Last school year, members of our community came together to raise essential funds for Saklan. Many donations were made to the Annual Giving Fund and the Annual Auction’s Fund-A-Need initiative for the Arts.
The following will benefit the ongoing growth of all our students and programs: traditional drum set from Ghana, a musician’s area rug for our kinesthetic early learners, iMac, iPads and collaboration stations for music composition, a 7cuft kiln for our students’ creative needs, math and reading curriculum review and complements, Yamaha cello and string instrument stand, robotics and science kits, storage and organization spaces for teachers and learners, SMART boards for interactive lessons, and much more.
The highlights are many because the gifts were many. Thank you very much to our generous donors and our generous community.
This week the 8th grade created hot air balloons that would help test the ideas of buoyancy and Archimedes Principle, along with Charles Law in Chemistry. Using paper, glue, tape and paperclips (to act as a ballast), they engineered balloons that they thought would create the largest lift when filled with heated air.
The students worked together to fill the balloon and create lift. After some on the fly design changes, and adding different amounts of air, we finally got lift off! The engineering processes was in full effect with the 8th graders, and when hitting snags in their designs, and having environmental challenges, they were able to tinker their designs and way of thinking to accomplish their goal. With the help of the wind as well, we noticed how fluids move in and push matter. Luckily, we got them all off the roof!
Every middle school student at Saklan had already known what “National Hispanic Heritage Month” was and when it was celebrated. To expand their knowledge, they watched a video called “Mes de la Herencia Hispana” created by CNN last week. After watching the video, they were able to share some additional facts about this celebration in the United States.
It is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th. Independence Day in México and Chile fall within this 30-day period.
It is celebrated by American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Hispanic Heritage week started in 1968 during President Lyndon Johnson.
Hispanic Heritage celebrations expanded to 30-day under President Ronald Regan .
In the 4th to 8th Spanish Class, students colored flags from 20 different Hispanic countries that celebrate this important day.
This year Vickie Obenchain, Science Teacher, is going to be serving as a National Geographic Certified Educator Mentor for interested teachers. National Geographic Certified Educators are committed to teaching their students about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed, and make it a better place. Vickie will be helping teachers all over the US and here in California get certified through the program. Click here to learn more about the program.
The Spring Issue of The Saklan School Literary Magazine, Our Diverse Universe, was published last week. In this issue, students shared their ideas about the environment and how to make the world a more eco-friendly place. Thank you to everyone who submitted! A special thanks to the Editorial Crew: Brigitte Demers, Juliet Pecher, Kyle Yasumura, Skylar Ellis and Olivia Schindewolf. Here’s the electronic version of the magazine that you can share with your families and friends:
All Saklan Parents are welcome to come and celebrate our Graduates of the Class of 2018. Students from all grades will be performing and making special presentations to our Graduates. Coffee and refreshments will be served prior to the ceremony.