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34 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 24 - March 30, 2000 SCHOOL & EDUCATION Submlned photo Rehoboth Cooperative Preschoolers enjoy music class Students in the 3-year-old class at Rehoboth Cooperative Preschool enjoy musical enrich- ment provided by Miss Debbie Kee of Keenote Music. The preschool is now enrolling 2-, 3- and 4-year-old students for the 2000-2001 school year. For registration information, call 227-2242. Keenote Music offers weekly music camps during the summer. For camp information, call 422-0222. Shown back row are (l-r) Hanna Strick, Kayleigh Murphy, Terrance McMahon, Chase Evans, Sydney Smyk, Taylor Hardy, Rebecca Linder and Cadie Dawson; front row, Christian Prestipino, Casey Morris, Kee, Austin MacCoy and Camryn Bernheimer. Cape students can apply for Wescoat scholarships Members of the Cape Henlopen High School graduating class of 2000 and former graduates who wish to be considered for financial aid from the Wescoat Scholarship Fund are invited to secure applica- tions from the Cape Henlopen High School guidance office. Completed application forms should be mailed to the Wescoat Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 464, Lewes, DE 19958. This year's deadline for the filling of application is noon, Monday, April 24. The will of the late Louise Wescoat rHommedieu of Lewes states that the committee to administer the fund will be com- posed of the rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church of Lewes, the current superintendent of schools in the local district and the mayor of Lewes. This will be the twenty-sixth year that the fund will benefit col- lege-bound students from Cape Henlopen High School. The awards are available to worthy and needy graduates of the high school, but not necessarily to those graduates who have attained the highest educational School rat- ing during their high school expe- rience. Those who can benefit are indi- viduals who plan to attend accred- ited colleges or universities in the United States. To date, it has been possible for the committee to provide 103 scholarships, each in the amount of at least $500. The number and amount of the scholarships are dependent upon the cash balance in the fund. Lewes Middle School seeks nominations for Teacher of the Year Lewes Middle School is accepting nomi- nations for its building Teacher of the Year through March 28. This process provides an opportunity for students, parents, staff and friends of LMS to nominate and recognize an outstanding LMS teacher. The completed registration form is due to Margaret Peck, principal, by 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 28. It is mission of the State Teacher of the Year program to recognize and honor the contributions of Delaware's classroom teachers. The program objective is to identify from among the district teachers of the year, the one individual to present the message that education and the public need to hear con- cerning educational needs for student achievement and continued success. Nominees should be skillful and dedicat- ed classroom teachers who plan to continue as teachers. Librarians may be considered if they spend most of their day instructing children. Personnel whose main responsi- bilities are administrative or supportive such as principals and guidance counselors are not eligible. Nominees should have the respect and admiration of students, parents and cowork- ers. They should play active and useful roles in their communities as well as in their schools. They should be poised and articu- late and have the energy and composure to be able to withstand a busy schedule. The most important qualification is the ability to inspire a love of learning and to motivate all students to be lifelong learners. To nominate a teacher, send in a letter with his or her name, grade and subject taught, and a description in 200 words or less why the nominee should be considered for Teacher of the Year. The description should include specific qualities that sup- port the nomination of an outstanding teacher. The letter must be signed by the nominator. Students use scientific methods to solve problems There is no need to worry about the future. The next generation will pick up the ball and run with it, so to speak. They are creative, inventive and analytic, as wit- nessed at the Sussex County Science Fair last week. Great minds are at work. Over 180 students participated from Cape Henlopen, Delmar, Indian River, Milford and Seaford school districts, With 145 entries in all. The approach is to use the scientific method to solve a prob- lem. Imagine getting answers to life's most pressing issues! Here is a short sample of the problems and the results as tested by very capable middle and high school students. Do students who participate in sports get higher grades while that sport is in season? Yes. What bubble gum flavor lasts the longest? Extra, of course! Are blondes really less bright than brunettes (dumb blonde hypothesis tested)? No, can't SCHOOL JOURNAL Diane Albanese prove that here. Does smell affect taste? Yes. Do font styles matter in learn- ing and retaining material? Yes. Times New Roman was the best. Which paintball is the best? Proball. Does the freshwater intrusion from Lewes Wastewater Treatment facility have a negative effect on Lewes Canal ecosystem? No effect; the saltwater was not disrupted. Which cleans better, Pine Sol or vinegar? Pine Sol. Do Tulisi and tumeric have antiseptic properties? Yes, both had a measurable effect on staph and strep. Some of the experiments were useful. Which laundry detergent gets clothes whiter? Do different bleaches remove less color from clothing? Which types of milk will go sour first if not refrigerat- ed? Does the depth of a pool affect how fast a person swims? Some experiments were whim- sical. What's the hottest Hot Wheels car? Do types of video games affect people's heart rate? According to distance, what is the best golf ball? Do vitamins improve the brain power of mice? .Some questions you may be sorry you asked. How much bac- teria is in an animal's mouth? Does 'lite' really mean low-fat? Is our water safe to drink? There was one display called Alzheimer's Alumni and though I visited it, I just can't remember the details. Oh, well. Students demonstrated real con- cern for the larger issues of our world by taking on some environ- mental issues. What section of Lewes produces the most air pol- lution under certain weather con- ditions? Which fertilizer is better: chicken or horse manure for hydroponically growing soy- beans? Soils and their effect on purifying pollution in water. Other students studied the effects of hunger on food hoard- ing in gerbils. Engineering types studied bridge design and capaci- ty and what packaging best pro- tects large, shipped items? There were cash prizes for stu- dents who won: first place, $125; second place, $75; third place, $50; and honorable mention, $25. These students get to go to the regional competition. The Science Fair competition is friendly and serves the education- al needs of the student well. They have an opportunity to be thought- ful and creative, garner support outside the classroom, and win recognition for good work. All of this would not be possi- ble without the support of Delaware Technical and Community College under the direction of K. Ryan Brown, the steering committee chairperson. Cape teachers Jane Brandt, Rob Schroeder and Bill Geppert deserve much credit for fostering an appreciation for science and helping students work through this process. The American Association of University Women, Grotto's Pizza, Pepsi and Tidewater Utilities helped make this event a reality. Diane Albanese is a parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District.