By News 8 Chief Meteorologist Matt Baylow
I've been doing these school visits now for more than ten years in San Diego county, and I've been to every corner of the county (Palomar, Boulevard, Camp Pendleton, Otay Mesa, etc.) - but one school that keeps asking me to come back each year is located right in Chula Vista. And every year they have a great group of students!
The past couple of years have seen some construction at St Rose of Lima School in Chula Vista, but this year they had moved into their new 2-story building.
Part of the new building included a new field for the kids to play on. It was created with recycled tires underneath the astroturf - which is a great way to help save the environment! But there was one problem - the construction crew used steel-belted radials underneath, so as it turns out there were some metal pieces sticking up. . .they are getting this taken care of, and once it IS ready to go it's a great field for the kids:
Anyhow - on to the classroom. These were 4th graders today, who had already had quite a bit of science and were quite familiar with what was going on with the weather outside.
Also - when asked some questions, they all went right to their workbooks for the answer! And knew exactly where to go to find it. Pretty amazing!
One of the many topics covered today had to do with the cloudy conditions in Chula Vista - and why it was so sunny north of I-8. Also, what was up with those winds at the Equator? And how they handled hurricanes and even non-related weather topics like tsunamis and whirlpools.
Angling to be teacher's pet:
Ellie, a student in the class, had her birthday today. It was too bad that it had to be so cloudy out!
Seriously, this school has always had attentive, polite, receptive, and excited to learn students and I've always enjoyed coming back here. . .hopefully they'll have me back some time!