Learning Updates for September 13 to September 17

September 17, 2021

Community Is at The Center of Lesson for Fifth Grade

This week in humanities, the fifth graders have been focused on community. We’ve been discussing what community means to us and how we can be positive community members. Fifth grade has also been working on building community, and to build community we have been learning about our classmates’ interests, fun facts, and hobbies. In one fun activity this week, students worked in teams learning about our responsibility in a community, specifically how what we put out into the world is often very difficult to take back. To demonstrate that difficulty, the teams tried putting toothpaste back in a tube!

– Vaniecia Skinner, grade 5 teacher

Arts Update: Woodworking Saws Into the New Year

Students (and this teacher) are very excited about our return to the woodworking studio. The smell of sawdust and the sounds of hammers are again filling our corner of the Barn. We are quickly getting up to speed in the space and beginning to learn new skills, refresh others, and get a start on projects that will guide our learning through the first part of the year. The grade-level projects are: first grade – sawing, second grade – sawing designs, third grade – “Oliver K. Woodman”, fourth grade – magic marble cubes, fifth grade – Sketchup, sixth grade – infinity blocks, and grades 7 and 8 – carving and clockmaking. If you want to learn more about any of these projects, please ask a student or reach out to me any time!

– Bill Smith, woodworking and 21st century skills teacher

A student in the air catching an ultimate disk

By John O'Neill, director of athletics |

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By Sarah Merril, director of high school placement |

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