Category Archives: Field Trips
Walking Portland Bridge Tour today: Our tour guide, Nathan Hoover (www.pdxbridgetours.com), took us from ODOT to the Burnside Bridge, Steel Bridge, Vera Katz Esplanade (a floating walkway), & Union Station for lunch. Next, our buses took us up to the OHSU tram which we rode, then he led us across the new Tilikum Crossing bridge. Altogether it was somewhere between 5-7 miles of walking. The students loved it, and should sleep well tonight
The weather was perfect for being on the water today on our jet boat trip. Our students studied geography and bridge engineering this year, so along with our earlier bridge tour trip, this was a great reinforcement of what they learned. We also did many 360’s and took some healthy amounts of white water over the bow!
On Friday, May 22nd, our students will be taking a trip to the Oregon Primate Research Center, which is part of OHSU. Students will need to either bring a sack lunch with a disposable drink container, OR order a sack lunch through the cafeteria. A field trip permission slip was sent out with our students today.
On Tuesday, May 12th we will have an interactive presentation with Diana Gordon, the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Research Center. She will give a 45 minute presentation helping students and any interested parents understand biomedical research: what it is, why we do it, and why we need to use animals. She will be presenting to Mr. Evers’ class at 1:30 pm and Mrs. Reed’s class at 2:20 pm.
For the field trip we will need several chaperones. If we have more people interested than we can take, parents will be chosen by lottery on May 7th. If you are interested in chaperoning, please fill out the section indicated on the field trip permission form, which was handed out to students today.
What an awesome tour of Portland’s bridges today! Thanks to our amazing tour guide, Nathan Hoover, our students took their knowledge of bridge design to a whole new level, and they came away with a wealth of history about Portland’s bridges. Among the highlights of this tour included an inside look at how ODOT’s highway cam system works and an inside and topside tour of the Morrison Bascule Bridge. This included an up-close and personal view of the draw bridge in action. Our students also took a stroll on the Broadway Bridge and put in a few miles in some interesting places along the Waterfront and the Union Station area.
Our trip to the Bonneville Dam and fish hatchery was fantastic. The weather was great, tour guides at the dam were great, parent chaperones were great, and our student behavior was great. Even the fish seemed to be doing quite well today. Our students culminated their learning from a STEM unit earlier in the year on salmon and energy as well as from a pilot project about lamprey eels. It was a delight to see and hear students share their expertise with their tour guides, parents, and peers.
Today our students took a quick trip up to Portland to attend a concert featuring the Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. As usual, our students demonstrated excellent manners and citizenship. Below are some pics of our trip. Thanks to our chaperones who helped out today.
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.
We had a wonderful time touring Bonneville Dam, Bonneville Fish Hatchery, and viewing the beauty of the Columbia Gorge on our trip there and back today. As usual our students were very well behaved and received compliments from the Bonneville staff for their good citizenship. The field trip was a great culmination of our science studies of energy, ecosystems, and the trout life cycle. One of the big highlights was viewing the two huge sturgeon that have been featured at the fish hatchery for several years.
Our EY 5th graders participated in the annual 5th District Track Meet today. The event was hosted graciously at Sherwood High School since the NHS field is currently undergoing remodeling. Our 5th graders performed very well on the field and earned many ribbons. More importantly, our students once again exhibited outstanding attitudes, effort, and sportsmanship. Congratulations to our 5th graders!