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May 14, 2013

LAKE WALES – Polk Avenue Elementary students may be able to explain which fertilizer is most effective, or which soap makes the most bubbles.

The school’s winning “scientists” were announced Friday (May 10) during a school-wide awards assembly. This year’s winning science projects were:

• First place, fourth grader Madison Gosselin: “Significant Sprouts – Which fertilizer will make my seeds spout the tallest?”
• Second place, fourth grader Jeremy Cortes: “Plants – Will the light affect the way my plants grow?”
• Third place, fourth grader LeAnna Arrington: “How Far Chocolate Slides – Which chocolate will melt the best, and how far will it slide?”
• First place, fifth grader Hannah Russell: “Soda Fountain – Which soda will be affected most by adding Mentos?”
• Second place, fifth grader Brianuna Williams: “The Most Bubbles — Which soap will make the most bubbles?”
• Third place, fifth grader Jake Brown: “Bouncing Balls – Will the drop height of a ball affect the number of times it will bounce?”

Science resource teacher Melissa Kelly coordinated the science fair judging for students in grades 4-5. Kindergarten through third grade students worked on class science projects.


PHOTO: Fourth grade winners (front l-r) Madison Gosselin, first; Jeremy Cortes, second; and LeAnna Arrington, third; fifth grade winners (back l-r) Hannah Russell, first; Brianuna Williams, second; and Jake Brown, third.

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Apr 23, 2013

LAKE WALES – Polk Avenue Elementary fourth grade students are working on a “leadership project” now through mid-May with the proceeds benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Students are designing, making and selling headbands, scrunchies and bracelets. They also are using their math and computer skills to keep track of inventory and sales.

The fourth graders were inspired by Kid President, a child about their age who has a disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Kid President (www.kidpresident.com) makes inspiring videos to encourage children and adults to “make their world more awesome.”

“Our students decided to make our world more awesome by making these things, selling them, and giving the proceeds to St. Jude’s for Osteogenesis Imperfecta research,” said Sydney Mercado, one of the fourth grade teachers.

Email Sydney.mercado@lwcharterschools.com for more information about supporting the project or ordering items.


Apr 9, 2013

LAKE WALES – Polk Avenue Elementary third grade students spent some time recently experiencing “animal adaptations” as part of their work in the school’s science lab.

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Teachers Kristine Shollenberger and Becky Brown brought their third grade classes to work with science teacherMelissa Kelly on things like animal vision, and how animals pick up objects with claws and talons.