September 17, 2012
A warm early fall greeting to our Parents and Students.
As the weather cools we have continued heating up in our STEM endeavors. Today started our fourth full week of school. Whoever said, "Time doesn't fly"? Students have been diligent in their solving our various Exploratory STEM Problem Solving lessons.
Sixth graders have all achieved their various Zenith Vector heights. The tallest exceeded the minimum desk height of 29.25 inches by over ten inches. Their personal reflections showed sometimes frustration as well as elation upon their successful completions. Definitely, they all now realize that they can be successful and achieve the stated problems presented.
Some have completed their next assignment of Engineering Lettering quotes. Several of those submitted so far have been lettered very well. I continue to be amazed at their performance levels.
Additionally, they have begun the D.A.R.E. education training provided by the Bonneville County Sherriff's office. A highlight for the students last week was "seeing" with the impaired goggles and how difficult it was to walk a straight line. D.A.R.E. instruction is offered one class period per week.
Seventh and Eighth Graders have completed their Spidergrams that depicted the symbolism they saw about a developing garden over thirty day intervals and how that symbolism relates to their growth as a student at WPCS. Additionally, the three dimensional drawings of their respective rooms have been completed.
One of the topics that was raised during some of the garden development slide presentations were "Just how do you grow dill pickles?" To which we responded with a lesson concerning the pickling process. That cucumbers become dill pickles through several steps. Thanks for the excellent help and leadership of Mrs. Carroll in this experience.
The great opportunity about that process was being able to relate to several scientific topics. Topics like Delta T (change in temperature); osmosis as it involved the liquid changes between cucumbers which is nearly all H2O to the pickling solution in the pickles; the need to destroy harmful bacteria; steps of procedure for a science experiment paralleling the dill pickle recipe; as well as the need for specific materials and ingredients, along with accurate measurements. Plus, an awareness without the opportunity to preserve our food, how could the vast majority of people on planet Earth survive?
The sequence of steps for laying out the Four Square Game is complete. Hopefully, this can be painted this coming Friday after school. Also, we hope to be able to repaint the parking lot lines as a service project in conjunction with our TSA chapter.
We are still waiting for a possible future structure to construct. In preparation for such activities, students have been laying out the STEM classroom to scale, along with comprehending various components of the Architect Scale.
The WPCS TSA (Technology Student Association) chapter hosted a cookie reception for our new principal, Mr. Clarke on Thursday, 9-13-12. Students presented possible fund raising ideas to him and welcomed feedback for improvements.
Among those ideas are hot dog lunches, hat days, no dress code days, working with the PFS on the carnival, October 27, and Horrific Horrors. Horrific Horrors will "honor" the faulty member or TSA officer "earning" the most money by having them wear a tutu, shave their head (girls can participate and donate their hair to Locks of Love), or kiss a pig.
As we move forward at WPCS, a gentle reminder is that we as a school are evaluated on parent volunteer involvement. Some of those opportunities involve working at the carnival, chaperoning TSA officers to the regional leadership workshop in Pocatello on October 2nd, and helping out at the Friday pop corn sales.
Because it is always a privilege working with your children at WPCS.
The following information was planned to air last Friday 8-31-12. We are hoping to post it now 9-4-12.
Greetings Parents and Students.
We are finishing up our first full week of school. Students have been diligent in their solving our various Exploratory STEM Problem Solving lessons.
Sixth graders have persevered in their quest for the tallest Zenith Vector. They are following up that assignment with a personal reflection paper detailing their problem solving experience. Their next assignment pertains to ENGINEERING LETTERING.
Seventh and Eighth Graders have designed Spidergrams that depict the symbolism they saw about a developing garden over thirty day intervals and how that symbolism relates to their growth as a student at WPCS. Additionally, they have prepared a three dimensional drawing of their respective room. This assignment was for review of the mechanical drawing practices they learned last year.
Their next sequence of problem solving will coincide with activities to learn "lay out" techniques for structures. Specifically, steps of procedure to "layout" a four square game on our back blacktop. This skill then will transfer to "layout" of structures. Future structure to still be decided.
Announcing our new WPCS TSA Chapter officers. Congratulations to the new officers and all candidates.
President is Gabe Mason. Vice president is Connor Kay. Secretary is Alex Hardin. Treasurer is Laurie Mortenson. Reporter is Alexis Thompson. Sgt. At Arms is Luke Leslie.
As we move forward at WPCS, a gentle reminder is that we as a school are evaluated on parent volunteer involvement. Soon we will be providing notice as to how you can be of assistance.