On June 2 all the 6th graders in Sandwich schools were transported to Camp Bournedale for a STEMabration. There the students learned what team they will be on next year and met their 7th grade teachers. Though the weather was cold and rainy, it didn’t bother the students at all. They were engaged in a series of team building activities, games, songs, and everyone got to participate in a dogfish dissection. I can already detect a high level of enthusiasm as the students continue their academic journey into the STEM Academy.
June 3 turned out to be a very special day in STEM. Our first Annual Art Show was held and warmly received by parents and students. Student art was on display throughout the first floor and accompanied by talented STEM musicians and student artists. One of the 21st century skills that we cultivate is creativity and it was clearly seen as students expressed themselves in a variety of colorful and innovative ways. Special thanks go to the two STEM art teachers, Miss Kathleen Mills and Mrs. Diana Ganju, for this wonderful event. And also kudos to the students who worked so hard on the planning committee to make this a memorable and special evening.
This has been a busy month for field trips in the STEM Academy. The students have done marine studies on a boat out of Plymouth, have visited the Manomet Center for Conservation Science to band birds and study climate change, have spent several days in Washington D.C. touring and learning about our nation’s history and heritage, and will soon study local coastal issues at Town Neck Beach including erosion.
The students are also getting excited about the upcoming field day on June 15 and the end of the year celebrations in both grades. Once again many thanks go to the teachers who have worked very hard to engage all their students in a series of educational experiences.
Finally the STEM Academy was visited yesterday by Mrs. Marilyn R. Decker, a STEM consultant with the Massachusetts Department of Education. Mrs. Decker expressed to me how greatly impressed she was with the high level of student engagement and the many examples of interdisciplinary connections between the subjects. She visited every classroom, spoke with many teachers and students, and spent several hours with us. Thank you Mrs. Decker for visiting our school and for your kind words of support.