— Alumni Story: Carter returns to assist one of his favorite teachers

Carter White graduated from Sea Crest School in 2008. He started out in Kindergarten, back in 1999, at our old building and moved to the new building when he was in third grade. He still remembers the excitement about the move and the brand new classroom he got to enjoy.

Carter White in 2008 when he graduated from Sea Crest School.

Carter in Third Grade

Carter in Mrs. Bybee’s Third Grade class in 2002.

Today, after nine productive years, he is back in the same classroom! A lot has changed, the furniture was recently updated and the classroom fully transformed in a flexible learning space. He is still enjoying that classroom, but now from a different perspective: assisting one of his favorite teachers, Ms. Bybee.

After Sea Crest, Carter attended Half Moon Bay High School and studied Physiological Sciences at UCLA. He graduated last year, worked as an EMT in LA, and is waiting to go to graduate school in August at Tufts University School of Medicine. In the meantime, he wanted to do something productive and decided to volunteer on a regular basis at our school.

“I’ve always loved working with kids and want to go into pediatrics”, said Carter. “I’m really excited about coming back and helping Ms. Bybee. I know the kids also get a lot out of it. They get even more attention, more one-on-one time […] I love Sea Crest. I loved my time here. A lot of the teachers are still here. It’s a great school and a lot bigger now.”

Carter will be assisting the third grade classrooms until the end of this school year when he goes to medical school in Boston. We are very proud of the successful young man he has become. We would also like to thank him for thinking of us to volunteer. He is having a good time and the children, too. They are lucky to have such a wonderful role model in the classroom. Thank you, Carter! Good luck in your new endeavors!


 

— Another year of making History

By Wendy Connolly, 7th & 8th History Teacher.

This trimester, 7th grade history is focusing on Medieval Japan and Imperial China. Currently, students are in Japanese clans for a simulation entitled, “Warlords of Japan”. Each clan strategizes to take over provinces and castles all while feeding the people in their provinces and armies. To earn koku or rice, students show honor and calm all while collaborating with their fellow teammates, research topics students have chosen, surprise attacks by answering questions, study samurai, and like good samurai create Haiku poetry. A field trip to the Asian Art Museum where students analyzed primary artifacts on samurai along with a trip to the largest Chinatown outside of China with lunch rounded out their study of China and Japan.

The 8th graders are currently studying the causes of The Civil War, the war itself and Reconstruction this trimester. They will be creating a Civil War “museum” that will be dedicated to the Civil War through different lenses. Using primary and secondary sources, students will take an event and explore the perspectives of multiple people and their interpretations of each event.

Towards the end of the year, each 8th grader writes a letter to their future selves to create a primary source of information that will be mailed to them when they graduate from high school. It is a look into the past, what their interests were, goals, and what was happening in the world as they head off to college and beyond. This year’s graduating seniors will be receiving their letters shortly and they can be reminded of what their life was like as an 8th grader and the simpler times.

 


 

— Clam Dissection

Third grade students learned much about a clam’s anatomy from the dissecting activity last week. They had a great time seeing all the body parts up close. Thank you to all our adult helpers who assisted us in this exciting activity!

Clam Dissection Science Elementary School
Clam Dissection Science Elementary School
Clam Dissection Science Elementary School
Clam Dissection Science Elementary School


 

— Seventh grade winner at the California State Science Fair

Seventh Grade student Olivia Cevasco won the 3rd place prize in the Junior Division Mammalian Biology Category at the 2017 California State Science Fair for her project, “Diabetes, A Bloody Mess: Non-Invasive Glucose Testing.” The 2017 California State Science Fair took place on April 24-25 at the California Science Center on the campus of USC. Prior to this achievement, Olivia also received the 1st place award in the Biological Systems category at the San Mateo County Science Fair. 

Congratulations, Olivia! We are really proud of you!

 


 

— Walk in my shoes and you’ll know that…

As part of their Character Education curriculum, fifth-grade students shared their personal stories with the school. As they transition to middle school, their footsteps in the hallway enabled us to walk in their shoes.

In this lesson, students were encouraged to think about their feelings and emotions. They wrote their responses on footsteps that they placed in a hallway that leads to the middle school. This form of art intervention allowed the rest of the school to get involved as well. Other students walking by would often stop to read and follow the steps, usually touched by the feelings and situations represented there.

Students practiced kindness and compassion, and also celebrated uniqueness in our inclusive community!

Art Intervention Kindness Footsteps Their footsteps in the hallway allow us to walk in their shoes. Their footsteps in the hallway allow us to walk in their shoes.


 

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