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The fifth graders at Blue Ridge Elementary School completed their first art project of the new school year. Elementary art teacher Sarrah Dibble started the Prehistoric Cave Project at the beginning of September. Students have been learning about prehistoric cave paintings and creating their own. Fifth graders learned about materials that prehistoric painters used from their environment to make paint, their painting tools, and the reasons why cavemen painted caves.
Blue Ridge Elementary art teacher Sarrah Dibble and her fifth grade students in front of the “cave” they created to learn about prehistoric cave paintings.
The actual cave stands about 7 feet high, 8 feet wide and 26 feet long. The paintings were hung on a wooden structure to create a “cave-like” effect. Blue Ridge High School volunteers, Kelsie Artthofer and Jillena Bennett created an entrance for the cave while Brittany Schneider, Carissa Carpenter, and Carissa Stonier helped with hanging of the artwork. Lights were added to illuminate the students’ beautiful work. The cave was on display for the Blue Ridge Elementary Open House on September 25.
The 1958 graduating class of Elk Lake School recently held their 50th reunion. On Friday, some members attended a lunch at the new "Serfass Solarium" of the restaurant at the Elk Lake Career and Technology Center. A very nice meal was prepared and served by Donna Evans and her students in Food Management, Production and Services.
Pictured (l-r) are members of the Elk Lake School Class of 1958 at their recent reunion: front row – Donna Groover Nesmith, Carol Jones Hemenway, Christine Koeb Lathrop, Linda Shields, Alice Jones Carr, Betty Avery Wier, Gale Sheldon Thomas, Peggy McCarthy Harrison , Harold Loch; second row – Eleanor McGavin Carter, Ivah Holley Benninger, Connie Hunsinger Kopatz, Gwen Snell Warner, Janet Hoover Donahue, Wilma Button Canfield, Shirley Cavanaugh Stewart, Carol Smith Fedora; third row – Joyce Schillinger Rudzianski, Kenneth Newberry, Robert Springer, Robert Mitchell, Ronald McGavin, Robert Baker, Fred Root, Doug Hall, Alice LaRue Malone.
On Saturday morning, Dr. Bill Bush led a tour of the school for some of the members of the class of '58. The main event was a buffet at Frank and Mary's Banquet Room. Funds were collected from class members for a scholarship to be given to an Elk Lake student. All enjoyed visiting and are looking forward to the next reunion.
Blue Ridge School District participated in the Lee National Denim Day on Friday, October 3. In exchange for a $5.00 donation, a total of 114 school faculty and staff wore pink and denim to support the fight against breast cancer. Over $600 was raised and donated to this cause. Blue Ridge School District congratulates its Middle School for having 100% participation.
The classroom moved outside recently as tenth grade students at Elk Lake High School spent a morning exploring a local watershed. The students in Mrs. Alex VanDerlyke’s ecology classes spent time studying the watershed that surrounds the school. The students got a chance to explore four areas along West Creek and White Creek.
Pictured (l-r) exploring a local watershed at the Elk Lake School are: Theresa Smurkowski, Stephanie Schuler, Matt Forba, Carolyn Teetsel, David Coolbaugh.
Students collected water samples and tested them to find nitrate and ammonia levels. “The students were testing for possible contamination along the watershed,” said Mrs. VanDerlyke. “We found low ammonia, nitrate and pH levels, which means the water is pretty clean.”
The 27 students also captured, classified, counted and identified insects and other critters living along the creeks including crayfish and salamanders. “Seeing all the different animals was the best part,” said sophomore Shane Welsh. “We caught a huge salamander and learned how to test water for nitrates and ammonia. It was pretty cool.”
Elk Lake junior high school principal Brian Mallery announced the September, 2008 Students of the Month for grades seven through nine. Pictured (l-r) are: front row – Jared Kelley, Carly Herman, Alicia Smith, Allexa Schneider, Tracie Gold, Paige Parkhurst, Taylor Watkins, Rebecka Oakes, Veronica Head, Sarah Shuren; back row – Christian Sprout, Brittany Veina, Alberto Acevedo-Vasquez, Jessica Prevost, Jason Vermeulen, Junior High Principal Brian Mallery, Courtney Erat, Cooper Cole, Cameron White. Absent from photo: Josh Riscart.
Jennifer Oliver, a Penn State University student majoring in Environmental Resource Management, has been selected as a College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society Internship Award winner. A graduate of Blue Ridge High School, Jennifer is the daughter of Paul and Christine Oliver of Great Bend.
The award, which includes a $750 stipend, was established to encourage students to enroll in internship courses offered within the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Internship award winners are chosen on the basis of an internship plan, a final report on the internship, an employer evaluation and a letter of recommendation from the internship course supervisor.
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