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June 8, 2016
by Shane Boland Harrison
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2016 Stepping Stone

The last days of school are always bittersweet for our 8th grade class. One final tradition is to make a stepping stone, which represents a piece of each student, forever to stay on our campus as they take their next step to high school.

A lasting memory from the class of 2016

A lasting memory from the class of 2016

May 28, 2016
by Shane Boland Harrison
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Water Testing at DeYoung Conservancy Property

IMG_7790The 5th and 7th graders took a quick trip to the Leelanau Conservancy’s DeYoung Natural Area. While there we sampled a creek on the property for macro-invertebrates, measured temperature, and discussed stream health while looking at habitat. The students were astounded by both incomplete and complete metamorphosis while looking at different nymph and larval stages of the macro-invertebrates they found. These are the best types of field trips as we end the year and dreams of summer are in our heads. Over and over again we teachers heard “Awesome – this is so cool!” “Wow – that is totally gross” “There are more kinds of worms other than earthworms?” It was a great trip!

 

May 25, 2016
by Shane Boland Harrison
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Inland Seas Schoolship

Today the 5th and 6th grade scientists enjoyed a morning on the Inland Seas Schoolship in Suttons Bay. The question asked before they set sail was “Is our great lake Michigan a healthy lake?”  After testing for water quality, types of plankton, benthic macro-invertebrates, micro-plastics and fish, the answer they deduced was “it’s a more complicated answer than just yes or no”. They observed that while invasive species have decreased the biodiversity of the lake the water quality of the lake is healthy. They also learned how to raise the sails and sing some great shanties. A special thanks to our chaperones Pathfinder Alums Caitlin and Seamus Harrison:).

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May 22, 2016
by Shane Boland Harrison
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Mackinac Island Awesome!

I hope everyone has had time to recover from our wonderful trip. My Fitbit recorded 26,520 steps totaling 11.7 miles on Thursday alone! With the packed schedule we had not one complaint from anyone was heard, everyone was having so much fun. I have done this trip for several years and I have to say this one was the best. While the excellent weather did help I have to say our students were polite, kind to each other, generous and listened well. The magic of Mackinac was everywhere!

Mackinac 2016 on PhotoPeach

May 5, 2016
by Shane Boland Harrison
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Romance on the Reef

As part of their unit on Oceans the 7th grade created a Coral Reef. They each chose an animal to research and make, along with some different kinds of coral. They also learned about the status of coral reefs globally and how and why they are dying and losing biodiversity. One part of the assignment was to write a blog post portraying their animal looking for a “date” on a dating website called Romance on the Reef. Be sure to check out the 7th grade blog posts to read about their special adaptations and qualities:). I guarantee you will laugh and be impressed by all that they learned! Their blogs are attached to this main page.

Romance on the Reef on PhotoPeach

 

March 26, 2016
by Shane Boland Harrison
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Gutter Derby Success

Gutter Derby SUCCESS!

Despite many, many breakdowns of the 3D printer, our students were able pull it together and participate fully in the Gutter Derby Race, hosted by the TBAISD. We had 8 teams, made up of 5th through 7th graders. Because of the breakdown of the printer we had to outsource many of our designs to other working printers in the community. Some of our students didn’t get their car back to assemble and test until the day of the event! My students were very grateful for everyone’s help!

Learning to problem solve, collaborate and accept that this is the best you can do for this moment, are strong life skills. I am so very proud of these amazing students – there are no words!

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February 24, 2016
by Shane Boland Harrison
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Science Expo February 25

SCIENCE EXPO –  YOU’RE INVITED!!

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The excitement is building for the annual Science Expo this Thursday, February 25, from 6:007:30. The 6th graders will entertain you with their wax museum of scientists, the 7th graders will show you their awesome science projects using our experimental design and the 8th graders will provide hovercraft rides for all! 4th & 5th graders will also have presentations that should not be missed. We will again have a science table full of take home projects that will prove to be fun and educational for all ages and MORE!

If you would like to invite your friends along that would like to see what your student is up to at our awesome school please feel free to bring them!

It truly will be a night of family fun with lots and lots of laughter!

 

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