From the Principal

In addition, several helpful resources and websites were included.  
At GVA-DC  all students in grades 3 through 6 are required to do a science fair project. 
  • Projects are due on Tuesday April 16th however; participating students MUST email their teachers by Monday, March 5th and include their name, grade, and project idea.  
  • This will ensure that we have enough judges.   
  • The GVA DC Science Fair is on Thursday, April 19th. Judging will be done at 4:00 PM in immersion classrooms.  
  • Awards will be presented at the morning assembly on Friday, April 20th 
In addition to being a required activity, Science Made Simple gives two additional reasons for students to do science fair projects:  
  1. A science fair project is an activity that integrates almost every skill children have been taught. Students must learn how to apply their existing abilities to new areas, as well as learn many new skills. A science fair project can involve reading, logical thinking, writing, grammar and spelling, math, statistics and data analysis, computer science, and graphic arts, as well as scientific methodology. If a student participates in a formal competition, then they will also practice public speaking, and learn how to explain and defend their work in front of a panel of judges.
  2. Participating in science fair projects helps develop a feeling of confidence and competence among students, and fosters a spirit of scientific inquiry.Projects usually involve scientific questions that the student is interested in, and a specific topic they have chosen for themselves. Participants must research their question, learn and apply the scientific method to create a valid experiment, and think about the meaning of their results. Some kids get so immersed in their project that they forget about other factors like prizes or the fact that they are actually learning new skills. Science fairs are also a way for students to demonstrate motivation, self-learning, critical thinking, ethics and other important skills and traits.
AAPPL Testing
The AAPPL assessment (ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages) will be administered to all students in the Spanish and Mandarin villages over the next two weeks (French students will be taking the DELF assessment later this year).  The AAPPL assessment test student's proficiency in  speaking, listening and reading in their immersion language.
International Day
Friday, February 23rd in International Day: Afghanistan.  GVA-DC will be on an early release schedule (students released at 12:00 pm).  Free dress day!!!

Have a great week and stay warm!!!

Stacy Bush
Principal, GVA Douglas County