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!
The gates of Wonka’s factory are now closed, but our 6th-8th grade cast and crew members are still “unpacking” a wonderful experience after our Musical Theatre Project unit in Performing Arts concluded last week with two fabulous performances of “Willy Wonka Jr.” As members of a performing ensemble, all students have been learning that it is important to reflect upon their participation and progress in the spring musical. Through written responses, students shared how they felt they grew as a performer (and person) by being on stage together. In addition, students were asked to share their theatrical design projects, which were also a component of the Musical Theatre Project. Students did graphic renderings and some hand-drawn images depicting their own individual set, costume, and prop designs for the show’s specific characters and/or scenes. We are truly proud of the entire cast and crew’s dedication to this exciting project.
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?
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!!
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!
Twenty-four 7th and 8th grade students traveled over spring break with Mr. Mitchell, Mr. Knebel and our Spanish teachers, Ms. DeAngelis and Ms. Fernandez, to work and vacation with the Dominican Foundation for Marine Studies or Fundemar in Bayahibe, Dominican Republic. As Ecotourists, our students learned about and worked towards coral reef restoration and marine mammal conservation. As global citizens, our students met community members affected by the loss of the reef and learned how to make crafts and projects to help rid the reef of invasive species. They snorkeled in bleached out and not bleached out reefs to compare the levels of biodiversity – the difference was striking. Other highlights included a cultural exchange with Dominican youth, visiting the six hundred year old first capital of the the Americas and exploring underground limestone aquifers. Oh yes, practicing speaking Spanish, beach time, bargaining in souvenir shops and a whitewater raft trip were also on the itinerary.