Pupils present results of environmental inquiry


November 14, 1995|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THREE PHELPS LUCK Elementary School students, Melody Esmaeili, Brittany Jacoby and Aneesa Mahmud, presented the results of a two-year environmental "investigation" last month before the Regional Conference of Exemplary and Challenging Science Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Maryland's Shady Grove Campus in Montgomery County.

They shared their original problem, investigation, resources and possible solutions with the conference.

The study began as a project for their Gifted and Talented class directed by teacher Jan Brudzinski and with the guidance of Marie DeAngelis, Howard County public schools resource teacher for the Gifted and Talented program.

The subject was Jackson Pond, located in the students' East Columbia neighborhood. The third- and fourth-graders were concerned with the possible effect of pollution on animals that live in and visit the pond. They discovered that Canada geese and mallard ducks shared the area with rabbits, deer and fox.

After collecting information using media research and computers, they interviewed Charles Rodehamel, Columbia Association ecologist and manager of Columbia's open space, who explained his department's work with Columbia's ponds and lakes.

Walter Burlingham, a member of the Columbia Waterfowl Habitat Advisory Committee, organized a nature walk and gave the "investigators" tips on wildlife protection.

Global thinking

"Think Globally, Act Locally," is the theme of Owen Brown Middle School sixth- and seventh-grade students who are working on a joint reforestation conservation and recycling program.

Gina Martin, seventh-grade science team leader, and Shelley Heinz and Deloris Stark, sixth-grade teachers, are working on a joint "TREE-mendous Maryland" reforestation project studying tree planting, care and preservation.

Betsy McMillion of the county Office of Waste Management, is working with seventh-graders and teacher Patricia Hill in designing, implementing and maintaining a recycling and conservation program.

Teachers Alicia Feddor and Timothy Jean, and their eighth-grade students, working with team leader Lisa Gottlieb, are creating, building and maintaining schoolyard wildlife habitats in the garden on the school grounds.

All three programs are Student Service Learning Projects that will let students who complete three projects in middle school waive the high school graduation service requirement.

Student volunteer honored

There are so many students of all ages working very hard at school and contributing to their community, too.

Jenni Thomas, Hammond High freshman, is one of 26 volunteers honored recently by Howard County for her service to the public.

For her sixth- and seventh-grade gifted and talented project, she raised money to buy books for a Baltimore school. In seventh grade, she collected celebrities' autographs and obtained software valued at $1,600 from Compton's Encyclopedia for the auction. She has also been a volunteer with the county Department of Recreation and Parks during the past two summers.

Last year Jenni was one of five state finalists to receive the Golden Rule Award from J.C. Penney Company.

Peer mediators

Guidance counselor Pat Shiffett, Jeffers Hill Elementary School, has announced the selection of students Jatinc Shah, Meredith Brenner, Kristin Livingston, Jason Ligon, Grace Pathson, Brittany North, Rebecca Heebc, Chanel Vanderhorst and Tiara Snowden as Peer Mediators for the student body.

It is their responsibility to negotiate minor incidents and disagreements between students.

'Math Mania'

"Math Mania" at Stevens Forest Elementary School has everyone counting everything.

Students on four teams who answered all questions correctly were:

Sassafras Team: Alex Douyon, Kenny Gillespie and James Pittiglio; Oak Team: Dean Schroyer, Daniel Berman, Shannon Gratz, Victoria Silva, Brittany Borish, Aron Archer, Emily Birzak and Zachary Lyon.

Dogwood Team: Jenna Berge, Kazim Lakhani, Tyler Selby, Krystle Kinsey, Peter Linton, Amanda Mezei, Leanne Estabrook and Paige Walter; and Tulip Team: Michelle Estabrook, Jennifer Thorns, Carly Dubick, Keith Trahan, Lauren Kaufmann, Francis Archer, Kelly Walbert, Megan Cable, Laura Hamilton and Tully Murray.

Assistant manager named

Welcome to Glenda Faye Harris who has been named assistant branch manager at the Oakland Mills branch of the Columbia Bank.

Faye has lived in Columbia for 12 years and has been affiliated with the bank for seven years. Her daughter, Faith, attends school in Long Reach Village.

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