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Twin Falls Student Chosen to Attend

Caelan Johnson, an 8th grade student at Twin Falls Middle School (TFMS), has been accepted into the High School Marine Lab Experience through the University of Southern California’s (USC) Wrigley Marine Science Center this summer.
Johnson will join 19 other students on Catalina Island, California, for a week-long fully-funded marine science program this summer from June 25-30, 2013. Encouraged and highly recommended by his science teacher Katrina Alegado, he was selected from over 90 applicants from around the United States for this exciting opportunity to learn more about Marine Science.
The 2013 summer program offers selected high school students opportunities that incorporate field studies and an understanding of research and technology used by the USC's Center for Deep Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI). The six-day program will engage students in building and using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to study marine sediments and the microbes living in these sediments. Students will learn about oceanographic features such as currents and buoyancy and engage in water-based activities (snorkeling, kayaking, and using ROVs) as well as land-based investigations.  There is no financial cost to the participants as funding is provided by C-DEBI, USC Sea Grant, and the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.
TFMS Teacher Awarded Hawaiian Research Trip
TFMS science teacher Katrina Alegado also has exciting plans this summer involving Marine Science. She has been accepted into the EARTH (Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses) Teacher Workshop through Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) for the third year in a row. She is one of only 20 teachers selected from 44 applicants across the nation who will participate in this special professional development from July 14-19, 2013, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Over the past three years, Alegado has been chosen for opportunities to study and travel (for free) to Alaska, North Carolina, and now Hawaii this summer — to learn current research from scientists and create technology-rich lessons with other educators to use in our classrooms.

In addition, she has also been accepted into the C-MORE program for a research cruise this summer, also in Hawaii! As a 2013 Science Teachers Aboard Research SHIPS (STARS) member, she will have the opportunity to join a five-day oceanographic research cruise aboard the Kilo Moana with the Hawaii Ocean Time-series (HOT) program. Scientists working on the HOT program have been making repeated observations of the hydrography, chemistry and biology of the water column at a station north of Oahu, Hawaii since October 1988. STARS participants will be able to participate in every aspect of sampling aboard the ship, and will be working alongside other teachers and scientists. Activities range from hands-on deck board sampling, processing and analysis of samples in the lab, as well as classroom exercises and lectures.

“I am super excited to learn from scientists in the field this summer and bring this knowledge back for students and staff here in SVSD,” said Alegado. To help with this goal, she will teaching a new professional development class for Snoqualmie Valley school staff at the Summer Learning Academy that teachers in our district attend in August.
TFMS student Caelan Johnson and teacher Katrina Alegado
We congratulate both Caelan Johnson and Twin Falls teacher Katrina Alegado for being selected for these extra-ordinary summer learning opportunities. Thanks in advance for representing Snoqualmie Valley School District and sharing what you learn upon your return. Have fun!