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 Krissy Ponden
Each year the Unquowa gym is transformed into a magnificent art gallery with work displayed from all students in the school. A true retrospective of the year in art, projects range from painting, to ceramic, printmaking, and more. It is a wonderful opportunity to see the scope of work that the students accomplish throughout the year, and the younger students eagerly anticipate their own turn to create some of the beloved traditional projects like the 7th grade Lichtenstein self-portraits, or the 3rd grade clay chickens. Throughout the year students work on developing their artistic skills while learning about different artists, art forms, and art movements. Their best work is then collected and hung in one large-scale exhibit for the whole school community to view and appreciate. This year featured several Gator Garage makerspace collaborations including the 4th graders’ fun handmade lamps, and the 8th graders’ framed branch weavings. We hope to expand the presence of makerspace projects on view in the future as we continue to expose students to unique opportunities and contemporary ideas of what art can be. The art show once again demonstrated the importance that Unquowa places on the arts and the skill and excitement with which our talented students rise to the occasion.
Posted by Megan Kirk
Proud does not even begin to describe how I am feeling about all of our Upper School students! From the instrumentalists who opened our show with fabulous music, to the tech crew who made the lighting, sound, and scene changes possible, to each actor who brought this show to life…I could not be happier. These students worked so hard in each of their roles and together as a team to pull off an amazing show. On the night of our show we were no longer a middle school putting on a show, we were professionals delighting our audience with our production. Please enjoy our video of The Wizard of Oz!
Posted by Debbie Leidlein
In the fall, five students committed to compete in the History Day Competition. This is an extensive research project which requires students to choose a topic based on a theme, research their topic and create a website, documentary or exhibit, or to write a paper or write and act in a performance demonstrating what they have learned. The students met twice a week with Mrs. Leidlein and attended two in-school workshops, along with countless hours spent on their own, researching and preparing. In March, these five students, seventh graders Daniel, Brooke, Samantha and Sneha, along with sixth grader Kelly, participated in the local competition. Brooke, Sneha and Samantha all finished in the top three in their category, qualifying them to advance to the state competition. In April, they competed at Central Connecticut State University, where Sneha took second place for her website regarding the fall of the Berlin Wall and Samantha placed first for her performance about Audrey Faye Hendricks and the Children’s March of 1963. This qualified Samantha and Sneha to travel to the University of Maryland in June to compete at the national level. We wish them the best of luck and can’t wait to hear the results. Friends and family can log on to www.nhd.org to access the live webcast on June 15th between 8:30 AM and noon.
Posted by Sarah Pollex
Come outside and check out our new and improved PE classroom. It now offers a 200 meter track! It is great for PE teachers and coaches because it will enhance the fitness components of our curriculum as well as the training of our athletes, respectively. It’s great for students because it “makes running more fun.” And you should see them go!
Posted by Megan Kirk
The video below shows every performance – to skip ahead to a specific performance hit play and then click the YouTube icon in the lower right corner to watch on youtube.com. Enjoy!
Our students put on quite a special assembly for this year’s Grandparents and Special Friends!
The performances kicked off with PreK-3 students singing I Want to be a Superhero! We do a lot of dramatic play in PreK-3 and with this song the students acted out different ways they could be superheros! The kids realized the best way we can be a superhero is by being kind and helping one another!
Next up was PreK-4 and kindergarten singing Pennies from Heaven. We learned this song during our unit on Jazz. The students listened to many different artists’ versions of this jazz standard, and then we put our “spin” on it! The students really wanted to find a way to add a prop to their song and dance, and we were lucky enough to have a parent come in and help the students create wonderful umbrellas for our song!
First grade was next singing I’ve Got Rhythm. This song was perfect for this class since we have been focusing a lot on more difficult rhythms this year in music. One great way to learn rhythms is through movement. The first graders learned a tap step called the paradiddle, which consists of four eighth notes, and showed off their tapping and rhythm during this performance!
The second graders were so excited to perform their song Friend Like Me. This is a class who loves to be creative and their creativity shined through in their song and dance which they helped choreograph!
Third and fourth grades came together to perform a much loved song Puff The Magic Dragon. This started as a third grade recorder piece, and as soon as the fourth graders heard us practicing they wanted to learn it too! The fourth graders learned how to accompany the third graders on this song using the ukeleles. It was a beautiful performance!
Fifth grade was then ready to come up for their performance of the song If We Hold On Together. The students learned how to accompany themselves on this song which is a very difficult task!
After the fifth grade, junior chorus chose the song Bridge Over Troubled Water to sing to their special friends. The students really analyzed the meaning of this song and that helped them to sing with great emotion.
Last on the stage was the Upper School chorus accompanied by the Upper School instrumentalists. They sang a powerful song, I Have a Voice, which they dedicated to all of their family and special friends who helped them to find their own voice and strength.
In May Day tradition the assembly closed with the Maypole dances. First, the fourth graders performed the spider weave and then the fifth graders ended the assembly with the braid weave both of which were done beautifully. Great job to all!
Posted by Craig Knebel
Our educational philosophy is simple: the best way to help students gain new perspectives and build skills for the future is through experiential learning. Thirty current and two former Unquowa students traveled to Barcelona, Spain for spring break 2017. Along with Mr Knebel, Mrs. Leidlein, Mrs. Sylvestro, Mrs. Ponden and Mr. Werner the students walked, tasted, danced and observed the cultural heritage and history of Spain. Over ten days the students visited Barcelona, the international heart of Spain, Madrid the regal capital, Toledo with its vast history, Cordoba with Moorish, Jewish and Christian influences, Seville the cultural center of Andalusia, and back to Madrid.