Jefferson West Green Team

Learning to be Observant: drawing detailed sketches of a plant or insect.
Current use of parking lot drainage area
Weekend Hiking with AP Biology students
School Address: 
619 Condray Rd
Meriden, KS 66512
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Contact Name: 
Nicole Gillihan
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(785) 484-3331
(785) 484-2021
Education level or type: 
High School
School Name: 
Jefferson West High School
School District Name and Number: 
Jefferson West USD 340
How are you incorporating your environmental projects into your school's curriculum?: 
I teach biology and include a lengthy unit on ecology and conservation. As it is, we don't have access to a natural area from which to go outside and study or collect data. Changing that fact is my new goal for the year. I am working on a local grant to provide matching funds in order to secure a Kansas Green Schools water quality grant. I envision using a large parking lot runoff area to create a tall grass prairie system with trails and sitting areas. Classes of all grades may use it for all kinds of scientific, art, and writing activities, all of which may be tied to Math and Reading Common Core standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
Our school recently won a "Wind for Schools" windmill. Thanks to our math teacher, Leslie Bruton, and her AP Calculus classes, we have a windmill that provides data for all the teachers and students in our district to access. This is incorporated into science and math classes, and probably some other areas as well. Last summer I received a small local grant for creating an "Outdoor Classroom in a Box" available to all teachers. It is a large tupperware box with a classroom set of seat pads, clipboards, pens and pencils so that any class may go outside to do any type of activity such as art, writing, data recording, note-taking, etc. This project was inspired by the book, "Last Child in the Woods" by Richard Louv.