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1/26/2011 9:45:00 AM
Where fish, art and science mix
Archbishop Howard School photo
Archbishop Howard students pose near their swimming salmon display on a fence around the schoolyard.
Archbishop Howard School photo
Archbishop Howard students pose near their swimming salmon display on a fence around the schoolyard.
Archbishop Howard
5309 N.E. Alameda
Portland, OR 97213
503 281-1912
Grades - preK-8th
Enrollment - 228
Tuition - $4,115 subsidized, $5,736, non subsidized
Financial aid available
Full day Pre-k and Kindergarten, before and after care, hot lunch, PE, music, drama, band, 4-H, foreign language classes, OMSI partnership.
Open houses to tour the school and meet the principal and faculty — Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Feb. 24. pre-k and k 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., March 17, pre-k and k 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.  Private tours available by appointment.

Nicole Panowicz

Teachers and staff at Archbishop Howard School in Northeast Portland want students to learn and love the region they live in. As a green school, students learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle so their generation can be prosperous.  

Sadly, Chinook salmon are listed under the Endangered Species Act. To show dedication to the Pacific Northwest region, students and staff painted their very own salmon, now on the school's back fence. The salmon represent every person at Archbishop Howard School.

To begin the school-wide project all the grades learned about the life cycle of a salmon. Younger grades did The Great Salmon Life Cycle Race, a game teaching them the cycle a salmon takes from a egg to a full-grown fish. Older grades made a Pacific Salmon Life Cycle Hexaflexagon, a cutout they could take home and research. In the past, students have done other salmon projects; two years ago they did a salmon hatchery.

The salmon project emerged from concern about the Columbia Slough watershed. The district, which includes the school, is home to plants and animals, like the salmon. To show that people at the school care for the water shed, students signed a pledge stating to respect it. Once everyone signed the pledge they were all assigned a wooden salmon cutout. The instructions were to paint as their hearts desired.

The students know that as they go on to greater places, they will always have their home at Archbishop Howard. The fish project is just one representation of the family and bond.

The writer is a seventh grader at Archbishop Howard School.

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