Monthly Archives: November 2014

apes 1 apes 2They aren’t always outside, Here, Science Faculty member Elissa Johnson and her APES students measure and compare the relative cation exchange capacities of different soils, an important measure of soil fertility.  Just another day in the lab!


Faculty Member Adam Wallenfang and his English 9 class created Instagram stories using Ernest Hemingway’s famous six word story (“For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.”) as a model. They talked about how the elements of a story can still be present in very short fiction, even if inferences are necessary to discover them. Students were asked to take pictures and connect them to a six to twenty-five word story they wrote.

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Drawing and Painting 1 is working on expressive animal paintings with non- traditional tools (i.e., no paint brushes).  Stina came in with a peeled carrot this morning and used it to work on her portrait (not a rabbit!).   Thank you Art Faculty member Jaclyn Sammis for passing along this example of creative thinking by your students.


History Department Faculty member Chris Buckley shared his students work on human rights defenders.  Called the Ripple of Hope Project, students engaged in research on real world defenders and their causes.  Students queried their peers in the Cafeteria with a questionnaire titled “Taking the Human Rights Temperature at Your School” and also analyzed purchasing habits, and connected them back to child and forced labor.

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Students take a survey to determine how their purchasing decisions affect labor markets.

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Students used tomatoes to reflect how farm workers are compensated.

buckley 1Students worked to identify companies that contract out labor to factories with sub-standard working conditions.

Last weekend members of the Eco-Citizens Club began the messy but important work of converting the grass roof over the Cafeteria to a native plant meadow.  Sod was removed, new soil was spread, and seeds were sewn.  It is hoped that this will reduce mowing (and attendant carbon dioxide emissions), reduce water runoff, increase biodiversity, and provide food for pollinators during the growing season.  Thank you to the student volunteers and to Elissa Johnson, Eco-Citizens faculty adviser.

eco 1Maddie Schneider removes sod from the roof.

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Finley Wetmore spreads a mix of native plant seeds.

On Monday, 11/3, Business Faculty Member and DECA Adviser Claudia Gray and nine members of the DECA Leadership Team traveled to Wall Street for a field trip focused on NYSE history and careers. Students experienced a wide range of activities including an outside tour of the landmarks in the area, a trip to the floor of the stock exchange, an inside tour of the NYSE, and a meeting with Tom Farley, President of the NYSE Group.  Our future business leaders felt right at home!  Special thanks to parent Anne Nixon, who coordinated the activities for the trip, and for her dedication to our DECA program!

DECA Leadership, left-right:  Davis Nixon, John Sommi, Phil Rech, Stephen Walker, Luke Sheridan, Dylan Cunningham, Claudia Gray, Cooper Drippe, Jack Garfield, Danny Siemers