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The Bobcats' Globe

By:  Robert Cat

The Bobcat Globe is back, and this year, it’s heating things up!  With new reporters and writers, The Bobcat Globe, ACDS’s first ever Festival of Learning online newspaper (established 2012) has dedicated the week to cover anything and everything associated with climate change and the events surrounding ACDS’s annual FOL.

ACDS’s Festival of Learning has always been about students and teachers exploring a single topic that celebrates our world, its cultures, diversity, and rich legacies, but this year it’s personal.  Students have learned and heard about various ways that their “world” will be different in the future.

One of those ways is how we use paper.  As the call for Americans to become “greener” continues, students will notice more paper-less assessments, projects, and assignments. 

In conjunction with ACDS’s 1:1 iPad Initiative, the ICL (Information and Communication Literacies) Team, and the great teaching and learning that takes place every day throughout our building, The Bobcat Globe is simply another opportunity to  provide students with the skills necessary to feel comfortable in a paper-less world, whether reading, writing, or sharing information.

Thank you for reading!!

The Bobcat Globe 2013 Staff:

      Nate          Doug          Karson             Temple   Robert Cat   Caroline     Kerstin      Brendan           
  
Doug Baskin
            "Energy Saver"....................................................page 2
            "Obama Wants a Different Change".....................page 5
            "Car Change"......................................................page 6


    Nate Heyder
            "An Extreme Introduction"...................................page 4
            "Putting the U in Reduce".....................................page 5
            "Deadly Effects of Global Warming".....................page 6
            "In with the Trash"................................................page 8

    Caroline Lowder
            "Changing Climate Through Song".......................page 3
            "A Kind-Garden of Caring Students"...................page 4
            "From White to Green".......................................page 4

    Brendan Loveng
            "ACE"................................................................page 4
            "Brother to Brother"............................................page 6

            "A Light on Light Bulbs"......................................page 7
            "In Mother Russia, Lake Contaminates You"........page 8

    Karson Lyon
            "From White to Green".
.......................................page 4
            "A Meaningful Festival for Fifth Grade"................page 5


    Temple Palacio
            "From the Head".................................................cover
            "The Heat is On".................................................page 2
            "A Change in Temp"............................................page 3
            "It's Easy to be Green"........................................page 7

    Kerstin Shimkin
            "6th Grade:  A Reflection of Us"..........................cover
           "Lions and Climate and Bears, Oh My!"................page 2
            "Youth and iMatter".............................................page 3
            "Is Dr. Seuss in Cahoots?"...................................page 8

Contributing Writers:
            Lauren Ashkenazi................................................page 7

  

Access last year's Bobcat Globe here

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From the Head

By:  Temple Palacio

To kick-off our Festival of Learning, I sat down with Mr. Baytosh to get his perspective on his first FOL at ACDS.  Here are some snippets from our Head of School:

On this year’s topic:  “People see climate change as one of the most pressing issues that our world faces.  Even though there are different opinions on the subject it is really important.”

On what we, at ACDS are doing:  “Here at ACDS, I think it’s important that we carefully choose how we use our resources and do recycling, especially how we use our paper. When it comes to our lunch program, I think we should try to decrease the amount of waste. In general, from a school stand point, we should be mindful of how we manage our heating and cooling.  For instance, this summer we replaced the old boiler with a more energy efficient one. The main thing I would like is for us as a community to keep this topic as a conversation that goes beyond the Festival of Learning.”

On what he and his family do at home:  In addition to what we already do, this event has got me thinking, I can think about ways to make our house more efficient, such as try not to use too much when it comes to heating and cooling and do an energy efficiency audit.”

On why we should be concerned with climate change:  “Regardless of how urgent the issues are, we have a responsibility to think about the long term future.  As a society we have to think and choose the most sustainable way to live, and if we’re not mindful of that [the dangers of our actions] could sneak up on us.  So we have an obligation to keep studying and trying to understand the issues; to operate as a society, to produce the best results for our long term future, not just the short term.”

On his FOL goal:  Our goal is to make sure as students we are actively engaged in these problems and not to see them as something separate from education. We ought to be thinking about how we support our environment on a regular basis. If we want to be well educated we have to be well educated on the issues affecting our environment as well as any other subject.”



 6th Graders: A Reflection of Us

By: Kerstin Shimkin

The 6th graders have been flying around the blogosphere.  Ever since the topic of climate change was confirmed for this year’s Festival of Learning (FOL), the 6th grade and Mrs. Stein have been hard at work.  Interviewing students and teachers, watching videos and presentations, reading and writing, you name it - the 6th grade is doing it, and they’re blogging about it.

For the past few weeks, eight to be exact, students in Mrs. Stein’s science classes have investigated and reported on the good work that is taking place at ACDS for this year’s FOL.  From the 3rd Grade’s investigation on various animals affected by climate change to the 7th Grade’s debate on the pros and cons of the Keystone Pipeline, the 6th grade reporters are providing the full picture of this year’s Festival.

Contributing blogger Rachel Suleymanov describes how their system works. “We usually split the jobs,” she says.  “Someone could be taking pictures, someone could be taking video, and another person could be writing an interview and asking questions. We switch around. One day I could be interviewing the 3rd graders, then the next day, I could be taking pictures of the 8th graders.” This system seems to work, as their blog looks great and it’s great to look at.

Rachel working on her portion for the blog.

With pictures and videos and news stories and summaries, the 6th graders not only cover each grade and project but they also reveal the fun that accompanies the FOL.  Rather than simply talk about 1st Grade’s efforts to reduce their paper usage, the 6th Grade Blog shows the efforts of Ms. Carew’s and Mrs. Laha’s classes.  Featuring the students sitting on giant bouncy balls taking a spelling test on whiteboards instead of paper, the blog shows the smiles on the faces of the students while putting a smile on the faces of the readers. 

Mrs. Stein is proud not only of the work the 6th graders have done, but also proud to work with the 6th graders.  She says, "The 6th graders took on an enormous responsibility to create and update the blog.  It truly was a collaborative effort.  I am proud of their leadership, talent, and daily contributions."

The Bobcat Globe, ACDS’s first-ever Festival of Learning Online Newspaper, is proud to be in the same category as the 6th Grade Blog.  “Our goals are the same,” editor and contributing writer Robert Cat said.  “We both want to share stories about the learning taking place at ACDS and about raising awareness for the causes of climate change.  But where we are simply highlighting a few of the main points about this year’s FOL, the 6th grade has opened a dialogue with members of our community, our partner schools, and hopefully, countless others in the global community.  And we need that dialogue in order to make true change.”

To put it simply, we need more students like those in the 6th grade.  

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Check out our other Festival of Learning news source... the ACDS Takes on Global Warming blog