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Student Representative Report to the School Committee – June 8, 2016

Students Representative Bridget Carl, SHS Class of 2017,  submitted the following report to the School Committee on June 8, 2016. 

FORESTDALE

The end of the year is rapidly approaching for Forestdale students.  The year has been concluding with many amazing opportunities for students that have expanded upon their in class learning experiences.  From trips to Heritage Museum and Gardens and Scorton Creek to the much anticipated Terrapin turtle release for grade two, students have been able to engage in meaningful learning experiences that connect them with the many beautiful natural resources our community offers.  Additionally on the near horizon, grade one students will be having a “Garden Party” where they will harvest and sample vegetables grown from our very own Forestdale Garden.  This is the culmination of a collaborative project completed with Heritage.  Students at Forestdale are also gearing up for our Field Day next week.  Field Day has been designed collaboratively between our specialists teachers and the PTA.  It looks to capture the charm of traditional field sport activities that are appropriately formatted for our PreK to Grade 2 student population.  Field Day is scheduled for June 14th and as such is themed to coordinate with Flag Day.  The day will also include additional Flag Day specific activities planned throughout the day.
OAK RIDGE
We had a very busy week with our Chinese Exchange students and their teachers and principal.  Thank you to all of the host families.  Our children had a wonderful experience and made life long friends.  Many hugs and tears were shared before their departure on SaturdayThank you to Dr. Canfield and Dr. Gould for joining us for the signing ceremony at Oak Ridge making us sister schools.
Congratulations to all of the artists at Oak Ridge, whether you were involved in Mrs. Novero’s Dance performances, Mr. Healy’s Chorus Concert, Mr. Williams and Mr. Birmingham’s Band concert or have your art work featured in Mr. Mann and Ms.Smith’s art show, you all did a fine job highlighting the importance in our district’s investment in the arts.  Thank you to all of these teachers for helping our kids to shine.
STEM
6th grade students have begun their transition to the STEM Academy. Last week many parents and students attended Meet and Greet Night with Dr. Booras, Mr. Newton, and Mrs. Pierce. They also got their first tour of the STEM Academy. And yesterday the 6th grade students attended Step Up Day where they met many of their teachers for next year and learned about projects and expectations for their classes.
The second annual Art Show was also very successful in which over 500 works of art by STEM students were on display. The students also sold their originally designed posters for the “Artware for Good” tile wall to be placed in an elementary school in Rwanda. The purpose of this project was to help “provide every child with the opportunity to learn to read, write, and imagine the world beyond their global community.”
Last week was a busy week for the 8th grade as they participated in either the Washington D.C. trip or the Excursion Week field trips to the state house, Heritage Gardens, the Cape Cod Museum of Fine Art, and Monument Beach where they worked on a shellfish field study.
Tonight the 7th grade students have their Water for Sudan convention in the library that will include many games and activities to educate the public about water quality issues in Sudan. The students were inspired to organize this program after reading “A Long Walk to Water” in their English classes. They recently gave a well-received presentation to the Bourne/Sandwich Rotary Club.
The STEM Academy field day is scheduled for June 14 and many high school peer leaders will, once again, lead the activities for that day.
The 7th grade will be going to the Cape Cod National Seashore on June 17 to explore the many trails and learn about the natural and cultural history of Cape Cod.
The 8th grade will have an end of the year celebration on June 23 in the auditorium. Parents are invited from 9-11 AM as the class of 2020 completes their middle school years and moves to the high school.
SHS
The excitement at the high school is focused on graduation  scheduled for June 11, 2016 at 11:00 on the DeConto field. Seniors have finished their exams and are  at graduation practice each morning before senior week events begin. Today( Wednesday) was a  yearbook signing picnic at the Boardwalk. Thursday night is senior night including awards, musical presentations and a bonfire. Friday is the last practice. Students will receive their caps and gowns and then board the buses to travel back in time to  Oak Ridge, Forestdale and the Wing School when they bid farewell to former familiar hallways and beloved teachers. Senior boat cruise is Friday night when the Class of 2016 travels to Boston Harbor for the Spirit of Boston cruise, and then the big day is Saturday.
Next week, 10 juniors head off to Stonehill College for Girls and Boys State leadership training, and then all the end of year events for underclassmen begin!
Best of luck to the Class of 2016. You will be missed!