Edgewood Campus School News
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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction named six educators as finalists for the 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), considered the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for mathematics and science teachers. The 2019 awards recognize those who teach grades seven through 12. Jennifer Koziar, middle school mathematics teacher, at Edgewood Campus School, is among the finalists for this award.
“Wisconsin's finalists for these awards help students every day to engage and excel,” State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford-Taylor said. “This requires not only expertise in their content area, but also an understanding of best instructional practices based on education research. To reach this level as an educator takes true dedication and commitment."
Awardees receive professional development opportunities, $10,000 from the National Science Foundation, and a trip to be recognized in Washington, D.C. More information about the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is on their website.
The middle school Book Club is open to students in grades 6 through 8. The mission of the Book Club is to encourage reading and enlightenment, open members up to new genres and authors, create discussion, and provide an opportunity to meet new students in our school community. Book clubs offer a chance to try new things. The club meets monthly, and new members are always welcome. Book selections this year are:
- The Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
- Track Series: Ghost; Patina: Sunny: Lu by Jason Reynolds
- Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on Board by Bethany Hamilton
- Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
- The Wave by Todd Strasser
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin
- Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
- Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman
Chess Scholars is an after school enrichment opportunity available to students in 3rd through 5th grades. The program takes place on Tuesdays from October 8 through November 26. There is no experience necessary, and classes will consist of a fun, interactive teaching period and guided practice time. There will be a chess competition with prizes at the end of the session.
Music is Fun! is an after school enrichment opportunity available to students in 5K through 4th grades. The program takes place on Thursdays from October 10 through December 19. Participants will learn to read music and play tunes using specialized, proprietary MusicStart keyboards. It will also prepare students to take any instrument by giving them a solid musical foundation.
It's time to carve out some time for reading! Our spooktacular Scholastic Book Fair will take place on October 16 through October 23. Grab your broomsticks and fly on in to see the wonderful books that have been sent our way. There are no tricks here, but there will be plenty of treats! To make this event fangtastic, we need help. Please visit our Scholastic Book Fair page to volunteer.
The Lake Guardian is a ship that cruises one of the Great Lakes each season to gather data. It is an EPA run ship, and scientists from all over the world inhabit it for their research. It has two chemistry labs, a wet lab, and a biological lab on board, in addition to a collection of high tech sampling equipment from multi-sensory data imaging like the Rossette to sediment removal like the Spider. Dr. Brian Alsip recently spoke with our 8th grade science class about his research on Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia in Lake Erie in relation to climate change and excess nutrient pollutants. Although our students are not dealing with quite the excess in nutrients in our small Lake Wingra, our study sees similar patterns and is able to apply some of his bigger research to our own lake. Students read some of his research leading up to this discussion and prepared over 80 questions for him of which they narrowed down to 10. They only take three calls each season from classrooms, as Wi-Fi connection is limited, so we were very fortunate to have this opportunity.
This is the ship that Ms. Carly Ziegler, our new middle school science teacher, got to do research on as a teacher when it was in Lake Ontario. Thank you, Ms. Ziegler, for making this connection for our students!