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MHS gifted students visit VIMS

These smiles in the photo above say it all. The kids did not say the standard “cheese” for the camera and opted to chant “Chesapeake Bay!” instead.  In the front row, from left, are Ashlynn Boulay (kneeling); Avary Payne, James Crittenden, Kenneth Beam and Tanner Spangler; standing in back, James Cockerham, Jacob Winn, Wyatt Pedersen, Jaden Reed, Faith Gray, Isaiah Burse with Beth Knight Brown in the hat.

On May 15 Middlesex Elementary gifted students along with their coordinator, Beth Knight Brown, visited VIMS at Gloucester Point and learned first and how to use a seine net to collect marine animals.

They were extremely successful and had a blast finding 25 different specimens, including pipefish, crabs, grass shrimp, sponges, snails, gobie fish, and an anchovy! They waded into the water dipping and collecting and then took an upclose look at what they caught under the microscope.

Among the chaperones onboard to help were Lew Samuel, James Wright, and Mrs. David Waldron  of the Middlesex Rotary Club; Sara Beam, environmental science faculty member of the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School; VIMS education specialist Sara McGuire; and mother Wendy Payne.

“The Middlesex Rotary Club has been very generous this year with their time and contributions sponsoring four science field trips, one per quarter,” said Brown.

For more information on the gifted program call Brown, Middlesex County Public Schools director of CTE and gifted education, at 758-2277.

posted 05.20.2009

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