Create Your Own Elective is a course that is self-directed by students. In this course, students had the opportunity to pursue their interests and develop projects that allowed them to showcase their passions. Students identified their interest, located resources to help them develop ideas about their interests, connected with others who share the same passions, created unique, personalized projects, and then, today, shared those projects with larger audiences. Students started their planning in August and today had a chance to share their hydraulic arm, their research on depression and their homemade castle. A big thanks to Ms. Gulati who worked with the students this semester while they pursued their passions. Also, thanks to Ms. Ahuja who took photos of the event!
Students in Ms. Capozzoli’s Speech and Debate class were charged with working on pausing, diction, emphasis and how to draw an audience back in that was quickly losing interest in their story or speech. They were also working on assessing the needs of their audience and how to tailor what they were saying so that it struck a chord with the audience. What better way to practice all of these things but go to a kindergarten classroom for reading time. Great practice and great fun had by all. The kids can’t wait to go back and the kindergarteners can’t wait to have them come back!!
Mother Nature’s Minions had their final day in the Organic Garden for semester 1. They had a chance to say goodbye and thank Bajinder, one of our school’s incredible Malis. They learned a lot from him and have appreciated all of his guidance. Thanks Bajinder!!
The students did an independent project where they were expected to come up with an entertainment or utility bot design. All the students came up with entertainment bot designs and there is a variety to watch in the video.
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!
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.
Today, our middle school drama classes performed for a variety of students across the elementary and middle school. This was a tournament of sorts, and provided great laughs and fun for all. Check out the great videos below:
This video shows the Robotics students’ independent work. This was their culminating project where they came up with a bot design and steps for maneuvering. The students were expected to start the bot design from scratch without using any building manual. They were given 4-6 classes to accomplish this project. Check out their amazing work!!!