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This Week in Photos - Jan. 14, 2021

As part of their study of ancient Egypt, 5th graders wrote journal entries imagining they were about to become pharaoh at the age of 10 or 11. After printing their letters, students "aged" the pages using soaked tea bags, so they resembled ancient papyrus.

 

Teacher Margy Lamere reads the book The Farm Party outdoors with her 1st graders. The students were practicing word combinations and 'scooping' phrases, trying to read in a more natural cadence.

 

Second graders listen as teacher Melissa McCormack reads Harry's Mad by Dick King-Smith while sketching. Melissa always reads to her students during "downtime" (after lunch and recess), which helps them to refocus before moving into the afternoon's lessons. 

 

A Kindergartner mimics Spanish teacher Miguel Paulino's hands as the class counts numbers out loud. Miguel directed the students first to repeat numbers after him and then asked them to name the number that followed the number he named in Spanish.

 

Music teacher Tina Cunningham leads 3rd graders in singing "Farmer's Dairy Key," an African American children's song and singing game. The traditional folk song helps to reinforce beat and rhythm practice.

 

Weekly COVID-19 testing began for all on-campus students and staff this week, with the gym being converted into makeshift testing center.

 

A 4th grader glues strips of paper cut from magazines to create a landscape. Each landscape requires students to think about using different textures, shapes and shades to create a dynamic collage. The work is inspired by the book Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Sixth graders take turns reading The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela by Uri Shulevitz. Tudela was a medieval traveller who hoped to visit all every location reference in the Bible. His stories tie into an essential question in 6th grade humanities: Why do people take journeys?

 

The primary focus of the 9th grade math curriculum is proof and deductive reasoning. Above, teacher Megan Williams discusses how theorems can be used to prove that two visually different triangles have some similarities. 
 

In Pre-Algebra seventh grade students reviewed of all of their two dimensional Geometry terms and formulas in order to prepare for their unit on three dimensional Geometry. The review tasked them with creating their own "Geometry town", in which they had to place certain buildings in specific locations based on angles and then had to find the area or missing lengths of some of buildings based on information that they were given. After completing the assignment students shared their towns with the class.

 

Eighth graders in Alison Moncrief Bromage's humanities class watched history live on Wednesday, as they streamed and discussed the impeachment hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

Students enjoy playing with large frisbees provided by the Parent Teacher Council (PTC) during recess.

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