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Van Makes Fans of Science at Alder Ave MS
Mrs. Del Gaizo-Mallett networked with the national Science Center’s Mobile Discovery Van to visit the school.
The 18 wheeler arrived providing students grades 6-8 the chance to see exhibits and do hands-on experiments in electricity how the eye works and sound waves. During the 1-day visit on Wednesday, April 10th, staff from the U.S. Army and the National Science Center offered 50-minute lessons.
The van’s visit was free and made possible through a partnership with the Army and the National Science Center to help excite young people about Math, Science, and Technology.
The Franklin Institute Returns to Alder
Approximately 200 students at A.A.M.S. participated in the Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show on Thursday, March 14. A presenter for one of the Franklin Institute’s Traveling Science shows, Mr. Joe began with the basics during his energetic presentation, titled “The Weather Show”. Teacher Mrs. Georgiana Del Gaizo-Mallett applied for and received a mini-grant through the EHT Education Foundation to bring the show to the students. Students volunteered several suggested answers before Mr. Joe explained the many concepts related to WEATHER.
Diego Rivera Traveling Art Exhibit
Alder Avenue Middle School hosted the Diego Rivera Traveling Art Exhibit February 25-March 1, 2013. Students and staff had the opportunity to enjoy three of Rivera’s works- Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park, The Calla Lily Vendor, and The Agitator. The school’s Spanish classes studied Rivera’s life and murals in depth throughout the week, and did special activities based on the three paintings on display. The week-long exhibit was made possible by a mini-grant from the Egg Harbor Township Education Foundation.
Governor's Environmental Excellence Award.
Alder Avenue Middle School will be presented with the 2012 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award (GEEA) in the Environmental Education category on Monday, Jan. 28, at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, for its innovative environmental and energy conservation classroom efforts
The Alder Avenue Middle School Jostens Renaissance Program honors everyday "Heroes" within our community and schools each month. For the month of September, the students hand delivered thank you messages with a treat attached to the bus drivers that transport Alder students. The drivers were extremely excited and appreciated being honored. Jostens Renaissance is a program that honors everyday "Heroes" that do extraordinary things.
Multi-Cultural Night was hosted by The Egg Harbor Township Human Relations Committee on May 17, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at Alder Avenue Middle School. There were over 350 people in attendance and authentic food samples from 14 different countries. In addition to a variety of multi-cultural display tables vendors and organization participated. The purpose EHTRC is to celebrate the diversity within the district and the community in effort to have culturally responsive schools that address the needs of all students.
The Disney Planet Challenge
Out of nearly four-hundred classes across the nation that participated in the Disney Planet Challenge, “The Catawba Project” was chosen as the third place winner!
The “Catawba Project” is dedicated to helping the environment. In the “Catawba Project,” we are building an outdoor community teaching garden. At the garden, we students will apply the knowledge that we learned in class to teach others all about taking care of our watershed. We plan to host workshops and presentations at the garden so community members can come and learn. Our goal is to make others aware of the possible threats that we face, and to make them aware of how we can avoid these issues. By doing this, we are spreading the word on how to go green.
The Disney Planet Challenge is a project-based environmental competition for grades 3-8. It encourages students to make a difference in their schools, their communities and at home. It also teaches kids about the earth while empowering them to make a positive impact on their communities and planet. In addition, Disney Planet Challenge rewards those who make a difference in the environment.
To present our project to Disney Planet Challenge, our class had to create a digital portfolio all about what we did. This was difficult but it was also fun. It allowed everyone to contribute to the presentation and put their strengths to use into something we were so engaged in. In the portfolio, we explained what our project was, what research we did, how me made our action plan, and the process that we went through to reach our goal. Finally, we showed how it made an impact on the environment. When we were done, we submitted it into the DPC and anxiously awaited the results.
“The Catawba Project” has done extremely well with the Disney Planet Challenge over the years. Every year, the current class passes down the project to the future sixth grade class. Last year, we were awarded New Jersey’s state winner! This motivated our class of 2011-2012 to reach the expectations and standards that last year’s class set. To be given the title of the third place winner meant everything to us. Our class has worked so hard, and to be recognized means the world to us. One student said, “ I think I speak for everyone when I say that it is incredible that we have won 3rd place in the DPC. We all put a lot of effort into our portfolio and it feels great to be recognized for that work. The experiences I had while making our portfolio are ones I will never forget. It helped me to build a better understanding of the environment and I had a lot of laughs along the way. GO CATAWBA!” We are so grateful that we could make a difference in our community and be appreciated for it. Just doing it was its own reward, so to be awarded again, is amazing! We will continue to make an impact on the environment, so keep an eye out for our project in the future.
Delaware Valley Science Fair
The Delaware Valley Science Fairs, Inc. was held April 3-5 at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Our students competed in what is now known as one of the largest and oldest fairs in the country. The Fairs were designed as a vehicle for stimulating interest in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) among students in middle and high schools in the tri-state area. The philosophy behind the Fairs is that students learn science by doing science.
Congratulations to all competitors! You are winners because you started and completed a research project!
Proud to be EHT - Category and Special Awards winners!!
Link to the Winners
Jersey Shore Science Fair
The 37thAnnual Jersey Shore Science Fair was held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. This is the largest tri-state regional fair with 813 students, 682 projects and 43 schools. Students who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their science category move on to compete at the Delaware Valley Science Fairs at the Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center at Oaks on April 4, 2012. Proudly, Fernwood and Alder Middle Schools have 17 students and EHTHS has 2 students prepared to compete at this prestigious event. Congratulations!!
Link to the winners