Project makes an impact
Garfield County Re-2 students have been in school just two weeks, but already Wamsley Elementary fourth-graders are thinking and acting like scientists.The budding scientists tested their first experiment Friday, Sept. 3. The students engineered a container to safely house an egg. They had to use everyday household materials and make sure the container was no larger than 15 inches wide by 15 inches long. Easy enough; however, the container and the egg had to survive a 30-foot drop off of the top of the school. It was a project Humpty Dumpty could have only dreamed about.A life-sized chicken (Wamsley principal Eva Pasiewicz) participated in the experiment by launching the experiments off of the Wamsley roof to the asphalt parking lot below as all 88 Wamsley fourth-graders watched in anticipation.The project was the brainchild of Wamsley educators Kim Benson and Barb Jansen.”We wanted them to start talking about the scientific process and thinking like scientists,” Benson said.For the last two weeks, students have learned about observation, variables, projections and how to record data.On Sept. 3, the Wamsley fourth-graders put the scientific process into action.”This project has a big impact. The students are able to see the results and see what they have to do to make the project successful,” Benson said.As the boxes plummeted to the parking lot carrying their precious cargo, the crowd would cheer or cringe based upon the sound of the “thud” it made when it hit the ground. Then the teams raced to their containers to peel off the layers of cotton balls, paper, rubber bands and Band-Aids to see if their egg had survived the fall.”This is cool because it’s about science and we got to work together, and we got to drop stuff off the roof,” Kalicia Szabo said. “To make an egg not break, you have to pack it with something that is really soft.”Kalicia added that one of the interesting things about the experiment was that different teams approached the project in different ways and used different materials, meaning that they could all learn from one another.When the experiment was completed, Humpty Dumpty had many great falls. He survived many, and wasn’t quite so lucky in others.Back to School nightsat RMS, RMESThe Rifle Middle School Back to School night will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 16. Parents are encouraged to attend, and they will be able to pick up their children’s individual CSAP reports, parent passwords for Powerschool so they can check on their students’ grades through their personal computers, and the first newsletter. Be sure to check out the remodeled RMS and learn more about your child’s education.Roy Moore Elementary’s Back to School night has been changed to Sept. 16 and will begin with a picnic at 5:30 p.m.Rifle homecomingjust around the cornerRifle High School’s Homecoming is just around the corner. Homecoming week begins Monday, Sept. 13. The annual carnival and bonfire will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15. The parade will be Friday, Sept. 17, and will begin at 1:30, with a pep rally immediately following. Steamboat Springs will be this year’s homecoming foe for Friday night’s football game, which will begin at 7 p.m.Dates to rememberSept. 7RHS golf at Eagle Valley, 10 a.m.JV football at Montrose, 4 p.m.Volleyball vs Grand Junction, 4 p.m.Soccer at Montrose, 3 p.m.RIV seventh-grade volleyball vs Aspen, 5 p.m.Sept. 8September 2nd Cup of Coffee at KSE & Terrific Kids AssemblyRIV seventh-grade volleyball vs. Basalt 5 p.m.Sept. 9RMS Bookcliff Humanities of the Arts Assembly, 8:30 a.m.Volleyball vs. Glenwood Springs, 6:30 p.m.Softball vs. Palisade (JV) (DH)Soccer vs, Glenwood Springs, 4 p.mRIV Football vs. Glenwood. 4:30 p.m.Sept. 10RMS Bookcliff Humanities of the Arts Assembly, 8:30 a.m.Football at Eagle Valley, 7 p.m.Softball at BerthoudSept. 11Soccer at Battle Mountain, 11 a.m.Cross country at SteamboatSept. 13RMS volleyball vs Carbondale 5 p.m.Freshman football vs. Eagle Valley, 4 p.m.JV football vs. Eagle Valley, 5:30 p.m.QRI training 3 of 3, 6 to 8 p.m., Learning Opportunity CenterRHS Junior vs. Senior strobe light volleyball, 7 p.m.RIV football vs Basalt, 5 p.m.RIV eighth-grade volleyball versus Glenwood Springs, 5 p.m.
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