CASHTON SCIENCE NEWS
Middle School science students just finished up their electric houses. Students had to build houses with electricity powering fans, lights and switches. Here's some pics of our projects. Lots of creativity and science/engineering!
Chemistry students are learning the topic of stoichiometry (unit conversions) in the kitchen! Chem kids baked cakes from scratch in class and compared different amounts of ingredients to the end results of their cakes. .Some recipes left out baking powder, or eggs, others substituted other ingredients such as baking soda for powder. Results of the experiments led chemistry students in discussions on the importance of conversions in chemistry and how different amounts of ingredients have to be substituted depending on what you are converting.
Paula Niedbalski and Julie Lundeen are participating in a Math-Science Partnership Grant with the Physics Department at UW LaCrosse. Three Saturdays this semester, 2 weeks in the summer and continuation of Saturdays next school year will be devoted to improving physical science and physics curriculum. They hope this grant will help them gain hands-on learning activities and engage Cashton students in engineering based problem solving scenarios.
8TH GRADE LEADERSHIP
8th Grade Leadership held a "stuffed animal sleepover" for both kindergarten classes. Kindergarteners brought in a stuffed animal for each leadership student to hang on to for the night. Leaders then created a slide show of the animals having a great time around the school campus. It was a great time for everyone involved.
8th Grade Leadership and the senior class sent notes think ing of you to Mr. Moe and his family. The notes were displayed at Mr. Moe's visitation.
JUNIORS AND SENIORS LOOK TO THE FUTURE
This year Cashton juniors and seniors visited 18 post-secondary schools from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design to U of M- Twin Cities. This was our strongest effort to get students to prospective schools. Of our 37 seniors, 30 plan to attend post-secondary school next year. Of those 30, 27 have physically toured the school that they currently have as their intended school for next year. Most tours consisted of only 5-6 students; requesting the schools they hoped to visit. Previously, we would only tour UW-L , Viterbo and Western TC. All fine schools; but the hope is that students with more information, and physical memory, will choose the best fit for them.
Mr. Strichko would like to thank the Board of Education for allowing these opportunities. It is little things like this that give our students an advantage over other high schools. It should also be pointed out that this effort is cost-effective (+/- $270 in fuel + nominal wear and tear on vans). It is a excellent opportunity for many students well under $500. Plans for the spring are to visit local businesses, apprenticeship sites, and certificate programs.
7TH GRADERS ATTEND BOOK TASTING
The 7th graders participated in a “book tasting” to begin our popular literature book clubs. They were able to order off of a menu containing first lines from the books and “taste test” four novel options. Light snacks and refreshments were served and cafe music and a buzz of excitement about the books filled the room. Many students were surprised that the first lines they selected led them to books they may have otherwise overlooked. After the tasting, there was a reflection time and book groups were formed. We are well underway with our book clubs and daily discussions now! We hope to incorporate more book tastings in the future.
CASHTON HOSTS LEADERSHIP LAB-COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
As a component to Academic and Career Planning, Cashton School District hosted their first ever Leadership and Career Lab. The vision for the day was to allow students in grades 6-12 access to a variety of different professions and expose them to not only the training necessary for their future, but expand their understanding of leadership skills they need for a successful future. The concept of the "lab" was based on the science concept of lab work. Students were able to experiment with careers, test them out, see what they like and dislike, and how the career might fit or work within their future life or just as important not work.
As a secondary component to the day, students completed service projects throughout the community. This portion of the day was called Eagles Give Back and was balanced with the Leadership and Career Lab. Building up to the lab, students brainstormed activities they felt were needs in the community. During their Eagles Give Back sessions, students were seen cleaning up the Village Park and disk golf course, doing yard work for Cashton residents, washing the Cashton Fire Department trucks, writing letters to veterans and local businesses, and assisting local businesses with extra hands. The hope was to show students the importance of giving back and demonstrating the ability to lend a hand or a message in appreciation of the support from your local community.