The First Independent STEAM School in Orange County, CA
Serving Early Childhood to 8th Grade

Classroom Happenings

The students made an ocean in a bottle. They made a hypothesis of whether an item would float or sink. They put the items into the bottle to test their hypothesis. Some of the items tested were plastic fish, foam fish, shells, sand and oil. After the bottles were assembled they were able to simulate waves in the ocean by moving the bottle and watch the movement of their chosen objects.

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Fifth Grade had an amazing time at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center!

One of our goals at St. John's Episcopal School is to encourage students to be globally-minded citizens of their communities. Our field trip to this Laguna Beach-based rescue and rehabilitation center for sea lions, seals, and elephant seals really supported our Language Arts curriculum that we are focusing on – how to be aware of our impact on the environment, our communities, and the larger world we live in.

We participated in the Center's "Pinniped Pollution Project", learning about ocean pollution and its effects on local marine mammals and their environment. Best of all, we got to learn about and see some of the mammals that the Center is helping to nurse back to health. We learned how these animals get injured or sick and how the Center cares for them until they are able to be released back into the wild. What a marvelous place it is, and what good work they do!

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The theme this year was "Around the World". Dance kicked off the show by exploring a variety of movement from Bollywood, Latin America, and Africa. Then, all drama students took the stage to showcase their interpretation of folk tales from other countries. Choir continued our multicultural journey by treating us to songs from Germany, Spain, and Polynesia. Our band students ended the show with arrangements of popular Iroquois, Japanese, and Russian folk songs. To top off our whole evening, two of our international Chinese students showcased their musical skills on traditional Chinese instruments, further highlighting our theme for the night. Congratulations to all students for their hard work and effort in making this a wonderful spring showcase!

Read more about Middle Division Rocked the Spring Concert