I attended Halbert in the 60's and graduated in 1971. I remember the McCowan farmhouse from my Kindergarten days. We raised some tadpoles in Mrs. Cox' class. As they outgrew their aquarium, each student gently carried a "baby" frog to the fence nearest the Kindergarten door. We let them go free through the fence to seek shelter at the "farm". Maybe that is why I wanted to work in the environmental field!
The Scarboro Heights Record V11 #2
Bees on the School
Al Ford, a terrific teacher, built a glass beehive which he installed in his classroom for the study of bees. The bees had access to the hive via a screen chute which opened up onto the roof of the school.
One day at 11:45, the bees having raised a new queen, decided to swarm and thus leave the hive. The sound they made was amazing, just like a locomotive warming up. The timing of this move was alarming since, in a few minutes, 400 children would leave the school for lunch break. The front yard of the school would be teaming with bees. It was just a buzz. I could imagine children being stung by the bees and a real problem developing.
Little did I know that, when bees swarm, they first prepare for the exit by gorging themselves with honey prior to leaving. This makes it difficult for them to flex their abdomens and unable to sting.
Well, the alarm of the pre-noon period was soon changed to amazement as the bees finally congregated at the opening of the chute up on the roof.
How things change. The afternoon science class was held up on the roof with pictures being taken of children standing right beside the swarm of bees. They were the size of a basketball. This was one of the most interesting science episodes in my teaching experience.