— Middle School Kindness Challenge

This 30-day kindness challenge takes place during students’ advisories and they participate in one or two kindness activities every week. There are numerous activities from which to choose in four categories: spreading cyber-kindness, strengthening peer relationships, developing positive mindsets, and fostering student empathy. The kindness curriculum was created by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

— Middle School Student Council Making Waves

“I am honored and grateful to serve on Student Council because it allows me to organize fun activities for my peers, changing Sea Crest by leaving it better than I found it!”
~ Olivia Cevasco, President

“As part of Student Council, I am someone who people come to for help. I’ve learned how incredible the feeling of leadership is and Student Council brought me closer to Sea Crest and its community.”
~ Jess Kammeyer, Vice-President


The Student Council has spearheaded a number of initiatives this school year and is truly making a difference:

Middle School Dances:
Middle School dances happen three times each school year and the Student Council is responsible for finding a DJ and organizing the event. Our next Middle School Dance will be on June 1st and we have a new DJ for the event! DJ Zak Kowal will be spinning tunes for our last dance of the year!

Advisory Competitions:
This year, the Student Council hosted several advisory competitions including pumpkin and door decorating contests, a basketball shoot-off, a gingerbread house contest and an Amazing Race scavenger hunt. We plan to have a few more events before the end of the school year!

Middle School Night Out:
In February, students enjoyed watching Jurassic Park on the big screen in our Kohrs Family Center. Our next Middle School Night Out will be on Friday night, May 18th at the Sky High Sports. Details and a permission slip will be emailed to families soon!

Pennies for Patients:
On Monday, the Student Council will kick off Pennies for Patients, a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please bring your spare change to school for this three-week fundraiser! There will be a collection jar at Cathy’s desk.

Student Council Elections:
On the 1st of June, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Graders will have the opportunity to elect a new Student Council for the 2018-2019 school year! Students will learn more about the election process in the coming weeks.


 

— Sixth Grade collected hygiene items for Coastside Hope

Hygiene Drive Coastside HopeOn April 24th, the Sixth Graders brought the hygiene items they collected to Coastside Hope. They sorted all the products and created hygiene kits with 1-gallon Ziploc bags. Students were able to create over 150 hygiene kits for neighbors in need.

The Sixth Graders also learned about all the good work Coastside Hope does to serve individuals living in our coastal communities. The Drive was another way for our students to experience what it means to be “each other’s keepers,” which is one of our school’s guiding principles.

— Physics of Motion: Egg-Drop Science Project

Egg Drop Science Project Experiential LearningThe Eight Graders concluded their unit on the physics of motion with an egg-drop project. Working in teams, the students worked to create boxes that would keep an egg intact through a fall onto a hard surface.

Egg Drop Science Project Experiential LearningThey designed, created and tested different arrangements fashioned out of a variety materials over successively higher drops. At the same time, they worked on calculations based on work earlier in the unit to determine the velocity, acceleration, and forces acting on the box and the egg.

Egg Drop Science Project Experiential LearningOn the final day, the Eighth Grade moved to the gym, where Mr. Geller was kind enough to operate the lift to drop egg boxes from greater and greater heights until there was only one unbroken egg remaining.

Congratulations to India Polacek, Mikalee Mauricio, and Marco Yaque, as well as to Jakob Gates, Oscar Hernandez and Matthew Spink. These two teams designed boxes that survived a 6-meter drop!

Egg Drop Science Project Experiential LearningSpecial congratulations to the egg-drop champions: Beech Basler and Conor O’Quigley, who created a box that kept the egg unbroken through the highest drop – 8 meters!


 

— News from the Health & Wellness Program

Hygiene DriveHygiene Drive
Our 4th Annual All-School Hygiene Drive is underway. The Sixth Grade has been diligently working on posters, Sign-up Geniuses, and presenting to Lower School classes. All items will be donated to Coastside Hope to help our local community.

Self DefenseSelf DefenseGirl Power
Before the Winter Break, girls in the Eighth Grade had the opportunity to empower themselves by learning about self-defense through a workshop led by Kristin Lynn and George Miller. Our girls discovered how to use their voice in a powerful way, as well as several techniques in self-defense.

CPR Training CPR Workshop
The Eighth Grade had the opportunity to learn CPR. George Miller and Kristin Lynn guided the students through scenarios of when the use of CPR is necessary. Students learned how to perform CPR, as well as use automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Touch Your Toes
The Middle School finished a unit on Flexibility. Students were taught static stretching and resistive stretching. The unit emphasized the importance of flexibility and how it can assist in living a healthy lifestyle and prevent injury.

Everybody Dance!
We have begun our dance unit. Students were introduced to the Electric Slide and were assigned the task of creating an updated version of the dance. This unit focuses on line dancing and choreography.

Food for Thought
The Seventh Grade watched the Morgan Spurlock documentary, Super Size Me, and reflected on how frequently food is wasted in our community. In the iLab, they are now utilizing the Design Thinking process to propose solutions for food waste here at Sea Crest. Seventh Graders will present their proposals to school administrators in the near future.

 

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