8th graders have partnered up in music class to cover a song of their choosing. Everyone must play guitar and at least one person must sing. Students have been reading chord charts and have been encouraged to truly make it their own!
After presenting their aquatic ecosystems, classmates offered constructive comments and criticism of their delivery. They criticized for things like reading off the poster and rough transitions and gave compliments for things like eye contact and creativity. They were very impressive in their interactions!
It was a privilege to host Ms. Higgins, the Associate Director of Refugee, Asylum, & International Operations for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as a guest speaker. 6th grade students appreciated this great opportunity to deepen their understanding of the U.S. response to refugees and asylees. It was also a great chance to practice listening, note taking, and asking insightful questions!
Congratulations to our newly elected student council. Our 8th grade co-chairs stay the same all year, but our grade-level representatives change half-way through, spreading the opportunity for leadership.
Let the debates begin! Should police officers wear cameras? Should schools require standardized testing? 8th grade speech and debate class researched, formed arguments, and brought their cases to the class to be debated in front of peers and judges.
We love having guest speakers in our classes to bring knowledge and new perspective to our students. This week it was an honor to welcome Kate and Anna’s grandfather and 18th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, General T. Michael Moseley, USAF Retired. General Moseley shared his insights with our 6th graders regarding the work he is doing to develop a 21st century model community for displaced persons in Northern Iraq.
During their science series on the nine major phyla of the kingdom animalia, 7th grade students scouted locations around campus for a trail camera. They mapped the campus looking for footprints, antler rubs, and other animal signs.
Ms. Mankar and Ms. Fitzpatrick teamed up to give students an opportunity to combine science research and visual communication. 6th grade students studied climate change in Ms. Mankar’s class, they did research, and then graphed the data. They worked in art class to turn their graphs into artwork that conveys their findings. Finished projects are displayed in the Big School lobby!
On the students' days off this week, our auxiliary program offered optional child care. Preschool through kindergarten spent a fun day of activities, games and craft projects on campus while 1st - 8th grades ventured out to the new St. James Athletic Center and Disney on Ice!
The ability to confidently present to an audience is a quality we strive to foster in our students. 5th grade speech class is learning about verbal and non-verbal techniques. To enhance their learning, they are evaluating speeches recorded from Mr. Bowley's old speech classes, rating the techniques used, and presenting their findings.
Dan Huynh ’15 stopped by our campus last week for a surprise visit. He’s currently a senior at St. Albans School and is now deciding whether he will accept his admission offer to Yale or enter the Naval Academy after graduation.
To build our middle school community, our Student Council organizes 3 middle school hang outs to take place once per trimester. Last Friday night they had their winter "Chill Out."
Students in 4th - 8th grades participated in the National Geographic Bee, and after an impressive first round, 10 students took part in the final school-level competition today. Congratulations to Tate '20 for being our school champion and to Julia '19 for being runner-up!
What better way to apply speed, velocity, and acceleration knowledge than by engineering ramps? Using a marble or hotwheels car, 8th grade students must calculate speed at 4 locations to determine acceleration at any given point.
Organization saves time and stress. Dr. Moore, our Director of Learning Center, met with 5th grade advisories this morning to discuss ways students can become more organized—at home, at school, and on the computer.
Innovation Evening was a fantastic opportunity for parents and students to spend time together while creating, designing, and engineering. Plus, parents got a peek into what innovation looks like around school. Catapults were launching, parachutes were floating, towers were growing, and robots were roaming!