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Upon a review of the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast for San Diego for tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, the district will be returning all schools to a normal schedule tomorrow. Our criteria for determining the move to minimum day was based on a combination of forecasted temperatures of 95 or higher and a heat index of 103 or higher for those schools in the district which did not have 100% air conditioned classrooms. None of our schools tomorrow are forecasted to have the combination of 95+ temps/103+ heat index. We will still put into place a hot weather schedule and relocate classrooms to areas with air conditioning. Please be sure your students drink plenty of water and dress accordingly. To clarify our dress code remains in place. As a reminder Thursday, September 18th will remain a short day as planned.
Due the extremely hot weather index (projected temp of 95+ and heat index of 103+), Superintendent Marten has declared that all schools without air conditioning in all classrooms (this includes Wangenheim) will have a minimum day schedule for Monday, September 15th. Depending on the continued weather conditions, a minimum day schedule may also be called for Tuesday, September 16th. This decision will be made by noon on Monday and communicated to schools and parents via SchoolMessenger. For more information please go to www.sand.net/minimumday
School will be closed tomorrow, May 15th. Spring Open House is also canceled. Thank you for your patience as we waited for official communication this evening.
Mrs. Ryder’s 6th Grade Science Class Follows the OSL Expedition to the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch - May 2013 Have you ever heard of the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, or the GPGP? Mrs. Ryder’s 6th graders have researched that the GPGP is a very large, expansive area in the North Pacific Ocean where plastic debris has accumulated. The plastic ends up in the area called the North Pacific gyre because of ocean currents caused by the Coriolis effect. Most of the plastic in the GPGP is degraded and broken down into very small pieces, some floats and some sinks. A misconception about the GPGP is that it can be seen by satellite, or even a ship or plane—but it cannot! The plastic in the GPGP is spread out across hundreds of miles in the North Pacific gyre, according to scientists, making it more of a swirling soup than an actual “patch” that can be seen. There are many reasons why understanding this issue is important to us, and why Mrs. Ryder’s students are collaborating on solutions. One reason is that the plastics in the GPGP are beginning to outnumber plankton by as much as 6 to 1! Plastics are made of fossil fuels, oil, and other chemical components, some that are known carcinogens. Imagine the detrimental effects to ocean ecosystems and food chains if the bottom of the food chain is outnumbered by toxic plastics. Mrs. Ryder’s sixth grade science class is following a French expedition to the North Pacific Gyre to study the Great Pacific Garbage Patch! They’re following the research team online via a blog they’ve set up as they collect evidence about this swirling sea of plastic debris in our very own Pacific Ocean. The team is part of an organization titled Ocean Scientific Logistic (OSL), and their aim is to increase awareness regarding the extent of the pollution. The team collects samples of sea water to measure the ratio of plastic to plankton. They also set out several buoys with sensors to collect data on currents, temperatures, pressure, as well as sensors that detect levels of toxins in fish. This data is sent to satellites that can be tracked online. The research team visited Wangenheim on May 16th before setting sail out to the GPGP, sharing with Mrs. Ryder’s students their research goals, showing some of their equipment, and answering questions. These students are also skyping with a class of sixth graders in France who are studying the GPGP and following the same research expedition. The two classes have shared their research findings on the GPGP and experiments that have helped to understand the causes and effects of the serious situation in our oceans.
PTSA has extended the deadline to buy dance tickets. You can purchase tickets tomorrow (Tuesday) at lunch. They cost $15. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Next week is SPIRIT week. Monday 2/10 -80's day Tuesday 2/11 - Superhero Wednesday 2/12 - Plaid and flannel Thursday 2/13- Valentines themes and colors
8th Graders: Be sure to look at our Facebook album of Award Ceremony photos!
Sorry for the confusion. Here are the correct dates: Wednesday: 7th grade textbook return Thursday: 6th grade textbook return We moved them both up one day.