Archive for April, 2014

Sixth Grade at Yosemite

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The Sixth Graders have recently studied geology and rock formation in their science classes. So it was fitting that this year’s Outdoor Education trip was in Yosemite National Park accompanied by Mrs. Mahoney, Ms. Lomeli, Miss Jessica, and four of the students’ dads. Mrs. Mahoney shares the following:
Entering the park by car and van, the students viewed the Valley with its amazing rock formations, including mountains and the glacier-scraped canyons. Hiking from their quarters in Yosemite Lodge, they explored Yosemite Falls and the rustic Yosemite Museum. Inside this historic museum they viewed geological displays showing the chronological formation of the Valley as well as a Native American woman weaving an intricate basket. Twilight volleyball, team building activities, and board games concluded the first day.
The highlight of the second day was a three-mile hike up 300 feet beside Vernal Falls with lunch at the top of the falls amid fabulous views, sunshine, and rainbows. The students learned that “though the journey may be hard, the payoff is worth it!” Their smiles and sense of accomplishment were the proof.
On the third day the group drove to Glacier Point for gorgeous views of the park, and after trying their hands at fishing, they hiked from the Lodge to Mirror Lake. Here they sailed small wooden boats that they created from found materials.
The fourth and final day began with a drive to the Mariposa Grove and close encounters with the giant Sequoia trees. The Sixth Graders hiked in to see the famous Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Tree. Then they were back in the vans for the ride home and the welcome by their parents in the PHS parking area! What an enriching and educational trip!

Ranch Hands

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This was Ms. Terry Metzenbaum’s first opportunity to accompany our Third Grade “ranch hands” to Rawhide Ranch for three days, along with Miss Jessica and Mr. Charley Miller. Ms. Terry shares the following:
“We arrived at the Ranch on Wednesday, and I was amazed at the authenticity of everything there. The buildings are situated just like an old western town, with Main Street, a schoolhouse, a post office, and Fort Rawhide where the girls slept. The boys bunked at Teepee Village, with solid floors and electric lighting.”
“One of the most impressive experiences for the children was the horseback riding. The students learned step-by-step all about horses, beginning with their care and feeding, their anatomy, and their individual personalities. Then the children proceeded to using the wooden mounts for practice, followed by riding the actual steeds – which was such a fulfilling experience!”
“The Ranch is also populated with chickens, sheep, goats, cattle, and a pig. The children learned to clean their pens, as diseases can enter the animals through their feet. The different breeds of the animals was very interesting; for instance with goats, one breed is best for milking, another for their hair, and so on. All of the animals at the Ranch are very friendly and used to children – they’re almost like pets!”
“We loved the entire Old West experience – sitting around the campfire in the evening, singing old western songs was such a treat! Our Third Graders are so fortunate to have this great opportunity!”

Pi Day

Friday, April 18th, 2014

3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510 58209 74944 59230 78164 06286 20899 86280 34825 34211 70679…..(the digits never end!)
What does this number have in common with Peninsula Heritage School? On Pi Day, March 14 (3, 14), the math students of Mrs. Helen Metzler and Ms. Liz Lomeli engaged in a variety of hands-on activities to focus on the importance and the use of this constant that is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. While listening to the Pi song on the smart board, the students measured and constructed circles, did worksheets, and used pi in creating abstract art. Of course, the dessert for each student that day was a delicious piece of… pie!

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