Seventh grade has been exploring the idea of being an active listener in advisory. During the first activity each student was tasked to play the role of the listener while a classmate talked about a particular topic for 3 minutes and then we flipped roles. While this was challenging for many of them, they discovered they learned more about the topic than they would have if they’d been able to respond. Our second activity was about letting nature speak to us. We spent 25 minutes in a spot in our wooded area of the school campus and sat while nature did the talking. We found that this time brought our busy world to a calm pace. The experience enhanced everyone’s awareness of our surroundings. Now we challenge you, take 3o minutes and disconnect, it can go a long way.
Last week, 6th-8th graders boarded a bus headed to Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Norwalk for their first after-school social of the school year! Students jumped, jousted, dodgeball-ed, and of course, enjoyed snacks (including all-you-can-eat pizza!) for two hours. It was a fantastic way to end the week! Many thanks to the chaperones and UPA for helping make this outing possible!
7th Grade Life Science students recently went to the Fairfield Audubon Center not to study birds but the health of wetlands environments. Students learned that while pH and other indicators can identify a healthy wetland, the best indicator of a healthy wetland is a large number of pollution intolerant macroinvertebrates (small organisms without backbones). In places with leeches and midge larva, pollution is high, while places where fly fisherman favorites, stoneflies and caddisflies live indicate low pollution. Students also replicated the role of the forest floor in filtering drinking water.
The seventh grade Spanish class is learning all about the markets in Guatemala, including the famous market of Chichicastenango (say that five times fast!). To tie in our cultural study with our new vocabulary of clothing and market stores, along with study of stem-changing verbs, the seventh graders wrote TV advertisements for new stores and performed them for their classmates. Highlights included a “cameo” by Guatemalan host Rolando Boj and surprise dance number!
The great British explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton once said “If geography itself has any significance it is that we are made to lift our eyes from our small provincial selves to the whole magnificent world.” The seventh-grade humanities students have begun their year-long journey around the world. Studying the aspects of culture, they are learning about how the language, religion, government, daily life, art, economy, history, and social groups make a place unique. Our class is beginning with identifying US geography and from there we will travel due south to South America for our next novel and cultural exploration. Along the way, we will be lifting our eyes to all the beautiful geographic and cultural diversity our world has to offer.