The seventh-grade science classes have just completed “Code Blue,” a seven-week focus on the study of the human body. Each seventh-grade class was divided into clinics, with each clinic member becoming one of six different doctor specialists: an Orthopedic Surgeon, Gastroenterologist, Cardiologist, Pulmonologist, Infectious Disease Specialist or Neurologist. After thoroughly studying the body systems involved in their specialty, extending their learning in their interest areas, making a model and poster and researching medical breakthroughs, they were certified to open their clinics to patients with different medical problems!
As a part of their training Mrs. Jill Fisk, a registered nurse educated them on what “Code Blue” means and how a crash cart is used in a hospital during a Code Blue event. The Crash Cart, which Mrs. Fisk made, with the help of generous donations, was loaded with many of the actual things people would see in a real crash cart. Students enjoyed taking their blood pressure, pulse oxygen reading and EKG! A highlight was when CCS 2nd Grader, Perry Dziubarczyk joined the discussion to share with students his story about how he was diagnosed and lives with diabetes. He spoke with clarity and wisdom beyond his years when discussing what he had been through and the wonderful technology that is now available to help with this disease! Much to the delight of students, the following day nurse Brown taught them how to perform CPR and how to use an AED - automated external defibrillator!
The end of Code Blue came with “Grand Rounds,” which was a time for students to show their parents examples of what they had learned. One of the big highlights of Grand Rounds is the beautiful reception put on by parents with a great Medical theme…like jelly bean vitamins, shots made of jello, red licorice blood vessels, Band-aid and EKG cookies…you get the idea! Students embraced the adventure wholeheartedly, and we were so blessed with the assistance of Mrs. Jill Fisk, Perry Dziubarczyk, Nurse Robin Brown, our parent reception coordinators, Mrs. Cindy Davies and Mrs. Julie Storey. Students left with a greater appreciation of those who work in the medical field and most of all how “fearfully and wonderfully we are made!”