The Weekly Jr. Oiler

February 9, 2018

Student Choice and PBL

This week, several teachers facilitated great work from our students using project-based learning (PBL). Two examples that Mrs. Glembocki was fortunate to experience were lessons in Mrs. Chacon's and Mrs. French's class.


Students in Mrs. Chacon's class watched a video of Mrs. Chacon eating Girl Scout Cookies and then doing different forms of exercise to burn off the calories. Students then logged onto Google Classroom to find their challenge - if Mrs. Chacon ate all 14 boxes of various cookies, how long would she have to walk, jog, run, or stair climb? They worked in teams to do the math and apply it to the situation. Talk about engaged learners!


In 8th Grade Science with Mrs. French, students were assigned a project where they chose a topic to relate to the chapters they already learned in first semester. Students could present with a Google Slides, video, podcast, or write a children's book. Students chose topics that were important to them including pollution, vitamins, and fire safety. Two students even related espresso to states of matter, solubility, pH levels, agriculture, and more in a project called Espresso: An Engineer's Coffee! Mrs. French wants to give Vivian Bui and Katelynn Jacobs a shout out for this awesome presentation!

Photo Contest: Tobacco's Impact in My Community

The California Tobacco Control Program’s (CTCP) invites you to enter the fifth annual Tobacco’s Impact in My Community Photo Contest. The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness about the impact that tobacco use and vaping has on California communities. The contest will highlight images submitted by Californians that “tell the story” about the negative impact that tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, have on youth and local communities.

How do I enter?
Please visit the TobaccoFree Facebook Photo Contest Landing page to submit up to three (3) photos beginning February 1, 2018 and for further contest information. Photo submissions will be displayed on the TobaccoFreeCA Facebook page, where submissions can be voted on by the public.

The deadline to submit entries is February 28, 2018.

What types of photos should I submit?
Check out our recommended categories for ideas:

  • Tobacco Advertising and Marketing
  • Secondhand Smoke/Vape
  • Tobacco/Vape Waste
  • Creative Eye - Get creative with your tobacco imagery and showcase your WOW FACTOR!

Did you say cash prizes?
Yes! The contest’s financial sponsor, American Cancer Society will provide $1,000 in cash prizes for the winning photo entries! The deadline to submit entries is 11:59 p.m. (PST) on February 28, 2018. CTCP will announce the winners by April 2, 2018. The cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

Grand: $500

Gold: $250

Silver: $150

Broze: $100

What's Happening?

February 12 - No School, Lincoln's birthday

February 13 - Boys Basketball Playoffs Round 1, 3:00PM @ Tewinkle

February 13 - Girls Volleyball Playoffs Round 1, 4PM @ Harbor Day

February 14 - Wear Pink and Red Day

February 14 - Boys Basketball Playoffs Round 2 (tentative), 3:00PM @ Tewinkle

February 14 - Girls Volleyball Playoffs Round 2 (tentative), 4PM @ Harbor Day

February 15 - Girls Volleyball Playoffs Championship (tentative), 3:45PM @ Harbor Day

February 15 - Boys Basketball Championship (tentative), 4:00PM @ Tewinkle

February 16 - Student of the Month Ceremony, 8AM in Media Center

February 16 - PTSA Meeting, 9AM in Media Center

February 19 - No School, President's Day