SYRINGA MIDDLE SCHOOL
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Caldwell Students travel to Florida to Explore Ecosystems
Caldwell students spent the week of June 5th-9th exploring the water ecosystems of Tampa, Florida as part of the Habitat H2O Caldwell middle school science field-trip.
Twelve students, two parent chaperons and their teacher started in the freshwater springs system that supplies most of Florida's drinking water and slowly worked their way out through the brackish mangrove swamps into the Gulf of Mexico.
As they traveled, they performed hands-on scientific testing like sampling nitrogen and phosphorous levels as well as doing micro-invertebrate counts to evaluate the health of each ecosystem. These tests also allowed the students to compare fresh, brackish and saltwater habitats. Along the way, the students dissected sharks and squid, swam with four real life manatees and kayaked through the mangrove swamps on the coast. They ended the week doing a species survey of the Gulf of Mexico and even caught 18 different species of animals in the tape grass. Caldwell students were able to use this trip to start thinking about possible future careers in science-related areas.
Participants were: Lydia Beardsley, Kelsey Ferro, Natalia Castro, Jade Matis, Ana Miranda, Jasmine Ward, Annabelle Garcia, Emmie Payne, Kassandra Thomas, Liam Gigray, Nicholas Tijerina, Aislin Benitez, Hector and Juana Benitez
For more information about participating in the June 2018 Habitat H2O field trip, please contact Melyssa Ferro at Syringa Middle School (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Spaces for this once in a lifetime experience will start filling up in April and there are scholarships available.
Syringa Science Classes partner with
Students visited both Deer Flat and the Boise WaterShed Project on March 28th.
Education specialists from the refuge asked for our help in using scientific processes and critical thinking to solve some of the problems that they are facing right now with algae in Lake Lowell. Each group of students collected data to test their hypothesis about which area of the wildlife refuge would be most likely to encounter an algal bloom later this summer.
Deer Flat taught us how to test water quality and to count the different types of insects that live in water ecosystems. Students looked at abiotic factors like pH and water temperature that might make it difficult for plants and animals to live in the areas around the refuge biotic factors like tolerant invertebrate species that act as clues to how clean the water really is.
Syringa Middle School students and teachers worked in a co-curricular way by having students use their math class to graph and analyze their obtained field data. This coordination allowed students a hand on approach while meeting the academic needs of both math and science.
Syringa Middle School is partnering with Deer Flat National Wildlife refuge to become citizen scientists for this year's 7th grade science fair. The projects will be on display at our science fair May 13th!
Regional National History Day competition RESULTS!
Syringa had several students compete at the regional National History Day competition on Saturday, March 12th. MeiLi O'Bannon and Lydia Beardsley received 1st place marks for their project. Madison Smith received 2nd place for hers. These students will complete at the state level on April 23rd at the College of Idaho.
For more information on this event, go to the Idaho State Historical Society website. http://history.idaho.gov/history-day-contests