Climate Science Blog

  • In our Climate Science blog learn how students are studying the invisible pollution of ocean acidification.  Our young scientists will be collecting water samples and conducting field activities in collaboration with other schools and community partners to better understand the problem and inform our community about the impact of humans on the environment.

    Watch as they engage policymakers to effect change through increased stewardship and work toward the Zero Waste 2020 initiative.

  • A Song of the Salish Sea!

    Posted by Annette Stillwell on 3/16/2020

    Students in Mr. Del Prete's fourth-grade class unveiled their original song about the Salish Sea and the actions we can take in support of its health.


    Students composed the tune, wrote the lyrics, and performed for classmates with a little help from music teacher, Dr. Gore. 


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  • The Books are Here!

    Posted by Annette Stillwell on 3/12/2020

    Students opening book The excitement was palpable in Mr. Del Prete's class on a long-awaited day.  The manuscript that they had sent in was finally returned, bound as a colorful book all about the effects of acidification on our local seas.


    The Whidbey News-Times sent a reporter to cover the big event and students posed with their new books.  We can't wait to see them in the local paper!


    Invisible Pollution in the Salish Sea by Mr. Del Prete's class is available for purchase.  To get your copy visit and use pin #7514398.


    Students posing with book for reporter

    Students reading books



    Mrs. Beach couldn't wait for the reporter to arrive to surprise her students when their books arrived a few days ago.  She immediately took the box to class and asked the students to guess what was inside.  After several guessed, they opened the box to see their colorful book inside.


    Their book, Salish Sea Animals, is also available for purchase from and use pin #7539134.  


    Student opening mystery box  Mrs. Beach and students admiring their book  


    It's been an exciting time for our fourth-grade students -- we can't wait to see what these budding authors do next!


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  • It's In the Mail!

    Posted by Annette Stillwell on 2/18/2020

    It's official!  Mr. Del Prete's class has sent off their manuscript to the publisher.  Their book about the Salish Sea and the effects of acidification on the local environment is that much closer to being in the public's hands.


    Stay tuned to find out how to order your copy!


    Boys and girls mailing book for publication

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  • Studying the Salish Sea

    Posted by Annette Stillwell on 1/28/2020

    Acidification Poster In Mr. Del Prete's fourth-grade class, a statement is written on the board.  It says:


    What happens to our seas, happens to us all.


    Students are working hard to let people know just what is going on in our oceans, specifically our local and well-loved Salish Sea.  They are authoring an illustrated book describing the effects of acidification on our local waters and the creatures living therein. 


    One student was working on the section about crustaceans.

    Dovie: Acidification is making the crabs' shells thinner. 

    Staff:  What does that mean?

    Dovie:  That means that they can't protect themselves from predators.


    Once published, these young scientists will be sharing their book with the public, scientists, policy-makers, and others to spread the word and encourage action for improvement.  


    In this case, the students are the teachers and we can't wait to learn what they have to teach us.


    Girl drawing illustration  Boy with Mr. Del Prete

    Student writing book article



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