Springs School News, June 6

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Springs School

As reported by Journalism Club

Under the guidance of science teacher Sean Knight, the fifth grade is experimenting with yeast to discover the amount of sugar in foods. Yeast, when added to warm water and sugar, will emerge from its dormant stage and begin to grow. The more sugar in a substance, the more carbon dioxide the yeast will produce. They tested yeast as an indicator of sugar content in some of their favorite cereals. They discovered which cereals contain the most sugar and discovered that cereal companies change their serving sizes to appear to have less sugar than their competition. Mr. Knight declared, “We have discovered the truth.”

The second-grade scientists discovered that the potato is actually the stem of the potato plant. They cut out the nodes (potato eyes) and planted them. To their amazement, this week the stems have begun to grow leaves, proving that the potato is the stem of the plant.

Selling at $2 per magazine, the High Tide, edited this year by Tracey Frazier and Ryan Scala, has sold 150 of its 300 copies in the first week. The glossy edition includes art, poetry, essays and short stories, as well as an interview with resident author Adam Osterweil.

Fourth-graders are auditioning for the position of announcers for next year’s Spirit Meet. Many of this year’s opera company members are trying out after their training with public speaking. The third-graders were mentored last week by previous members of the opera companies. The veterans described the jobs and responsibilities of being a member of the opera company. The third-graders started their job applications, which will be completed the first week in the fall when auditions for the opera begin.

Coached by Katie Farmer, the girls’ softball team defeated Hampton Bays in a close game. Carolina Ortega pitched the first half with seven strikeouts. Down two in the bottom of the seventh inning, Brooke Santiago hit a home run driving in the two runs and herself in for the win.

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