— 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!


 

— Students build solar suitcases to power a school in Africa

Sixth-grade students are building Solar Suitcases to power a partner school in Kenya, Africa.

We Share Solar is an education program in Berkeley that links science and technology with international philanthropy and service. Through building the Solar Suitcase (a 12-volt DC stand-along solar system that can power lights, cell phones, and small electronic devices) students learn how solar electricity works.

After they’ve built the suitcases, students will write letters to the students in Kenya and deploy the solar units for immediate use.

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