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WACS holds successful elementary science fair

March 27, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

This was the first year Westfield Academy and Central School held an elementary science fair.

The science fair was a success as it was a collaboration of three teachers working together to bring attention to the student's academic, across subject areas and grade levels. fifth grade teacher Mr. Wade Dellow, fourth grade teacher Mrs. Heather Claypoole, and third grade teacher Mr. Mike Putney put together their vision and with the help of others the science fair was without a doubt a huge success.

They wanted to thank the following contributors: Parent Connection, Friends of Education Fund-Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, Cummins, Key Bank, Community Bank, Sam's Club of Jamestown, The YWCA Advantage After School Program, Mr. Tom Stokes and his high school student (judges), the WACS Elementary Staff, The custodial staff, parents, Adam Bratton, Superintendent - Mr. Dave Davison, Principal - Mrs. Shanda DuClon, and the student participants.

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Almost 150 students from third, fourth, and fifth grade participated. The science fair was held in a packed Cafeteria for two hours on Wednesday evening March 19, 2014, were each student was able to talk and answer questions about their project to all who were in attendance.

On Monday, March 17 and Tuesday March 18 the students were all required to present their display boards and give a presentation to the judges on what they had learned as a result of using the scientific method to answer a science related question.

Each grade level was given a subject and their projects had to relate to it. 3rd grade was Earth Science, 4th grade was Living science, and 5th grade was physical science. All of the students science projects were judged by the high school science teacher, Mr. Tom Stokes and his high school physic students.

Almost 150 students from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade participated. The science fair was held in a packed Cafeteria for two hours on Wednesday evening March 19, 2014, where each student was able to talk and answer questions about their project to all who were in attendance. Mike Putney was overwhelmed with the response of people who attended and when asked about the night he stated "It Rocked! It was great to see an emphasis placed on academics, as many students used math, English, and technology to connect with science. It was a great night, where all the students were able to be proud of their accomplishments and you could see their excitement when talking about their projects." There was an assembly held Thursday morning in the school cafeteria to announce the winners. Every student was recognized for participation and the following students were selected as the far winners:

3rd grade: 1st Cassidy Phillips, 2nd Maya Huegel, 3rd Aliyah Rivera.

4th grade: 1st Alysia Burgess, 2nd Delilah Guinnee, 3rd Lauren Bills.

5th grade: 1st Darren Morse, 2nd Richard Barney, 3rd Alex Johnson.

grand prize winner was 3rd grader Haleigh Dellow.

Mr. Stokes stated that the grand prize winner was a unanimous decision by the judges. When asked what this means when his daughter won the grand prize, Mr. Dellow said, "I am not only excited for Haleigh but for all the students and their accomplishments. A science fair is the type of thing that will be remembered. Students will forget many things as they grow older but they will never forget what they did and what they learned during their science fair projects". Haleigh received a trophy, gift certificate to the Millcreek Mall in Erie and a lab coat with her name embroidered on it that will be displayed in the school hallway. A new name will be added each year. Mrs. Claypool stated they were going to continue this program for years to come and many students have already expressed that they can't wait for next year. "How great it will be when these young students are in high school and are able to someday return as judges for the science fair."

 
 
 

 

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