This year, the Grade 5 curriculum includes learning about climate change and the environment. As part of these studies, students are reading Two Degrees by Alan Gratz—a book that follows five children’s journeys as they experience the effects of climate change in Florida, Canada, and California. 

Outside of the classroom, Grade 5 students visited the San Diego River to learn about the microorganisms present in the water and how related data can indicate the health of the river. A community beach clean-up day and an alliance with the cafeteria to teach and learn about waste are in the works. 

To further the students’ understanding, Mayor Todd Gloria visited the Mission Hills Campus to discuss the city’s Climate Action Plan.

Before his arrival, students studied Mayor Gloria’s Climate Action Plan, reflected on the changes that he wants to make, and then wrote questions to ask him about the plan. Students learned about Mayor Gloria’s goals for San Diego and more ways to be good environmental stewards. An in-depth discussion was held between the students and Mayor Gloria in Szekely Auditorium. 

This is the second time Mayor Gloria has visited Parker this year—he also gave an inspiring speech during the Class of 2023’s commencement. Click here to watch the commencement ceremony.