Day 28: Being YS Well – The Stall Street Journal


A big initiative this past year has been to encourage staff and students to be YS-Well (York Suburban Well). There is a great bulletin board near the gym with teacher photos and what WE do to stay healthy (eat right and exercise seems to be the common thread, although I added that humor and fun are just as important). The best were these posters in the bathrooms. What a clever idea!

Day 27: The Funky Chicken

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Sometimes Most of the time teenagers amaze me. Our high school of about 900 students has an amazing homecoming weekend. Thursday night includes powderpuff football, a parade and a bonfire. Friday is a pep rally and the game. Saturday is the dance. All of this is planned and executed by a student council of about 60 students with some help from their advisers. At the pep rally the students show such great spirit. When they do the Trojan Rumble, they all do it. When they do the Funky Chicken, even the elementary students who serve as prince and princess, know it! Click here for the video.

Day 26: Galileo Revisited


Galileo would be proud as IS II students do an activity “similar” to his inclined plane experiment. The real rationale is to have the students plan and conduct an investigation with a clear independent (angle of ramp) and dependent variable (time), a set of constants, reliable data, some calculations, a procedure, a materials list, a hypothesis, an analysis section that includes a graph done with Logger Pro, and a conclusion. I give them the “bones” of the report on a shared Google doc and they make it their own. They must insert at least one photo. They worked on the first lab report collaboratively and for this one they work as a group but write up the report on their own. By the way – thank you iOS7 for a stopwatch that now records to the 0.01 seconds.

Day 25: Sports Drink Analysis


What is in a sports drink? IS I students are analyzing a mystery sports drink for presence of sugar, electrolytes, and dissolved solids. Student shown here displays the results of the Benedict’s test for monosaccharides. Tomorrow they will use Logger Pro and conductivity probes to test for electrolytes and evaporating dishes to figure out % dissolved solids.

Day 24: Need for Speed


A quick discussion of speed vs velocity and off we go to time how long it takes cars to pass between two trees 14 meters apart. Students then calculated speed in m/s and then converted to mph. After one lengthy factor label problem I showed them that 1 m/s ~ 2.24 mph. This is in preparation for a ball and ramp lab that closely mimics Galileo’s inclined plane experiment.

Day 22: Locker Decorations

Impressed with our students when they decorate other’s lockers and impressed that students don’t mess with the decorations. The birthday ones are the best, but sometimes they are just notes of support or encouragement. Here are some I photographed today.


Birthday – Zombie theme (inside had “bloody” box with a heart in it.


18th birthday


Senior Buddies – not sure what this is all about.


Booster Club did these!


Some are quite elaborate. 🙂