterflies using a container, envelope, and paper towels.

 

Reminders

Please come to Chat with Claire on Tuesday, May 24th@ 8:45am in the cafeteria.

 

The science fair is coming up next week on Thursday, May 26th and we're so excited to see all the excellent projects the students have been working on.

Here are a few reminders:

·      Students with individual projects should bring them to room B-17, in the morning, on Thursday, May 26th from 8:30 AM-9:30 AM.

·      The evening session from 5-7 PM is a fun session for students and their families.  Dinner will be available for purchase.  

·      If you are able to volunteer on the day of the science fair, please sign up with the following form:  

http://goo.gl/forms/2VDomdjo3lgl2EUI2

Please email us if you have any questions mscsciencefair@gmail.com 

 

Best,

Claire