Windsor School

7th-Grader Earns Medal in State Science Fair

Windsor Middle School 7th-grader Kirsten Benedict took home a medal at the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair on Sunday, March 26th.

Using her dad’s geology kit from college Kirsten used mineral oil and rocks to determine which type of rock – igneous, metamorphic, or sedimentary – had the best chance of holding oil or natural gas. Using three samples of each rock type, Kirsten placed three drops of mineral oil on each rock sample and used a timer to see how long it took for each sample to soak up the oil, if at all.

Students from ten counties from the Canadian border to the Pennsylvania border competed in the event at Onondaga Community College. Benedict took home a Junior Division Honors Medallion- 7th Grade from the event.

Windsor Technology Students Refinish Table

A group of Windsor Middle School students spent the past few months giving new life to an old table.

During the fall term Avery Robinson, Jeremiah Baxter, Noa Lawrence and Lukas Kappler, working under the direction of Mr. Jason Dewey repaired and refinished the large conference room table in the Middle School main office. The high-quality table had become scared and worn over many years of use.

The students evaluated the extend of repairs the table needed and began a design process. The team met with Middle School Principal Mr. Kevin Strahley to determine the final design. There were a number of creative proposed designs.

The winning design was a school-spirit adaptation using Windsor Central School District colors.

International STEM Collaboration Comes to Windsor

“I’ve never made slime before!” said C.R. Weeks Kindergarten student Kimberly Merwin.

On Wednesday Merwin and her classmates learned the slime they made was the result of an exothermic chemical reaction. It’s a high concept made fun to the students thanks to an international STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) collaboration that’s bringing common understanding to complex ideas.

“A lot of the stuff is big words that maybe one or two students pick up,” said 4th-year Binghamton University student Kevin Kong who presented to the Kindergarten class. “But you talk about chemical reactions and ask them about it 45 minutes later and they’ve retained some of the information.”

Binghamton University is working in partnership with the University of Toronto to implement the Science and Technology curriculum developed and used in Ontario in schools within our region. The Windsor Central School District is the pilot district for this endeavor.

“With the collaboration with BU here so often the students know this is important stuff and important to them,” said Kindergarten teacher Tara MacNamee.

“It’s really to encourage kids to get involved in STEM. They think it’s hard but it can be quite fun,” said Kong.

Kindergarten and 2nd-Grade students at Palmer, Weeks, and Bell Elementary have all taken part in the program. Next up, 1st-Grade students at all three schools April 24-28. That’s good news for parents and students. Well, for the most part.

“Now I can make slime at home and teach my brother how to make it,” said Kindergarten student Elena Hohlbach.

Windsor Wins Big at Regional Science Fair

Nine Windsor Middle School students earned awards at the Regional Science Fair at SUNY Broome on Saturday, March 18th.

Two sixth-grade students, Hannah Saxby and Ella Grubham took home Silver Medals. Saxby also won the SUNY Broome Faculty Excellence Award. Grubham took home the Diamond Visionics Excellence Award.

Seventh-grader Kirsten Benedict won a Silver Medal. Eighth-graders Katelyn Gary and Erica Daquin took home Honorable Mention recognition.

Meanwhile their classmate Sophia Kabat took home a Gold Medal. Fellow eighth-grade student Kobe Dela Cruz won a Bronze Medal, the Rumble Ponies Award, and the Raymond TEM in the STEM Award.

Eighth-graders Zachary Burpee and Giovanna Bucciarelli won a Gold Medal, Merlin Award, and Sigma Xi Future Investigator award.

As well as presenting their projects the students also participated in a solar system simulation, experimented with liquid nitrogen, and saw an animal presentation from Jordan Patch of Animal Adventure.

Ag in the Classroom at Weeks Elementary

Students in Ms. Matthews 2nd-grade class were buzzing as they learned where honey comes from. The lesson was part of the “Ag in the Classroom” program, a state-funded initiative to introduce students to the field of agriculture.

Students acting as bees dug through a tub of Cheetos which signified pollen. They tried to find the Starburst candy, or nectar, underneath. Students also got to wear beekeeper gear and sample honey.

“They get to see the materieals that we use and hopefully get them exposed to careers in agriculture,” said Sarah Atwood, Ag in the Classroom Educator from the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

“I think it was really cool and interesting. I didn’t know a lot of things and she taught me a lot of fun stuff,” said 2nd-grade student Danika Smith.

Kindergarten students have already had a calf visit their classroom while first-grade students learned an animal adaptation lesson as part of the program.