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 Debbie Leidlein
Five students recently competed in the local, Fairfield County, CT History Day Competition, at Sacred Heart University. This year’s theme, Taking A Stand, encouraged students to look at individuals and groups throughout history who have made a difference by taking a stand. Seventh graders Sneha and Daniel produced websites regarding the Fall of the Berlin Wall and Maximilien Robespierre respectively. Seventh grader Samantha wrote and performed a one-woman skit, playing the part of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a participant in the Children’s March in Birmingham Alabama in the 1960s. Audrey was just 9 years old when she was arrested and jailed, with thousands of other children, as they protested the treatment of blacks in the South. Seventh grader, Brooke, and sixth grader, Kelly, both created a documentary. Brooke researched Malala, a young Pakistani girl who fought for equal education for girls in Taliban controlled Pakistan. Malala was shot three times in an effort to silence her, however, she survived and her story became a national one. Kelly focused on Martin Luther King and his fight for Civil Rights in the South. In the end, Sneha and Samantha earned first place and Brooke placed third in each of their categories. All three will go on to compete at the state level at the end of April at Southern Connecticut State University.
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 Faith Barbuto
Having the Science Fair and all the interesting experiments getting set up right outside our door is always an exciting time in kindergarten, but this year more than ever my class was thrilled to learn about all the hard work the the older students had done. In what I hope to become an annual tradition, kindergarteners got a sneak peek at the experiments done by their fifth grade buddies during the end of set up on Thursday. This provided a perfect and intimate opportunity for in depth viewing as well as a chance for the eager fifth graders to practice their presentations. My students could not wait to get back out there on Friday! I was very impressed with their level of engagement and focus and also the way the older students patiently and enthusiastically presented to younger audiences. A perfect example of inter grade collaborations here at Unquowa!