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 George Seferidis
We are delighted to share our 9th volume of Pen & Paper. We are so proud of all the hours of work that went into this year’s edition. If this digital copy isn’t enough for you, we will be selling copies next Tuesday at Closing Ceremonies and Commencement. Enjoy! If you wish to purchase a copy of this year’s issue, click here to go to the ordering page.
Posted by David Coe
The After School Instrumental class had an awesome year!
Each Friday the room was filled with 4th – 8th graders all playing together and having lots of fun! Our favorite songs included Ode To Joy, Do Re Mi and the original compositions Friday Afternoon and Groundhog Day. Since there were no other classes taking place we could turn up the volume on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, keyboard and percussion. Rocking out is a great way to end the school week.
We’ll be back at it next year!!
Posted by Kate Haviland
The year is flying by! To help mark this milestone, the parents of the Class of 2018 gathered to celebrate their children’s upcoming graduation. And the stories flowed!
Sharon Lauer and the faculty spoke about the extraordinary close bonds in this class. A closeness on full display during their tear-filled four hour bus ride home from their recent 8th Grade trip! They are prepared and eager for high school, but this is clearly a bittersweet time for them. We will miss them, but we send them off with confidence and pride…here’s to the Class of 2018!
Posted by Debbie Leidlein
Day three started out with the power being back and hot showers! Yea! After breakfast we broke into two groups with one group doing to the Escape Room and the other group going to ride the bumper cars and to take the boats out for a spin around Lake Teedyuskung. After the students were reunited, they were given some free time during which they opted to go and ride the go carts. We all regrouped for lunch and then went to change for the pool. The second group was able to experience the Escape Room in the afternoon, and while neither group escaped, they all agreed it was great fun! The students who wanted to ride the boats on the lake in the afternoon were able to and we also took the bumper boats out for a spin. Our pre-dinner activity was a chopped competition. Students were divided into teams and were given some basic baking ingredients along with their mystery ingredients which included bacon, brie cheese, chocolate chips, fruit cocktail, honey, maple syrup and bananas. Mr. Sef and Mrs. Leidlein were the judges. We were very impressed with the creativity of the students and their ability to come up with and execute some very complex dishes. After dessert, we went to dinner! Students could not wait to get to the beach volleyball court for our nightly game of Unquowa volleyball, which we played until we couldn’t see the ball. Then, it was up to the lodge for an evening of karaoke. What a talented group of students. Talents abounded in the areas of singing and backup dancing and we didn’t want to leave when the night was over. We returned to the houses to pack and finish out the movie they had started the night before. It was another late night before we were all tucked in bed and the tears started to flow as they started to become sentimental about the end of the trip and the end of their 8th grade year. In the morning they quickly finished packing, went to breakfast, and, yep, you guessed it, squeezed in one last game of Unquowa beach volleyball. Then it was on the bus to come home. In the words of many students –“That was the best trip I’ve ever been on!” Who needs electricity?
Posted by Debbie Leidlein
Day two at Woodloch started out wet. After breakfast we rode the go-carts in the rain! Sophia and Lauren were our speedy drivers and Alex learned not to look backward while driving forward. After a few spins around the track, some opted to go to paintball while others opted for archery. Matt, Sophia and Hannah demonstrated their mad paintball skills! Over at archery, Daniel, Alex and Mr. Sef hit the bullseye! After lunch, we returned to the houses for quick showers and a lip sync battle. Students worked in teams to plan and record themselves lip syncing to a song of their choice. Points were awarded for creativity, costumes, accuracy, inclusion of all students and punctuality. We then had a viewing party where we were able to celebrate each team’s final production. The memory of watching Daniel and Max record a video to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” with Brandon as their camera man, will not soon be forgotten! Alex, Aiden and Matt did a very artsy piece while Kate, Kylee, Raphael and Margot showed us all they learned in humanities by using symbolism throughout their video. Sneha did a great impression of Mrs. Leidlein waking up Sophia, Maddie and Brooke who then told us “today, I’m not doing anything.” Our dress up dinner was in celebration or Woodloch’s 60th year and Maddie’s 14th. Dinner ended with an ice cream birthday cake and some very happy students. Another game of beach volleyball (Unquowa style), a comedic show and a dance party rounded the evening out. Then it was back to the houses for some more late night movies, games and hanging out and talking. Day three will start with the power being back on!!! Three cheers for hot showers!!
Posted by Debbie Leidlein
Day One at Woodloch held a lot of fun with some surprising twists. After a quick lunch, students went swimming in the indoor pool and water slides as a severe storm was blowing into the area. The fun lasted until the power went out. Students rode out the storm playing games and chatting. After dinner, the whole group went outside to play some beach volleyball (or at least our version of it) and Mr. Sef demonstrated his one handed catching skills. We saw a ventriloquist and Max and Kate were part of the act. Who knew Max could shoot silver dollars out his nose and Kate could sing like that. Then we returned to the house for some cards, movies, and games. We celebrated Maddie’s birthday at 12:01. All-in-all, it was quite the day!