For the second consecutive year, Chandler Woods Charter Academy is moving on to the 2010 Science Olympiad State Tournament sponsored by Michigan State University’s Division of Science and Math Education. More than 450 high school and middle school/junior high teams competed at the Science Olympiad Regional competitions in February and March. Nearly 100 advancing regional teams, Division B Junior High/Middle schools and Division C High Schools, will be competing in the 28th Michigan State Science Olympiad Tournament Saturday, May 1, on the Michigan State University campus. Forty six competitive events will be held in various locations on the MSU campus. Competitive events include Battery Buggy, Science Crime Busters, Forensics (SCI type event) and Junkyard Challenge, to name a few. Team shirts, medals and trophies are a part of the discovery hoopla. State Champions and runner-up teams from both divisions will qualify for to the National Science Olympiad Tournament at The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois May 20 to 22. Chandler Woods Charter Academy is one of 29 junior high/middle school teams returning from last year. Chandler Woods students, coaches and teachers represent a strong dedication to science education and have worked tirelessly throughout the year to prep for the competitive event and rise to the top. • • •
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Laughter and learning fills the gym as Jim Mitchell from 6+1 Writing Fun visits Chandler Woods Charter Academy in Belmont. Students from kindergarten through sixth grade were exposed to all 6+1 writing traits with interactive examples of how the traits apply to their own compositions. 6+1 Writing Fun is an upbeat, live action language arts elementary school assembly program. Students learn all 6+1 traits of writing by seeing, hearing and doing.
Olivia Dopkiss, a level six all-around state champion, had her personal best all-around score of 37.425 at the level six and seven USAG state meet on May 2-3 at Oakland University in Rochester. Competing in the 10-year-old age bracket, Dopkiss also took first places on the vault with a 9.5, the beam with a 9.425, and the floor exercise with a 9.325. Dopkiss also took a bronze medal on the uneven parallel bars with a 9.175 score. Dopkiss trains 18 hours a week in Lansing at Gedderts’ Twistars Gymnastic Club. She is a fifth-grader at Chandler Woods Charter Academy, and is a straight-A student. She raised $500 earlier this season by participating in a cartwheel-a-thon to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network-a charity near her heart, given that her younger sister was born with a neuromuscular disorder. Dopkiss lives in Rockford with her parents, brother, and two sisters.