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Aryanna McQueen feeds the classroom's fish

A school within a school

There's a school within our school, but no one learns math or English. In fact, it would be a miracle if someone did.

Rebecca Burrows and Molly Whipple’s class is raising rainbow trout and are following every stage of development from eggs to fingerlings. The project helps students learn about the trout life cycle and biology, the habitat needed for the trout’s survival, the impact of humans, and the importance of conservation.

Burrows and Whipple have made English language arts a main component of the project. Four times per week, the fourth-graders journal their observations of the fish tank water and the fish themselves. They log water test data in their journals too, such as temperature, PH, and nitrate levels. The students have also read related articles about fish and conservation.

“Learning about the trout and helping with their upkeep is definitely something they look forward to,” Whipple said. “Even when they’re virtual, they always ask how the fish are doing; we post pictures of the fish and tank so the kids can continue making their observations for their journals.”

The trout are incredibly delicate, sensitive to the most minor temperature changes and pollutants. The teachers are careful to cover the tank with plastic before leaving school each day in case the disinfectant solutions used by the custodial staff could harm the trout. 

In the wild early in their life cycles, the fish spend several weeks unable to swim, defenseless against predators. Even in the controlled environment of the classroom, only a few of the 80-100 eggs are expected to live and mature enough to be released into local fresh water this spring.

Conservation has been an important topic and further activities are planned for later in the school year to help students translate what they’ve learned in the classroom to real life behavior.

“We stressed that all the things we’re doing to keep our tank and water clean and at the perfect temperature doesn’t happen in the wild,” said Whipple. “The fish are living out there in a river or lake. So we’ve talked about concrete steps we all can take to keep the outdoors clean, something we plan to reinforce as we go on.”

This unique program is made possible through a partnership with the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford, New Jersey in association with Trout Unlimited, a national conservation group, and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. The hatchery provided the eggs at no charge.


New books celebrate diversity

Tinc Road has added books that celebrate diversity and explore the African-American experience. Classes will primarily read the books during morning meetings – a time devoted to social emotional learning which helps students develop self-awareness, social awareness, and relationship skills.

The books, chosen by each grade level team, underscore some of the messages discussed at a recent staff conference day. Before the school year began, Tyrone Howard, Ph.d, a best-selling author and renowned professor of education, discussed why race and culture matters in schools. That presentation inspired second grade teacher Laura Iacampo to find a way to bring discussions about race and diversity to the classroom during the morning SEL time. She saw a selection of appropriate Scholastic Books and asked the school's parent teacher organization to fund the purchase.

"Character education has been a key part of our curriculum for years," Iacampo said. "As educators, we always try to encourage students to embrace and love our differences. We need to understand and appreciate each other cultures so that we can come together as one big beautiful family. I want thank the PTO for supporting this initiative and so many others during the school year."

Selected books include both fiction and non-fiction titles. Among them are "Through My Eyes," an autobiographic account by civil rights icon Ruby Bridges of her experience as the first Black student to enter an all-white school, and "We've Got A Job" about the famed 1963 Birmingham Children's March.

Other storybooks include "Be You" by "The Dot" author Peter Reynolds and "New Kid," a winner of a Newbery Medal for excellence in children's literature and a Coretta Scott King Author Award. "New Kid" tells the tale of a seventh-grader who enters a prestigious private school and is one of only a few students of color there. "All Are Welcome," written for younger children, depicts a school where kids from a variety of backgrounds learn from each other and celebrate each other's traditions.


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