LEWISBURG — When students can’t go “Under the Sea” to explore, you bring the sea to the students.
Tri-County North School brought the Newport Aquarium to students for Elementary Family Fun Night on Thursday, March 2, and kids were able to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with sharks and penguins.
Newport Aquarium even brought stingrays to visit the students during school on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Tri-County North Elementary students have been exploring the world this year under a “Passport to Discovery” theme. To bring that theme to the school, TCN District Curriculum Coordinator Beth Manor worked with Newport Aquarium to bring aquatic animals to the students.
As part of the Passport to Discovery theme, every month the students have been studying the culture, geography, and wildlife of each of the seven continents. The planning for the recent Under the Sea event started last year, and according to Manor, they “felt that providing our school community an opportunity to see wildlife from different continents was a natural fit.”
Every school which receives federal funding is required to present activities which improve the home and school partnership. The TCN school district has been working to improve school and community engagement, according to Manor.
During the school day on Tuesday, Feb. 28, the students were treated to a half hour presentation about stingrays, followed by the opportunity to actually touch marine animal artifacts and an actual stingray.
Newport Aquarium representatives brought their mobile Stingray Tank to the school. The tank is one of a kind and cannot be found anywhere else, according to NA officials.
The Under the Sea event also featured a fish dinner, along with the actual program that evening.
During the evening, families had the opportunity to see new math program strategies the elementary began implementing during the 2015-2016 school year.
“The games are a great way for families and students to see the concrete nature of the math concepts that is a significant component of mastering Ohio’s learning standards in mathematics,” Manor said.
“Under the Sea Family Night was a huge success,” Manor added. “According to our sign-in sheets, we had 483 participants. In addition, over 90 percent of our TCNES staff volunteered at the event. We are very excited to see this number and hope to continue to offer family engagement activities that highlight and enrich our curriculum.”
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