Alex Mueller holds a gecko as Krystal Salzmann, co-owner of Gekkoniadazed, looks on.
Columbus Middle School
Once thought to be extinct, crested geckos visited the sixth-grade Columbus Catholic Middle School science classrooms recently. Kyle and Krystal from Gekkoniadazed not only brought the crested gecko, but also a gargoyle gecko, which will be laying her eggs soon, a satanic leaf tailed gecko and many others. We learned that gold dust day geckos live in Madagascar and that mourning geckos from South East Asia are all females. They reproduce through a process known as parthenogenesis in which embryos grow in eggs that have never been fertilized. The class favorite was the mossy prehensile tailed gecko. It looked like moss covered tree bark and could hang by its tail like a monkey. Presentations like this make learning fun and interactive at Columbus Catholic Middle School.
St. Joseph School, Stratford
The second-grade students at St. Joseph School in Stratford have put a lot of hard work into the Prayer Tree on the wall between first- and second-grade classrooms. This is their service project as they are beginning to think about Reconciliation and First Communion. The second-graders have been writing names on hearts and then adding them to a paper tree. Students gather every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during religion class and pray for those who are in need of prayers. Community members are invited to take a slip of paper that is attached to the wall by the tree and add a first name of someone who is in need of prayers. Students will gather around the tree and choose a prayer to say at class.
Herb Kohl Foundation award recipients
The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship Program has announced recipients of the 2013 Herb Kohl Foundation awards for students and teachers. The $1,000 awards are being made to 100 teachers, their schools and 187 graduating high school students.
? Excellence Scholars
CESA 5: Laura Josephson and Jennifer Kaiser, Marshfield High School; Alexandria Viegut, Columbus Catholic High School.
CESA 10: Jordyn Pieper, Loyal High School; and Tana Thomas, Abbotsford High School.
? Foundation Fellows
CESA 5: Jamie Jestadt, Auburndale Elementary School.
CESA 10: Glen Schraufnagel, Thorp High School; Annette Woller, Granton Elementary School; and Scott Woller, Medford Elementary School.
? Initiative Scholars
CESA 5: Chelsea Phillips, Auburndale High School.