Students studying astronomy in David’s Science class at Detention, drew this model of the solar system!
Students from DSI/Gemstone had the opportunity to go to the Loveland Living Aquarium recently. They had to qualify by having a certain grade average from 6 of their 8 classes. All had a great time and “it was really fun to go somewhere, said Pamela, English and Music Teacher”!
The boys at Decker Lake recently finished reading the book A Long Walk to Water, the true story of the civil war in Sudan and the journey of one boy to stay alive and ultimately return to his country and help his people. The main character, Salva Dut, has created a charitable foundation called Water for South Sudan that builds wells in small villages to provide clean drinking water. The boys decided that they wanted to do a fundraiser to raise money to help build a well in a village (we have two boys from Sudan in class).
We decided that personal letters from the boys would be the best way to spread awareness and solicit help from as many people as possible. Each boy wrote a professional letter and chose specific employees here at Decker as recipients. The boys were very proud of their work. However, they were also skeptical that anyone would want to donate to their cause.
Ultimately, we’re excited about helping build a well in South Sudan. However, more immediately, we really want these boys to realize that they can accomplish worthwhile things in this world if they try. We want them to feel the joy of making a positive difference and hopefully continuing the habit.
Through the Water for South Sudan organization there is an official donation page for Decker Lake.
Here is the link: https://www.classy.org/team/337606. Any donations would be appreciated by the boys. However, PLEASE do not feel obligated to donate. If possible, please share the link with anyone you feel may be interested in helping. There is also a one minute video explaining the organization’s work: https://www.waterforsouthsudan.org/our-mission
Thank you for all of the work you’ve all already put in to help these boys. Please feel free to contact Brian, if you have any questions about this project.
The picture below shows donations to date. Way to go Decker students!
Students throughout YESS have had the opportunity to experience science and the arts through the STEMCAP program offered through the University of Utah. Recently, Fox News visited Decker to see first hand the impact of STEMCAP on the students. They interviewed one of the students, as well as Angie, Site Facilitator and Science Teacher; both reflected the positive impact of the STEMCAP experiences. Way to go!
Click here FOX News Story to see the news story online.
On Thursday, February 18th the students at Decker participated in a presentation from the STEMCAP group. The students learned about the research that a Marine Biologist is involved in to study the behavior of fish in certain habitats. A virtual tour of the specimens at a Natural History Museum was used to explain how research can be done in a lab. The students then used pictures of fish to create simple classification systems. The presenter went on to explain how scientists use classification systems to help them in their research. The students had an opportunity at the end of the presentation to create their own marine animal, complete with descriptions of physical and behavioral characteristics and the habitat in which their animal could live.
Written by Angie, Science Teacher, Decker Lake
On Thursday, February 11th the students at Decker participated in a presentation from the STEMCAP group. The students learned about the chemistry and lifeforms of the Great Salt Lake. The Brine Shrimp were particularly interesting to the boys, some of whom wanted to know if they could be eaten. Alas, they are too small and not particularly appetizing.
Land Art, in the form of the Spiral Jetty, created by Robert Smithson in 1970 at the edge of the Great Salt Lake, was examined. We all learned about entropy – “a measure of the molecular disorder, or randomness, of a system”. For some artists, such as Robert Smithson, entropy is a feature of artistic expression. Some of the students did an art project that encouraged an ordered system (of paint on paper) to become randomly disordered (in a box with bouncy balls).
Written by Angie, Science Teacher, Decker Lake
Decker Lake Youth Center celebrated Black History Month with a variety of activities. Students researched and created presentations on prominent people in Black History and their contributions. These included posters, digital presentations, drawings, poetry, displays, and one even wrote a play and students re-enacted the historical event. The celebrations concluded with the traditional feast prepared by Redd, DLYC Staff, with many helping hands. They served catfish, fried chicken, mac & cheese, cornbread, rice, green cabbage and more!
Eight students at DSI/Gemstone were recognized for their academic achievements for the 2nd quarter. Each received a certificate, and gift card, and were treated with a tasty donation of donuts from a local donut shop. Congratulations students!
YESS will be holding Parent/ Teacher Conferences this week from 3:00-6:30 p.m. on the following days:
-AIM – Monday & Wednesday, February 8 & 10
-Decker, DSI/Gemstone, Detention Center, Salt Lake County Youth Services, and the Transition Classrooms – Tuesday & Wednesday, February 10 & 11
Be sure to contact the teaching staff at the sites to set up an appointment.
Congratulations to our most recent graduate from Jacqueline’s Transition Classroom! This makes five graduates from this classroom this year. He was supported by family that attended via a Zoom and a few in-person and was adorned with a lei and treats! Congratulations!