MUN Refugee Debate

Our Model United Nations students are busy debating a very important topic.. This week their research comes to life. Throughout their MUN course,  students’ have increased their knowledge of world issues, as well as their growing research, speaking, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. It’s inspiring to watch their development!

This week, students are engaging in their final summative debate on the human rights of refugees in Europe. They are following United Nations protocol and they are impressive!
Check out our photos!

Hour of Code

On Tuesday, November 14th, our 8th grade students spent ET (Enrichment Time) participating in an Hour of Code.

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How does technology impact lives?

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Enjoy the pics below:
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Interested in more coding?!? Here are some further resources from Mr. Coyle (Director of Technology) to explore regarding coding.

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Population Project: Creative Expression

After so much learning with the Population Project all spring, 8th grade students then shared their learning through a Creative Expression project. Students chose one of the options below in order to present their expertise to a target audience as a way of raising awareness of their topic.

Check out these amazing, impressive posters:

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And enjoy these great performance and “Ted” style talks.

8th Grade Humanities Guilds

In the last 6 weeks of the year, 8th grade humanities students engaged in writing guild work once a week. It was very open-ended and didn’t receive a grade, however as a whole, the students were highly engaged. All 8th grade students presented their work at the end of May, and it was very impressive. Enjoy these amazing presentations below.

William, Karthik and Peter:

Georgia, Imaya, Neha:

Emma W, Kaitlin, Emma H., Emma C.:

8th Grade POP Field Trips

On Wednesday, 8th grade students ventured out into Delhi to explore their Population Project topics. Students had the opportunity to see with their own eyes:

  • The issues they are researching
  • Contributing factors
  • The people who are living these issues
  • The experts working to find solutions

Field Trip 1: Yamuna River Walk

  • Visit 4 locations along the Yamuna in Delhi
  • See the ways that the citizens, the city, and industry impact this river

Field trip 2 :Education and Camp Communities

  • Visit to a School in Tigiri run by the HOPE Foundation
  • Learn about daily life and issues facing children and families in India
  • Meet and talk with students
  • See how opportunity and challenges are faced by the school and the students
  • Visit students in their homes and have a chance to interview them

Trip 5: Gender Issues

  • creates safe spaces across India where women in need can come to live and work.
  • At W+S women are taught to use the skills they have or develop new ones.
  • Apparel and accessories produced by the women are then sold to overseas markets.

Asha Foundation

  • Community empowerment programs in slums
  • Slum development programs
  • Family planning education
  • Maternal and infant health


Reflection: At the end of the day, students reflected on their experiences, including their learning from the trip.


POP Speakers Day

Thursday was a great day for 8th graders studying the Population Project.

Speakers from diverse backgrounds engaged our students with presentations and question/answer sessions that expanded and deepened their understanding.

Follow this link to the Guest Speakers page to see what they shared with us!

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–This post is credited to Mr. Coleman and Mr. Currey. Find more information about the Population Project at this link.

Ellis Island

This week in eighth grade, students participated in an Ellis Island immigration simulation through humanities classes. Prior to the simulation, students were assigned a role and a country from which they were emigrating. Students researched about the country’s economic conditions, political conditions, general health of people in that country, why people left that country, what sorts of jobs people had and where people settled as they moved to the new country. Students then dressed up in appropriate costumes for the time period and went through the process of what it was like to immigrate to the United States.

Check out the photos below from this incredible learning experience. Photos compliments of Yearbook students.

Reflecting Students

As we prepare for fall student-parent-teacher conferences, students are self-assessing, reflecting on their learning and identifying areas of strength, areas for growth, and creating a plan for future learning. It is so great to see students take ownership of their learning!

Check out the students from Mr. Rosenfield’s 8th grade science class below deep in thoughtful reflection:

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