Spring 2012 Welcome Class of 2015: After 12 weeks of freshmen exploring 6 different trades/shops a record 14 students selected Environmental Science & Technology. We would like to welcome: Riccardo Castillo, Jasmine Dansereau, Heera Dhakal, Anthony Marzilli, Anthony Quist, Said Razzaq, Neil Pockels, Jasmine Dyer, Sabrina Bernard, Cotey Collins, Brandon Holmberg, Danielle Messier, Kearstin Norton, and Liam Templeman. AP Environmental Science: Last fall, for the first time ES& T students were able to start taking a new science class: Advanced Placement Environmental Science (APES). The class combines a wide variety of fields of science and culminates in an AP exam. APES is an interdisciplinary course that includes a wide variety of topics including: biotic & abiotic factors in habitats, relationships between carrying capacity and changes in populations in ecosystems. The course is designed to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. APES is offered to environmental technology students and will give them an opportunity to combine their trade curriculum with one that reflects current global environmental affairs. Envirothon 2012: Dr. Skende and a team of students will be competing again this year in the Massachusetts Envirothon on May 17. This Year’s theme is “Sustainable Stormwater Solutions”. On February 8, 2012, Envirothon teams from across the state came to Worcester Technical High School for a day of training and workshops. Over 130 students and their coaches from 35 schools attended . Bog Bridges for Burncoat Pond Wildlife Sanctuary- Mass Audubon and the Greater Worcester Land Trust have been working to protect open space and expand the Burncoat Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Spencer. Environmental students visited the site to collect Rabbit DNA samples and drop off bog bridges they constructed using recycled pressure treated lumber. Bog Bridges are used in wet spots along trails to keep hikers’ feet dry and protect sensitive areas. New England Cottontail- Environmental Students continued our collaboration with BioTech students to search for remnant populations of the declining New England Cottontail (NEC) Sylvilagus transitionalis. Fecal pellets were collected from several Central Mass Audubon Sanctuaries for DNA analysis by Bio-Tech students. Last winter too much snow hindered our abilities to collect samples and this winter too little snow also caused problems. Dave Scarpitti, wildlife biologist with the Division of Fish and Wildlife, spoke with EnvTec and BioTech students about NEC . He brought skulls to demonstrate another method of identifying NEC . He was impressed with our results and we hope to expand the project . Land Planning Simulation - Mass Audubon received a grant to develop an online Land Planning educational activity with the University of Wisconsin. They invited our class to do a test run in which they worked as interns for a land planning company to develop a site plan. As a follow up they arranged for us to visit Drumlin Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary. Spring 2012 Channel 11 Educational Cable Access- Watch for our environmental students in a number of recent productions including: Wood Duck Boxes, New England Cottontails, Blazis Safaris & Envirothon Training at WTHS not to mention the school production of Romeo & Juliet. New England Water Works Association Spring Expo & Conference - The Mass Water Works Association arranged for 16 of our students to attend the 2012 Water Works trade show at the DCU center on April 4, 2012 to learn about careers working with water. www.newwa.org/events/springexhibition.htm Up coming: Arbor Day Celebration at Greenhill Park: The Worcester Garden Club, recipient of a $25,000 grant to plant ALB resistant trees in Worcester has invited us to participate in an Arbor Day Ceremony in Greenhill Park on Friday April 27, 2012 at 11 am. Join us Class of 2012: We will soon say goodbye to our outstanding class of 2012. Goodbye to: Brianna Balise, Sam Bottis, Kristen Healy, Kyle Latino, Sharon-Lee McGann, Eduardo Morales, Phong Tran and Ariana Yates. Several of them had key roles in this year’s school play including: Kyle, Sharon, Brianna and Ariana who starred as Juliet. Kyle and Ariana also did an internship with Mass Audubon at Broad Meadow Brook. Eduardo Morales did an internship with Worcester Parks Department at Elm Park. Good luck to all of you as you go on to college and careers protecting the environment. You will be missed.