The fourth grade class boarded the bus at 6:30 Monday morning for their trip to New Orleans. First, they visited the Insectarium/Butterfly Garden. The students were able to touch the second largest type of centipede, and saw many beautiful butterflies, but they enjoyed sampling a variety of flavored bugs at the “Bug Cafe” best of all. Next, they visited the Aquarium, where they saw jellyfish, sea turtles, and sharks. The students were even able to pet a stingray. Mrs. Stegall says, “In science we learned that God created sea creatures on the fifth day, and each creature has what it needs for survival in its environment. From the tiny ant to the large shark, the whole trip reminded us what a great God we have.”
As Upper School students continue to think about the courses they need and want to take during the next school year, we would like to point out a new technology offering that we hope many of them will sign up for: Computer science classes will unlock a new future for students. In our modern world, it’s no longer enough to learn how to use technology; learning what goes into building technology is a foundational skill. No matter what career a student wants to pursue, a background in computer science will be relevant. In our new classes, students will begin to create programs, games, and apps that can help their communities today! Whether they build a game for a younger sibling, create an app that keeps track of a family schedule, or make a webpage to organize a community event, students will learn the basics of the technology that’s changing the world.
Hard to believe, but it’s time for students to think about the courses they want (and need!) to take next school year! Today, the Upper School had an activity period in which a few new course offerings were explained, and then students received their course choice sheets and had the opportunity to ask teachers questions about anything they did not understand.
Parents, please be sure to talk with your children about this, as it is critical that students (especially beginning in 9th grade) take the correct courses needed for graduation. Also, your signature is required before they can return their choice sheets to the school counselor.
Congratulations to Micah Parkinson and Beth Hammill for placing in the State Science Fair Competition Wednesday! Micah took 1st place in his category, and Beth earned 2nd place. Your Cougar family is so proud of both of you!!