Harry Potter Park(ing) Day!

Excuse me sir, would you like to play some Quidditch?

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Today Seabury students participated in Tacoma Downtown on the Go’s annual Park(ing) Lot day.
Students transformed a parking lot into a Harry Potter Wonderland, complete with a Quidditch game, Harry Potter books and all manner of props.

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Students also got to visit other booths set up around the city and helped to get to know and support other local businesses.

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Passersby were invited to also play some Quidditch and have the Sorting Hat decide which house they were in, which determined which cool Seabury prizes they could win.

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Through this activity students had to make phone calls and inquire about getting props. They had to determine how much artificial grass would cost and borrow things from other businesses in the neighborhood. They had many chances to interact with various people in the community. Most important, they had to learn to work together and cooperate!

And…. check out “Professor McGonagall’s” retro Beacons chair- a gift from when she taught the current 8th graders when they were in 2nd grade! The kids had fun seeing how much bigger their hand prints have gotten.

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Overheard at Camp Colman

2014-09-11 14.51.55“Messing up helped us figure it out”

Without talking we learned to watch each other and figure it out."“Without talking we learned to watch each other and figure it out”

2014-09-11 14.59.08“Support from each other helped us finish.”

2014-09-11 15.24.25“That was the first time I saw kids solving it that way!” (from the counselor)

2014-09-11 15.26.07 “I’ll call that ‘creative cheating’, you all broke rules I didn’t even think of!” (also from the counselor)

2014-09-11 19.33.47“It’s about stepping out of your comfort zone.”

2014-09-11 20.21.13“I’m nervous, but I’m going to do this anyway.”

2014-09-12 12.03.10“We’re on different teams but we’re still friends!”

2014-09-12 12.46.26 “Go Team Seabury!”

 

 

 

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Camp Colman!

Rock climbing, catwalk logs, vertical play pens, challenge games and Ga-Ga ball! Oh my! Not much time but here’s some pictures on the fly.

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2014-2015 We’re BAAACCCCKKK…….

This year started off on the right foot, or rather, feet, with a three legged race!

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We had fun playing games in PE at the Tacoma Center YMCA

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And we had a great time eating lunch at the Tacoma Farmer’s Market!

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We’re off to a great start for a fabulous year!

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Seabury 6th Graders Win Startup Weekend Seattle by Creating a Company that Teaches Kids How to Code

 

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Check out two of our amazing 6th graders who took first prize at Startup Weekend Seattle, beating out adults as they developed a computer coding program for kids.

“It took two middle schoolers to come up with a game that could teach kids to code — developing an approach that could revolutionize the way technology is taught in schools.
It’s called GenerationCode.
Seabury Middle School sixth graders Fiona Brennan and Semira Lacet-Brown and their team of nine professional adults took top honors at Startup Weekend at University of Washington last weekend.
Lacet-Brown has been learning to code for two years and she’s been having a hard time finding a tool that suits her level of skills, noting that there aren’t any coding games for middle schoolers.
The girls took the top prize at Startup Weekend, a 54-hour event where entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, and developers all come together to pitch their ideas for businesses, form teams and build projects. Each team
 presents their project to judges at the end of the event. As Lacet-Brown was interested in coding and Brennan was interested in design, they sat down together and came up with a computer game that teaches young kids how to code.” -Geekwire Magazine

Read the whole article here:

http://http://www.geekwire.com/2014/sixth-graders-win-startup-weekend-event-game-teaches-pre-teens-code/

AND Check them out on the King 5 News!http://http://www.king5.com/news/cities/tacoma/Tacoma-sixth-graders-on-path-to-start-tech-company-259482091.html

Check out their new website: http://http://generationcode.co/

We couldn’t be more proud of these innovative, creative ladies.

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Density of Water

The challenge: Can you prove that cold water is more dense than warm water? In chemistry, students had to find ways to show this is true. They experimented with layering different water temperatures.

 

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Poetry and Shakespeare in the Park

“O! how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day!”-

We’ve been taking full advantage of this beautiful weather and taking our studies outside. We’ve used Theater Square Park to write with observational skill, and dive into Poetry.

Here’s some snippets of student work:

Aluminum Fish
if you were given the chance
to leap from your post
where the discarded soda cans dance
would you take it? 
 
Thousands of small leaves
crushed mercilessly underfoot
without second thought
 
Lamps stood sentry at the passages between hedges. A large grey and yellow building stood at one end of the park. Dragonflies flew busily around.
 
The smell was like pine needles. Most time you couldn’t notice it, but in came in stabs occasionally.
 
The architecture was strange here, going from extremely modern to mid-Victorian. It smelled like salt and oregano.
 
Knox surveyed his surroundings, squinting from the sunlight and whispered into the palm of his hand, “It seems like a glorious day to be kidnapped, don’t you think Jo?”  

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We also enjoyed some reading of a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” in preparation for the upcoming play. True Shakespeare in the Park style!

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