Wow! Our 7th graders had an amazing opportunity to venture beyond the four walls of the classroom and dive into God’s Creation as they attended outdoor education at the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) at Toyon Bay on Catalina island. Snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, and hands-on labs provided opportunities to explore, ask questions, and discover new information about the ocean, the island, and the plants and animals that live there.
Our very first snorkel on Monday was just the beginning of a fantastic week! The water was warm and extremely clear. Most students got to snorkel with leopard sharks, round rays, shovel-nose guitar fish, and many other fish. Other activities throughout the week included using oceanography equipment, identifying different types of plankton from the bay on digital microscopes, learning about sharks and petting them in a touch tank, observing and touching invertebrates to learn about their structure and behaviors, using inquiry strategies to explore algae in a water table and predict how scientists classify the algae, and even dissecting a squid! We also went on a night snorkel and saw tons of horn sharks, lobsters, and a huge octopus swimming along the sandy bottom of the bay!
In addition to all of the learning that took place, our 7th graders bonded and united together through activities like a whole group kayak and a rock climbing party at night. Each morning the dorm groups completed a devotion together and on the last night, the students led a worship service on the beach to praise God for his Creation and to thank Him for our opportunity to explore, learn, and enjoy time together! It truly was a week of hands-on learning and fun!
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10
For two and a half weeks this summer, St. John’s hosted 37 students from South Korea as part of an English language camp. Students learned about American culture, literature, art and STEM from our own SJLS teachers! They were assisted by students from our middle school. Many wonderful friendships and learning opportunities were made! THANK YOU to Mrs. Demarest, Mrs. G, Mrs. Fink and Mrs. Elliot for all of their hard work and enthusiasm for teach our Korean friends!
The 5th grade students and teachers wrapped up their school year by exploring the tide pools at Little Corona Beach. Before going to explore the tide pools the 5th graders studied what the tide pools are made of and the different types of animals that can be found in the tide pools. After visiting the tide pools the students then created an animal that they thought would be perfectly adapted to live in the tide pools.
By: Mr. Kyle Duport, 5th grade
The third grade class invites you to take a step back in time! Third graders experienced life in the Victorian age as they toured the Kellogg House at the Orange County Heritage Museum. They learned about Victorian architecture, tried their hand at chores like the laundry and butter churning, tried on clothes, played with old-fashioned toys, learned about some big differences in schooling, discovered how a blacksmith made nails and brands, and explored many rooms of the house.
However, their learning didn’t stop there! In the weeks after our trip, students acted as tour guides through the house. They used the app Puppet Edu to create a movie with a partner. They utilized pictures of the museum and gave detailed information about what they learned. At the end of the movie, they invited their audience to visit the museum for themselves. You, too, can take a step back in time by watching their videos! What a fun way to end a field trip, and what wonderful planning and teamwork skills the students showed as they created their videos!
By: Mrs. Elliott, 3rd grade
2nd grade field trips can sometimes take you right around the corner, and sometimes they let you travel back in time or even to space. 2nd graders have been extra busy this month, not only preparing for big events like Expression Explosion and VIP Day, but they’ve also gone on two field trips.
On Wednesday, April 18th, our 2nd graders took a walking tour to Dr. Miller’s Orthodontist office, which is literally right down the street and around the corner from our school. Dr. Miller’s staff provided six hands-on stations where the kids learned about proper dental hygiene, completed science experiments, made their own personal molds of rubber stamps using alginate and plaster, met with Dr. Miller himself, and learned about the history and usefulness of x-rays. The kids had an exciting time learning, exploring, and getting to interact with Dr. Miller’s staff.
On Friday, April 27th, our 2nd graders travelled by bus to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. There, at the museum, our kids started their day travelling back in time 3,000 years to see over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s tomb. Did you know that he was only 9 years old when he became Pharaoh? That’s quite shocking to an 8-year old 2nd grader! This special exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in Egypt and was packed full of things to see, read, watch, and ask questions about. Second graders then got to explore the many different exhibits at the Science Center, such as Tess, the 50-foot body simulator, touch tanks, air and space exhibits, and even a special exhibit called Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear. Our field trip concluded with a visit to see the Endeavour space shuttle and even included a special presentation for our St. John’s kids.
Special thanks to Dr. Miller’s office, our chaperoning parents and the Ramirez family for their help and support with these great field trips!
By: Mrs. Katie Todd, 2nd grade
Our fifth graders were able to take part in a wonderful field trip to Riley’s Farm. It is an overnight adventure where the students are Revolutionary War soldiers. They get to reenact battles and eat food that a colonial soldier would eat. They participated in training drills and writing with quill and ink. They were able to actively see some of the things that the colonists may have encountered regarding the Stamp Act and other intolerable acts that took place under British rule. The fifth graders enjoyed a rousing speech given by Patrick Henry. The students were excited to participate in this unique hands-on learning experience.