Starting with the Basics: Soil
In Research I, magnet 9th grade students start the year with learning there is more to soil than meets the eye. As they work with the scientists from YEA! (Youth Environmental Alliance), they recognize the importance of all the "decomposers" and participate in soil percolation tests see how the water cycle affects what happens to natural resources and people.
Celebrating Water Matters
As Broward County citizens learned more about conservation, South Plantation Paladins were honored for their contributions.
Dr. Jody Berman and her students received the coveted (and very heavy) Emerald Award. It was the third time the County honored SPHS for their landscaping and conservation work.
ER Ambassadors showed visitors how to make flower pots out of discarded newspapers and children to craft their own "turtle" plates. Horticulture raise funds for its program as children enjoyed the animal science "adoptees." More photos are in CLUBS.
Plantation Honors Earth Day
The entire school joined the magnet in sharing programs for visiting students at the open house. Academic and certification programs are available.
All areas of the campus were filled with displays from activities and athletics with student and teacher available for answering questions. More photos are in EVENTS.
Teacher Matt Zealy represented the magnet at the annual Everglades Coalition. South has been attending and in the past, even students participated at the event since the start of the magnet in 2002.
The Everglades Foundation has been a partner with the magnet for many years.
Experimental Research emphasizes all parts of conservation of natural resources including water and soil quality and influences. Students enjoyed on-campus lessons with the YEA! scientists as they worked on the school gardens. After preparing the soil, adjusting the irrigation, plants are added. The on-campus work takes freshmen outdoors.
Spring brings harvest to the magnet and horticulture gardens. Students reap rewards by enjoying the "fruits of their labor" during class and in club meeting. More photos in COURSES 9-12.