2016:WALLINGFORD ELEMENTARY NEEDS BOTTLECAPS!!PLEASE DONATE TO WALLINGFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOLWE ARE USING THESE TO MAKE RECYCLABLE STEPPING STONES FOR THE ZACH RUFO HABITAT GARDEN.ANY CAPS WILL DO :)GIVE DIRECTLY TO WALLINGFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OR TO BRIAN WARD AT STRATH HAVEN MIDDLE SCHOOL2015:
SHMS Sustainability CommitteeThe Middle School Conservation Club is hostingProject PICKLERecycling the following old electronicsPhonesInkCartridgesKeyboardsLaptopsElectronics6th Grade drop off to Mr Ward7th Grade drop off to Mrs Cocco8th Grade drop off to Mr ThorpeAccepting items till June 5th 2015Winning grade gets a prize!RS received an $1,000 grant from the Swarthmore centennial foundation to start a composting pilot in hopes to establish a process for the entire school district to adopt next fall. Below, fourth graders Nathaniel, Olivia and Ryan stand next to outdoor collection bin.Below: WES fifth graders annually trek to Crum Creek to test for water quality.In addition to collecting observational data about the presence of species that indicate water quality, students complete testing for pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, temperature, phosphates, etc.NPE Conservation Clubbers love getting outdoors for an activity, book reading, or snack.WES SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEEEARTH DAY 2014 WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!Everyone had fun, and all grades learned important lessons about survival.Kindergarteners learned how animals inthe wild use their 5 senses.
The ice cube survived in it's "micro habitat"First Graders learned the concept that all creatures, including humans, live in a portion of the natural world called a “habitat” to which they are uniquely adapted. We also learned about food chains and how all creatures play important role in the web of life.
Second Graders learned about “micro habitats” and animal shelters.
Third Graders learned about the consequences of Extraction – how human societies extract what they want and need from the environment, and how the concept of Reduce, Reuse Recycle can minimize the negative impacts of extraction.Fourth Graders played an ecosystem simulation game called “Oh Deer!” They learned about overpopulation and the impact of human activity.
Oh dear, Mr Mendell didn't make it!
The Fifth Graders played “The Oil Game,” each representing a country at the “International Oil Exchange” and gained an appreciation that resources are finite and that environmental issues can be complex and global.
When asked afterward if they won, participants said “you don’t win, you survive.”Green Haven helped out at the Chester Ridley Creek Watersheds Association first tree planting of the Fall in September at Squire Cheyney Farm Park in Thornbury, Chester County.Green Haven and aFewSteps co-sponsored a "carpool to school" competition in October 2014. The top 3 winners got gas cards ($100, $75 and $50) and the first place winner got a prime parking spot. We'll go it again in the spring.AND THE WINNERS ARE...left to right - first-place winner Anthony Campanella, third-place winner Samantha Powers andsecond-place winner Ned Newton.Anthony Campanella- 5.5 people per day
Ned Newton- 4.1 people per day
Samantha Powers- 3.9 people per dayJen Salvage, the GreenHaven advisor, estimated that based on the total number of 309 rides given, the top three winners saved 1,854 miles from being driven (using 6 miles as an average round trip for the students
2013:Ms. Katie Shepard's ninth grade Environmental Science class planted a red oak tree on the high school property. The tree planting was a culminating activity in their watershed unit (as well as an Earth Day activity) focusing on the benefits of trees in storm water management within a watershed. During the planting, students learned about proper tree care and pruning. Several students pruned some of the existing trees that had been planted by previous 9th grade classes.This year the SHHS Sustainability Committee plans to raise money for projects, attend the wellness fair, host a day of darkness, increase awareness through articles in the Panther Press and posters, and attend local park clean up days. Stay tuned for upcoming info on 2013 Earth Day activities.Ms. Katie Shepard's ninth grade Environmental Science class planted a red oak tree on the high school property. The tree planting was a culminating activity in their watershed unit (as well as an Earth Day activity) focusing on the benefits of trees in storm water management within a watershed. During the planting, students learned about proper tree care and pruning. Several students pruned some of the existing trees that had been planted by previous 9th grade classes.