A huge thank you to all the generous families that contributed to the Allen AME Church’s Turkey Drive! We were able to help 33 families have a turkey dinner this Thanksgiving. Students received a standing ovation when they entered the church to drop off the turkeys! They were able to see the joy they spread and felt empowered knowing that they can make a difference and spread holiday joy to families that are going through hard times.
We celebrated being thankful for this amazing middle school by having our annual “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” Toast, pretzel sticks, ice cream and jelly beans were on the menu this morning. Forgive us if they come home a bit crazy today!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for sharing these amazing kids with us!
We were fortunate to be able to visit the Sikh Gurdwara today. Students were welcomed with gracious hospitality. We were able to hear the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book, being chanted aloud. It is currently being read aloud for 48 continuous hours. We were given prasad, a mixture of flour, butter and sugar to share and later served snacks from the kitchen. Students were able to ask questions and were welcomed back anytime.
Educators from Korea Poly School in Seoul visited our school this week. They are learning more about gifted education, inquiry, and project based learning. The students shared several projects they are working on and cordially answered their questions. It’s an honor to work with educators on a global scale.
We visited the Hindu Cultural Center in Bothell last week. Students were able to learn more about Hinduism through direct experience. They were able to ask questions, see a Hindu prayer, and share a delicious meal. It was an amazing and fulfilling experience.
Students have been working on Science experiments for the past couple weeks. First we became familiar with the concept of parallax. If you’re not familiar with parallax, close one eye and hold up your thumb in front of an object, blocking it out. Then open that eye and close the other. Your thumb is no longer covering the object. That’s parallax. Astronomers use it to measure how far away stars are. Once students understood what parallax is, they generated questions they want to investigate that test parallax. Then they chose one and constructed an experiment. Today we did a group critique where students explained their experiments to the class, and the other students asked questions and made suggestions to make the experiments stronger. One big advantage of doing the group critique is that students get to think critically about several experiments rather than just their own. So it’s great practice in experiment design. Next week students will actually be carrying out their experiments and analyzing results.
Black holes, monsters, lederhosen, clowns, ghosts, punks, creepy masks, corn maze, parades, parties, whew.