— Celebrating Earth Day on the Coast

In honor of Earth Day on April 21st, our entire K-8 school community spent two weeks learning about our beautiful coastal environment.

We kicked off our learning on Tuesday, April 10th, with a special all-school assembly from the Pacifica Beach Coalition entitled Sea Stars, Sea Change.

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On Wednesday, April 11th, students in grades 2-4 explored the fascinating world of sharks with a visit from the Greater Farallones Association Sharkmobile and shark expert, Peter Winch.

The second week, students in grades 5-8 explored the biology of pathogens and how they impact marine mammals in the Greater Farallones Association Germs in Our Waters, Infecting our Otters workshop.

Each grade level engaged in a unit of inquiry on one aspect of our amazing coastal environment. On Friday, April 20th, classes shared what they have learned with students in other grades during our Coastweeks Learning Celebration.

Learning more about our amazing coastal environment helps to inspire a spirit of responsibility and stewardship for all. We encouraged all students and families to cap off the Sea Crest Coastweeks experience by participating in one of the local beach clean-up events planned throughout the coast.

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— First grade studies our neighborhood

Neighborhood Study Half Moon BayFirst grade has been studying the surrounding neighborhood of Sea Crest School as part of their Social Studies curriculum for over a decade. The study is the third part of a four-part project that begins in September with the students learning about themselves and their classmates as individuals and as a community. Then, students move to studying their school, their neighborhood and, finally, the farms and markets on the coast.

Neighborhood Study Half Moon BayThe Neighborhood study is a mix of place-based and project-based learning. The students research the inner and outer workings of the neighborhood by generating questions, conducting interviews and going on local field trips. They investigate how the neighborhood is designed to meet its members’ wants and needs by providing goods and services.

Neighborhood Study Half Moon BayNeighborhood Study Half Moon BayAdditionally, the students focus on the unique qualities of this community by exploring all it has to offer like the ocean, wildlife, hiking trails, etc. The study culminates in a weeklong “Neighborhood Build” where the students construct a model loosely based on Half Moon Bay. The model is made from 100% recycled materials that are collected from home in the weeks prior.

Neighborhood Study Half Moon BayBeforehand, the students are visited by a city planner who explains how neighborhoods are developed in terms of residential, commercial and mixed-use spaces. Each student creates a business and a home for the neighborhood. Collaboratively, they paint the streets and green spaces and make extras like garbage cans and recycling bins.

Neighborhood Study Half Moon BayStudents come together to name their town and the streets. They create a map and a key to personalize their neighborhood. On the final day, we invite parents and family to a ribbon cutting and open the town for viewing. This year’s neighborhood was named “Teamwork Town.”

Thank you to our wonderful first-grade team: Stephanie Hanepen, Lesley Stevens, and Sherri Trigueiro, as well as our parent volunteers for all of their support and encouragement during the neighborhood build and ribbon-cutting ceremony!

 

— Kindness Project: Love is Everywhere!

Right before the break, our Learning Buddies, students from Kindergarten to 8th grade, celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week by writing and hand delivering messages of hope, kindness, and love to our senior neighbors at Half Moon Village. The residents were greatly surprised and went to their weekly coffee hour with the cards they had received on their doors!

Special thanks to fifth-grade parent Christy Conklin (part of the local Love Ninjas group) for inspiring our students at the morning assembly with the story behind the Hearts Around Half Moon Bay campaign. The students even had the opportunity to generate ideas for the next wooden hearts project. We love our Half Moon Bay Community!

 

— Sea Crest alumna gave impassioned speech on sexism

Half Moon Bay High School students, including Sea Crest alumna Nicole Cordova, share strong words in speech. Discussion about a tough topic is well received. Published in the Half Moon Bay Review on Wednesday, February 21st. By Sarah Griego Guz.

On Feb. 12, three Half Moon Bay High School students delivered their sentiments regarding sexism. As part of the Half Moon Bay branch of the American Association of University Women’s Speech Trek exercise, each student gave an impassioned speech on the subject of “How Can We Stand Up to Sexism.”

The six-minute talks capped off months of hard work as Audrey Booher, Sara Bower and Nicole Cordova stood in front of an audience and spoke.

The opportunity was announced at Half Moon Bay High School. Seven students expressed interest. In the end, only three had the stamina it took to compete. Each student crafted talks under the watchful eye of retired teacher and the AAUW member Antoinette Wrubel.

“We started before the holiday last year and it soon became a collaborative effort,” she said. “I encouraged them to have a story, start with something personal or at least relatable, that seemed to set them off on something.

“In addition to reading, they used their relatives and mothers as research,” she continued.

In addition to keeping the students on track with respect to timelines, Wrubel mentored each young woman, often spending hours with each.

“I told them that they were writing a speech, not a paper,” she stated. “Meaning, it’s spoken so they needed to consider their audience.” Read more.

 

 

— Students explore new areas of science

Sea Crest expands science fair categories. Published in the Half Moon Bay Review on Wednesday, January 17th. By Sarah Griego Guz.

The science fair is a rite of passage for many middle school students. Many adults remember sweating out the details the night before the big day in a final attempt to consolidate months of work on a tri-fold display board.

Sea Crest School has folded this event into an open house and schoolwide science festival that is suitable for all ages.

The hands-on happening offers innovative science experiences such as a banana keyboard made courtesy of Makey Makey. The electronic invention connects everyday objects to computer programs.

The standard science fair challenge is great for students who are wired to conduct experiments and are interested in specific topics, but others view the science fair with apprehension because they can’t find a question that interests them. Sea Crest Middle School science teacher Matthew Twining decided to modify the assignment.

“Traditional science fair projects appeal to a subset of the students,” said Twining. “There are students who are interested in engineering or environmental topics. I wanted to give everybody a chance to do something more closely aligned with their interests and aptitudes.”

Taking a page from Pasadena schools’ successful Innovation Exposition, Twining added categories for Invention, Environmental Innovation, Reverse Engineering, and Science Fiction.

Seventh-grader Chase Urban has been working on a project in the Reverse Engineering category.

“I couldn’t find a project or a question that I wanted to answer,” said Urban. “I like taking things apart. I liked the idea of taking the digital camera apart and mapping it all out and figuring out how it worked.”

 

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