Two Cool Events this Weekend!

Hello!  Busy time of year (to say the least).  But there are two things happening this weekend that are directly related to our class, so I am sharing them for your consideration!

Bioblitz 2:  The Fossil Edition

This Saturday, June 15th, there is a Bioblitz at the site of the Lennox Generating Station, out near Bath.  Students who enjoyed our time at Wintergreen two weeks ago may enjoy another opportunity to pond dip or learn about bugs, bats and other critters.

But the main reason I know about this is because of fossils!   When we went to Miller Museum a few weeks back, I met with Professor Noel James,head of the Geology Department.  I’d been asking him where we might go for a rock field trip and he said, “There’s this great fossil site at the generating station we take the Queen’s students.”  He kindly helped connect me with folks there, but in the end it was going to be complicated and expensive to do it.

But Professor James will be at Bioblitz!  He’ll do a guided walk to check out this particularly awesome fossil site, normally closed off to the public!   Noel’s walk/talk starts at 9:00 a.m. but there is a whole day of nature stuff!  Here is a link to the full schedule.

The Lennox Generating Station is here:,-76.865716,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89d7dd9542eb3355:0x9c623529c91d978f!8m2!3d44.1442375!4d-76.8482065


Saturday afternoon and evening:  “Mine” at the Isabel Bader

And our own Wylder is in a show!  A rather special show, based upon the relationship between a parent and a child who plays Minecraft.  This has come up very quickly–he only auditioned in the last few weeks and rehearsals start tonight!  Check it out: the Friday show is sold out but as of this morning there were tickets for both Saturday shows.  They are going fast!



Sharing Our Music and Our Learning

Hello folks!  Not much to say about these videos.  They don’t compare to being there live, but they will give a taste of what these awesome kids have achieved over the last while.

Our Uke Concert was completely sweet.  I am hesitant to share the video, with it’s not very good sound and non-thrilling filming angle, because my main interest is in the students’ having enjoyed the learning process and the experience of sharing music.  But here it is for your enjoyment.  I was totally proud of them.



And proud?!  Oh my goodness, these projects were/are fantastic!  Thanks so much to all those who were able to make it in for our Open House.  Again, here’s a taste of the Symposium that hopefully captures how seriously the kids took it all, how proud they are of themselves.  And, by the way, how much they learned!



P.S.  Turns out these two events are orthographically linked:  we figured out last week that <music> and <museum> have the same roots!

Field Trip Photo Blast from the Past

Thanks to Melissa Hudson for accompanying so many trips this year and recording with photos!  I have been slow to get these on the blog because, frankly, it’s been a time-consuming task.  Melissa suggested this new approach in which she just puts the photos in Google Drive files and I provide the links.  You may have to cut and paste the links.  Please let me know how this works for you.

I loved looking back at all the things we’ve done this year–from way back in September to last Friday!

Little Cat Conservation Area: 

Bowling (December):

Gould Lake (January):

Miller Museum (May):

Wintergreen (May):