Monday, May 18, 2015

Announcements 5-19-15

News from Renaissance

On April 29th, 2015, Renaissance went to Hard’Ack/Aldis Hill to study water quality. Students worked in small groups to collect field data, make observations on the biotic/abiotic habitat, and learn how scientists use technology to answer regional and local biogeochemical questions related to climate change and land use.  Our favorite part was adding salt to the water, and seeing the results change drastically.  Salt from our roads can have a negative impact on our water quality by increasing the conductivity of the water.

NEWRnet graduate students, Matt Vaughan and Ryan Sleeper, demonstrated how they use high-frequency sensors in local streams to measure various indicators of water quality including dissolved oxygen, conductivity, fluorescent dissolved organic matter, temperature, and turbidity. CWDD Research Technician, Janel Roberge, and Project Manager, Laura Yayac, helped students conduct habitat assessments in the nearby stream.

Director Lindsay Wieland, discussed EPSCoR research with students in the classroom, making connections between the local water quality issues in Saint Albans Bay with the research being done by NEWRnet scientists in the region. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion about careers in the sciences with NEWRnet researchers and CWDD staff.

Renaissance continues to work on the Hard'ack/Aldis Hill recreational trails to measure erosion and help design a trail system that filters some of the pollutants that have a clear path to the lake.  We hiked a few trails, and learned proper trail etiquette.

Here are some pictures from our trip.

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Mr. Mehaffey is not in school today. Sr. and Jr. Band are not having rehearsals.

Walking Contest Results

Bright Beginnings is the Walking Contest Leader for Week Three.  This team is also now the team with highest total laps over the contest at the half way point.  Bright Beginnings is applying focus to the contest as never before.  Team Triumph is doing the same with Team Discovery not far behind.  It is possible for any one of these teams to become the eventual winner.


The UA teachers have been keeping students in grades 1-3 busy with lots of fun wihile the older kids have been testing!

The SBAC schedule for this week is:

Tuesday: only students in grades 7/8 test from 8:45 - 10:45
Wednesday: 3-8 tests from 8:45-10:45
Thursday: 3-8 tests from 8:45-10:45

Walking Wednesday

Tomorrow is Walking Wednesday. Find your route and join in!

Open Doors

The following Open Doors classes meet today Tuesday, May 19th

·         Spring Archery class
      Session B students taking Archery will board bus #2 at 3:10.  Archery students   will check in with Open Doors at bus #2 before boarding the bus and will wait until the bus driver is ready for them to board the bus.
·         Professional Dodgeball- held at City School
·         CHOMP and Knitting has ended

All session A students taking Open Doors classes go to the cafeteria at dismissal.
It is very important that all students riding the buses after school follow the bus expectations. 

Summer Brochure has been distributed.  Did you get one?

Calendar Note

There is no school this Friday May 22nd due to teacher inservice.
There is no school on Monday May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.

Lunch Menu for Tuesday May 19th

Chicken Alfredo w/Homemade Cheese Sauce 
Steamed Carrots 
Fruit and Veggie Bar 
Vegetable Soup 
Dinner Roll 
Or Yogurt Parfait Or Sunbutter and Jelly Or Deli Sandwich Or Pizza 
Fresh Milk