The fish have arrived

SSMS begins Salmon in the Classroom project

STANDISH — The Standish-Sterling Middle School (SSMS) curriculum is getting “deeper” after three staff members attended training for the new section of the Middle School science curriculum – Salmon in the Classroom. Salmon in the Classroom is a program created by Trout Unlimited that encourages teachers and school districts to set up fish tanks in classrooms and raise salmon in them to give students a live look at the development of the fish from egg to fingerling, increasing the students’ knowledge of growth and Biology in non-human life forms. Roger Anderson, Standish-Sterling Community Schools District Curriculum Director; Jill Bartlett and Diane Potts, SSMS teachers engaging in Salmon in the Classroom; and Dick Dell, Sterling Sportsmen Association member, who played a large role in setting the foundation of the program, all attended a one-day training session at the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery in Mattawan to prepare for the new program. “We got a tour of the hatchery,” Anderson said. “They (teachers) learned about caring for salmon for the project. “We picked up 400 eggs, 200 for each classroom. We brought those back in coolers.”
To see more, please read the Nov. 19 issue of the Arenac Independent.


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