From September’s opening day to June’s closing ceremonies, we document and share events from all over our campus in an attempt to continuously communicate all the diverse goings-on at The Unquowa School. From school-wide events, assemblies, visiting presenters and other highlights from around campus, here’s a sample of what’s happening…
Posted by Karen Williamson
Do you know all the two letter words that you can use when playing Scrabble? Well, many of our fourth through eighth graders do!
Students on Unquowa’s new Scrabble Team are learning strategies to help them improve their game while honing their verbal and math skills. Bringing fun and energy to the team, the coaches are local Scrabble expert and Unquowa parent, Howard Greenspan and math teacher Mr. Werner. The team may even have the opportunity to travel to compete in the National School Scrabble Championship in April! Until then, they are busy playing and practicing…and beating their parents!
Posted by Karen Williamson
Fifty-six percent of last year’s fourth through eighth grade students qualified for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program by scoring in the 95th percentile or above on a verbal or quantitative portion of the ERB standardized test. This accomplishment qualifies them to take above grade level tests, such as the SATs, to assess their math and verbal/reading talents and also gives them the opportunity to attend unique educational programs throughout the U.S. this summer.
Posted by Michelle Lamb
Pen & Paper is Unquowa’s creative arts magazine that is published at the end of each school year. It highlights student writing and artwork of various forms.
In 2009, two students asked to publish their writing for the school to read. With Ms. Lauer’s approval, a gathering of interested students in grades 7 and 8 came together to discuss what the important elements of this publication would be and to give it a title. They concluded that the magazine should be open to all forms of creativity and decided on the title Pen & Paper to convey the importance of the creative process in its most simplistic form.
Today, the magazine embraces the original mission of its founders while continually incorporating new ideas. The editorial, art, and publication staff meet weekly to actualize the magazine. The editorial staff focuses on writing their own work, selecting pieces for publication, and providing feedback for submissions. The art staff links writing to illustration, produces open choice art pieces, creates a unique font for the magazine, and works on the front and back covers. Finally, the publication staff codes writing and art submissions, making them anonymous, to keep the editorial staff objective during the reviewing process. They also organize and print submissions for review and advertise to the Upper School inviting them to submit their personal work. Lastly, the publication staff is charged with the final layout of the magazine.
We are off to great start with exciting writing and art that we can’t wait to share, and we look forward to creating a showcase of Unquowa talent!
Posted by Krissy Ponden
On Thursday, February 23, Unquowa hosted their first Empty Bowls Fundraiser. Empty Bowls is a project started by an art teacher in Michigan in 1990, who had his high school students create ceramic bowls that were then sold with soup as a charitable event to raise money for the community. Since then, hundreds of Empty Bowls fundraisers have been hosted around the country with a similar concept in mind: to give students and others a way to help raise awareness and funds to help fight hunger in their local communities. Unquowa students each created a ceramic bowl that was symbolically left empty to remind us that many people (children included) often have to go without food. Chef David prepared a simple meal of tomato soup and bread that families attending the event were able to enjoy after purchasing a handmade bowl for a donation. It was an important and heartwarming event that brought the Unquowa community together with the common goal of helping to support the work of local soup kitchens. Bowls that were not sold the night of the event will be displayed in the front hall and will be available for a donation of any denomination that can be dropped off in the Main Office. A huge thank you to everyone who made this event possible!
Posted by Eric Werner
Our fifth and sixth graders are participating in the Math Olympiad, a nation-wide math competition. They are taking multiple 30-minute tests, each including five word problems of increasing difficulty that test students’ ability to observe patterns, use a wide variety of problem solving techniques and apply their mathematical knowledge.
All seventh and eighth graders, along with some sixth graders participated in the American Math Competition (AMC). This twenty-five question test was leveled for advanced eighth graders and required a much more refined mathematical skill set with topics ranging from applied arithmetic to advanced Algebra and Geometry. This year, seventh grader Sneha scored highest at Unquowa with 18 correct out of 25. This phenomenal score also placed her in the top 5% nationally, earning her an AMC Honor Roll Certificate.
Finally, the Unquowa Mathcounts Team traveled to Fairfield University to take part in the Fairfield Chapter mathcounts Competition. eighth graders Aaron, Alexandra, Drew and seventh grader Sneha competed together as a team, and eighth graders Tommy, Lisi, William, Naia and Danny, and seventh grader Brooke also competed in the competition as individuals. Our team placed a respectable 13th out of the 25 teams, and Sneha placed 26th overall as an individual in the competition, a ranking that earned her an invitation to compete in the State Competition!
Posted by David Coe