This week honors ecology students constructed a three tier decomposition column to introduce our unit on biogeochemical cycles. Students are responsible for monitoring changes in water quality and observing changes in the terrestrial and decomposition chambers. The columns include earthworms, seeds, and beta fish.
Honors biology students tested the effects of several variables on the catalyst-substrate relationship between catalase in liver and peroxide. Temperature, pH, and surface area were altered to determine the optimal conditions for enzyme activity.
Jamie Martz, a senior medical laboratory technician student at APSU, spoke to honors anatomy classes on Wednesday about blood groups and typing. Students then were given the opportunity to determine their blood types. On Thursday, fifth period honors anatomy classes examined the effects of epinephrine and nicotine solutions on blood vessel diameter in goldfish. Sixth period honors anatomy classes observed the effects of temperature on the rate of respiration in goldfish.
Honors Biology the student conducted the hands-on macromolecule indicator lab. Student experimented with several different food based solutions and tested them for the presence of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids.
Senior Job Shadow
On Friday several of our Seniors had the opportunity to Job Shadow various leaders in our community. This was a wonderful experience for our students and one they won’t forget.
Danny Magrans, 3 parents and 25 students are on the adventure of a lifetime! Over a 10 day time span the group will travel through various parts of Costa Rica immersed in the culture. Students will exchange currency, speak the language and interact with members of these communities. Trips to waterfalls, jungles, a local school and more are planned. Stay up to date on what is happening through their blog! Some areas are remote and internet and phone access is limited, but we will continue to update the blog throughout and after the trip!
The CA Interact Club is hosting a speech contest that is based on the Rotary Club International’s Four Way Test. Students in grades 9-12 should compose a speech based on one aspect of the Four Way Test, and then recite the speech for the contest on Tuesday during study hall. Prizes for first, second, and third places are $100, $50, and $25. The winner will represent CA at the District Competition in Dickson.
FCA meets weekly on Wednesdays at 7:15AM in Coach Williams’ room. We invite all US students to attend.
This is a reminder that CA collects Box Tops through our CAA. The money raised from this project funds various school improvement projects. Last year we raised over $2000 through the Box Tops program alone! Please turn yours into your child’s teacher or Ms. Turnage in the front office.