• Another one down, several more to go!

    Posted by Melissa Hitchcock on 4/14/2020

    Hello from the distiance learning office of the NHJ Science Lab (otherwise known as my family room!) We finished another week of distance learning and have begun out 3rd week! I hope everyone out there is getting the hang of this distance learning thing. If you are like me, you may have hit a few days where you really really missed the classroom but remember we are on this new adventure together and if you need someone to talk to I can call, Zoom, or email you anytime. I have been invited into a few class Zoom sessions with homeroom teachers and that has been great. Seeing the everyone's face is such a boost for me. If you have not participated in a video conference on Zoom with your class or with any of your friends, I highly recommend it, especially if you are feeling a little down or disconnected from school life. I know you are probably wondering or worrying about whether or not school will return to on campus learning before summer break? Well, I do not know the answer to that question yet but whatever the decision is we will make sure to end this school year in the best possible way! This week I am starting some at home gardening projects that will be documented throught the Google Classroom site. I will be showcasing my new Aerogarden to demonstrate some aweseome ways you can grow herbs and veggies indoors using aquaponics. I will also be starting the Tomatosphere project. Tomatosphere is a study of tomato seeds and how space travel has affected them....thats right...SPACE TRAVEL!!!! I have tomato seeds that have actually visited the International Space Station! I will be planting those seedlings this week and we will follow their growth in Google Classroom over the next couple weeks. I hope you are staying well and staying home. Dr. (Pickles) Bigglesworth and I miss you!

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  • End of the 1st Week of DL

    Posted by Melissa Hitchcock on 4/3/2020

    Well it is the end of the first week of distance learning. It has been bitter sweet! I love using the technology to reach students and set up new ways of communicating lessons, however, I miss your smiling faces in class! As a special area at our school I do not have just 1 class to service, instead I have every class. Unfortunately that also means it is difficult to have regular communication with every individual, but I am trying!!! I have had the opportunity to "Guest Star" in a few Zoom meetings with homeroom teachers and that has been so much fun. As of today, teachers will not be allowed back into our classrooms until everyone is on track to being safe and healthy again. I have packed a few bags of science stuff and I am ready to set up my home office. Sending all my love an positive thoughts out to the NHJ family!

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  • New Beginnings March 30, 2020

    Posted by Melissa Hitchcock on 3/30/2020

    Dear Students,

    First, I have to tell you that I miss each and everyone of you dearly. It is no fun in the Science Lab without students to ask questions, make a mess, and have fun exploring science topics.


    In case you have been wondering, Dr. Pickles Bigglesworth (our Lab tortoise) is doing well. She is spending time at home with me and enjoying daily walks in the yard and baths in the sink. I think she misses the noise of the classroom as well. 


    The fish are also doing well. We have a had a few baby fish appear which is awesome!!!


    I know things are a bit different right now in how you are expected to learn all of the things we would usually do in class, but do not fear!!! We will get through this together and I look forward to seeing you all in person sometime soon!


    For now I am developing some videos that will be posted in the Science Lab's Google Classroom. Please take part in what you can and remember there are opportunities to do science EVERYWHERE! 


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