Science Fair Volunteers

Science Fair volunteers are still needed on February 17th and 18th 2016.  Maria Montessori Academy will be having our annual science fair for the 4th and 5th graders on the 17th and for the 6th and 8th graders on the 18th of February.  This is always an exciting time for our students and we need your help to make this a fun and memorable event.  We need volunteers  to help with a variety of tasks from set-up/clean-up, judging, judging coordinators, score keepers and snacks.  No experience necessary for most of the tasks, also volunteers do not need to be parents of students participating in the science fair.  Please contact Paula Dugan at or Rob Garrett at

Science Fair Info

Here are some details on the Science Fair this week:


The Elementary Fair – 18th (Wed)

8:15- 8:30 – Students will go to the gym and set up project on assigned spot.  They will need their project and lab book.  All need to be in place at 8:30 but no later than 8:45.

9:00 – approx. 1000 – the 4th Grade Students will be judged and released

10:00 – approx. 11:30 – the 5th Grade Students will be judged and released.

Please note that any student partners will go with the higher grade judging time.

12:00-2:00 – The gym will be open to all Upper, Lower Elementary and Staff to review the projects and vote on Student/Staff Choice.  This is new this year.  If they wish to vote after reviewing all the projects, they will be given a slip for them to write the location and title of their choice and put it into a box on their way out.  Please make sure students understand this is an opportunity for them to vote on a project they thought was well done or inspiring to them (not simply their buddies) and that they must only put one down.

2:00-4:00 – the gym will be open to the public.  Students will need to take their projects home so we can set up for the Jr. High fair the next day.   Jr. High students in need of community service hours are invited to help clean up and set up for their fair.

The Jr. High Fair – 19th (Thur)

8:15- 8:30 – set up in the gym.  Must be in place no later than 8:45.  Please no late arrivals….  Students will need their board, lab book, final report and other related materials.

9:00 to approx. 10:00 – the 7th and 8th grade students will be judged and released.

10:00 – to approx. 11:30  – the 6th grade students will be judged and released.

Any 6th grade student teamed with a 7th or 8th grader will go during the Jr. High judging.  Please note we may need to call back in students for further judging in the event of ties.

12:00 – 2:00 (start time approx.)  – the gym will be open to Upper Elementary and Jr. High Students and staff to review the projects and vote (if they wish) on a Student/Staff Choice Award.   Please note we may need to delay the start time depending on whether judging is still taking place.

4:00 – 6:00 The Jr. High Science Fair Open House open to the public. Students may take home their projects if they are at the Open House when it closes – otherwise – they will need to pick up their projects on Friday morning.

We will be giving out certificates (not ribbons) this year.   1st place awards will go to the top 10%, 2nd place will go to the top 20%, 3rd to the top 30-49% and all others will receive a participant certificate.  We will also have overall fair 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners who will receive a cash award.    Additionally the Student Choice and Staff Choice award winners will receive a gift certificate award.

The top 5-10 projects in the Jr. High fair will be eligible to go on to further competition at the Ritchey Engineering and Science Fair in March.

We are still in need of volunteers to bring refreshments for the volunteers – so please let us know if you know of anyone willing to help out.  If interested, contact Ms. Paula at or let any of our other committee members (Mr. Rob, Ms. Fallon, Mr. John, Ms, Kat).

Thanks for your support,


Science Fair Help Needed

The Science Fair Committee is looking for volunteers to help during our 5th Annual Science Fair (18-19 February).   There are many different volunteer positions available:  elementary judges (some science or engineering background preferred but not mandatory), both elementary and Jr. High event volunteers to help run the judging station, score keepers, awards, snacks, set-up, and clean-up.   The time frames vary according to the volunteer position.  Those who have volunteered in the past have found the Science Fair to be a fun  and rewarding experience.  Volunteers are critical to the success of the fair and we hope you can find some time to join us.

If interested, contact Ms. Paula at or let any of our other committee members (Mr. Rob, Ms. Fallon, Mr. John, Ms, Kat).  Thank-you!