All Kinds of News for August 08, 2018
The Flathead Valley in Northwest Montana is a perfect place for an outdoor experiential classroom. Summit Prep’s science teachers Erica Gerber and Shawda Stevens take advantage of the beautiful surroundings whenever they can. Recently the Honors River Ecology Class loaded up the canoes and headed out for an area river. The primary goal was to complete field research by collecting water samples and analyzing the data. Once this task was complete it was time for a little water fun. On such a gorgeous sunny day the water was just too tempting! A good time was had by all.
The Rivers Ecology Class is a field-based research course designed to evaluate the water quality of the local watershed. Students learn Riparian Ecosystem concepts by studying biological, chemical, geological and physical parameters of the Flathead Lake Watershed. The course culminates with student groups identifying water quality issues, planning a solution, and presenting findings to local government or community groups.
In order to perform high level field research, top quality tools are needed so Erica Gerber did her own research to find a way to enhance our science equipment. Recently Erica was notified that Summit Prep was the recipient of 2 grants that will enhance the research abilities for the students. One grant of $1000 is from the North American Native Fish Association (NANFA) and the second grant of $1500 is from the Flathead Conservation District. The monies from these grants will be applied to the purchase of equipment for students to collect macroinvertebrates and diatoms to evaluate water quality. There is also a plan to purchase equipment to analyze fecal coliform levels and to buy two tablets to use in the field to collect data with computer probes.
About Summit Preparatory School
Summit Preparatory School is an accredited private, non-profit, co-ed therapeutic boarding school located on 520 acres near Kalispell, MT. Summit integrates professional therapy and college prep academics within a nurturing and dynamic community that energizes and challenges adolescents to succeed and transform their lives. Grounded in the concepts of the Summit Model, the program focuses on promoting the development of healthy psychological and social skills. The campus is close to Glacier International Airport (FCA) and is less than an hour from Glacier National Park.