STEM Spotlight

Whitlow Elementary

Our Story

" My vision is for Whitlow to be the first school in Forsyth County to become STEM certified." We have been purposeful in our efforts for several years and it is with great pride that I share with you that we are ready to apply for this certification this school year! The purpose of this newsletter is to share my passion for STEM and the foundation that passion is built on along with informing you about current events, activities and lessons going on in our school and in our community that support this goal. Join us in preparing our students for the future. " That's where the jobs of tomorrow will be." Data from the U. S Bureau of Labor supports this assertion. Employment opportunities in occupations related to STEM ( science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are projected to grow more than 9 million between 2012-2022. This is what fuels our fire and is the reason why our staff is committed to these efforts, will you join us?

Dr. Lynne Castleberry


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Think Global Act Local

This school year each grade level will be participating in a STEM project. This project is linked to the standards and consists of working on solving a problem or project that will make our community better. If your job is in these areas and/or your business can support our efforts please contact us as we would love to have you work beside us on these efforts.

Kindergarten: “What’s Growing in the Garden?”

Kindergarten is learning about plants, and gardening. They are currently growing carrots in the garden, and will be charting their growth. In a few weeks, we will pull them out of the ground, and do some observations. We will also be taste testing our wonderful carrots. Contact person: Carla Mitchell

First Grade: ” What's Living in the garden?"

This project will give learners many opportunities to participate in hands on inquiry(ask, imagine, plan, create and improve) describe scientific data, as they plan simple investigations in order to understand what is happening in their garden through out the year. Students will be participating in virtual field trip experiences, working with community experts as well as providing information (data) related to their garden inquiries. Contact person is Dedra Kirkland

Second Grade: Howling about Habitats!

Our second grade project for the year is all about animals and their habitats. During our first go day we are focusing on frogs and toads. Other topics we are investigating later in the school year are birds, owls, bats, bees and any other wild animal . Contact person: Keith Furstenberg and Natalie Heil

Third Grade: “Rockin’ and Rollin’”!!

As we guide our students into becoming global thinkers and local leaders, we are taking an erosion control challenge. We will be locating areas in our school where erosion is causing a problem. Using the engineering design process, we will design a solution and test it to determine its effectiveness with the help of community experts. We will be taking a field trip to the Dahlonega Gold Mines to pan for gold and sift through different types of rocks. Contact person" Vicki Sexton

Fourth Grade: “Composting Craze” Contact Brenda Mahoney

Fourth Grade is tackling waste head on.....they are encouraging each other to not waste their lunch by eating their lunch and keeping it out of the garbage. If by chance there is organic waste they are making sure it gets to the compost bin. 4th grade is also designing worm compost bins so that they can make the most of the organic waste, black gold is their mission. Mr. Black and his staff are working with 4th grade to keep the cafeteria's organic waste out of the garbage as well.

Fifth Grade: River's Alive!

We are working on River’s Alive and having every 5th grade student become stream certified. This means they may participate in any stream monitoring once they have their certification. Students are learning about watershed management and how pollution affects everyone, even all the way to the oceans. If anyone has contacts or organizations in this area who would be interested in giving some of their time to work with our 5th grade students please contact Amanda Meadows a

Community Events

Community activities

Fall Festivals-Gibbs Garden

Oct. 2-3, 10-11-Waterlily Festival

Oct. 17-18, 24-25-Japanese Arts and Cultural Festival

Nov. 7-8, 14-15-Japanese Maple Festival

National Hunting and Fishing Day


WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 9am to 1pm

WHERE: The Lower Pool Park, Below Buford Dam

WHO: All Kids Age 15 & Under - Must be accompanied by an adult



Forsyth Central High School Track

Sunday, October 18 • Fee $5.00 per child

Registration: 12 – 1 pm • Events: 1 – 5 pm

Best Me

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