On January 23-24, the First Grade students donned their vests and applied their archaeological skills in a quest for fossils, marking the celebration of our annual Paleontologist Day event held in the Primary School sandbox.
"Some are authentic, some are replicas, and others are toy dinosaurs," said Jackie Sanchez, Primary School Science Teacher. "During the excavation, students begin to recognize the concepts we discussed. Some make the connection, while others simply enjoy the process of uncovering them."
Although the dinosaur unit curriculum has been a part of Viewpoint for several years, Sanchez highlighted how her prior experience assisting in the course, before becoming a teacher, inspired her to shape the event into what it is today.
"I believe it demonstrates the school's strong support for each of us because it's not just me and my assistant making it happen," Sanchez expressed. "I have support from various departments, with operations helping me organize everything. Last week, when it rained, everyone pitched in to figure out if the event could still happen. It's truly valuable to be part of a school community that encourages and turns small ideas into reality."
There also were several large fossils on display throughout the event for students to observe, generously donated by the Oschin family (Zachary Oschin ’16).
“Next year I want it to be even bigger and bring in even more fossils. I'm also hoping to find an actual paleontologist who can come speak to the students,” said Sanchez. "One thing about Viewpoint is that once you establish a certain standard, there's always the drive to push yourself a little bit further."