Bridgewater Middle holds a clothing drive … and more School News

compiled by Lauren Salinero

Bay Meadows Elementary

Julie Gifford’s first-grade class at Bay Meadows Elementary creates a “walking rainbow.”

First-graders in Julie Gifford’s class at Bay Meadows Elementary learned about capillary action during one of their lessons. By connecting strips of paper to differently colored water in cups, they were able to watch the strips change color, resulting in a “walking rainbow.”

Westbrooke Elementary

The Westbrooke Elementary Wildcats celebrate Spirit Night at Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Westbrooke Elementary sponsored a Spirit Night at Chipotle Mexican Grill. Fifty percent of the restaurant’s proceeds from 4-8 p.m. that night were donated to the school. Wildcat families, friends, teachers and administrators enjoyed the evening of school spirit, which included a raffle for a burrito party for 10.

Westbrooke Elementary students walk or ride a bike to school for National Walk to School Day.

Many Westbrooke Elementary students participated in National Walk to School Day, some choosing to bike to school as well. The purpose of the event is to demonstrate safe routes, and encourage exercise and the reduction of air pollution by leaving vehicles at home. Coach Robert Flynn greeted participating children as they arrived at school.

Bridgewater Middle

Bridgewater Middle’s SPEW — Students Participating in Exceptional Work — organize a clothing drive to benefit hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Bridgewater Middle’s volunteer organization SPEW — Students Participating in Exceptional Work — donated more than 2,500 pounds of clothing for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Volunteers came out in the pouring rain to staff the clothing drive.

Bridgewater Middle sixth-graders attend a Harry Potter-themed dance.

Bridgewater Middle held a sixth-grade dance. The theme of the night was “Harry Potter,” to match the school’s theme for this academic year. Co-chairs for the dance were Melissa Ann and Pam Rhodes.

SunRidge Middle

(Front, l. to r.) Samantha Neville, Nevaeh Fleming, Payton Moore, Talia Caso, Issy Sharp, Emma Stankos, Adrienne Fee, (back, l. to r.) Zoe Christson-Davids, Hannah Imler, Leah Thai, Ashley Paek and Mackenzie Coultoff will represent SunRidge Middle at the 2017-18 All County Orchestra festival this month.

West Orange High

West Orange High’s theater department recently presented performances of Bright Star, a musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Inspired by a real event, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the backdrop of the American South in the ’20s and ‘40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past — and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. To get updates on future WOHS productions, visit

Et Al

Orlando Science Elementary School students (l. to r.) Amir, Ali of Winter Garden, Adam and Dilan count donations that will be used to rebuild a classroom in Texas.

Orlando Science Elementary School first-graders collected donations to help rebuild a third-grade classroom in Texas that was flooded during Hurricane Harvey. The children counted all the donations by themselves, coming to a total of $1,201. 05.

(Clockwise, l. to r.) Catie Brown, Connor Lubel, Jade Natoli, Emma Freitas, Laila Ward and Alex Masry make colored fizz at Christ The King Lutheran PreSchool.

VPK students at Christ The King Lutheran PreSchool put on their safety goggles to become scientists during one of their lessons. The children mixed vinegar and food coloring, and used droppers to add the mixture to baking soda to make a colored fizz.

Val Gonzalez, Charlie Phillips, Addy Harrigan, Rebekka Napartovich, Alexander Mannella, Jackson Seaberg, Rahil Rahman, Jackson Butcher, Luke Beucher, Addie Britt and Rory McGill-Conley of Premier Academy display their finished projects that depict the stories of how they were affected by Hurricane Irma.

Holy Family Catholic School sixth-graders collect donations for residents of Puerto Rico affected by the recent hurricanes.

Holy Family Catholic School’s sixth-grade Reach Out Committee organized a Hurricane Maria Donation Drive. They collected truckloads of supplies for the residents of Puerto Rico, who continue to struggle in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Carloads of goods, including bottled water, toiletries, canned and dry food, baby formula, blankets, pillows, first aid kits, paper products and over-the-counter medicine, among many other items, were delivered to various local donation collection sites. Members of the Reach Out Committee include Antonio Adornetto, Analise Blomberg, Tatum Cempella, Madison Lester and Zach Wolsonovich.

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