PARADE student Amanda Bergvinson and her presentation regarding “Memory Recall.”. Courtesy photo.
It all begins during the winter months of each school year; the much anticipated Science Fair Project selection process. Students from all over the school district begin researching their topics, collecting data and discussing their proposed experiments.
Experimentation in subjects such as: physics, behavioral sciences, earth science, computer science, astronomy, microbiology, engineering, mathematics and health medicine just to name a few.
With such an intense and profound focus on the subject of science, the months from November through March are now affectionately called "Science Fair Season," by teachers throughout the Riverview District.
The Season of Science has now grown to include students in the PARADE Home School Program (Parents and Riverview Actively Delivering Education) as well. This year over 60 students participated in the first annual PARADE Science Fair. Subject matter ranged from topics such as "Real and Fake Smiles" to "A Worm’s Reaction to Pesticide in Bananas."
Students involved should be commended for their hard work and dedication, and for sharing their passions for science with such enthusiasm.
PARADE Program Manager Paul Censullo says, "The turnout and support from our students and parents for this first-ever PARADE science fair was just tremendous and the PARADE staff should be commended for their outstanding efforts in bringing this event to fruition."
We have all watched the pictures coming from Japan following the historic earthquake in March. Lasting images show that a lot of responses were by neighbors helping neighbors. An event of this size does not allow first responders to be in all the places they were needed, so individuals needed to help each other in order to survive.
Does your neighborhood have a plan in place to help each other should we have a similar event? Do you have a plan so you know that your children, seniors and pets will be taken care of?
If not, the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps is offering the perfect opportunity to help you prepare through the Map Your Neighborhood program. This program was developed following an earthquake when survivors were asking themselves "what can we do to help?"
Map Your Neighborhood involves identifying the skills and equipment each neighbor has, along with mapping your neighborhood to show the locations of gas meters, propane tanks and special needs homes that house seniors, people with disabilities and unattended children.
In addition the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps will be sending teams of trained Community Emergency Response Teams, Medical Reserve Corps and SnoValley Amateur Radio club volunteers to your neighborhood to access how well you have prepared. and to answer questions.
The volunteers will also offer training on FireWise safety to mitigate wildfire damage, tips on setting up a neighborhood Care Center and Gathering site, and instructions on the best ways to communicate following a disaster or emergency. This assessment will take place on Saturday, May 21st from 10-11:30 a.m.
For information, visit www.carnationduvallcitizencorps.org or contact President Helen Duffy at (425) 457-6322.
Zach Mabe, Adrienne Sychtysz, student teacher Shannon Barney, Jess Weyers, Nikki Cha, Connor Clancy, Kholy Xiong and Chelsea Judd. Not Pictured: Bessie Ish. Photo by Leanne Christensen.
The FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) chapter at Cedarcrest High School recently attended their State Leadership Conference in Spokane.
This group of high achieving, creative, impassioned students never ceases to amaze their advisor, Donna Bielstein. "I’m very proud of the students who competed at the FBLA State Business Leadership Conference. These students gave up their spring break to spend five days in Spokane competing in several events, supporting each other in their activities, and attending valuable workshops. Their dedication and commitment to their work is highly commendable."
Students in FBLA are also enrolled in various business and marketing classes at CHS, such as business law, entrepreneurship, marketing, digitools, financial planning, business math and economics.
These career and technical opportunities open doors to a variety of future careers and allow students the opportunity to compete and be successful in the high demand jobs of today’s ever-changing workforce.
Here are Cedarcrest’s FBLA results at the State Business Leadership Conference:
Top 15 and semi-finalists
• Entrepreneurship – Team of Connor Clancy, Chelsea Judd, and Kholy Xiong
• Global Business – Team of Zach Mabe and Bessie Ish
• 4th Place – Banking & Financial Systems – Team of Connor Clancy and Bessie Ish
• 4th Place – Accounting II – Connor Clancy
• 4th Place – Business Law – Zach Mabe
• 4th Place – Word Processing II – Chelsea Judd
Also, Cedarcrest High School FBLA was recognized for the following awards:
• Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit (2nd year in a row) – Most distinguished honor for a chapter that includes such criteria as chapter membership recruitment, professional division membership recruitment, participation at conferences at regional, state and national levels, community service, school leadership and operation of two school businesses.
• Outstanding Local Chapter President – Chelsea Judd
• Outstanding Local Chapter Member – Connor Clancy
• 1st Place – Largest Professional Division Membership – West Central Region
O.K. so I went to the meeting down at the Rose Room below the library in Duvall on a cool, rainy Thursday night not long ago. I suppose I would have rather been home stoking the fire in the wood stove and sipping on a cup of java or working out a new tune on my clarinet. Who wants to be depressed anyway? I’m good for anything but the truth and I’d already seen the Al Gore movie. How about Don Ho doing "Tiny Bubbles" or more Channel 4?
There weren’t a whole lot of people there; I think I counted ten, not including the speaker: mostly older curmudgeons with grim smiles. No uppity know-it-all types, though. The speaker was W. Douglas Smith, an environmental scientist with 30 years as an EPA senior compliance investigator. Also an author, explorer and educator, he was sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of the United Nations Association.
The subject of the meeting was, dare I mention it – "Climate Change" which is at the top of most people’s list as a subject they either don’t believe or don’t want to believe. I mean, come on, who wants to know that the "best laid plans of mice and men" as Robert Burns once wrote, will soon being coming to naught.
Well "Hail to thee blythe spirit." I can come up with flowery poetical lines, too. Or like Mr. Smith mentioned, Pogo’s great line –"We have met the enemy and it is us."—as depicted by cartoonist Walt Kelly from the first Earth Day poster back in the early 70’s.
The hard data: glaciers melting, sea levels rising. Worldwide 129.28 people per square mile. I guess it was back sometime during the Civil War, when the population was still low enough for the earth to actually sustain those living here on the planet. Have you heard enough yet?
Something else Smith pointed out – the book, "Collapse," by Jared Diamond, one I read some time ago. And Jared Diamond was somebody I really admired, after I’d read his book, Guns, Germs and Steel.
What was especially poignant for me, was that Collapse started with Ravalli County, Montana, south of Missoula. I spent much of my childhood there and remember it as the most beautiful place on earth, which is why, of course, with all its bucolic splendor and so many wanting a piece of it, it can no longer sustain the population with water so depleted. After reading it, I didn’t want to ever burn anything again but I guess I’m no better than anyone else.
And that, in fact, is the point. We are no longer an isolated entity. We are all fruit of the same tree. What happens in Japan matters here. And what happens here matters elsewhere. The U.S. has increased oil consumption since 1980 – up 21 percent. Denmark has decreased their consumption by 33 percent.
Or how about another line of poetry from my own poem, as I was an oily fisherman on the clean-up of the Exxon-Valdez, part of the "bucket-brigade" and lost my livelihood, such as it was, that year and the years that followed. The poem was called "Tank Down in Dank Town."
"There are creatures on earth, that have no berth, no rights among ‘civilized man’
And yet there are rules, even for fools, that come back to haunt them again"
O.K. Since all of this seems to be self-evident, what do we tell our kids? Well, I wouldn’t worry too much on that score, as your kids, if you’re old enough to have properly raised a child, likely know more about it than you do.
Increasing anthropogenic CO2 production. Reducing forest capacity that captures CO2. Ocean acidification. Yes I’m in denial myself. Can democracy endure where "economically constructed persons" (corporations) who can’t be held accountable for their actions have more political clout than a "biological person?" The Wall Street bailouts should answer that question. Your switching to florescent light bulbs is a nice gesture but most pollution is coming from mega corporations here and worldwide. It’s not just our jobs going to China and India. "Smokestack" has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
The gas mileage thing is such an unfunny joke. We had high mpg back when we had model-Ts and again in the 80’s with electric cars so efficient that after backroom arm twisting by the oil companies, GM took them all away and destroyed them.
The earth is covered with water—71.2 percent of the surface. 2.5 percent is fresh water of which 58.7 percent is in melting glacier caps which is currently keeping the temperature down somewhat and 30 percent in deep groundwater. 0.4 percent of the 2.5 percent is on the surface or atmosphere where we might be able to get a drink for a while yet.
I left as soon as it was over and went home to ruminate. I remembered my interview (I had a radio talk show on KBCS in the early 80’s) with Gaboo Ted Thomas, the "dreamtime" aborigine from Australia back in ’82, when he told me how the weather on the earth was changing, that storms were becoming more violent. That "old father time was catching up with us."
I thought of my friend, Tui, with his long stretch of sandy beach in Tonga. This time it won’t matter who you are or where you live – we’re all in this together. The poor and the rich. The birds and the bees. The Fox commentators. The Arabs and the Chinese. The stock car guzzler. The donkey driver. Time is not on our side.
I started to note all the stories on Climate Change. A couple nights later I was watching PBS – a show about Global Climate Change with Mark Hertsgaard, who wrote the book "Hot: Living Through The Next Fifty Years On Earth." Afterwards, I went to the PBS website to look at interactive comments about the show. Right away the deniers were out in full force – blasting Hertsgaard as a fraud.
At least we’re living in a place where we can expect more flooding and landslides and crazier growing seasons but for some reason, I am not consoled. Whatever we’re going to do about it, we better hurry up. Or like Olympia artist Nikki McClure says in one of her lovely illustrations: "WAKE UP."