November 14, 2016
Explore 2000’s South House went on a field experience to the American Museum of Natural
History. In the museum, students walked around gathering notes and information. I learned many things on this trip such as the various ecosystems, the layers of the ocean and the different organisms that live in it. “It was a sensational experience, learning and seeing different species in our ocean,” said Robbie, a 3rd Year student. Ths trip was unique in that we had the opportunity to learn about the creatures and their habitats.
My favorite part of this field experience was experiencing a different area of the museum. Another 3rd Year student, Serena, said “It was great to reminisce about what we learned our 1st Year and to expand my knowledge. “One thing that caught my attention was a certain display. It was on manatees. Ever since my 2nd Year, my class and I have been fascinated by manatees from our experience of hearing poems and writing about them with our teacher Mr. Dunphy.
My fellow classmates and I were also captivated by the humumgous Blue Whale model in the middle of the gallery. This field experience was a great opportunity to learn and help further our knowledge for essential questions and our ocean unit. 2nd Year student Janette stated it excellently, “This trip was very informative and a great resource for showcase.” Overall, we learned an abundance of information and hope to return soon.
Explore 2000 Middle School hosted their first mock presidential election on Monday, November 7, 2016. Students cast their ballots during their lunch periods while the 3rd Year students volunteered at the polls to help their classmates with the process. With all classes reporting in, we have a clear and decisive winner: Secretary Clinton won with 74% (78 votes), coming in second was Harambe with 6.7% (7 votes) and Republican nominee, Donald Trump, came in third with 5.7% (6 votes). It will be interesting to see how Explore’s polling numbers compare to the country.
Explore students are very interested in the election and have been learning about the process through activities that include a mock debate and primary election. Serena, 3rd year student, said, “It made me think about who I would vote for if I was eligible. I am going to register as soon as I am old enough to vote.” Amanda, 2nd year student, said, “I am going to vote when I am old enough to make sure bad things, like Donald Trump, don’t happen.” Ahmed, 2nd year student, said, “It’s a great learning experience! Because Explore is such a hands-on school, participation makes us much more interested in the outcome of the election.” Some students abstained from the vote and a few may not have taken it seriously, Harambe for President.
Over all, they enjoyed the process, learned from the experience and were glad to have their voices heard. They will be sure to discuss tomorrow’s election with their families and friends.
Explore 2000 Middle School students and staff are making strides against breast cancer! The proceeds of two Think Pink NUT (No Uniform Today) Days, donut and ribbon sales, totaling $300 were donated to “Jersey City’s Making Strides” 5k, represented by our facilitator, Frances Bermas.
Staff and students proudly wore pink while buying commemorative ribbons and donuts, with pink icing, of course!
This fundraiser was led by the Hawks, 1st year advisory as part of Explore 2000’s “adopt a cause.”