Indian Republic Day 2017

This morning we celebrated Indian Republic Day as a middle school. Our goal was to deepen appreciation for India and celebrate the amazing diversity and gifts that India offers.

First, we clarified the difference between Independence Day (celebrated on August 16th) and Republic Day (celebrated on January 26th).

All throughout India, children participate in poetry competitions and drawing competitions for Republic Day to share their vision of a progressive and unified India. While students listened to beautiful Indian sitar/flute music and viewed images representing the diveristy and magic of India, we asked students to:

  • Think of words and images that represent Republic Day and a peaceful, unified India to you.
  • Capture those words or images on your flag.
  • This could be poetry, pictures, symbols, small moments, powerful words….

Check out what students came up with in the slideshow below.

HOPE Club Trip with Santa!

On Saturday, December 10th, the HOPE Club visited the Tigri School. And they brought a special visitor – Santa Claus!!

The HOPE Club used funds raised from the World Language Bake Sale to purchase socks that were wrapped and gifted to the students. Check out the fun and wonderful work that our middle school students are doing on the weekend!

Visiting Artist: Mask Maker

In early December we were fortunate to have a visiting artist work with our theater students. Her name was Emily Gray and she came to us from the Trestle Mask company in the UK. She conducted workshops with our MS and HS students in the theater. Check out some of the fun in the photos below!

Charging Tanks

The students were given a task to make robot designs that looked like charging tanks and could move over rugged surface with ease.  The students  made sure that their bots were well above the ground level in order to save them from dirt and scratches. They used treads to protect the wheels used. Each student came up with a unique design for tankbot. Student tested their bots in the rock garden and the video demonstrates that.  Enjoy!

SHASMUN

Mr. McDavitt and Ms. Minkley recently travelled with many middle school students to Shanghai for a MUN Conference. Students held themselves maturely, dressed like diplomats and debated complex issues, such as the militarization of the Global Commons and the political transition of Northern Africa. At SHASMUN, the quality of debate is particularly high because the conference is open to both MS and HS delegates. Despite being in large committees with older students, our students did exceptionally well, debating with authority and passion. Several other teachers and committee Chairs commented about how prepared, diplomatic, and well-spoken they were.
Every student should be commended for their preparation, collaborative spirit, and proactive participation.
Thanks to Tanush and Ahaan for making a video of our trip.