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April 30th, 2014

Horizons Students Examine Mount Saint Helens Eruption

David Stridiron, Jamilee Oglesby and Scott Banker present their research findings about the history of Mount Saint Helens.

NEWBURGH - Fifth grade students at Horizons on the Hudson Magnet School in Newburgh examined the impact of the 1980 Mount Saint Helens volcanic eruption as part of their International Baccalaureate study of natural disasters.

The students in Mala Hoffman’s accelerated class worked in groups to research the eruption from a historical, physical, social, environmental and current perspective, focusing on the key concepts of form, change and causation.

The findings were presented to a group of parents and administrators in an exhibition format.

The audience was then encouraged to walk through the displays and ask questions of the students.

The event was capped by "eruptions" of ice cream floats.

Horizons on the Hudson Magnet School, in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, serves students from pre-k through fifth grade and is accredited as an International Baccalaureate World School.

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

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