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 Lloyd Mitchell
Ever wonder how Winterfest becomes the amazing show it is year after year? This week’s Winterfest teaser highlights the hard work of the entire cast and performers preparing for this year’s big show. Enjoy!
Posted by Faith Barbuto
For germs that is! Kindergarteners finished their unit on living and nonliving things by studying the smallest forms of life, microorganisms. This group includes bacteria, germs and viruses. We learned more than we ever wanted to know about healthy bacteria that live all around and on us! Next, we explored how to keep ourselves healthy and germ free. We conducted an experiment to see the most effective way to remove germs from our hands, In this scenario, purple glitter played the part of germs, much less gross and much easier to see. Students predicted what method would work best, some answers were very creative! Then we put each method to the test, seeing if it really did remove germs and prevent germ transfer. We proved once and for all that warm water and soap is the best way to keep your hands clean!
Posted by Alyson Cahill
Winterfest is coming! This year’s production is surely bound to be one of the “Greatest Shows!” Students have been rehearsing daily and the whole community has been working together to get all aspects of the performance ready for our audience, including staging, costumes, and sets. If you walk through Unquowa’s halls, you’re bound to hear the sounds of fifth graders’ sticks tapping the ground, or perhaps our Upper School chorus singing beautifully – or maybe even spot some tiny monkeys! We are excited to show off the results of all our hard work – hope to see you there!
Posted by Megan Kirk
Second graders LOVE to sing! We often talk in class about how music can bring up emotions while we listen or sing a song. Today’s emotion was pure happiness!
Posted by Ann Palm
Letter G week in PreK-4 proved to be very exciting. Mr. Coe, the Upper School instrumental teacher visited our classroom and played his guitar! We all sang along. Mr. Coe explained the sound comes from strumming the strings. We learned the guitar strings are made of metal and a ukulele strings are made from plastic. In the afternoon we made our own guitars with shoe boxes and rubber bands. The class was excited to show Mr. Coe our guitars and make music with our handmade guitars. G says /G/ in guitar!
Posted by Lloyd Mitchell
Ms. Math, (Dr. Rachel McAnallen) spent time with the Unquowa community leading students and adults in an exciting day and entertaining evening. Known simply as “Ms. Math” to children across the country, Rachel McAnallen has devoted her life to sharing the joy and beauty of mathematics with learners of all ages.
A professional educator for over half a century, Rachel travels the world teaching her subject at every grade level. In addition to her experience in the classroom, Rachel has served as a department chair, a school board member, and a high school administrator. As a lifelong learner, Rachel completed her PhD at the University of Connecticut at age 75. Rachel approaches the world around her with a boundless curiosity and a playful sense of humor that is reflected in her teaching style.
The energy from her visit has already invigorated teachers and students to look at math in a more conceptual way which leads to creative mathematics!