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Continued: West St. Paul school students have exotic spring break

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 3, 2013 - 12:08 AM

With mostly saltwater tanks, kids have to understand how to maintain water quality, he said.

“With the chemical tests, they’re learning chemistry skills,” Doud said. “And some of that learning should benefit them as they move into higher-level classes.”

For fifth-grader Marcus Michienzi, the club’s draw was getting to take care of tropical fish. He came to school during spring break to prepare his tank for the fish that he’ll order soon.

Joining the Marine Team was also beneficial because “it helped welcome me to the middle school,” Michienzi said.

Doud and the other science teachers’ enthusiasm is contagious, said Sarah Shanley, Heritage’s magnet coordinator.

“Since the club has started, other staff members have wanted to add tanks. It’s fun to see staff go and ask [Terry] questions about it,” Shanley said. “When you have three passionate science teachers, it’s hard not to get excited about it.”


Erin Adler • 952-746-3283


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