Foxtales 04-23-15


Words from Dr. Carroll… Exploring Passions

Our second annual STEM Fair, held last Friday, was another huge success! The STEM Fair is a wonderful way for our students to independently demonstrate the many  attributes, attitudes, and skills we teach and promote during the year while exploring their passions in science, technology, engineering, and math. They showed enthusiasm for learning as they explored their chosen topics. They needed commitment, confidence, and independence as they worked at home on their projects. They used research, thinking, self-management, and visual communication skills as they worked on their tri-folds and prepared for the fair. They were risk-takers as they stood up before viewers and communicated their knowledge and findings from their investigations.
I am so proud of our students who took the time and made the effort to put together projects for our STEM Fair. It truly demonstrates their love of learning. In addition, the quality of the investigations and presentations was extraordinary this year! I was impressed with the level of thinking and creativity demonstrated.
I am also deeply appreciative for all of the adult support for this STEM Fair. My heartfelt thanks goes to Amy Skelton for facilitating the event; parent scientists Phil Walsh, Anand Datta, Steve Grantham, and Matt Kendall who provided early afternoon presentations; Mike Ames who brought his robotics club students and their robot to demonstrate; and the the many parents who served as reviewers for student presentations. Thanks for helping us promote a love of learning about science, technology, engineering and math!

Seneca Spotlight: 3rd Grade Field Trip to A Wider Circle

Third graders from Seneca Academy volunteered at A Wider Circle on Monday.  A Wider Circle is a local charity that furnishes the homes of more than 4,000 families a year, equaling more than 15,000 children and adults every single year whose homes are transformed from empty spaces into beautifully furnished homes. Students learned about what type of organization A Wider Circle is, how it was founded and how it has grown.

 

After touring the facility, students worked on two different projects.  The first was to make toiletry bags and the second was to check donated games to make sure all the pieces were included.  We certified the games by putting a sticker on them, then delivered them to the showroom.  It is entirely possible a child took home a game certified by our 3rd grade class!

At the end of the field trip, students reflected on why ending poverty is important. This field trip helped us decide how to get organized to pack backpacks for Bag Busters this week.  If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved with A Wider Circle through donations or volunteering, please visit http://awidercircle.org/ .   A Wider Circle is hosting a “Race to End Poverty” fundraising event this weekend!  Details can be found atwww.awidercircle.org/therace .

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