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Alameda High

Alameda High School, home of the Hornets, has placed green concerns at the center of an array of classes and programs on campus. Green construction techniques are taught through the school’s wood shop class and students in AP Environmental Science regularly provide outreach and education to community members. Student leadership through the Sierra Student Coalition club organizes campus wide projects and events such as Earth Day festivals and a school garden. Student leaders are also actively engaged in helping to expand recycling at businesses and in public spaces in the community adjacent to the school campus along Park Street in Alameda.  The school and district are investigating the potential installation of a large solar array on the high school and other school district properties.

Alameda High Graduate Hired by EarthTeam

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Ilse VillacortaIlse Villacorta Ilse Villacorta's introduction to the environmental world began on the day she walked into an AP Environmental Science class and saw a small group of students led by an impassioned teacher.

She saw that although the group didn't have an army of people, they were still able to accomplish much and decided she wanted become a part of that. She became deeply involved in the Sierra Student Coalition at Alameda High School and even became the club president by her senior year.

She has used perseverance, communication, and hard work to achieve her goals which have ranged from establishing a recycling and composting program before graduating from high school to interning at University of California Berkeley at a Forest Pathology laboratory the following year when she took a break from schooling.

She was one of the initial members of the Youth Advisory Board at EarthTeam and provided input in planning the annual L.E.A.F overnight trip to Camp Arroyo. It was during her gap year volunteering with EarthTeam that she realized how much helping the earth and the community meant to her. It was with this mindset that she made the choice to study environmental science.

She kept in touch with EarthTeam and was delighted to hear that there was an open position which would teach her many things relevant to her studies. She is excited to begin this new chapter and hopes to learn as much as possible.

"Working with Earthteam, I have learned a lot about communicating and expressing my ideas and have learned how to be more proactive." -- Ilse Villacorta

Earth Day 2012 at Alameda High

Bicycle ClockBicycle ClockOn Friday, April 20, students from Alameda High's Environmental Collaborative, a range of enviromentally themed clubs and leadership classes (including The Sierra Club, The Roots and Shoots Club, Aesthetes as Activists Club, the Garden Club, the Cycling Enthusiast Club, and the Lumberjack Club) collaborated to host a campus Earth Day event.

With the support of AP Environmental Science teacher Dr. Carolyn Griffith and Leadership teacher Kathleen Austin, students organized live music, activities, informational booths and the sale of eco-friendly items.

Students from the cycling club made items from discarded bicycle parts- chain rings became clocks, and used chains were converted to custom fit braclets. Art students hand-decorated reusable shopping bags and others made crafts from recycled items- paper flowers and tin-can jewlery. Students also sold reusable water bottles to help limit the school's use of disposable plastic bottles.

Dr. Griffith celebrated the students' collaboration, "Working together is the only way to solve the world's problems. Besides, it is more fun this way!"

Mi-Anne Chan - EarthTeam December 2011 Student of the Month

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Mi-Anne ChanMi-Anne ChanMi-Anne, a senior at Alameda High School, recently became one of the co-heads of her school's Environmental Collaborative which is a collaboration of all the environmental and humanitarian clubs at our school.

Mi-Anne has a long history of engaging with environmental work, including volunteering at the zoo and founding her school's chapter of Roots and shoots (a branch of the Jane Goodall institute).

As a member of EarthTeam's Youth Advisory Board, Mi-Anne has been one of the main organizers behind the December 17th movie matinee at Alameda High School, featuring "Wasteland". 

Congratulations to Mi-Anne for being selected as the December student of the month. Thank you for your service, leadership, and dedication.

Recycling Slideshow

As part of her AP Environmental Science class project, price Alameda High student Kelsey McKeon created a slide show to help teach the use the new recycling, composting and waste reduction stations on campus.  Leadership student Isabel Saxty helped distribute the powerpoint to teachers and staff on campus to use as a reminder with their classes to kick off the 2011-2012 school year.

AHS Garden on Path for Expansion

Alameda High School has, sick at best, viagra 100mg a limited amount of space for its garden.  Presently consisting of two approximately 6 by 15 foot raised beds the current plan is to remove the vegetation from an adjacent 20 inch tall cinder block planter and expand the garden area into this planter “box” area.  This will result in nearly doubling the space dedicated to gardening at our school site.

Carolyn Griffith, generic an Environmental Science Teacher, is one the Faculty Club Sponsors this year for the Garden Club and is making great headway on the road to garden expansion and school site beautification. 

Pictures to follow.