Wrapping up its science, technology, engineering and math challenges during the final grading period of the academic year, Eglin Elementary School’s science lab instructor, Ellen Gilmer, provided lessons in kinetic and potential energy. Students used the knowledge to design and build miniature roller coasters.

“We are also studying the life cycle of butterflies to coincide with the caterpillars that are residing in habitats in all of the classrooms,” Gilmer said. “We are anxiously anticipating their emergence from their chrysalis.”

On May 1, the school combined its Authors and Science Night, which included a demonstration by the Niceville High School Radioactive Roaches Robotics team.

In character trait-building news, third-grade teacher Lara Smith and her students decorated the classroom door with a spring message of “We are blooming with kindness.”

Each student wrote ways to be kind on paper flowers, which now decorate the door.

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After taking the National Latin Exam in March, Rocky Bayou Christian Academy Latin students have learned their results.

Shep Harper, Latin II, earned a gold medal, summa cum laude status.

Caroline Seeling, Latin I, received silver medal, maxima cum laude.

Magna cum laude went to Maddie Athearn and Isaiah DuMont, Latin I, while Samantha Gear, Eliza Hess and Landon Willner earned cum laude.

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Late in April, the West DeFuniak Elementary School second-graders participated in a sensory Bio Blitz, conducted by the Emerald Coast Science Center.

Students explored nature, making notes of what they heard, saw, smelled and touch. They also went on a scavenger hunt to find plants and animals with specific characteristics. The adventure took place on the school’s campus.

In additional second-grade news, the students created their own Ellis Island experience as a lesson in immigration and life from 1892 to 1954.

Students selected a country to which they belonged, a new name and a reason for immigrating to the United States. Their experiences included going through a medical exam and a questioning session with an Ellis Island official.

Some students dressed in costume to add to the experience.

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