Georgetown Climate Change Field Trip
Reid state park Climate Change Field Trip
by Nylaina Wilson
On Tuesday, November 23 the 4th and 5th graders from Georgetown Central School went to the beach at Reid State Park with Ruth Indrick, a project coordinator from the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust. Ruth had been working with the 4th and 5th grades on climate change for the past six weeks.
The 4th and 5th grade students went to investigate what the beach would look like in the future. We used a tool to measure how high the water would get and how much beach there’d be left. The tool was a stick that had a scope on it and a miniature level. The size of the sticks were 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, 4 feet, and 6 feet. The sizes of the sticks represented how high the sea level might rise.
We worked in groups of three. My group measured a 3 feet sea level rise. Someone looked through the scope while one person ran away from the ocean to the top of the beach with the flag. One member of the group had to hold the scope steady and make it level. When we looked through the scope and were sure we could see our partner’s feet we said, “ok.” The person with the flag put it in the ground, so we could mark what 3 feet of sea level rise would look like. We had to do the same thing with three other flags, as we traveled down the beach to mark the new high tide level. Everyone got a turn to try each job.
We have been learning about climate change so that we could see what the beach would be like in about 100 years. We did this because we wanted to know if we would be able to bring our grandchildren to Reid State Park. If climate change continues to make the sea level rise, we learned that we would not be able to sit on the sand. We would have to sit on the dunes in the grass with a bunch of bugs and ticks. It would not be nice to go to that beach anymore. I thought it was fun and cool to go and see what it might be like in the future, but I also thought that it’s sad that future kids might not be able to enjoy a beach that I have enjoyed going to.
Hiking Club at Georgetown Central
Hiking Club at Georgetown Central School by Debra Thibodeau
Project Citizen at BRES
So, let’s say that you disagree with a rule, law, procedure, or policy that you want to see changed. What do you do? Well, that is just the type of work that B.R.E.S. eighth grade students will be undertaking over the next month.
Under the guidance of language arts teacher Corey Chase and social studies teacher Nick Scott, students will participate in “Project Citizen.” Students will be asked to identify a policy that they would like to see changed. (Example: allowing hunting on Sundays)
Students will research both the positive and negative aspects of a current policy, promote policy alternatives with evidence to support these alternatives, and present them to the public (their parents) for scrutiny.
Students will be assessed on their oral presentation, visual display, and research quality.
Mark J. Tess, Principal
Edgecomb 4-6 Graders
FOurth-Sixth Graders Perform COmmunity Service
by Lisa Clarke
In what has become an annual event, students in grades 4-6, accompanied by their teachers, brought some holiday cheer to residents in assisted-living facilities in Edgecomb and Boothbay by singing carols and delivering homemade cards to them. Also, as part of their community service, they delivered almost 200 food items to the Boothbay Region Food Pantry.
We are proud of our children, especially as they bring good cheer to others, and are grateful to so many of you who helped support their food drive. Thank you.
Hour of Code
One current national educational initiative is to have every student in the US have experience in computer programming. To this end, the Hour of Code was developed and promoted. The week of December 9th was Computer Science Awareness Week.
Students in Emily Higgins’ Biology, Chemistry, and Graphic Computer Programming classes participated in the Hour of Code. Every student participated and made either a greeting card or programmed a character to move around a maze. Go to Code.org and Learnstreet.com to try it yourself!
Edgecomb Holiday Concert
Start the Holiday Season Off with a Joyful Sound
Time 6:00 PM
Edgecomb Eddy School
All children are needed to be present in the library by 5:45 the night of December 19th. This will allow Ms. McIvor to conduct vocal warmups with the children before the show begins.
Parents, we ask that you take your children’s coats, etc. with you to the gym. The show is expected to last app. one hour. You won’t want to miss it!
BRES 3rd Grade at Gregory Wing
The third grade students performed four holiday songs for the residents at St. Andrews Gregory Wing on December 17 th. Mrs. O'Connell directed them. After singing, the children visited with the residents, giving them handmade cards. They then enjoyed holiday treats.
BRHS STEM Academy
Boothbay Region High School Launches STEM Academy
We are pleased to announce that 2013-2014 is the inaugural year for the BRHS STEM Academy. The BRHS STEM Academy is a programming path designed for students with interest in professional and vocational fields within Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM).
One of our essential goals is to ensure that our students leave BRHS with multiple options for their futures. The United States Department of Commerce estimates that STEM related jobs will grow at almost double the rate of non-STEM related jobs. Employees within STEM related positions earn 26% higher wages than non-STEM positions, and unemployment rates for people with STEM related training is approximately half of the rates for those with non-STEM related training.
Students who complete specific coursework requirements can be eligible to receive a specially endorsed BRHS STEM diploma and transcript. This distinction can be of importance for students going to college to major in a STEM related field or for students wishing to pursue employment in one of these areas.
Students in our STEM courses are building boats, creating electric guitars, designing robots, and programming computer software. They are doing all this while learning pertinent math and science content.
BRES 3rd Grade Philanthropy
Boothbay Region Elementary School
BRES 3rd graders have been studying philanthropy in a unit about community awareness. They collected needed items for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter and delivered them on December 12. The students enjoyed presenting their gifts, meeting the staff, and visiting with the animals.
Their next field trip is scheduled for December 17th to the Gregory Wing. They will sing 4 carols and present handmade cards to the residents.
BRHS Hosts Conference
This session is designed to deepen knowledge of the GeoGebra tool in Geometry, Algebra, and Pre Calc.
- Find, use, and modify existing GeoGebra applets,
- learn the basics of the Geogebra iPad app
- explore a range of mathematics iPad apps.
The session will include teachers from around Maine, including 4 of our own teachers from grades 5-12.