The science department of Sequim Middle School would like to showcase the following students as “Catalysts” for Term 4. Just what is a catalyst? Well, these are students who consistently display an exceptional level of participation in their science class. They ask those thought-provoking questions that extend understanding. They clearly and accurately share their observations, both verbally and in writing. They are the sparks that ignite learning! So without further ado, let us recognize and celebrate these fine young scientists.
In sixth grade, teacher Meredith Johnson celebrates the accomplishments of Sarah Holloway, Edison Lamphear, Dusty Wessel, Evan Chatters and Jasmine Moniz.
Teacher Steve Koehler recognizes sixth-graders Shailah Wood, Lane Danielson, Jett Gag-non, Jadyn Overby-Morrison, Chelena Erickson, Patrick McCrorie, Victoria Hall, Hannah Patterson, Dailey Sampson, Nicole Anders, Ella Christiansen, Jake Ryan, Megan Begley, Nathan Whitney, Riley Chase, Alondra Franco, Michael Larson, Molly Earley-Crecelius, Jack Drennen, Breyanna Taylor, Alexa DePrati, Jamie McCracken, August O’Shea and Elizabeth Rosales.
For her seventh-graders, Isabella Morrison gives a standing ovation to Mattie Clark, Jackson Oliver, Hunter Cauffman, Austin Wagner, Hayden James and Emily Webb.
Teacher Joe Landoni tips his hat to seventh-graders Breanna Campbell, Evan Hurn, Jack Ellison, Kyla Rigg, Mariam Davitadze, Daniel Knight and Michael Latimer.
Keep up the fantastic effort, young scientists! You are excellent role models for your peers.
The Science Department also would like to recognize those fine students who find themselves “On-a-Roll.” These students were able to boost their Term 4 grade at least 10 percentage points, sometimes more, over their Term 3 grade. Congratulations to sixth-graders Justin Cary, Hannah Warren, Johnny Chapman, and seventh-graders Rylie Roberts, Lilly Allen, Kiana Troxler, Jake Coulson and Noah Fulmer. Keep on rolling, middle schoolers!
— Joe Landoni, science teacher
Science teachers assembled students from their integrated science and biology classes in the cafeteria on June 20 to celebrate highlights of the sustainable living projects conducted throughout the school year. The funding for teacher training, field trips, and teaching materials came from a grant from Learn and Serve America. The focus was to integrate sustainability-related service-learning projects into core science classes. About 400 students and five teachers participated. Those teachers were Joe Sullivan, Jennifer Van De Wege, Isaac Rapelje, Laura Gould and Dave Ketter.
Some of the tasks students undertook included carrying out a thorough waste and recycling audit at the school campus, producing and airing announcements to the student body about campus recycling, and installing more recycling containers around campus. Results show that recycling on campus increased by approximately 50 percent.
Students also completed a home energy audit, developed and carried out an energy conservation plan, and calculated energy savings on an average of 10-20 percent per student. A group of students volunteered to help one Saturday removing Scotch broom on Siebert Creek. Life Skills students picked up all recycling around campus each week, which represented approximately 7,200 pounds of recycled materials per year!
Field trips took the science students to Sequim’s waste water treatment plant, the Dungeness beach, Port Townsend Marine Science Center and the Water Reuse Park.
Community members who partnered on various aspects of the program include Helen Freilich of Clallam County Solid Waste Division, Jennifer Garcelon of Clallam County Environmental Health Services, Mattias Jarvegren of Clallam County Public Utilities Department, Susie Richards and Chris Burt from the Service, Education and Adventure Program. Many thanks to these individuals and their agencies for contributing to the success of this learning venture.— Dave Ketter, teacher