Float a Boat: Students Make Physics Fun

Physics 2: Students attempt to keep their boat afloat during a fun physics event June 10 at San Clemente High School. Photo: Paul Krug
Physics 2: Students attempt to keep their boat afloat during a fun physics event June 10 at San Clemente High School. Photo: Paul Krug

Under overcast skies, the San Clemente High School physics classes conducted their annual Float a Boat event last Wednesday, June 10 at the swimming pool.

Approximately 50 high school students built boats utilizing only cardboard and small plastic bottles, sealed with duct tape and raced them the length of the pool. Participating students received extra credit points toward their final grade. Additional points were awarded for speed. —Paul and Eugene Krug

Fifth-Grade Classes on Roll

RollerCoasters: As part of tradition, fifth-grade students display their roller coaster projects at Las Palmas Elementary School. Photo: Susie Lantz
RollerCoasters: As part of tradition, fifth-grade students display their roller coaster projects at Las Palmas Elementary School. Photo: Susie Lantz

Fifth-grade students at Las Palmas Elementary School conducted their annual roller coaster project with a showcase on June 16 for parents, students and staff. Students spent weeks on the project and explored design and engineering, while taking into consideration science related concepts such as gravity, potential energy and kinetic energy. —Susie Lantz

Students Receive Certificate of Completion for Two-Way Language Immersion

SpanishImmersion: Students participate in a graduation ceremony from the Spanish Immersion Program on June 16 at Bernice Ayer Middle School. Photo: Susie Lantz
SpanishImmersion: Students participate in a graduation ceremony from the Spanish Immersion Program on June 16 at Bernice Ayer Middle School. Photo: Susie Lantz

Bernice Ayer Middle School students in the Capistrano Unified School District two-way Spanish Immersion Program have completed nine years of a curriculum that began at Las Palmas Elementary School. In kindergarten the students were instructed 90 percent in Spanish with that ratio scaling down incrementally over the years—first grade 20 to 80 percent, third grade 30 to 70 percent, fourth grade 40 to 60 percent, fifth grade 50 percent.

While at Bernice Ayer, these students took three years of an accelerated Spanish class as well as academic classes including two years of social science and one year of science entirely in Spanish. The students will move on to either San Juan Hills High School or San Clemente High School where they will continue with a four-year curriculum of dual immersion Spanish.—Susie Lantz

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