Have you noticed construction near the bus loop? We are building a rain garden for our school. Here is a slideshow with a few pictures of the progress made so far.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
On April 29th, 2015, Renaissance went to Hard’Ack/Aldis Hill to study water quality. Students worked in small groups to collect field data, make observations on the biotic/abiotic habitat, and learn how scientists use technology to answer regional and local biogeochemical questions related to climate change and land use. Our favorite part was adding salt to the water, and seeing the results change drastically. Salt from our roads can have a negative impact on our water quality by increasing the conductivity of the water.
NEWRnet graduate students, Matt Vaughan and Ryan Sleeper, demonstrated how they use high-frequency sensors in local streams to measure various indicators of water quality including dissolved oxygen, conductivity, fluorescent dissolved organic matter, temperature, and turbidity. CWDD Research Technician, Janel Roberge, and Project Manager, Laura Yayac, helped students conduct habitat assessments in the nearby stream.
Director Lindsay Wieland, discussed EPSCoR research with students in the classroom, making connections between the local water quality issues in Saint Albans Bay with the research being done by NEWRnet scientists in the region. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion about careers in the sciences with NEWRnet researchers and CWDD staff.
Renaissance continues to work on the Hard'ack/Aldis Hill recreational trails to measure erosion and help design a trail system that filters some of the pollutants that have a clear path to the lake. We hiked a few trails, and learned proper trail etiquette.Here are some pictures from our trip.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
On Friday afternoon before April break, Renaissance students attended the Oscars. Students had individually made a Public Service Announcement showcasing their knowledge of tobacco, caffeine, or alcohol. The teachers hosted the event with help from Ellen Degeneres and Chris Farley. We had many laughs, and enjoyed watching the PSA's. Here are a few pictures from the event and here are the student PSA's.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Maisie, Justin, Victoria, and Ms. Eichorn met with Spaulding Construction and Stone Environmental today. We discussed a timeline for the project with Frank and Scott. We are so excited to start this project. Thursday during morning meeting, these students will present to the community how this particular rain garden will work. They will also present Friday during morning meeting regarding the timeline of the project, and what aspects students can expect to participate. Picture coming soon.
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Maya and Chloe are part of the Land Committee at our school. Today these students traveled to Colchester to help pick out new benches for underneath a tree near the walking path. A special thanks to Dominick, Stefan, Jules, Maya, Chloe, Jayden, and David for helping to clear all of the limbs away from the trunk of the tree. With the limbs removed, students raked, pulled buckthorn, and cut away smaller stumps. We can't wait to see the final project! Here are some pictures of the kids working outside today.
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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
We had many students participate in the Engineerig Day hosted by Northwest Tech Center. Here is what they had to say about the day.
"Gives kids opportunities to build things and use their imagination." Jayden
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Thursday, April 2, 2015
Students in Reniassance became more aware of Autism. Ms. Dudley spoke to us during morning meeting. We learned some of characteristics of Autism and also ways to support students in our school that have been diagnosed with Autism. Thanks for the awareness Ms. Dudley!