On Saturday, April 13th, Ravenscroft’s first-ever Lower School Science Olympiad team competed in a highly competitive Science Olympiad tournament at Raleigh Charter High School for elementary school teams from Wake, Johnston, and Chatham counties.  The students represented Ravenscroft School extremely well, competing in all eighteen Science Olympiad events, which required every student to compete in at least two, and for most of the students, three events during the course of the day.  The competition included construction events, such as “3, 2, 1, Blast Off!” (bottle rockets), “Bridge-a-roni” (bridge building), “Secret Structures” (impromptu tower design), and “Ramp ‘n’ Roll” (gravity vehicle and ramp design), along with many testing and station-format events on a wide range of science-related topics, including forensics, astronomy, genetics and heredity, weather and meteorology, cell biology, rocks and minerals, energy, insects, measurement and estimation, and land formations. The inaugural members of Ravenscroft’s Lower School Science Olympiad team are: fifth-graders Eleanor Campbell, Claire Hopkins, Ainsley Paradise, Sarah Petterson, Devin Scioletti, and Leo Wu; and fourth-graders Harrison Brown, Peyton Dunnagan, Gordon Kloster, Mason Lane, Julian Reiter, Nabeel Sabu, Adam Taylor, and Nick Watson. Special recognition is given to Ainsley Paradise and Mason Lane, who were awarded third-place medals for their efforts in “Biome Bonanza”, a station-and-test format event requiring students to demonstrate their knowledge of forest and grassland biomes. In order to prepare for Saturday’s events, these students met after school biweekly for the last six months to learn, research, experiment, and practice for this very challenging tournament.  Congratulations should be extended to all these students for their dedication and for representing Ravenscroft in such an exemplary manner!  I would also like to thank Upper School student Sara Brown for her vision and leadership to make this all happen!

Last week, in the Dining Hall, the entire second grade showed exactly what it means to Lead Self when each one them took responsibility for themselves and their actions and started the Silent Lunch period on their own without any reminders from the adults. Way to go, second graders!

The Lower School Signing Club showed their courage at the Special Olympics last week when they stood in front of the crowd and signed the Athletes’ Oath.  They did a great job and represented our school with pride and spirit!  Thank you! Click the following link to see the students in actionOath

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