Recently, the fourth grade class went to Camp Hancock in Fossil, Oregon. Camp Hancock is an annual trip and is an OMSI run field station focused on the study of Geology (and more) in our area. Since we are studying Geology in Core Knowledge right now, this experience is a perfect fit. The class made a 2 ½ hour trek (by bus) to Camp Hancock. Once we arrived, it was go-time. First, we unpacked our gear into one of the two cabins, Coyote for the girls and Beaver for the boys. Then, we hiked to the crest of two nearby summits in order to study the many rock layers present and how they were formed (Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic), plus to locate various fossils in the area. After our descent, it was time for dinner at Berry Hall. At night, we attended a “Birds of Prey” discussion with a real great horned owl, named Stu and participated in one crazy campfire filled with songs and laughter. Bedtime arrived and was welcomed by our young campers.
The following morning, the class went on hike starting at 6:30 and in total darkness and finishing with a most gorgeous pink and purple sunrise. Following breakfast and some clean-up duties we attended two last interest groups: Rocks/Minerals and Insects/Spiders. During these activities, we identified rocks by their characteristics and we began to understand the intricate and complicated rock cycle. In addition, the class searched for arthropods and identified their unique characteristics, then had an arthropod race! Sadly, it was already time to head back to Bend (with a civilization stop at the Madras DQ). The 4th grade overnight trip was such a success! The class learned all about Geology and more, but more importantly they learned about each other. We are quite the close knit crew.
More news… 4th graders represented the Seven Peaks’ Elementary program on March 11th at the Battle of the Books Regionals Competition in Sisters, OR. The “Reading Rockstars” team, including Finley Chapple, Madeline Hall, Allison Holdredge, Tenner Reagan and Alicia Watson, competed against and beat 4th and 5th grade teams at Seven Peaks to qualify for the Regionals competition. The Reading Rockstars shone brightly at Regionals and made it to the 3rd round of the competition. Congratulations girls!
Fourth grade has been diligently working on passing as many levels possible in our Recorder Karate unit.
Many of our 4th grade students have auditioned for and received speaking roles in our upcoming Spring Show called Summer Camp. Please encourage your student to practice their lines AND music at home via Canvas (click MUSIC from your homepage). We are very excited about this fun night, as in addition to our presentation, we will also be celebrating Beth Basham’s Retirement. Please add June 1 from 6:30-8:30 on your calendar now to join us for this very special evening.