Gracie the Whale Visits Flynn - May 2016
This week, Flynn received a visit from Gracie the Whale! Mission Science Workshop brought the skeleton of a 30' grey whale to Flynn for every class at Flynn - from TK through 5th grade - to learn about and get the chance to assemble.
In 2011, Mission Science staff found the body of a baby gray whale that had died and washed up on Pescadero Beach. They excavated the skeleton, cleaned and dried it, and have been bringing the bones to school to provide hands-on anatomy lessons to San Francisco students.
Each classroom session began with information about the evolution of whales from ancient land mammals, including seeing the how similar the bones in whale flippers are to human hands! Then students were set loose to assemble the giant skull, vertebrae, ribs, and flippers into a complete whale skeleton.
Many thanks to Mission Science for this fantastic experience!
Cynthia Meza Earns CABE Teacher of the Year Award
Cynthia Meza, a Spanish bilingual/immersion teacher at Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School, has won the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) 2016 Teacher of the Year award. She is being recognized for her excellence, dedication and promotion of bilingual education and to the education of English learners.
Light and Shadow Puppet Program and Performance
March is a busy month for our 3rd graders who are hard at work preparing for a shadow puppet performance. The students are focusing on artwork by creating sceneries for the show and the puppets as well! They will also learn the technical part of performance. All 3rd graders will then perform as an ensemble on 3/23 for their fellow students and on 3/24 for everyone. Find out more about on this program.