COARSEGOLD – Like other kids around the mountains, students at Rivergold School are just getting back from Spring Break. Before that, they were busy taking academic field trips and making history.
Here’s just some of what the Hawks have been up to, lately.
8th grade students with chaperones traveled by bus and boat to Catalina Island, spending three nights and four fabulous days with Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI).
The entire class spent time kayaking and hiking around Cherry Cove and absorbing the natural field science program with every step and breath. Once at the beach, the foothill kids had a blast snorkeling in the daytime and arguably even more fun at night, despite chilly ocean temps.
At the CIMI shark tank, the matriculating class of 2014 touched various species of shark while being educated on the sharks’ watery habits. All aboard were inspired to learn about ocean ecology in open classes, even the perennial favorite, squid dissection. Kids were accompanied on their thrilling adventures by patient and fun-loving parent chaperones and teachers, along with members of the CIMI team.
Back on land, 7th graders were busy preparing for their participation in History Night, performing in a “Wax Museum” while clothed as various historical figures from the past.
“7th grade students dressed up and memorized a speech written from the perspective of their historical figure,” said Rivergold teacher Jessica Medrano. “Students then stood frozen in place until tapped on the shoulder by a member of the audience. When tapped, students would recite their speeches.”
In addition to the “Wax Museum,” Middle school language arts teacher Holly Walter directed 7th and 8th grade students in a production of “Scenes from Shakespeare.” According to Ms. Medrano, “The students were awesome.”
Pictured from History Night are Lily Kuykendall as Juliet from Romeo and Juliet; Novena Valentine and Tate Obernolte; “Royal Ladies of Europe” including Sabrina Kemper, Natalie Medrano, Hannah Flanagan, Brianna Saenz amd Adriana Padilla; and finally, Sam Lynch with Charlie Abel and Tyler Hellwig.
Lest other fine displays of talent be forgotten, the Rivergold Art Celebration theme this year was Dreams.
Students from every grade level participated, as entries were divided by grade level and art medium.
First place winners had their art displayed at Sorenson’s Gallery in Fresno.
Meanwhile, not to be outdone by their 8th grade counterparts, Rivergold 6th grade students are currently on a field trip to beautiful Calvin Crest.
Finally, families and supporters may want to save the date: Saturday, May 17 is the 5th annual Bloom Run to benefit Rivergold School Athletics Program.
For more info on the Bloom Run click here.
Special thanks to Rivergold 6th grade teacher Jessica Medrano for the story and photos.
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