I would like to start by thanking all of the wonderful grandparents and special friends that came out this morning for our annual event celebrating this important aspect of our community. The day was truly enjoyable and our students were thrilled to show off their campus, teachers and classmates, and engage in a fun activity with their guests.
This is the time of the year when our 8th graders find out which high school they will attend in August. Finding the right high school is important and the middle school faculty at Saklan has worked hard over the past months helping our graduates make the right choice to match their skills, interests and goals. I am pleased to announce that this year’s graduates were accepted to the following list of high schools:
The College Preparatory School
The Athenian School
Monte Vista High School
Campolindo High School
Las Lomas High School
Benicia High School
Concord High School
Northgate High School
This is very much in line with the pattern of high school attendance for Saklan graduates over the past 10 years. Of the independent schools, the top destinations are Bentley, Athenian, College Prep, and Head-Royce. An important fact to note is that over 90% of our 8th graders got into their high school of choice.
We now go into our Spring Break, which I hope will be restful and re-energizing. Upon our return, we will have less than two months of school left, and in this time, we have a number of big activities planned at Saklan. These include the Middle School Musical, the Spring Arts Festival, Book Fair, Family Fun Night, Graduation, and a number of interesting field trips.
During March, the Hoot Owls have been learning about sea life. This week the Hoot Owl class went on a field trip to Crab Cove in Alameda where they learned about some of the creatures found in San Francisco Bay. The children walked the beach during low tide and found many shells, seaweed and of course crabs. After a visit to the aquarium, we ended our field trip with a picnic and a game of tag!
This week, the seventh grade spent the afternoon focusing on our SEL topic wonder and awe that surrounds us in our world. They learnt how people around the world celebrate those things around us. To do this, and to excite the students about this theme, the 7th grade welcomed in spring by having a small festival of colors, a modified Holi festival, more like a color explosion.
Students welcomed in spring, wished away bad spirits and played by getting all colorful! They were quite beautiful!
March is biography month in second grade. We have been reading about many people who have made a difference in our world. Each student then selected one person to study. They read a biography, looked at internet information, and took notes about their historical person. The next step was to transfer their notes to note cards, organize props, and plan a costume. We invited all the parents and some of the other classes at Saklan to come and hear the presentations.
The fifth grade class just completed their State Reports and shared their reports with their parents on Wednesday morning. Each student chose a state they wanted to learn more about. They thoroughly researched their state and created a report including the following information about their state: history, attractions, geography, important people, agriculture and industry, and unique features. They also created a “choice chapter” where they each showed their creativity through models, collages, travel brochures, writing on topics of their choosing, and even an original rap song! The states represented in their reports are Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. Please stop by the fifth grade classroom to take a look at their reports and take a virtual tour of some of our great states of the U.S.!