What a week it's been! Hopefully, the stories about what we've been doing each day is coming home. A short synopsis:
Singing with Ernie
The halls have been full of songs from the 1920s to the present day. Each cast has been practicing their parts in Crusin' USA with Ernie. I'm sure you've heard some of the songs during the car ride to and from school.
Dancing with Annalise and Case
Horizons alumnus, Annalise Woller, and now professional dancer and her friend, Case, have been showing the kids how to move their bodies for the dance portions of the performance. The dances range from the salsa to hip-hop.
Math - Investigating Algebra
We started a unit on Algebra, but are using an investigative approach. Through experiments with dripping water and jumping jacks, students gathered data, created tables and graphs, and analyzed these three elements.
Think Humanity - Assisting Refugees in Uganda
The students continued their work for the refugees in Uganda this morning by counting then repackaging donated vitamins from Vitamin Angels into small containers. Beth Heckel, director and founder of the non-profit Think Humanity, tells us that "all vitamins will go to children from the Kyangwali Refugee Camp or children who come to our clinic. I think it will be really helpful for children who have low immune systems due to malnutrition. Once the immune system is stronger, they will hopefully be less susceptible to diseases like malaria, typhoid, and other illnesses." Stella Brown, an eighth grader, who did her aperture project on Uganda relief work, coordinated this project with the class.
The energy in the classroom around this project is truly wonderful. None saw the repetitious task of counting and filling as menial and often talked about the kids and families that would receive these vitamins.