Monthly Archives: February 2013

Great Sportsmanship video

This is a great sportsmanship video we are showing to our students today.

Students collect real data on Primate Center field trip

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Our students participated in a wonderful field trip yesterday at the Primate Center. Upon arrival our students viewed video clips and learned about of various behaviors of the monkeys from Diana Gordon, the Educational Outreach Coordinator. From there, the students paired up and received clipboards and data sheets. Later, student pairs selected a monkey to observe, and they recorded behavioral data in 15 second intervals for 4 minutes. It was an excellent opportunity for our students to practice science skills in a real setting with meaningful data. After touring the complex and viewing the monkeys, we returned to the auditorium and were treated to a great presentation by Diana Takahashi about her research regarding how high fat diets in expecting mothers affect offspring. Overall,  it was a fabulous learning experience for our students, chaperones and teachers. Thanks to Diana and Diana for the opportunity, and a big thanks to our chaperones who did a great job.

While we were not able to take pictures inside the complex, below is a video clip of one of the research center’s most famed monkey, Trapper.

Field Trip Reminder

field tripTuesday, February 26th

What to wear:
*We will be outside for an hour or more, no matter what the weather. Wear closed-toed shoes, jackets, etc.

What to bring:
*A lunch! (If you ordered one on your permission slip, we will have it for you that morning.)
*Your school bag & binder. We will have “regular school” from 8:30-9:00 and from 1:30-3:10.

What not to bring:
*Electronics of any kind. Cell phones and cameras are specifically prohibited at the primate center.

Chaperones:
*If you were selected to chaperone, please arrive at EY no later than 8:45.
*Wear your school district ID badge.
*Bring a lunch.
*Dress for the weather.
*We will give you specifics about your role that morning.
*We plan to return to EY around 1:30.
*Thank you for being willing to come with us!

The eggs have hatched!

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On Tuesday our trout eggs hatched. Thus far the egg mortality has been one egg out of about 1,000 between our two incubators. The trout are in the alevin stage which means they currently have egg sacs attached to their undersides for nourishment. The alevins are very light sensitive right now, and to accomodate this, our incubators are covered with laminated tagboard. Our students in teams of two are testing the incubators for ammonia and pH levels as well as recording temperature data and observations. Stay tuned for more fishy developments.

A Science Filled Friday Afternoon

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Last Friday afternoon our students had a change of pace in science. Both 4/5 classes participated in two separate sessions from outside presenters. One of which was Diana Gordon from the Primate Research Center. She conducted a fascinating pre-visit discussion about what our students will experience during our upcoming field trip.  The other session was conducted by the Mad Science Company. It was a hands-on lab about the effects of oil spills in the water and how it affects wildlife.

The Eggs are here!

Rainbow trout eggs unwrapped in wet burlap. Moments later they were transferred to our classroom incubator.

Rainbow trout eggs unwrapped in wet burlap. Moments later they were transferred to our classroom incubator.

Our rainbow trout eggs arrived today, courtesy of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Roaring River Hatchery in Scio, Oregon. Each year ODFW makes eggs available to classrooms at no cost. A big thanks to Stuart Reed (Mrs. Reed’s husband) for making the trek to Clackamas to pick up the eggs. Stay tuned for more info about our trout egg hatching project.

Trout Observation and Dissection

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We kicked off our salmon science unit with a bang! Yesterday afternoon our students participated in a true hands-on experience by observing and dissecting rainbow trout. Students learned about the features and functions of the eternal and intermal parts of the fish. The fish were provided courtesy of Mrs. Mapes and her neighbor Bill Koepke. Mr. Keopke obtained the fish from the Sportsman’s Expo in Portland this past week. Big thatks to Mrs. Mapes and Bill!  We will be studying the species, anatomy, salmon life cycle, and habitat over the next few weeks. Look for posts about our classroom fish hatching project coming very soon.

First Semester Report Cards today!

Just a reminder that we are sending first semester report cards home today with our students. report_card

A Pep Talk

Today we watched a video about pursuing dreams.

CVMS Important Transition Events for Current 5th Graders, Winter/Spring 2013

wolf_head_-_handsomeParents- A green flyer will be sent home on Feb 6th with this information.

Feb 19– 5th Grade Parent Night at 7pm in the library at CVMS: Receive information about CVMS and about the 6th grade scheduling process and elective options.

Last two weeks of Feb– CVMS counselors will visit fifth grade classrooms to talk about the middle school transition and to explain elective options. Elective choice forms will be handed out.

Early April– CVMS Asst. Principal will visit 5th grade classrooms to explain the CVMS behavior incentive program.

Late May– 5th graders tour CVMS and get locker partner forms.

August 22– 6th Grade Orientation, 9 am to 12 pm at CVMS. Come for tours, group building activities, and a BBQ lunch.

Sept. 3– First day of school at CVMS, 7:45 am to 2:20 pm.