Presentation on theme: "The Maryland Green School Application"— Presentation transcript:
1The Maryland Green School Application College Gardens Elementary School1700 Yale PlaceRockville, MD 20850
2Brief Summary: CGES Green Culture College Gardens is a unique, passionate school that encourages students, staff, and parents to make the world a better, cleaner place. Students inquire into humans’ responsibilities to conserve natural resources, care for the environment, and take action towards making Earth a healthy place to live.
3Top 5 Proudest Accomplishments To share the importance of protecting the environment, in both 2011, 2012, and 2013, the fifth grade has completed a unit focused on sharing our planet. Each group completes a final product that is shared with the community.Each year, students in 5th grade volunteer to collect recyclable materials from classrooms twice a week.The 4th grade team, with the help of the ESOL teacher and supporting staff, organized and implemented the Chesapeake Bay field trip for all 4th graders, teaching students about the importance of taking care of our natural resources.The 2nd grade created and performed their own version of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. All grade levels had the opportunity to see the performance.Students, staff, and parents participated in CGES Beautification Day, cleaning up the College Gardens campus and showing support for environmental awareness.
4Environmental Issue Instruction Grade LevelLessonSlide NumberKindergarten and Austism Classes-Rules, Roles, and Responsibilities: Recycling-Our Changing World: environmental walk-”What's On Your Plate”-”Survival of the Fittest”-”To Market, To Market”7891011First Grade-Trash Walk-How can we Help?-Past, Present, Future Murals about pollution-Helping the Earth posters-Croyden Creek Field Trip-City of Rockville sapling presentation for Arbor Day121314151617
6Environmental Issue Instruction Grade LevelLessonSlide NumberFourth Grade-Chesapeake Bay field trip-Declaration of Interdependence-Ecosystems293031Fifth Grade-Study of Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition-Hydroelectric Power-Exhibition323334
7Kindergarten Rules, Roles, and Responsibilities Students inquire into recycling as an individual, a school, and a community to see that recycling is a rule, role and a responsibility for all citizens.
8Kindergarten “Our Changing World” Kindergarten students learned about taking care of the environment as it changes throughout the seasons and the years. Students participated in an environmental walk outside on school grounds to observe the land, trees, plants, and seasons. Students also walked to the pond to monitor the changing levels of water and predict the causes.
9Kindergarten: “What's On Your Plate” Students inquired into the connection between agriculture within the community and the environment.
10Kindergarten: “Survival of the Fittest” Students inquire into how habitats around the world are affected by pollution and trash. After their inquiry, kindergarten students take action by exploring ways to prevent pollution in different habitats.
11Kindergarten: “To Market to Market” During this unit of inquiry, kindergarten students inquire into natural resources from the local community and how those resources help the environment and economy.
12First Grade: Trash Walk After inquiring about pollution and the environment, students took a walk around the school to find trash that was outside of the school. Students then came up with ways that they could help take care of the environments, and promote at school.
13How Can we Help?Students went around the school to look for classrooms with lights on when no one was in the room, recycled materials in the trash cans, and computers and Promethean Boards left on. Students then created posters to give to teachers and spoke to classes about the importance of saving energy and recycling.
14First Grade: MuralsStudents created murals after inquiring into the effect pollution has on the environment. Their murals showed the environment in the past, the present, and future, if people don’t take care of the environment.
15Helping the Earth Posters The students made posters for other grade-level classrooms. The posters helped teach other children about taking action to help the environment.
16First Grade: Croydon Creek The field trip was about weather (forecaster soup), and what makes different kind of weather. Students also took a nature walk and made observation about living and non-living things found in the nature; how the dead plants and organism help the nature. They observed the plants and animals (smaller ones) found in our surroundings. They also discussed how could we tell if the wind is blowing and what instruments can be used to measure temperature and rainfall, and also how we can tell what directions the wind is coming from.
17City of Rockville Sapling Presentation Each year, the City of Rockville presents saplings to first graders in honor or Arbor Day. Students are encouraged to take the saplings home and plant them somewhere.Picture??
18Second Grade: Natural Resources Walk Second graders learned about different properties of natural resources (like rocks and soil). Students took a walk around the school to locate different types of rocks. They used these rocks in class to discuss their observable properties.
19Second Grade: “The Lorax” The second graders performed the play, The Lorax for the whole school. They acted and sang about saving the environment. Adapted from the Dr. Seuss book.
20Second Grade: Brookside Butterfly Gardens Students visited a live butterfly exhibit and learned about the characteristics of butterflies.
21Second Grade: Planet Patrol During a unit of inquiry under the theme Sharing the Planet, students inquired into the reasons to protect the environment and global problems that impact the earth and people. Some students made posters to inform others about reasons for protecting the environment.
22Second Grade: Global Problems Research and Presentations As part of “Planet Patrol,” students researched about the effects of global problems and made a presentation to share with others.
23Second Grade: “The Environmental Show” The second grade class performed a musical about a rock band that learns to recycle.
24Second Grade: Butterfly Basics In conjunction with their study of The Cycle of Life, second grade students learned about butterfly behavior and habitat needs and created a butterfly habitat. The students researched how all living organisms change and adapt to their environment. They also examined seeds under microscopes and compared the basic needs of five different organisms.Please see the Habitat Restoration section for information about the school’s butterfly garden.
25Second Grade: Butterfly Release We raised painted lady butterflies and kept an observation journal of the different stages of their life cycle. We researched how different animal use adaptations to help them survive.
26Third Grade: Animal classification Students learned about the different classes of animals and different types of plants. The students participated in a hands on learning experience with reptiles. The students researches an animal class and taught other students about that class through a variety of projects and then took action to help endangered species.
27Third Grade: Energy Unit Students learned about energy choices. They compare and contrast energy choices from around the world. They created websites to share their new learnings.
28Third Grade: Brookside Gardens Field Trip Students investigated how maple syrup is created. They observe the process of maple sugaring. They learn about the different types of trees that can make maple sugar and how those trees produce sugar.
29Fourth Grade: Field Trip to the Chesapeake Bay As part of the 4th grade unit of inquiry focused on inquiring into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things, the 4th grade took a field trip to the Chesapeake Bay. With the help of parents and CGES staff, the students rotated through 4 stations during the trip, learning about the bay and the impact humans can have, positive and negative, on the bay.
30Fourth Grade: Declaration of Interdependence During this unit of inquiry, under the theme Sharing the Planet, students inquired into essentials for survival, the relationships between adaptations and environment, and human actions that impact the environment. The central idea of this unit was for students to gain an understanding that living and non-living things are interdependent within an ecosystem. As a summative project, students created articles explaining the human impact on environments around the world and what humans can do to reduce their negative impact on those environments.
31Fourth Grade: Ecosystems The students researched biomes around the world. They learned about the living and non-living parts of each biome. They identified flora and fauna of their biome and discussed characteristics unique to their biome. They then presented their information to the class.Each class created 6-7 ecosystems to observe.
325th Grade: Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition In 5th grade, students explore various ways the surface of the Earth can change. Students participate in explorations into weathering, erosion, and deposition and discover the global importance of learning about these topics.
335ht Grade: Renewable Energy Sources – Hydroelectric Power 5th graders inquire into the ways energy can be conserved. Students read and learn about various forms of renewable energy, including hydroelectric power.
34Fifth Grade: Exhibition As a culminating event, 5th graders spend six-weeks researching a topic related to the PYP theme “Sharing the Planet.” At the end of the six-week research period, they present their findings at the community Exhibition, an event attended by school board members, community members, staff, and other students. Direct actions resulting from these efforts include fundraising, collection items, student-generated lessons that were shared with younger grades levels, and tips on the announcements.
35School-Wide Environmental Behavior Changes ProjectGroups InvolvedDescriptionSlide NumberPTA Wednesday FoldersElectronic option – PTA and ParentsParents given option to receive electronic communication36SinksEntire SchoolSinks use automatic sensor to turn on and off37Trash CompactorBuilding ServicesReduce the volume of trash.38Air Hand DryersEliminates use of paper towels.39Recycling Receptacles on CampusTrash and recycling containers available on playground, by the front doors of the school, and at the entrance to the gym40Solar PanelsMCPSSolar Panels were installed on the new school41LightsWhole SchoolLight bulbs taken out to conserve energy42Rocks of RoofUsed to help filter runoff and prevent problems with clogging gutters43
36PTA Wednesday FoldersAn option was given to all families to receive communication from the PTA in electronic format instead of the usual paper copy. The red indicates families opting to have everything delivered electronically.Green – 465 students (youngest children: receive all papers)Yellow – 107 students (older siblings: only receive specific, grade-level materials)Red – 307 students (Receive everything electronically)
37SinksAutomatic shut off on sinks to conserve water usage.
38Trash CompactorCollege Gardens uses a trash compactor for waste management and to minimize volume of trash.
39Air Hand DryersAir Hand Dryers were installed in all the bathrooms to eliminate paper towel usage in student bathrooms.
40Recycling Receptacles Recycling Bins and Trash Cans on the playground, by the front doors of the school, and next to the gymnasium entrance
41Solar PanelsSolar panels on the school’s roof help the building conserve energy.
42LightsThe building service team has removed some fluorescent bulbs from lights in the office and hallway to conserve energy. Steps are being taken to continue this process throughout the entire school.
43Rocks on RoofRocks are used on the roof to reflect sunlight and help filter residue like leaves from the rain.
44Professional Development TeacherPositionTrainingSlide NumberAli Wade4th GradeChesapeake Bay Field Trip Training: September, 201346CharleneHernandezChesapeake Bay Field Trip TrainingSeptember, 2013Ashley JohnsonJennifer HarrisYvonne ParhamTong YaoWendy EldredHands on Energy Literacy, March 12, 201447Global Changes, Local Impacts: The National Climate Assessment, April 16, 2013
45Professional Development TeacherPositionTrainingSlide NumberALLVertical Staff Meeting: April 2448Staff Meeting Green School Application update: March 4, 201349Grade Level TeamsGrade-level meetings: Green School Application update: March 6, 201450Christine Hafer2nd GradeNSTA Convention51
46Chesapeake Bay Field Trip Training Former MCPS employee trains 4th grade team to facilitate Chesapeake Bay field trip
47Webinars Hands on Energy Literacy Jennifer Harris Global Changes, Local Impacts: The National Climate Assessment
48Staff MeetingsVertical Staff Meeting 4/24Staff members collaborated to discuss our school’s environmentally-themed units of inquiry. Discussion involved coverage of multiple environmental topics being addressed in all grade levels through our sharing the planet themed units of inquiry.17 teachers at CGES were officially trained as a WeatherBug Educator. See sample (right) of the certificates that we all received.image of unit planners from sharing the planet or image from dian staff involved
49Green School Application update 3/4/13 Jennifer Harris, Green school committee chair, spoke to staff members about our upcoming green school application and asked for volunteers to help put together documentation from the past year’s school related environmental teaching and learning.pull up staff meeting agenda and add green school update
50Grade level Staff meeting for green school application update March 6, 2014 Green School committee reached out to staff to document grade level specific lessons that were taught relating to the environment.from Rachel and jen reminding staff to send pics
51NSTA National Conference San Antonio, TexasApril, 2013Christine Hafer – 2nd GradeSessions included:-Soils: More than Dirt Under Your Feet-Oil Spill: Solving a Real-World Problem-Inquiry in the Garden: Integrating Open-ended, Living Projects in Science Teaching and LearningAdd certificate from Christine Hafer
52Celebrations Celebration Groups Involved Activity Slide Number Arbor Day1st gradeReceive trees from City of Rockville, Singing Earth Day Rap, and reading speeches about saving our environment.53Morning Announcements5th grade Recycling TeamMorning announcements to encourage recycling54Earth HourWhole SchoolSchool-Wide and Community-Wide awareness of conserving energy by turning off all electronics for an hour55Walk-To-School Day“Walking School Buses”56Annual Sert Poster ContestFirst GradersStudents annually participate in SERT poster contest –annually57Earth Day CelebrationsSecond Graders2nd Grade students celebrated Earth Day by creating posters and other items to teach about saving the Earth.58
53Celebrations: Arbor Day Students celebrated Arbor Day with the city of Rockville presenting them with trees to plant. Students sang Earth Day song and read speeches about helping the environment.Change picture to arbor tree picture or add first grade rap instead.
54Celebrations: Morning Announcements “Students please remember to place your recycling in the correct container.”“Remember to conserve energy when your using the computer lab use the lamps instead of the lab lights.”“ When you leave your classroom make sure that you turn off the lights.”The recycling team of students announces energy saving/ conservation tips on the morning announcements during the month of March.
55Earth HourNext year, the school will announce Earth hour and send a parent phone call and includes information on the website to remind families to turn off all electronics on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 8:30-9:30pm. Students will also share information about Earth Hour on the morning announcements. Earth Hour will be placed on the school’s master calendar.
56We Celebrate International Walk to School Day Staff, students, and parents joined together to walk to school on October 3rd, 2013.
57Sert Poster ContestFirst graders create posters annually for the SERT poster contest. The posters are themed with energy saving tips.
58Earth Day April 22, 2013Second graders created posters, t-shirts, bookmarks, etc. to share with other grade levels tips on taking care of the environment.
59Best Management Practices Solid Waste ReductionGreen Team monitors school-wide recycling binsNo-waste lunches60-62Water Conservation and Pollution PreventionWater conservation signsAutomatic Sinks5th Grade Water Crisis ActivityCGES Beautification Day litter pick-up63-65Energy ConservationClassroom jobs to save energyEnergy Saving tips on morning announcementsStudents monitor use of lights in classroom66-69Habitat RestorationStudents tend courtyard butterfly garden70-72Structures for Environmental LearningEdible Garden3rd Grade Teaching others about Solar Power using CGES Solar Panels73-75
60Environmental Best Management Practices: Solid Waste Reduction ProjectGroups InvolvedDescriptionSlide NumberLunchroom RecyclingEntire SchoolRecycling containers are available throughout the lunchroom.Hallway RecyclingRecycling containers are easily accessible in the hallways. Fifth graders empty the containers.Make a more positive statement about what students are doing and student leadership
61Recycling in the Lunch Room Each day at the end of the lunch period, students work together to sort items that can be recycled. Some items collected include plastic milk bottles, styrofoam trays, and plastic lunch containers.
62Best Management Practices: Solid Waste Reduction – 5th Grade Recycling Team A group of 5th Grade students organize collecting recycled materials from classrooms twice a week.
63Environmental Best Management Practices: Water Conservation/Pollution Prevention ProjectGroups InvolvedDescriptionSlide NumberWater Crisis Exhibition Group5th Grade Small Group5th grade small group action piece teaching 1st graders about water crisisCGES Beautification DaySchool staff, parents, and studentsStudents patrolled the grounds for litter.
64Water Crisis: A 5th Grade Exhibition Group teaches 1st Graders As their exhibition project, a group of 5th grade students inquired into the water crisis and learned about actions that can be taken to help. The 5th graders chose to create a collection of activities to support teaching younger students about the water crisis.
65CGES Beautification Day Staff, students, and parents joined together to help clean up the College Gardens’ campus. Volunteers picked up trash in the parking lots and on the school grounds. Collecting these materials prevents them from returning to our water supply by way of storm drain.
66Environmental Best Management Practices: Energy Conservation ProjectGroups InvolvedDescriptionSlide NumberSERT Energy Conservation Poster ContestC-Team and Whole SchoolPoster were created by students and an award went to the best poster for recyclingClassroom Jobs to conserve energyIndividual Classrooms/StudentsClassrooms create jobs where students monitor the lights, computers, and promethean boardC-Team hallway monitorsC-TeamMonitor hallways throughout the building for recyclingLamps in Computer LabAll studentsLamps were installed in computer lab to reduce energy used
67SERT Poster Contest Participation Best Management Practices: Energy Conservation SERT Poster Contest ParticipationSERT Poster Contest ParticipationStudents created posters to encourage environmental change.
68Best Management Practices: Energy Conservation Classroom Jobs Students in classrooms monitor energy use by making sure computers, lights, and Promethean Boards are turned off when they are not in use.Students recognize when lights are not needed as sunlight provides ample light in classrooms.
69Best Management Practices: Energy Conservation Lamps installed and used in computer lab to reduce energy usage. Students continuously encourage teachers to turn off overhead lights and use the lamps.
70Best Management Practices: Habitat Restoration ProjectGroups InvolvedDescriptionSlide NumberTree PlantingGirl Scout troop and Mayor of RockvilleTree planting on playgroundButterfly GardenGirl Scout Troop of CGES 4th gradersStudents are maintaining a butterfly garden in courtyard.
71Tree PlantingThe City of Rockville, along with the city’s Mayor, worked with a girl scout troop to plant a tree in the playground area. Stacey Rogovoy, the principal at College Gardens Elementary School, spoke and the 5th Grade chorus sang at the ceremony. MCPS and local news attended. This continued effort to improve the habitat around College Gardens shows the school’s commitment to the environment.
72Best Management Practices: Habitat Restoration Butterfly Garden A girl scout troop has continued with maintenance of the butterfly garden found in the courtyard of our school. Students from this troop water the plants in the garden, pull up weeds, remove old mulch, and add new mulch.
73Best Management Practices: Structures for Environmental Learning ProjectGroups InvolvedDescriptionSlide NumberEdible Garden PlanningStaff, students, and parentsPlans put into place to build an edible garden for the courtyardEducational activities related to green building (solar panels)3rd Grade teachers and students3rd Grade unit of inquiry related to reusable energy
74Best Management Practices: Structures for Environmental Learning Planning For Edible Garden Staff members, parents, and students discussed the idea of creating an edible garden in the courtyard. Resources about edible gardens and planting tables were gathered. Talks are still on-going as this is something that CGES is looking forward to following through with in the future.Beginning to kill the grass!
75Best Management Practices: Structures for Environmental Learning 3rd Grade Lessons Related to CGES Solar Panels 3rd graders learned about renewable energy, relating their new knowledge to the school’s use of solar panels. The students then created various materials, such as websites, to help teach other students in the school about the importance of using renewable energy sources.
76Community Partnerships Groups InvolvedProjectDescriptionSlide NumberGirl ScoutsButterfly GardenMaintaining Butterfly Garden77Gaithersburg Police DepartmentPublic Safety PresentationA Gaithersburg police officer went to a third grade classroom to discuss public safety.78Professionals from CommunityScience ExpoStaff coordinated with parents and other professionals within the community to facilitate science discourse during expo.79PTA, Students, and StaffEdible GardenStaff members communicated with parents about starting an edible garden in school courtyard.80City of Rockville Council Member and 3rd GradeStorm Water PondCouncil Member spoke to 3rd grade about the storm water pond and its involvement with environmental concerns.81NOAA- John SwallowCharting and Monitoring waterways and oceansParent of 4th grade student spoke to 4th grade class about the importance of monitoring the changes in the oceans of the world.82Audubon Naturalist Society – GreenKids - Gregg TrillingGreen Kids Program, Professional Development, Green SchoolPartnered with various teachers, classes, and grade levels to provide support with environmental education83
77Girl ScoutsGirl Scouts have been involved in creating and maintaining the butterfly garden at College Gardens Elementary School.
78Gaithersburg Police Department Gaithersburg Police officer went to a third grade classroom to discuss public safety.
79Science ExpoStaff coordinated with parents to run the Saturday Science Expo. Parents were trained on how to facilitate science discourse for the students’ presentations.
80PTAGreen School Committee chair contacted parents to begin an edible garden in our school courtyard.
81City of Rockville Council Member Mark Pierzchala, City of Rockville Councilmember came to speak to the third graders about the storm water pond and park that was established in He discussed the community’s involvement in this environmental issue that concerns College Gardens.powerpoint slides from Jen to scan
82NOAA: Mr. John SwallowMr. John Swallow, a parent of a 4th grade student, came in and spoke about monitoring and charting waterways around the world. He discussed geographic features and reasons for monitoring the ocean levels.
83Audubon Naturalist Society-GreenKids The Audubon Society worked with College Gardens to teach students about ways to save the Chesapeake Bay.