On a gorgeous spring day, in a quiet marshy area of Beaver Island Park, the EFS second graders had their sights set on birds—birds of all kinds, from tiny sandpiper babies to enormous great white egrets. With the help of an environmental educator from Earth Spirit, the students spotted and learned about an assortment of avian species that occupy the park’s varied natural habitats.
The first of four new 3-D printers has been set up in the art room and has churned out its very first creation—a replica of the New York City skyline. Fourth graders will be among the first students to use the new devices this year as they start a unit on entrepreneurship.
In a lesson about scuba diving, eighth graders asked science teacher Clare Wagstaff why divers needed a regulator to breathe the air coming out of the diving tanks. The answer is that the force of the air being released from the tanks makes it far too powerful to breathe safely. The regulator reduces the pressure from the tank to a safe level and supplies air on-demand to the diver.
Dayle Hodge, a 1997 EFS alumnus, will be the commencement speaker at Elmwood Franklin’s Class of 2013 graduation ceremony on June 12 at 5 p.m. Dayle is currently an MD/PhD candidate at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, specializing in mammary stem cells and breast cancer biology. Prior to beginning that highly competitive program, Dayle worked as a medical design engineer in San Diego. He holds an MS mechanical engineering, a BS in aerospace engineering, and a BS in mechanical engineering, all from the University at Buffalo.e
Teachers from all over Western New York took the place of students in the classrooms of Elmwood Franklin on a recent Saturday, as they gathered for the Teachers and Technology Think Tank, or t4, an annual conference organized by EFS’s assistant director of technology, Cheryl Colpoys.
Golf, like just about any pursuit in life, requires a sharp mind, and so it only makes sense that sharpening your mind will sharpen your game. That’s the basic philosophy behind the Options class Gary Occhino ’90 held for the fourth graders this spring.
Sisters MacKenzie ’10, Delaney ’12, and Reilly ’17 Hamill are each accomplished equestrians who spend a portion of their school year in Florida, participating in the prestigious FTI Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington in West Palm Beach.
Check out EFS seventh grader Tibor Setteducati as he stars—along with Buffalo Sabres center Tyler Ennis—in a new “Milk for Health” commercial.