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Seasons of Annunciation Blog

Mission to Mars

Posted by: Annunciation School
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Mission to Mars

Fifth grade was launched into space on their “Mission to Mars” field trip to the Challenger Learning Center in Sacramento. Assuming the roles of scientists, astronauts and engineers in simulated NASA space missions, students collaborated to solve emergencies and accomplish the mission objectives. Once their mission was accomplished it was off to the Planetarium to discover constellations, planets, and other celestial objects currently visible from the Central California region. 

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Congratulations, Science Olympiads!

Posted by: Annunciation School
Monday, March 26, 2018
Congratulations, Science Olympiads!

Congratulations to the Annunciation School Science Olympiad team for placing 10th, out of 51 teams! We are proud of your outstanding representation of Annunciation School!!

Science Olympiad inspires a passion for science and technology through collaboration and teamwork, hands-on experiences, and fun and rewarding competitions. Much like a sports team, science olympiad requires preparation, practice, commitment, and good coaching. In the months prior to the competition, these students began working with their peers and parent volunteer coaches to increase their knowledge and understanding of science concepts and to practice their problem solving skills and science applications.

This academic opportunity would not be possible without our team of staff and parents who volunteer their time and talents to help our students prepare for this rigorous event. Thank you!!

 

 

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Heart Lab

Posted by: Annunciation School
Friday, December 08, 2017
Heart Lab
The fifth grade students from Annunciation and Presentation Schools, came together in the Annunciation gym to learn about the cardiovascular system. Various stations, led by parent volunteers, provided information, visual effects and demonstrations for students to gain a better understanding of the anatomy of the heart and the circulatory system. As students rotated through the stations, they were able to view an actual heart, participate in a CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver demonstration, experience the effects of exercise on the heart, and understand the importance of a healthy diet and the dangers of smoking. Thank you to all the parent volunteers for assisting with this awesome learning experience!

Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery

Posted by: Annunciation School
Monday, November 13, 2017
Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery

Mrs. Rainwater's fourth grade class made a visit to the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery where Chinook salmon and steelhead trout are raised for release to the Mokelumne River.  During their visit, students learned about the purpose and operation of the hatchery, the biology of the salmon and trout, plus, the importance of watersheds preservation. 

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Halloween Fun!

Posted by: Annunciation School
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Halloween Fun!

Halloween on a school day can make for a challenging learning environment, but with some creative planning, our staff was able to integrate learning opportunities throughout the day to tie in with the Halloween excitement. Fifth grade worked on a STEM project that challenged students to build a tower using toothpicks and candy corn. Working together in teams, students had 15 minutes to pull together their ideas and construct the tallest freestanding tower. Fourth grade had a lesson that involved carving pumpkins. They measured and compared the size and circumference of their pumpkin to predict the number of seeds based on the pumpkins size. At the end of the day, the entire school came together for the Halloween Rally and Parade. In between the games and costume parade, students were intrigued with a variety of science experiments, executed by the mad scientists, Tessa Tube (Mrs. Rainwater) and Becca Beaker (Miss Cundiff ).  Halloween was a fun and productive day!  

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Owl Pellet Dissection

Posted by: Annunciation School
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Owl Pellet Dissection
With their rubber gloves on and their tweezers in hand, Mrs. Rainwater’s students were eager to dissect and analyze the contents of an owl pellet.  This lab project helps the students gain a better understanding of an owl’s anatomy and digestive system. The students slowly and carefully picked through the indigestible material from the owl that is too dangerous to pass through the rest of the owl’s digestive tract. Once the owl pellet was dissected, students were able to detect what appeared to be parts of skulls, leg bones, pelvis bones, and vertebrae of animals from which the owl had consumed. Great hands-on learning!

Skewer a balloon?

Posted by: Annunciation School
Monday, October 02, 2017
Skewer a balloon?

Students in Mrs. Rainwater’s science class were holding their breathe as they started to puncture their balloons with a wooden skewer - because everyone knows that a balloon’s worst enemy is a sharp object! Students learned that the rubber which makes up a balloon, consists of long strands or chains of molecules. These long strands of molecules are called polymers, and the elasticity of these polymer chains cause the rubber to stretch. The secret to this is experiment is to puncture the ends of the balloon where the rubber molecules are under the least amount of stress. Once the students discovered the secret, they could all breathe a sigh of relief! 

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The Great American Eclipse

Posted by: Annunciation School
Monday, August 21, 2017
The Great American Eclipse

Nature put on one of it’s greatest shows today as the Sun, Moon, and Earth lined up to reveal the Sun’s atmosphere, it’s corona. Even though Stockton was not in the path of totality, Annunciation students and staff eagerly watched the solar system in motion as the sun partially disappeared behind the moon. Thanks to the generous donation of eclipse glasses, our students were able to safely experience this historical event and the majestic display of God’s creation.  

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Inspiring the Innovator

Posted by: Annunciation School
Friday, May 26, 2017
Inspiring the Innovator

During their recent field trip to the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA., students in fourth, fifth, and seventh grades learned how the progress of technology and science is changing our lives. They spent the day visiting various exhibits regarding bioengineering, cyber security, and robotic coding; they watched an educational IMAX film; and they tested their creativity and problem solving skills with a variety of hands-on activities. The Tech Museum is a great place for students to explore their interests and for students to be inspired to build a better world.


 

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Reaching for the Stars

Posted by: Annunciation School
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Reaching for the Stars

Our fifth and eighth grade classes were “launched into space” at the Challenger Learning Center, located in the Powerhouse Science Center in Sacramento. Students were engaged in an interactive educational program, where they experienced the excitement of space flight simulation. Space mission scenarios presented the students with the opportunity to incorporate math, science, technology, and language arts as they collaborated to solve emergencies and accomplish the mission objectives. At the end of the day - their missions were accomplished! 

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