Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Mountain View is doing its part to help the environment. Students and staff are collecting plastic bags for recycling.
In September, the school collected 46 pounds of bags and the October accrual looks to be much higher. It’s all a prelude to the 13th annual Trex Annual Recycling Challenge. Sponsored by Trex, a manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and other outdoor materials, the program challenges schools to collect the most plastic bags between November 15 (America Recycles Day) and April 15. Schools of equal size in the same geographic area are grouped together and the school in each group with the highest collection total will receive a buddy bench made from Trex composite material.
Each month, the bags are weighed and the collection totals are reported to Trex. The plastic is then brought to designated drop-off points in the area.
In addition to helping reduce the amount of plastic that finds its way into the oceans and landfills, the program heightens the awareness of the impact of plastic on animal and marine life.
“We’re stressing the three R’s – reduce, reuse, and recycle,” said Christine Rogoff, the teacher who organized Mountain View’s participation. “It’s essential that students understand the importance of conservation and that they can make a difference.”
Collection bins are located in the office, library, and main corridor. Plastic that can be donated for recycling includes:
Last year, the Trex Annual Recycling Challenge encouraged the recycling of more than 500,000 pounds of bags.
* Source: The Center for Biological Diversity
Mountain View's holds annual fall run
The New York City Marathon is set for November 3, but Mountain View has already held its big run.
On a picture perfect day, students in grades 1-5 participated in the school's mini marathon, an annual event organized by physical education teachers Sharon Jones and Mike Schwartz. On a course set up on the back field, students in first through third grades walked or ran half a mile while students in grades four and five walked or ran a full mile. It was an event that provided students with additional exercise time beyond their 90 minutes or so of physical education per week while also allowing students to exercise outdoors with their friends.
A number of parent volunteers came out to help support the mini marathon. They helped staff the water station, ran with the students, and were stationed at flags to encourage and direct students around the course.
First-graders recently learned about Johnny Appleseed, the folk hero based on a real Revolutionary War-era nursery owner, and engaged in apple-related STEAM activities.
After reading about Johnny Appleseed in their own classes, the students were divided into four groups which took turns working at four different learning stations in the cafeteria. The kids:
– predicted whether an apple placed into a tub of water would float or sink, then tested their guesses
– estimated the number of paper clips that would fit into a drawing of an apple
– used a scale and compared the weight of an apple to the weight of everyday objects such as a stuffed animal
– counted the number of teammates who preferred red, yellow, and green apples, then graphed the results
First-graders are still learning how the world works so the hands-on activities helped them explore in a very structured way. The projects also brought together a variety of skills and subjects.
“The activities combined math, science, language arts, and social skills,” said teacher Jennifer Miller, who co-teaches a class with Tami Davieau. “The students were completely engaged and interested the entire time. And, since the groups were made up of first-graders from all the classes, they interacted with peers they normally don’t work with.”
In addition, the students completed apple activities in their own classes. Ms. Miller’s students created booklets listing facts about Johnny Appleseed, Kelly Wronko’s class solved apple math problems, and Jen Leone’s class worked on apple writing assignments.
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