History IS Alive!


Brigid J. Ripley

Erica Johnson studies a diagram in the Natural History Museum, created & hosted by the 2nd, 3rd & 4th grade students of South Shore.

Brigid J. Ripley, Adviser

On Thursday, February 11, students were dismissed early  – quite happily judging from their ready agreement to exit the building! – to begin their long holiday weekend.  Teachers and staff stayed put, readying the building for the Spring Parent-Teacher conferences.  Students in second, third and fourth grade, however, may have outdone the adults this time around, working extra diligently to sponsor a Natural History Museum.  Everything from the Edmond Fitzgerald to whales were researched and displayed for everyone who attended the conferences to enjoy.  All the displays were colorful, informative and many even had dioramas to engage the viewer while others were completely digital, inviting the guest to sit down and enjoy the presentation via computer.  The elementary library hosted the museum, complete with frosted sugar cookies in the shape of the state of Wisconsin for all the guests.  The white frosting, according to one docent Kalyssa L’Heureux were “supposed to represent the time of the glaciers” and the cookies coated with green frosting symbolized the land.  The museum was completely run by the students, who greeted guests and gave oral presentations of their research.  All in all, it was an exceptionally well turned out museum.  Congratulations 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade!