Claremont Unified School Board honors RSABG

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden was recognized as a Claremont Unified School District partner at a recent Board of Education meeting on Thursday, May 5, 2011.

The presentation from the school board at a regularly schedule board meeting recognized the outstanding educational opportunities provided by the District’s partnership with Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and for the ongoing commitment to Claremont students, faculty and staff.

Carly McKean, science teacher at Claremont High School, made the presentation.

“This evening I would like to thank the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Executive Director, Patrick Larkin, and especially Director of Visitor Services, Eric Garton for allowing our students the opportunity to conduct real scientific research at the botanic garden over the past two years.

“I have had the wonderful opportunity to take my I.B. environmental systems and societies class every week, as well as my marine biology classes. Likewise, Cheryl Fiello has taken her I.B. biology class, Kristin McKown has taken her A.P. environmental science classes, and Marizka Rivette will soon take her introductory biology classes to conduct field work at the garden.

“Our students have created dichotomous keys, designed their own properly randomized quadrat, transect and soil drainage studies, and have conducted a wide variety of water quality tests.

“It is rare to hear a high school class cheer, as mine does every time we leave for the garden. Eric has been tremendously helpful with our ever-changing schedule, providing localized instruction, and arranging for the use of materials. At this time, I know that the board would like to thank you, as do my students, my colleagues and I.”

Ms. Carly McKean
Science Teacher
Claremont High School

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