What do clownfish breeding, green house grown coral and submersibles have in common? They can all be found at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. This past Friday, junior Edward Wei and Mrs. Fontana were treated to a VIP tour of the facility, as a result of Edward’s People's Choice award for the Ocean Science Art Contest—a contest open to students in grades 6-12 from Indian River County and St. Lucie County. Edward’s illustration of a manatee wearing a spacesuit entitled When the Temperature Change Becomes too Erratic, is a poignant depiction of the effects of global warming on manatees. Along their tour, the two were delighted to catch glimpses of the massive, yet docile sea cows—the gentle giants were a definite highlight of the day! #PiratePride #howSESlearns #globaloutlook
The entire MS and some lucky US students got the opportunity to travel the world today during the annual Multi-Cultural Day. Students danced in Africa, tried food from Mexico and Columbia, learned a bit of German, enjoyed crepes in France and experienced a little bit of London, among others. Special thanks to Senora Meija for organizing this very special annual event, and to all of the volunteers for sharing your time and experiences with our students.
Ms. Buckley's Marine Biology Honors and Dr. Monahan's Biology-2 Honors classes had the opportunity to help create oyster cages last week with scientists from the Ocean Research and Conversation Association (ORCA) based in Fort Pierce. The pilot phase of this project will deploy these oyster cages with approximately 30 adult oysters in each off private docks in The Moorings Yacht & Country Club this summer. The test phase is to determine the best locations and depths to place the cages to get a good snapshot of the concentration of toxins in the Indian River Lagoon. The oysters will be used a sentinel species, since they are filter feeders, and any chemicals or toxins they filter can be incorporated into their tissues and provide scientists with a glimpse of what is going on in the water column. Thank you to all the students, scientists and visitors from The Moorings!
Parents, please be aware that practices for fall athletics start before the first day of school. In fact, if your child plays or wants to play varsity basketball or lacrosse, there are some opportunities for conditioning throughout the summer. Please contact the coaches for the conditioning schedule. In the meantime, click here for a list of sports and when practices begin.
Today's quote comes from Reinhold Niebuhr, yes I have used his quotes before. Mr. Niebuhr was an American Reformed theologian, ethicist, commentator on politics and public affairs, and professor:
“Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime, Therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; Therefore, we are saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone. Therefore, we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own; Therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.” Reinhold Niebuhr
Students and parents are invited to attend a pre-planning meeting for the 2020 Washington, DC trip! Spots will be limited for this trip, and students are encouraged to plan early. The meeting will be held Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. in US 621 (Mr.Zugrave's room).
Great news! This year we are using Follet's online buyback site at www.fvcbuyback.com. There are many benefits to selling your books online some of which include; there is no timeline to sell the books back, you will receive an instant price quote and a free prepaid shipping label is provided. You also have the ability to use your mobile phone by downloading the ValoreBooks Sellback App. Should you have any questions, please reach out to Follett Customer Service at 1-888-382-3383 or email@example.com. Click here for the Follett Online Buyback Informational Flyer.
We want our students to have a safe, wonderful summer break. Before you round up your family and head for the beach, park, or the mountains this summer, read up on ways to make your days in the sun safe as well as fun. Here are some Stay Safe Summer Tips for Parents - you'll find handy printables for things like animal bites, heat illness, & poison ivy to name a few.