The Weekly Jr. Oiler

November 17, 2017

Environmental Science was Hands-On in Catalina

This week students in our Environmental Science elective class attended a 3-day camping trip to Catalina Island Marine Institute. Students participated in labs with digital microscopes to examine different types of plankton and microplastics in a sample of water collected from the ocean. They also explored lessons about marine invertebrates, marine mammals, and sharks where they then got to touch real live animals in touch tanks. Some of these animals included local species of sharks, octopus, anemones, lobster, crabs, sea cucumbers, sea stars and so much more.

Memorable activities also included a sunrise hike, algae art, and day and night snorkels along the bay in Catalina. Students learned non-stop and experienced camping to the fullest while participating in stewardship activities and water conservation. Other games included the ever popular "Gaga Ball," human foosball, and "long division" challenge where students use senses other than sight to find their way out of a difficult maze.

All in all, it is an experience that these students will never forget. They built stronger friendships and grew as young adults. Thank you to Mrs. Zellmer for organizing and chaperoning the trip and Mr. Joyce and Mrs. Brown for chaperoning as well.

Dwyer Is Thankful

Thanksgiving is upon us - can you believe it? As the leader of the school, I am so grateful to work with such an amazing and caring staff, students who are kind and scholarly, and families who are involved and want the best for all of us. I am also thankful to work in a forward-thinking district in my own community. Here are a few more things that we, at Dwyer, are thankful for:

"I am thankful that I can spend quality time with my family and I am also grateful for my grandparents." --Aidan C.

"I am thankful for my family and all they have provided for me." --Lyric S.

"I am thankful for wifi, food, to be an American, and for living in the best hometown." --Luke K.

"I am thankful for my family and getting to be at school to learn." --Jade H.

"I am thankful that my family is doing really well and I love my ocean view from Dwyer!" --Mrs. Miller, front office

"We are thankful for our co-workers." -- Miss Gloria, Miss Elsa, and Miss Mary Ann, cafeteria

"I am thankful for the great staff I work with and that I get to work in the community I grew up in." --Mr. Keenan, teacher

We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

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