As families arrived for the event, they were greeted with a warm welcome by STEAMY the robot. They then experienced walking through an under the sea adventure filled with dangling jellyfish, sea turtles, and an array of various sea coral. Families rotated through nine different classrooms conducting science experiments throughout evening.
Every student was required to complete a science log for each experiment. At the end of the evening, the science logs were placed in a box for a drawing. Baskets filled with a variety of science materials, donated by the PTO, were won by Sydney Uptgraft and Omari Drayton.
Families also had the opportunity to tour the 4th and 5th Grade Science Fair located in the school’s media center. The following students were awarded ribbons for their spectacular science experiments: First Place - Braydon Anderson, 2nd Place - Dylan McSwain, 3rd Place - Charles Mosley and Gregory Horton, Honorable Mention - Lauralyn Lodge, Jemaria Edwards, and Kcirred Crowder. These seven students will have the opportunity to compete again at the system level science fair in May.
Many families are extremely busy during the week and find it difficult to attend school sponsored events. To make the evening’s event more accommodating to families and their busy schedules, S. L. Mason was able to provide one hundred fifty dinners. This allowed families to enjoy the evening without having to make arrangements for supper. The school is greatly appreciative to the following Community Partners in Education that made these meals possible: Bojangles, Dairy Queen, and Barberitos.
S.L. Mason’s Family Science Night was an event created to help foster a positive relationship between the school, family, and community. Math and Science Academic Coach Karen May stated, “We want families and the community to feel welcomed at S. L. Mason and have an understanding that our school is more than a place we all go from 8:00 to 4:00 five days per week. Our Family Science Night is an opportunity to bring families, faculty, and the community together to develop positive relationships. We look forward to continuing this event each year and making it an S. L. Mason tradition.”
This wonderful family event could not have happened without our Community Partners in Education. S.L. Mason’s faculty and staff are extremely grateful to the following organizations and people that contributed to this event and made it possible: The Langdale Company, Valdosta Teachers Federal Credit Union, Sam’s Club, Jimmy John’s Subs, Zacadoo’s Grille on Baytee, Janice Hines, Bojangles, Dairy Queen Ashley Street, Barberitos, S. L. Mason PTO, and all the parents and students who purchased pickles to help with the cost of the event!