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Annual Feast Reflects on First Thanksgiving

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Fall festivities filled the halls of Waverly Avenue Elementary School as fifth-grade students enjoyed a feast of seasonal dishes prior to Thanksgiving as part of an ongoing building tradition. 

Before the feast began, fifth-graders read articles depicting key elements of the first Thanksgiving that occurred in 1621. The students learned that during the feast held by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians there was an abundance of venison, fish and corn and a variety of native fruits and berries. 

Across the district, students on each grade level participated in similar feasts where they reflected on the historic first Thanksgiving and enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal with their peers. 
 

 

Bacteria Grows Infectious Passion for Science

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The scientific method was on full display at Waverly Elementary School as students recently participated in a hands-on science experiment that emphasized each specific step in the scientific method.

Fifth-grade students in Kristina Fulcher and Lynn Kmiotek’s class carefully followed each step of the scientific method as they began an experiment that will eventually finish with a stink later this school year. The goal of the experiment is to determine how fast mold will grow on bread after being exposed to varying conditions that could affect it. Preparing one sample, students used their unwashed hands as they placed a piece of bread into a ziplock bag that was then sealed. For another, they used hand sanitizer before handling the bread sample. Following a strict procedure, each sample was placed into a bag and labeled to reflect how the bread was handled. 

As part of the experiment, students also learned how to develop a hypothesis, label and track data, and about numerous types of bacteria, fungus and germs that cause mold.