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40 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 19 - December 25, 1997 SCHOOL &; E )UCATION Milton Middle sets sights on flight to Florida Rosanne Pack photo A planned trip to Florida in the late spring has these Milton Middle School students and sci- ence teacher Randy Redard in a travel state of mind. The science students are on a quest to raise money for the Ecoquest trip that will take the classroom into the outdoors. See related story for the names of some of those hoping to make the trip. Cape Carousel program to begin at L I5 The Cape Carousel Program, an are eligible to participate in and remembering what they see extracurricular activities The instructional time will begin at 4 p.m. and continue until 6 p.m. Students will be transported by school bus to and from Lewes Middle School and will be returned to their home schools. Courses scheduled for the Jan. 13 to Feb. 16 session for grades four and five include the follow- ing: Spanish - the course will include the use of elementary Spanish vocabulary and high fre- quency expressions. Topics will include colors, numbers, class- room objects, weather expressions and greetings. Know Your Mind - students will learn how their minds work to gather information and how to use various strategies for organizing and hear. Art Appreciation - each week, students will participate in a short lesson in the history and philoso- phy of art, and will work on three hands-on projects based on specif- ic artistic eras and related styles. Words! Music! Opera! Musi- cal Theatre! - students will partic- ipate in an action-packed course that will explore "The Magic Flute," by Mozart and more. Dance and Movement - stu- dents will use their inner emotions to express themselves in this class and will learn poise, grade and concentration while learning movements and dances from dif- ferent cultures. Nature and Me - students will learn about the unique ecosystem Continued on page 41 afterschool enrichment program for all Cape Henlopen' district stu- dents in grades four through sev- en, will begin in January at Lewes Middle School. The program is based on the "Theory of Multiple Intelli- gences," developed by Harvard University professor Howard Gardner, which indicates that there are at least eight separate intelligences and abilities. A variety of classes will be offered in one or more of these areas. Students in grades four and five will meet on Tuesdays; students in grades six and seven will meet on Thursdays: Two seven-week ses- sions will be offered in the spring of 1998 and students may attend either one or both sessions if they By Rosanne Pack There are school field trips, and there are school field trips. Some go to the zoo in Salisbury; some to the Delaware Agricultural Muse- um and the Dickinson Mansion in Dover; and then, there are the field trips to Gulf of Mexico's barrier islands, SeaWorld and the wet- lands of the Florida outback. It's the latter that a group of Mil- ton Middle School students are aiming for in the spring of 1998. It's called Ecoquest and it takes the students through a series of ecosystems, including a barrier island, wetlands, onto a key and even into a rainforest on Disney's Discovery Island. The five-day study trip is immersion in educa- tional adventure that most students only experience through the pages of textbooks. Milton Middle School science teacher Randy Redard is the insti- gator and trip coordinator for the ecoadventure, and through him, more than a dozen students are learning to dream big. Redard said that he has been aware of trips offered by Educational Field Stud- ies Inc. for some time, and he was recently encouraged to organize one for his middle school students. "Another teacher shared the information with me and suggest- ed that I try to get kids together to go next year," Redard said. "I am so excited about the possibility that our group can go; it will be an incredible opportunity and a tremendous learning experience. "Of course, the big stumbling block is the cost. We are in the midst of some fund raising and we have plans for more, "' Redard said. "We will see if there is grant money available, and I have talked to a local bank about some sup- port." The trip costs $889 per student and $1,022 per chaperone. Redard already has chaperones committed and more than a dozen students have expressed interest; some have already made a deposit. The stu- dents know that it's a long way from selling Christmas lollipops to landing in Florida, but they are determined and there's time for a lot of bake sales and car washes between now and June. Included in the students who are hoping to make the trip are Adam Nobles, Mark Broadhurst, Ken- neth Decker, Seth Blizzard, Krys- tal Burns, Cory Chunn, Scan Donovan, Ross Karsnitz, Jan Wagner, Sarah White, Domineque Scott, Amy Paczkowski, Willie Tunnal, Dominique VanClief, Joey Churchman and John Read. "We are moving to more hands- on learning in the science class- rooms, and this program directly meets the state standards for mid- dle school science," Redard said. "The program at Ecoquest is developed by teachers who tai- lored the experience so that stu- dents will feel like real scientists. They will conduct experiments, make observations and write up lab reports. "This will be a lot of fun and a tremendous experience, but it's not a vacation trip to Disney World." Looking at the daily schedule for Ecoquest, Redard said the stu- dents get up at 5:45 a.m. and set off on the adventures of the day. "They start us off with a big breakfast, and then, we are on the go all day," he said. "Everyone keeps a daily journal, there are experiments, we conduct investi- gations and there are activities related to the differing ecosystems systems. "By the time the day is over and we have a swim and dinner, I imagine everyone will fall into bed." The trip includes observing Continued on page 41 When I was a child the Christ- mas holiday was full of magic and delight. My sister and I would get bundled up in our wool coats and leggings. I can still feel the soft velvet around my neck. We had a thing known as a muff. It was fluffy like a Stuffed animal and a very beautiful thing for a young child to hold. We could sit and watch a parade for hours while keeping our hands tucked warmly in the muff. There was an annual Christmas parade that my dad took us to in Wilmington. We knew better than to ask him to buy the colorfulballoons being pushed down the street on a grocery cart, but we sat on blankets listening with big ears, eyes, and hearts to the bands, floats and fancy cars. SCHOOL JOURNAL Diane Albanese The last person in the parade was Santa. He was a splendid mass of red velvet and frothy white beard, sittfng atop a sleigh. It was a gaudy, wonderful spectacle. After the parade we went shop- ping and out to lunch. I can still remember the name of the restau- rant; The New York Restaurant. We sat at the counter on tall swiv- el stools and drank cherry cokes from real glass tumblers. Dessert was always a banana cream pie. To this day I do not think that I have" ever tasted anything so won- derful as that banana cream pie. Shopping consisted of going to Wilmington Dry Goods and pick- ing out appropriate gifts for our parents and grandparents. We shopped at a place called the 10- cent counter. Every item was 10 cents. We would buy combs or rain hats and feel as if we were really participating in the spirit of Christmas. While there is no 10- cent counter any longer, we are lucky to have places in this area that remind me of my special childhood holidays. Our children are welcome in the little stores owned by our townsfolk. The library, grocery store and pharma- cy are friendly places. Children are cherished and have a special place in our community. The Christmas parades in Mil- ton, Lewes and Rehoboth are a. celebration of childhood and all that is good about the Cape region. Students from Lewes Middle, Mil- ton Middle and Cape Henlopen High School Bands proudly marched through our little towns, bringing us the spectacular drum cadences and jolly Christmas melodies. Brownie Troops and Cub Scouts donned angels' wings and sparkly halos, bunched together on crowded floats. A BMX bicycle group, colorful clowns and little Shriner cars amused and amazed us. We recog- nized most and waved to all.. As a parent, the Christmas sea- son is still full of wonder and delight for me. It is a good time of year to take a moinent to deter- mine what is good and nurturing in our lives and to be grateful once again for children, each other and this special season. Diane Saienni Albanese is a parent and an educator in the Cape Henlopen School District and at Delaware Tech in George- town. Times may have changed, but children are still cherished