Ben J. had a fun time with DeLand Mayor, Bob Apgar, last week. He won this cool opportunity at the Spring Social. Ben had a great time meeting with the Mayor, DeLand Fire Department, and City Commissioners. He even got to be a part of the City Commissioners meeting and was able to open and close the meeting, and present an award. Very Cool!
"Hello! This is Ashna S., Head of St.Barnabas Episcopal School for April 22nd!" This is a role I never knew I would get to play! It has been a very fun day! I received this opportunity as a result of my parents' silent auction purchase at the Spring Social. I attended a Principals' meeting, visited classes, made announcements, and even had students, as well as administrators, call me "Ms. S!" Being in charge comes with having responsibility, too. I learned about our school's budget and organizational structure, and an opportunity to share some of my ideas that would benefit the school. When we visited the Pre-K and Kindergarten building, I knew I had to be a role-model for them. Being Head of School was amazing. I hope I get the opportunity to do it again! -Ashna S.
On Wednesday, April 15th, our 7th grade students Skyped with the 7th graders from St. Mary's Episcopal School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Both 7th grades prepared questions ahead of time and St. Barnabas students asked their questions in spanish and St. Mary's students answered in English. They were also encouraged to look at each school's websites to learn more about one another's school's culture. Both sets of students did a fantastic job keeping the conversations going and quickly realized how much they have in common.
The Skype experience was extremely effective and positive. This opportunity came as a result of a visit to St. Mary's by
Mr. Garcia and Señora Rivkind. At the request of
Mr. Salinas (Principal of St. Mary's), we have also helped St. Mary's 7th grade Math Teacher connect via Skype to learn more effective methods of keeping their students engaged with the help of Mrs. Holland, SBES 7th & 8th grade Math Teacher. Both schools are committed to further establish and build relationships as well as shared / collaborative learning experiences with students from as many grade levels as possible.
Here's a list (in Spanish and English) of some of the questions asked on behalf of our students:
1. ¿Cuáles son tus pasatiempos favoritos? What are your favorite hobbies?
2. ¿De todos los platos que sirven en la cafetería de St Mary’s, cual te gusta más? Among all the dishes served at St. Mary's cafeteria, which is the one you like the most?
3. ¿Cuál es tu jugador de fútbol/soccer favorito? Who is your favorite soccer player and why?
4. ¿Qué deportes practican en tu escuela? What kind of sports do you play at school?
5. ¿Qué están aprendiendo en la clase de música? ¿Tiene una banda? What are you learning in music class? Do you have a band or play musical instruments?
6. ¿Qué te gusta hacer cuando terminas el día escolar? What do you like doing at the end of the school day?
7. ¿Cómo es el clima en Honduras? ¿Se pueden bañar en la playa durante todo el año? How is the weather in Honduras? Can you swim at the heads all year round?
8. Que parte de Honduras te gusta visitar más, la que da al mar Caribe o la que da al océano Pacífico? Which part of the Honduras coas do you prefer to visit the most? the one facing the Caribbean Sea or the Pacific Ocean?
If you would like to learn more about St. Mary's Episcopal School here is their website: http://www.smestegus.com
After graduating St. Barnabas and later graduating Summa Cum Laude from the IB program at DeLand High, Chelsea went to the University of Oklahoma Honor’s College with two scholarships. Donaldson majored in psychology and minored in Spanish, and became very passionate about Developmental Psychology. While writing her Honor's Thesis senior year, a serendipitous chain of events led her to the office of a renowned Cambridge University graduate and Autism researcher. Chelsea explains, "this is someone I came to greatly admire." This teacher became Chelsea's thesis supervisor for her research on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
After graduation, Donaldson moved to South Florida to learn more in the practical world of ASD before going into research. She volunteered at autism centers, shadowed behavior analysts, attended conferences, created a student-run volunteer club at a local university (FAU), and accepted a position at a preschool for children with ASD. After just a few months, Chelsea decided this was the path she would take for her future line of work.
Soon after Donaldson became the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship and pursued a Master’s in Developmental Psychology at Maastricht University (UM) in the Netherlands. There at UM, she gained valuable knowledge of developmental neuroscience through reading cutting-edge research articles, and is now doing another extensive research project. As the first step in her future career of ASD research, her current study seeks to understand the strongest predictors of having a child with ASD among four psychological traits related to ASD.
Chelsea has asked her former school, St. Barnabas, to help her conduct her research through a simple survey. If you have a child between 4-17 yrs old (with or without autism) and want to participate in this online study, please visit: www.Autism-Research-Maastricht.com. After completing this study, Chelsea will move back to the United States to pursue a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. She shared with Paul Garcia (Head of SBES), "From there I will spend the rest of my career striving to connect the gap between the research and the practical worlds of ASD, with the hopes of improving diagnosis, early intervention, and treatment programs of this mysteriously unique disorder."
It is amazing to see the level of success our St. Barnabas graduates continue to exemplify!
The science expo was a popping, rocking, fizzing success. The students did a marvelous job sharing their knowledge of science. Kindergarten did weather journals that would impress any meteorologist. First through Third Grades focused on animals, with First Grade making cute pandas, Second Grade exploring animal habitats and camouflage, and Third Grade pleading the case for a new zoo exhibit for various endangered animals. Fourth Grade really stepped up the game with boards and projects worthy of any scientist. Fifth Grade showed off their knowledge of diseases and seem to be headed for the medical field someday. Middle School invited everyone to participate in their projects including alcohol rockets, a hovercraft, trebuchets, optics experiments, and more. We are so proud of our student scientists at SBES!
Daniela M. & Mia D. (group project)
Most Dramatic Display:
Best Experiment Design and Execution:
Innovative Use of Materials:
Most Innovative Use of Materials:
Larson R. - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Most Dramatic Display:
Jaden S. - Periodontal Disease
Best Illustration of Scientific Knowledge:
Paige M. - Trigminal Neurologic
Annika D. - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Creative Display Board
Weston H. - Meningitis
Crowd pleaser awards:
Dean B. – Rocket
Georgia L. & Leah M. – Gum
Max L. – Binary calculator
Innovative Use of Materials:
Max C. – Hovercraft
Best Model or Demo:
Zack F. – Trebuchet
Best explanation of scientific knowledge:
Summer H. - Non–Newtonian Fluid
Savannah C. & Bela H. - Making ice cream
Ely C. - Alcohol Rocket
Jackson R. - Can fruit charge an iPhone?
Jimmy M. – Dry Ice Tornado
Best Scientific Thought:
Eric S. - Bacteria Killer
Dominic D. - Effects of Phosphoric Acid on Teeth
Tavian D. - How does hoop size affect your shot?
Isabella V. & Lindsey D. - Tsunami Model