A CIESE Collaborative Project

Letters of Introduction

Lionville Middle School Onteora Middle School
Hazlet Middle School Central Mountain High School
Pikeville High School Merrylands High School
United Local School West Hills Mission Trails
St. Teresa's School Green River High School
Makati Science High School Piedmont Middle School
Edison Preparatory School Floyd Middle School

Lionville Middle School
550 West Uwchlan Ave.
Exton, PA 19341
Teachers: Mrs. Fran Holber 
Mr. Jim Gosser 
Grade: 8
Subject: Physical Science

The Global Water Sampling Project

Lionville Middle School is located in the Downingtown Area School District. Downingtown is located in beautiful and historic Chester County in southeastern Pennsylvania. We are thirty minutes from the popular city of Philadelphia. On a map, Lionville Middle School is located at 40o2�30�� North latitude and -75o40� West longitude. The population of our school totals 1,200 students, while the Downingtown area population totals 56,000 people. The community offers a wide variety of activities that harbor recreation and education.  The site for our water sampling project is French Creek at Warwick County Park in Knauertown, Pennsylvania. The site is located at 40.19o latitude and -75.76o longitude. We will be visiting French Creek on September 26th and 28th of the year 2001. During our survey of French Creek, we will be testing our hypothesis that French Creek continues to be an exceptional  quality stream at Warwick County Park. The stream analysis will consist of chemical tests including the amount of Dissolved Oxygen, presence of nitrates and phosphates, temperature and pH of the water. Also, weather data will be compiled including cloud cover, precipitation present, wind speed, and barometric pressure. Next, we will be analyzing the stream discharge rate. The students will measure the sediment depth across the stream and obtain the average stream depth in feet by dividing the average by 12. The velocity of the water will be determined by allowing a cork to flow downstream between two points at a distance of 6 feet and calculating the time it takes in seconds to reach the final point. The velocity of the water is determined by the equation velocity = distance / time. After calculating the average stream depth and average velocity of the water, the stream discharge can be calculated. 

Another objective that will be investigated during our analysis of French Creek is the variety of benthic organisms and animals that inhabit this creek. The students will create a graph of the biological organisms of French Creek. This portion of our analysis will be aided by Geology  students of West Chester University and Gary Walters of the Department of Environmental Protection, who will also introduce us to electroshock fishing.  

In conclusion, the analysis of French Creek will be a great experience for our students to achieve hands on training in many of the science fields. During our analysis, we expect our students to work hard and have fun while learning. The week following our analysis of French Creek, we will post the results on CIESE's website. 

Onteora Middle School: Boiceville, New York

Our school is Onteora Middle School, located in Boiceville, New York( 42 degrees N latitude / 74 degrees W longitude). Our school has 200 students in each of the 7th and 8th grades and shares the building with the district high school (grades 9-12). Students in the seventh grade will be participating in this project, assisted by high school chemistry students. 

The school is located in the Catskill Forest Preserve and is surrounded by the Catskill Mountains. The stream that we will be studying is the Esopus Creek. This creek fills the Askokan Reservoir to provide drinking water for New York City and then continues on until it  empties into the Hudson River just north of Kingston, New York. We will be studying the water just prior to it entering the reservoir. We will be studying the river as part of a grant provided  through the Catskill Watershed Corporation, an organization funded through New York Citys Department of Environmental Protection. 

As we study the river and take part in The Global Water Sampling Project, our students will be looking for how the quality of our water compares to that of other bodies of water. Our hypothesis is that our water quality will be better than many other areas since it is part of the  largest unfiltered water supply in the world New York Citys. Over the last few years the water has been under close watch by the EPA, as New York City seeks to avoid building a very expensive water filtration system.

We look forward to participating in this study and sharing information with the other participating schools. We will be starting our data collection the week of October 8th.

Hazlet Middle School
We are Hazlet Middle School which is in Hazlet, New Jersey.  Our location is 40N, 74W. We are a suburban town which is approximately 30 minutes from the Jersey beaches and about 10 minutes from the bay. 

Our school houses 7th and 8th grade students in our township.  We are two Earth Science accelerated program (a 9th grade course) classes. We are glad we could be involved in your project. 

Central Mountain High School
Dear All, 
We are a Science, Technology, and Society class from Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall, PA. Mill Hall is geographically located at 41 degrees North and 77 degrees West. Our community is in rural Pennsylvania, surrounded by gorgeous mountains ( especially now at Fall Peak) and many valleys. Our area is well known for the great huning and fishing by sportsmen enthusiasts. We are located between Williamsport, PA 'Home of the Little League World Series' every September and Penn State University - 'Home of the Penn State Nittany Lions ( who are having an unusually bad year).

We are 10th - 12th graders studying different aspects of the environment, using technology, and seeing relationships with Society. Our school is three years old and built around wetlands. We wanted to investigate if the construction had any effect on the wetlands, therefore we incorporated this project into our studies. 
Thank You,
7th period STS class 

Pikeville High School
Global Water Sampling Project:
Pikeville High School is nestled in the quaint little town of Pikeville, Kentucky located 37.5 degrees North and 82.5 degrees South. Pikeville, Kentucky is home to a few shops and boutiques, Wal-Mart, two Food Cities and one high school/middle school and two elementary schools, one public, the other private. The city and school may be small, with approximately 600 kids in the high school/middle school, yet our spirits are not. Our school is home to the  Pikeville Panthers, for whom pride runs rampantly through the entire city. Pikeville has a  population of about 7,000 and the number is increasing everyday. Our hospital recently underwent a major renovation and is the largest in the region. Two of our major sources of industry are coal and the hospital. 

Our Chemistry II class is interested in studying the water quality in the Levisa Fork of our own Big Sandy River. The river is visible from our classrooms and within walking distance, we plan to perform various tests on the water and submit our results for this project. We look forward to
getting started and viewing all the other results.

Mr. Jeff Little's 4th Period
Chemistry II Class of Pikeville High School 

Merrylands High School
Merrylands High School is a co-educational high school in Sydney's western suburbs. The map reference for our school is 33S and 151E. The school draws from a diverse community with 44% of our students with language backgrounds other than English. 

The creek we will be investigating is located 15 minutes from our school. It is surrounded by parkland and is a popular recreational area for nearby residents.  Our class, 8 Science A, is pleased to be participating in this project and look forward to discussing our results with other schools.

8 Science A 

United Local School
We are very proud to be students at United Local because of the great teachers, janitors, and all staff. We have just recently finished refurbishing our football field/stadium and track. We also put up a goalpost at our practice field. We have two baseball fields, a soccer field, a tennis court and let's not forget our nature trail.  

There are many differences between our school and other schools around us. For example all of our school is together grades k-12. We have a hay field on our north side, a corn field to the east, and a bean field at the south. We have woods behind the school, where there are many different kinds of animals. We have a nature study in the woods where there are glacier rocks. There is also a sugar shack in our woods where we used to make maple syrup.  We have a lot of rocks with fossils in them. We are at 81 degrees west longitude and about 41 degrees north latitude. In September of 2001 we tested our water. Our stream water was slightly warm. There is a lot of plant life and this place is in a deciduous forest. 

West Hills Mission Trails 
Welcome to West Hills Mission Trails Regional Park Ranger Project.

We at West Hills have a regional park located @ 117 33 in Santee California, we are 1 mile from our school. Set in native chaparral with riparian, coastal sage, and grassland biomes, we conduct our science fair projects by participating in one of three groups. The three groups are:
1. Tracking
2. Water testing/ Stream team
3. Native and Non-native plant propagation.

This program impacts 120 students every year and this will be our 4th year conducting data
collection. We also were recently recognized as San Diego's Best Practice for the year award for the year 2000 - 2001.

We will have data collected at 2 sites.
1. Running water location
2. Standing location

Data will be collected every Wednesday for a total of 5 times for our data bank. 

Conditions of interest include:
little to no rainfall
Regional park setting
sand and rock soil composition on banks of Lake
golf course located 1 mile up stream

St. Teresa's School
Letter of Introduction
St.Teresa's school is located in the city of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. The population of our school is 312. Peterborough has a population of 67 000. The longitude of Peterborough is 44 degrees N, and the latitude is 78 degrees Ww. It is a two hour drive northeast from Toronto, the provincial Capital. In Peterborough we have the Memorial Centre, where the Peterborough Petes hockey team play, and where the Festival of Trees is held. There is also a Festival of Lights which is a large summer festival held in Del Crary Park on the lakefront. Peterborough is home of the Liftlocks, one of the biggest in the world. There is also the Trent Severn Waterway around the Peterborough area.  

Our grade seven and eights of Mr.Byrne's science class will be testing in Jackson Creek, which flows through Jackson Park. Dr.Bocking and Mr.Devlin will be helping us with our testing. We predict our water to be fairly healthy. A factor that may affect this healthiness is the fact that there is a farm next to the creek at one point. The creek also runs through the downtown area, and that may effect the cleanliness also. However, many crayfish live in the creek, alongside many species of fish. We will be testing on the 19th and the 22nd of October. We are going to test the nitrates, phosphates, pH, temperature, DO, turbidity, conductivity, salinity, TDS, and macroinvertebrates. 

Green River High School
Welcome to Green River, Wyoming. Our town is named for the river, which flows through it.  The longitude = 109 degrees 2730 W and the latitude is 41 degrees 31 N. It was founded in 1868 as a railroad town. Some of the major industries we have here are Trona mines and coal mines. Another point of interest is the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. There is a little over 12,000 people in town and we have around 1000 students in the High School. We have 256 freshman, 266 sophomores, 288 juniors and 229 seniors. Our mascot is the Wolf.

Our Global Science class has decided to join your water project. There are two classes for a total of 35 students. All of us are juniors and seniors. 

We have chosen to test the Green River. The Green River is very important to us; it is our source of drinking water. We want to compare the water above our sewage treatment plant and below it. We expect to see increased levels of phosphates, nitrates, coliform bacteria and reduced D.O. levels below the plant. We believe the river is green because of the excess algae. We feel that the river is polluted and there are traces of radioactivity in the river. 

Makati Science High School
Hi there! participants of this projects. We are students from Makati Science High School at
Osias St.,Poblacion Makati City, Philippines. We have a tropical and a rainy climate here that's
why we enjoy our life in our country for having such good atmosphere. Our teacher in charge
in joining such activities like this is Mrs. Marichu Gojar. Our school have good facilities
and we are commonly smart here. We have also this what we call high technology for we are
not that sticky to all technologies, we are hardworkers. We have no pictures as of now. We
love internet and reading novels. I hope you like it. Thank you send us anything. 

Piedmont Middle School
San Jose, California
Latitude N 37.4073
Longitude W 121.7527

Piedmont Middle School is located in the Northeastern part of San Jose, California. We enjoy sunny weather and mild temperatures year long. The area we live in was once orchards. Now there are mostly homes on this side of the valley. We are better known as the Silicon Valley.  There are many high tech companies in our valley. 

For our project we will be working with Noble Elementary (one of our feeder schools) to monitor and compare water quality and habitat. Penitencia Creek feeds percalation ponds, which will be analyzed by the fifth graders at Noble Elementary. It also feeds Penitencia Pond which Piedmont Middle School will be analyzing. All data will be compared with Stanfords, Searsville Lake. 

Initial hypothesis from students at Piedmont indicate that there will be some ability to sustain aquatic life. Our tests will continue running throughout the year as we compare and contrast data from all water sources. 

Funding for this project was made through the Berryessa Educational Foundation and Intel Corporation. We wish to thank them for their generous donations and interest in our learning. 

Edison Preparatory School
Edison Preparatory School is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, population 380,000. The school is located at 36 N and 96 W in the heart of the city. There are approximately 1700 students that attend Edison from grades 6-12. Sixty-five 8th grade students who are taking Coordinated Physical Science for high school credit are participating in the Global Water Sampling Project.

They are working in groups of 3-4 and have chosen bodies of water in and around the Tulsa Area including the Arkansas River, Crow Creek, Joe Creek, Lake Yahola and Skiatook Lake. The students have various hypothesis and are very interested in the quality of our fresh water in our city. We recently went on a field trip to Miami, Ok. which is a Superfund site located about 90 miles north of our city. This was an eye-opening experience for the students to see first hand how people can be affected by water pollution. More info to come later. Thank you. 

Floyd Middle School
Hi from Mableton, Georgia. We are a middle school which consists of students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Our school population is about 1000 students. We are a very diverse area with students from various backgrounds and countries. Only about 60 of our eighth graders will actually be participating in this unit. We are using the information that we gather to tie into a unit which will focus on the sources of water pollution and why it is so important to protect our limited water supply. We will also take a field trip to Smithgall Conservation Center and Anna Ruby Falls near Helen, Georgia to study pond and stream ecology with a park ranger. 

We will be testing water from two locations. One locatiion will be close to the head waters of the Chattahoochee River and the other will be further downstream at Lake Alltoona. Our hypothesis for this activity is that we expect to find the water more polluted the further downstream (which is also closer to the city) we go.