STUDENT ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES
BOOKS FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
Students at Pinedale Elementary, Bondurant Elementary, and home schooled students in grades K-5 were priveleged on five occasions to choose a book of their choice to add to their own personal library thanks to Sublette BOCES! A total of 1906 books were distibuted this year thanks to Karen Murdock and her volunteers.
BOOKS FOR PINEDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL
This was the first year we distributed books in the middle school for grades 6th - 8th. We also invited home schooled students to come to our distributions. A total of 5 distributions were held and a total of 1057 books were distributed!
PINEDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL LUNCH BUNCH BOOK CLUBS
First semester's book clubs had 30 eighth grade participants and 25 seventh grade participants. The clubs received seven books per student for a total of 385 books. It was a successful semester and the students celebrated the end with a pizza party and voted for their favorite books of the semester.
Second semester's book clubs had 31 eighth grade participants and 29 seventh grade participants. The clubs received seven books per student for a total of 420 books. Again, students celebrated the end of the semester with a pizza party and voted on their favorite titles for the semester and the school year. Surprisingly, contemporary fiction beat science fiction this year.
805 books were distributed to the Lunch Bunch Book Club participants. The 8th graders that participated during 7th and 8th grades now have a collection of 30 books they have received as memebers of the Book Club. This is a substantial investment made by BOCES in our students and I know they appreciate it! I needed a list of all the books offered to book club members over the past two years and the 8th grade club members took less than 3 minutes to list all 30! They remember the books and appreciate the opportunity!
Average attendance for this school year's book clubs were over 93%. More importantly, the students really seem to enjoy the meetings and our book discussions. One 7th grader commented during a book discussion that we sounded like the New York Times Book Review!! Getting together with kids who love to read and enjoy being challenged with boks is a librarian's fondest wish and this grant makes the dream come true!
The biggest change to the book club this year was that lunch was no longer provided for each meeting. With the new lunch room at the middle school, it was easy for students to pick up thier tray and head to the library to eat their lunch. It was a good move. Now the pizza party at the end of the semester is a big deal and the students really appreciate it and look forward to it!
Thank you BOCES for funding this grant and giving 60 students the opportunity to meet regularly and talk about the books they love!
Partial report submitted by Peggy Bell
ART ENRICHMENT PROGRAM GRADES 3-6 BY DIANE MACLEAN
The art enrichment class ran 13 weeks once a week on Tuesdays 3:15-4:30 pm from October - January. This class of 16 students was a diversified mixture of 3rd-6th home school and public school students bringing to the sessions enthusiastic talent. The class covered a variety of media linding itself toward student interest and experimentation of media. Projects included shrink art jointed characters, foam sculpture flowers, foil embossed animals, clay figures, and wax/fabric dye paintings.
The 2nd session was held Jan - April. This class covered the same content and projects but the lessons became a bit more individualized because the class was smaller. During both sessions students appeared to arrive with enthusiasm and a high interest in what was being taught that day.
Partial report submitted by Diane Maclean
Expedition! Yellowstone 2008
In mid September 57 sixth grade students, a few teachers, and a few tireless chaperones had the opportunity to experience the wonders and beauty of Yellowstone National Park. Through a BOCES grant the group participated in a residential outdoor learning experience created by the National Park Service called Expedition: Yellowstone! The curriculum goals are to teach students about the natural and cultural history of Yellowstone, to investigate current issues affecting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and to promote stewardship and preservation in the park and in home communities. Emphasis is on learning through direct experience in the outdoors. Students participated in many activities from morning until night including a hike to Lost Lake, hydrothermal feature comparistons between Norris and Mammoth, tracking a wolf collar, climbing into an abandoned wolf den, identifying trees, watching wolves and bears in the Lamar Valley and making unforgettable memories with their friends.
report submitted by Retta Hudlow
2007 SUMMER SCIENCE ENRICHMENT TRIPS!
Many thanks to Retta Hudlow for making these trips possible for our students at SCSD #1!
WILDFLOWER AND GEOLOGY HIKE
Our first science enrichment trip eight students participated in a hike to Cliff Creek Falls. During the hike geological features were observed and discussed. Wildflowers were identified using the dichotomous keys found in flower identification books. After the hike we drove to Granite Hot Springs Falls and Pools. Along the way many geological features were discussed!
FOSSIL QUARRY DIG
Seven students traveled to Kemmerer, WY to Ulrich's Fossil Gallery to dig up 60 million year old fossil fish from the sandstone. Each student used hammers and blades to locate the fossil fish from the layers of sandstone. Each student was allowed to keep 6-8 fish that they found! They also toured the Fossil Butte National Monument on the way home!
SNAKE RIVER FLOAT/WILDLIFE EXPEDITION
Eight students participated in a 3 hour scenic float trip on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. The geology and ecology of the area was discussed by the guide from Barker Ewing River Company. After the float trip the students traveled to the Gros Ventre Slide to observe the aftermath of the geological event that occured in 1925. Next the students went to the Kelly Warm Springs to observe the flora and fauna of the area. In the evening a wildlife biologist met with the group to go on a sunset wildlife safari. The students rode in a safari type vehicle with an open hatch on the top to observe wildlife. The biologist had a wealth of information about the animals in the area!
GREEN RIVER FLOAT TRIP
Twelve students and two teachers participated in a week long study of the Green River watershed. On days 1, 2, and 3 the group floated the river on rafts with guides from Two Rivers Emporium. The students studied the plants, human use, and stream geomorphology as they floated. The concept of a watershed was developed on the first day. Each day student's measured the water quality of a different location on the river. They tested the chemistry, stream morphology and macroinvertebrate health. The water quality results were recorded and will be sent to the Wyoming Stream Team website. In the evenings students were assigned either cooking or clean up duties. Free time activities included painting, fishing, swimming, volleyball and horseshoes. On the last day the group hiked to the Upper Green River Lake to get a sense of the river source. Students identified trees and flowers on the hike using a dichotomous key. Students also participated in a Leave No Trace activity and a pastel journaling activity at the Upper Lake. Each student kept a journal to write down stream data, flower identifications, tree identifications, sketches and other activities.
LOOK FOR UPCOMING SUMMER SCIENCE ENRICHMENT TRIPS DURING THE SUMMER OF 2008 FOR PINEDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS! FLYERS WILL BE SENT HOME WITH THE STUDENTS AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!