Field Trip Forms
Teachers provide a copy of field trip forms to be signed by parent and returned to the school. To keep a copy of the information, download the pdf and print.
Magnet Site Visits:
The year started for 10th graders with labs in Honors Environmental Science and Honors Biology.
In the 2-day Ecosystem Dynamics lab, students examined owl pellets to discover more about the animals that the owl has eaten. By identifying the bones, the students were able to learn more about the scientific process, data analysis and draw conclusions about feeding relationships in a woodland community.
Students in each class identified more than 20 types of prey animals and were able to calculate the estimated number of prey animals of each kind one owl would eat in a year. They then used the data to create ecological pyramids and analyze a variety of factors relating to trophic feeding relationships within an ecosystem.
In Honor Biology, students worked with bubbles because the bubbles make a great stand in for cell membranes. They’re fluid, flexible, and can self-repair.
In this lab, students conducted a series of experiments examining properties of bubbles and made connections to the properties of cell membranes that they were learning
about in class.
Sophomores also ventured outside for a NatureScape adventure. They identified the difference in native and exotic plans, and then removed exotic plants that had taken over the grounds outside the magnet building.
In Experimental Science, 9th graders learned from classroom and outdoor labs: Wildlife Monitoring and Gardenology 1.0. Soils and Beds!
Ninth Grade SPHS Magnet students took their first steps in understanding soil composition, formation, and use in a garden program over the two days.
Students learned what type of soil is best for growing crops, how worms and other critters create fertile soil, and got the campus beds ready for planting!
Later in the month the students learned more about about the plants themselves and spent the day filling the beds with new seedlings. They will enjoy the "fruits of their labor" n the months to come.
YEA! (Youth Environmental Alliance) adds to the daily instruction with their hands-on guidance.
Both freshmen and sophomores were able to show their swimming skills through the wind, rain and cold weather. Just as the weather began to turn colder in November, they dove into the pool at Fort Lauderdale High's Aquatic Complex after a short bus ride.
First they had to show they knew how to swim, and then they had to swim a distance unaided, float on their back for a predetermined time and tread water for several minutes. After they proved their competence, they divided
into teams and swam relay races. Then they all had the opportunity to go off the diving board.
Those who had difficulty swimming were taught to swim by the coach and magnet coordinator - a certified swim instructor. Some students returned for addition lessons to make sure if they fell out of a canoe they could save themselves.
No one complained about the cool weather because they stayed in the heated pool.
The very first year of the magnet program, upperclassmen toured the recently built Ah-Tha-Thi-Ki Museum on the Snake Road off Alligator Alley. They also worked alongside members of the tribe to remove exotic, invasive plants along the mile-long nature walkway. When juniors in the Cambridge program toured, it had changed a lot.
Students now saw a refurbished walkway and added wildlife study at the Billie Swamp Safari nature preserve. In addition to the ride where they saw, deer, black bears, an ostrich, water buffalo, bisons and other animals, they held skunks, alligators and feeding a deer.
Juniors in the Cambridge Global Perspectives class spent an entire day on the Seminole
Seminole Reservation to learn the Native Americans' history and culture.
Students were split into two groups to participate in activities, switching places after lunch so everyone saw everything. One group studied the wildlife on the preserve riding in swamp buggies. Then they participated in the animal show before watching the venomous snake presentation.
The other group first toured the Ah-Tha-Thi-Ki Museum, saw a video about Seminole history and then took a nature walk showing plants the Seminole continue to use in their daily lives. More photos in FIELD TRIPS.
Students in Experimental Science, spent the day at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park on Fort Lauderdale Beach. They had the chance to collect and analyze water samples, identify flora and fauna of the park. help clean up the beach and explore the waterways by canoe.
Students worked with personnel from YEA! (Youth Environmental Alliance as they studied the local environmental issues and used what the learned throughout their years in the magnet, especial the Small Craft Safety from their HOPE-Water Safety PE class as freshmen!
Teachers continued to utilize longer classes due to block scheduling for on-school activities. Freshmen learned the basics of identifying native and invasive plants through the first event, Weedology, learning from personnel at the Youth Environmental Alliance or YEA!
After lectures about invasive plants and the opportunity to study samples close up, students
took their learning to the South Plantation campus so they could remove the weeds.
Throughout the day, numerous classes with students in every grade worked to clear out the invasives starting around the magnet building. Later in the year more native plants will be added to the gardens that were begun in the previous two years.
Bringing what is learned in the classroom to actual sites is part of the curriculum of Experimental Science 3 Honors classes.
The 3-part hands-on, place-based educational experience consists of two school-based experiences and one off-site field trip delivered by the Youth Environmental Alliance (YEA!).
All programs tie directly to the curriculum and provide new and engaging ways to learn key content. School-based programs will be delivered on campus during normal instructional time.
Cry of the Water
In the fall, YEA! personnel provided an interactive classroom experience that engaged students to use Florida's ecosystems as case studies to facilitate their awareness and empower
them to make conscious decisions about protecting the planet.
Site Visit: Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
For the second step students spent all day in the field to learn more about local flora, fauna, and ecosystems; engage in sustainable fishing practices and take part in ecosystem restoration by enhancing habitats for pollinators.
Think Globally, Act Locally
Culminating the program students engaged in habitat stewardship on school grounds.
After learning the principles of Florida-friendly landscaping, students identified an area on campus in need of remediation and transformed it into a “NatureScape” featuring native plants that are both wildlife and people friendly.
Visiting History Miami Museum
Freshmen in Honors English spent the day in Miami learning more about the history of South Florida. Special emphasis covered the Everglades and the influence of local Native Americans.
Students in Jessica Reeves' classes examined ancient bones, shards and relics from Florida's earliest inhabitants as part of the magnet English curriculum. They also saw and sag in a trolley showcasing early transportation in Miami.
When they returned to school, they wrote about their experiences and what they learned.
Part of the Everglades Restoration curriculum covers how farming has affected the water in the Everglades.
After a year's absence, students returned to tour the Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) on US 27 as they observed the Best Management Practices (BMPs) of U.S. Sugar based in Clewiston.
An informative tour of the STA managed by the South Florida Water Management District (not normally open to the public) gave them a first-hand look at how the pumps distributed the renewed sheet flow of water to the southern
Everglades. SFWMD personnel explained what had to be in in the event of hurricane or drought conditions.
Students observed the return of wildlife to the area as the cleaner water flowed south.
Then they boarded the bus and went to the sugar cane fields where they learned how the BMPs of U.S. Sugar have helped improve the water quality beyond what is prescribed by federal regulations.
They sampled fresh-cut cane and toured the Clewiston museum before returning to school.
As the King Tide raised the waters of South Florida, Juniors in Experimental Science 3 became extremely wet as they went fishing in the Intracoastal and restored the habitat of the land.
After they reviewed fishing regulations they learned as freshmen, they had a morning of successful catch-and-release fishing.
Next they reviewed their lessons about the exotic plants
that constantly try to take over the local landscape as well as the native vegetation including mangroves who help combat the rising tides.
After lunch and a nature walk, they spent the rest of the day removing the exotics and replacing them with native plants before returning home wet but satisfied. They worked alongside personnel from YEA!: Youth Environmental Alliance and teacher, Dr. Jody Berman.
For the first time in the 14-year history of the magnet program, all the students in the Research 3 and 4 classes toured Everglades National Park from the Flamingo entrance at Florida Bay to the main visitor's center on one trip.
As they made stops along the way to observe the different habitats and wildlife, they used their senses to explain what they learned about the park first hand instead of in textbooks.
Students also needed to document their writing with photographs at each location and they used cameras as well as their phones to do so.
The two busloads of students started at opposite ends of the park and ate lunch along the way. Before returning home they stopped at a popular stand to enjoy smoothies and milkshakes as well as tropical food.
Just before the Thanksgiving break, the 160 magnet freshmen spent the day in the Everglades at Shark River Valley Slough. Three trips were needed for all the students to attend.
After watching the National Parks video on the bus, the students completed a worksheet covering the Bobcat Boardwalk and took the 17-mile tram ride. Students saw alligators of all sizes, Blue
Herons, Tricolored Herons, Ibis, Anhingas, Red Shouldered Hawks, Turkey Vultures and other birds and reptiles.
Observations were the theme of the day. Instead of the traditional data-filled worksheet, students practiced their observation skills beginning on the bus ride and throughout Everglades National Park.
For the past 14 years, freshmen in the first theme class of the magnet, Research 1 and II, have toured the U.S. Sugar Corporation in March.
Guided by Judy Sanchez from U.S. Sugar, students saw how the Storm Treatment Area adjusted the water flow to the Everglades, helping to purify the water coming from the Kissimmee chain of lakes.
Then they went to Clewiston and observed a harvest of sugar cane fields. In the planned burn of the cane fields, the leaves were burned off before the cane was harvested and sent to the plant via train. At the mill, the sucrose was extracted, and the sugar was stored in large warehouses before being purified.
Students collected sugar from the warehouse and took home stalks of the cane.
On three different days in January 2015, students in the Research 3-4 classes including dual enrollment, helped Broward County Parks personnel remove non-native invasive plants from Miramar Pinelands.
The 157 acres of the park are filled with a unique combination of wetlands, flatwoods, prairies and slash pine forests. The juniors learned more about native plants as
they helped remove the most invasive species. This three-day clean up focused on reducing the number of Rosary Pea and Balsam Apple plants. Read the newspaper story:
The Everglades Watershed begins in central Florida at the head of the Kissimmee River. Through the years the river's flow was changed due to population and economic needs at the expense of water quality and the flora and fauna of the Everglades.
However, with the focus on Everglades Restoration, the oxbows of the river returned due to the removal of dams that were built to make the river a straight canal for water craft commerce.
At the end of January 2015, 15 seniors in the Honors Limnology class had the opportunity to see the restored habitat at Riverwoods (FAU's Center for Environmental Studies) to study how the new changes in the flow affects the wildlife. (Limnology is the
study of freshwater ecosystems.)
During the two-day trip, they tested the water quality of the river, counted wildlife, dipped for aquatic invertebrates, and studied the landscape and wetland plants. After dinner they enjoyed a wildlife presentation about snakes and alligators before departing to the Kissimmee Prairie for star and moon gazing with an astronomer.
The day ended with a campfire and s'mores.
In the early days of the magnet, every sophomore made the trip. However, as budgets were slashed the trip became too expensive for students and teachers so one trip of upperclassmen renewed the experience.
As part of the Honors Environmental Science curriculum, sophomores and juniors to see how Wheelabrator South Broward turns household waste into power. For 12 years, what the facility does has been an important part of the magnet program.
After a video, plant professionals showed the students the facility from the crane room to the control room while explaining safety features and career opportunities. During the tour students examined the very hot furnace and a few were able to operate the big crane distributing trash.