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Updates from Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts

By Heather Flanagan
June 3, 2016
BOP-CCERS fellows Judith Alexander-Edwards (left) and Rachelle Travis (center) braving the rain on a visit to their Oyster Restoration Station at Brooklyn Bridge Park!

BOP-CCERS fellows Judith Alexander-Edwards (left) and Rachelle Travis (center) braving the rain on a visit to their Oyster Restoration Station at Brooklyn Bridge Park!

Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts is a performing and visual arts school in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.  This year, teachers Rachelle Travis (Science) and Judith Alexander-Edwards (Math) joined the NSF-funded Billion Oyster Project Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (BOP-CCERS) as a part of our Cohort Two.  Rachelle and Judith have already made trips with their 6th and 7th graders to their oyster restoration stations at Brooklyn Bridge Park, plus their 7th graders paid a visit to where BOP began- the New York Harbor School on Governors Island!  Rachelle shares some of their experiences below.

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McKinney students enjoying the ferry ride to Governors Island.

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The students check out Governors Island.

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A sketch from 6th grader Ajaiyah depicting the class’ December trip to their oyster restoration station at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5.

“The sixth grade students at McKinney SSA are excited to get back to work on their oyster restoration stations.  Their first trip to kickoff the spring has been scheduled for right when we get back from break.  In the meantime, our 7th graders were treated to a tour of Governors Island, the Harbor School, and other BOP facilities, led by Robina Taliaferrow.  The regular ferry was out for repairs, so we commuted on a small cruise boat instead!  Our students got to speak to the ocean engineering and marine biology teachers, as well as meet some of the other teachers.  They were quite impressed by the ‘coolness’ of the facilities, and pleasantly surprised to see Harbor School students acting like normal teenagers in between classes.”

-Rachelle Travis

We can’t wait to see the teachers and students from McKinney at our BOP Research Symposium on June 10th!

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