Beach restoration on Shaw Island with Friends of the San Juans
Salmon in the Classroom
With a generous donation from Dr. Carolyn Haugen, students are working with the San Juan Nature Institute to participate in the "Salmon in the Classroom" program. Working with visiting scientist, Noreene Ignelzi, students are engaged in lively discussions, experiments, dissections, and of course, hatching salmon eggs.
Topics covered include salmon species in the Pacific Northwest, life cycle of these anadromous fish, morphology and anatomy of salmon, and an experiment to determine the effect of temperature on available oxygen (using feeder goldfish!). Students take great interest in learning about pollution and its effects on marine organisms and actions they can take to make a difference. At the end of the project salmon are released in the stream at Glenwood Springs Hatchery on Orcas.
Energy Saving Superheroes!
Stemming from Negawatt Media's energy saving messages shared in their books (that just happen to be written and illustrated by our very own music teacher, Anita Orne!) students worked with classroom teacher Diane to create a calendar of energy saving tips. Students shared their message and concern by distributing their calendar both far and wide.