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School Committee Student Representative Report – May 11, 2016

Bridget Carl, our SHS student representative to the School Committee, provided the following update at the School Committee meeting on May 11, 2016.
As the Forestdale School heads into the final seven weeks of the year, the students have some exciting learning opportunities coming up. Physical Education classes have begun to take advantage of our expansive fields and students have been learning the fundamentals of outside team games.  Grade one students are visiting Heritage Museum and Gardens to extend their science curriculum beyond the classroom.  In two weeks, the National Marine Life Center will be visiting library classes as an extension to a sea turtle unit and grade two students are preparing to release their class turtles into the wild.
Forestdale parents are invited to the second Parent Cafe from 6-8 pm on May 26th in the Forestdale library.  Come and join in with other parents and school professionals and discuss strategies for managing both structured and unstructured family time during the summer months.  Free childcare and dinner are provided.
Oak Ridge is just coming off its successful premier of the Knight’s Junior Theater, which performed to sold out crowds throughout its run.  Thank you to Mrs. Slagle, the volunteers from KTC and to the amazing parent volunteers who made this production possible.
MCAS testing has begun for Math for grades 3-6 and Science in grade 5. Parents are encouraged  to make sure students are well rested and have a good breakfast.
Our partnership with Boston Ivy is moving forward and last night we held an informational session for host families. We are still looking for a few more host families and encourage interested families to contact the Principal, Trish Hill
The ROV competition on Saturday was very successful. Over 150 middle and high school students from several school districts in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York competed at the school’s swimming pool and the STEM Academy teams won two awards. Also several organizations participated in the Technology Expo and the event had an excellent turnout.
The end of the year STEM dance, a semi-formal, is this Friday from 6:30-9:00.
The STEM Academy was visited by two representatives from the Jacobson Family Foundation out of Boston. They are visiting schools using Project Lead the Way and are looking to fund additional programs in Massachusetts.
Students are getting ready for their trip to Washington DC. Final preparations are being made for the excursion during the week after Memorial Day.
Other important dates coming up are Meet and Greet for 6th grade parents and students is on June 2, Step Up Day for 6th graders is on June 7, and the school-wide art show is also the evening of June 7.
Life has been busy and exciting at SHS!
Last week, we were able to view amazing art work including signs, and products made in the wood shop while listening to music from the instrumental and choral groups at SHS. The annual Arts Fiesta was a great success.
Last night, on May 10, the technology team hosted a Showcase for the Class of 2020  presenting options and ideas for one to one technology along with valuable information for grade 8 students moving up to the high school.
On Wednesday, May 18, 20 SHS teacher and 20 sophomores and two juniors will be traveling to Barrington Rhode Island to  view the seniors in Barrington present their senior projects.  Barrington High School is widely acclaimed as one the leading schools in the country in the area of senior projects, They have guided SHS along its journey including hosting us week for which we are very grateful.
Mark you calendars for May 19– SHS and STEM instrumental  concerts and May 26 STEM and SHS choral concerts.
May 24 is the annual Environmental Technology expo. Please come and join us and see first hand what our SHS students have been doing for their original research in the field of environmental sciences.