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Michael Adams, PreUpper Instructor

We had a great first physical science class on Wednesday in PreUpper.  The 8th graders spent their time working on a get to know you student survey which opened up a conversation about a variety of things such as what the students did over the summer and what makes for a productive learning environment.  The students also completed a classroom scavenger hunt to get a feel for where classroom materials and lab equipment is in the classroom.  I am looking forward to a great year!  Pictured is Tom Leuder and Rayna Doniparthi exploring the science classroom.

Galapagos Islands - WLP
Galapagos Islands - WLP
Jin Butler, U12

During my nine-day trip to Quito, Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands 11 students and two teachers, Vaidehi and Greg, got the chance to learn about the wild life in the Galápagos Island but also the history of the islands and Quito, Ecuador. The group met up with our tour guide, and journeyed around Quito, Ecuador for two days. During our time in Quito we got to indulge in freshly made empanadas from a local café. I had never had empanadas before I came to Ecuador; glad I had my first taste of the delicacy while being in the country were, they are made. One of the biggest highlights from Quito for me was visiting the equator line (pictured are Jin and Griffin Middleton at the equator). That experience was very cool, I learned so much from the tour! The reason Ecuador is called what it is, is because it is in the equator. One thing I found fascinating at the Intinan Museum was the sun dial they had. The stone had numbers on a clock with a needle poking out, so when the sun came out, the shadow would reflect on the needle on the stone, which the shadow of the needle would determine the time. This method of telling time only works in the region of Ecuador because it is in the equator. Besides visiting the line of the equator, we visit chapels, monasteries, and markets. Although, our time in Quito was coming to an end, we had the Galápagos Islands to look forward to. We visit three islands during the trip. The first one was Santa Cruz, second was Isabella, and last was San Cristobal. All of the islands were magnificent! Every time we got off the dock, we were greeted by sea lions or iguanas. Our days would be packed with snorkeling, hiking, bumpy boat rides, and the Charles Darwin Centre. During all those activities we were able to come eye to eye with some of the special animals the Galápagos Islands had to offer. Some of which were the gigantic tortoises, sea lions, iguanas, blue-footed boobies, sharks, crabs, and fish. During my time in the Galápagos Island I got to learn so many fascinating facts about the animals that live on the Island. One of them was the name blue footed booby, which comes from the Spanish word "bobo" meaning clumsy, stupid, or silly. For the reason they are called such is because when the Spanish explores discovered them, they saw them waddling clumsily. Being on this trip in the Galápagos Island and the equator line in Quito, Ecuador it has once again made me become closer to my peers and to the ones I haven't interacted before until this trip.