Welcome to the 2016 - 2017
6th Grade Montgomery School
Trout in the Classroom Wiki!
Montgomery School's participation in the Trout In the Classroom program was made possible through a unique partnership between PA Fish and Boat Commission and PA Council of Trout Unlimited. This partnership, coupled with assistance from local conservation organizations, was created to introduce Pennsylvania students to Coldwater resources and their importance to all communities. The partnership also provides brook trout eggs, trout food, technical assistance, curriculum connections and teacher workshops each year.

Montgomery School is grateful to the Valley Forge Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the PA Council of Trout Unlimited, and the PA Fish and Boat Commission for their assistance and support with the Trout in the Classroom program.

We will continue with our embedded "live Water Chemistry data form" that we initiated in 2010. This is where students will be posting the results of our water quality tests and it will update automatically to this website. To see our Water Chemistry results, please click on the navigation link, "Trout Tank Water Testing Results" on the left side near the top of this page.

We will also be continuing our use of the "Current Egg~Trout Population Status" page to provide a real-time count of our Brook Trout population.

This Wiki is a work in progress, so please pardon the dust from our construction efforts. Check back often to see the changes.

Montgomery School has adopted the Pickering Creek that runs through our property. As stewards of the creek we participate in the monitoring of the creek annually. Our data can be viewed at the World Water Monitoring Day Website (WWMD LINK). You can see great data records on the WWMD Data Map.

The Trout Cam is BACK!!!
The Fry have turned into Fingerlings!!!

The 6th Grade students at Montgomery School are continuing their studies of how human activities affect our watersheds this year. Our goal is to learn how to be better stewards of the watersheds on our planet, and create solutions and habits that we can all do to help preserve and improve the quality of our freshwater streams and rivers. This is our Journal:

May 1st, 2017 - The remaining trout are still happy and growing fast. This is the latest that we have kept the fry in any year of Trout in the Classroom due to our school schedule. We are in the process of scheduling the release date. We think there are 21 trout left in the tank, which is highly dissapointing, but better than NONE!!! Hoping for the best!

Feb. 21, 2017 - The new trout have been doing very well, although in the last week we have found three trout floating upside down in the water. They looked otherwise healthy. Today I came back from break to find two more trout floating upside down. I wondered if they are getting injured by the bulkhead pump or water filter intake. I looked at the intake for the water filter and there were three trout fry stuck to the sponge covering the intake. I removed the sponge (used to prevent the small fry from being sucked into the filter.

Friday, January 27:
All but two trout died, for unknown reasons. We received a new shipment of trout on January 18.For now, they are doing well, none of them have died, and they are adjusting well to their new environment.

Nov. 27th: Students are still out for Thanksgiving break. I came in to check on the Sac-fry to find the massive die-off continuing. 30 Gallons of water was changed to see if we can "clean" this up. All dead and decaying trout were removed. The "white" in the sac appears to be enlarged hearts. only 22 dead were removed, but ALL living Fry were placed in a clean net breeder and counted. Only 44 remain alive with 3 more who are not looking good (these were placed in a second net breeder to protect the healthy Sac-Fry).
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Nov. 23rd: We are getting concerned as many of the Sac-Fry are dying. We have lost 14 in the last 2 days. Many seem to have enlarged sacs that are "clear" and their organs are bunched up and white (possible calcification?). The sacs on the dead Fry seem to have "exploded."
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Nov. 17th: It looks as though all of the eggs have hatched into something that looks like a tiny fish attached to a ball of food so it can eat! The ball is the "Sac" that will shrink as the Sac-Fry (otherwise known as an Alevin) turns into a Swim-up fry that swims up from the bottom to look for food!20161122_162446.jpg

Nov. 9th: We checked to see how our progress was going with the hatching stage. Turns out that 90% of the eggs have hatched!!! Later that day, one of my classmates took out six of the dead eggs in the tank so that they would not go moldy. There were 127 eggs in the tank alive.

Nov. 2nd, 2016 - Our trout eggs have arrived!! They came around 11:20 am with the box a little bit wet. Soon after, they were placed in a bag which was put in the tank to Acclimatize (get used to the temperature) the eggs. Our class, counted the trout eggs and saw that 133 of the eggs were Viable “alive” eggs. Also, there were 66 eggs that were dead on the arrival. Yet there were 11 eggs that looked alive and dead at the same time so we kept them. But in total we got 211 eggs that arrived!!!! If you are wondering how you can tell a dead egg from an alive egg, it is very simple. An alive egg would be where the egg has two little dots that look like eyes, and a dark black line that is there spine right in between. A dead egg would be very cloudy and you would not be able to see the “Eyes and the Spine”.

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Eggs Arrive unpacking the eggs

10/31/2016 - Happy Halloween!!!
The 6th grade is excited to kick off the Trout in the Classroom Project this year. The Eggs have been harvested and fertilized, and are being packaged tomorrow by a huge force of volunteers with the PA Fish and Boat. They will be shipped to our school and should arrive on Wednesday or Thursday.

In the meantime, we have set up our tank and tested all equipment (including the chiller which is maintaining the temperature of our tank at 13 degrees Celsius (54 F).

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The 6th grade has also embarked on a Virtual Canoe Race that is sponsored and run by the Delaware Riverkeepers Network. For more information, please check out the link to their Virtual Canoe Race Program.

Please enjoy this video from our program in our inaugural year.