Renee Fudala and Paula Chambers (Ecology club advisors) could use a few parents that want to start planning the garden with us this winter and then help us to raise money and pick up materials and supplies that would be great. We hope to get it up and running in the spring and have students grow their own food which we could use for classroom lessons, community dinners, food bank donations and/or healthy school snacks. We need parent help in order to get this off the ground
The 8th grade science teachers, Amy Ferreira and Petra Sheeley, would like to go on a few field trips this year to enrich the curriculum and would need help with fundraising for buses, program fees, etc. The field trips for 8th grade that we were hoping for (so far) are:
a) Manomet Center for Conservation Science in Plymouth (this would be an enrichment of our climate change lab that we're doing with them and 4 other schools in Massachusetts. This is a project that was started a couple years ago in all three K-8 schools and we will continue here at STEM)
b) Town Neck Beach (or another local beach) to conduct beach profiling in conjunction with Waquoit Bay Estuarine Research Reserve to enrich our unit on the ocean's effect on climate and weather.
c) Visit to a power plant and wind turbine. This would be included in our PBL on wind turbines, which is helping to teach our unit on human impact on climate.
d) Planetarium (either go to one or get a traveling one to come here) to kick off our PBL on astronomy for our unit on the solar system. This PBL will be in conjunction with the history classes, foreign language and math classes.
e) Joint Base Cape Cod to enrich our unit on human impact. Gil had mentioned this earlier in the year as an entire 8th grade trip.
8th grade science teachers are also hoping to do an Expo of some sort and would need parent help with coordination, table set-up, etc.
8th grade science teachers are also looking for donation of materials, such as box fans (for our human impact and weather unit), clamp lights (for our weather and heat transfer units), electric kettles (for our heat transfer units), and compasses (for our earth science unit).
Ginger Lavelle, 7th grade engineering, would like parents in our community to become a part of our projects here at STEM. A lot of our parents have connections that could be used to enhance our students’ learning experience and make it more authentic. We, of course, want to have guest speakers for our classrooms and to be able to organize field trips. In addition, teachers would find it helpful and inspirational if we were provided with opportunities for students to work on community projects. If teachers were provided with a list of possible projects, we could then figure out how they fit into the curriculum and then offer students the option of picking a project that interest them. Students would be able to work on an authentic project with professionals as there advisors in an area that interests them. We really need help gathering and organizing this information to make it useful for the teachers.