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Arts Update: Transitions in the Studio As New Explorations Abound

The Coolidge Art Studio has been abuzz this week as classes finish artworks and transition to new explorations and challenges with various media. First graders recently completed making paper by hand, and are now learning about architect Zaha Hadid, who will serve as inspiration for their upcoming 3D work. Third

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Arts Update: First Grade Ribbon Dancers!

After watching the fourth grade play, Imagine!, first graders were inspired to create their own ribbon dance performances. Emphasis was placed on both freestyle and synchronized segments. The students learned that fluidity and big arm motions helped create the most drama in their dance. This concept piggy-backed perfectly with their

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Pre-k and kindergarten students sing at the Winter Concert

Arts Update: A Week Filled With Song

This week was filled with many musical moments. Students thought about a song’s purpose in a songwriting class, played chord progressions on the keyboards, learned new songs from the school musical as an ensemble, and rehearsed (and performed) for our annual Winter Concert. Music served as a thread that connected

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A student works on his soft sculpture project

Arts Update: New Soft Sculpture Class Begins

Seventh and eighth graders began their new trimester of arts classes last week. One of the new offerings is a soft sculpture class. Students are working with a variety of materials, including fabric and wool. For their first challenge, students designed a six-sided sculpture made from cloth. After creating a

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Arts Update: A Cappella Sings

This fall, a group of seventh and eighth grade students took a cappella as their music elective for the first trimester. While working together in a vocal ensemble, students practiced harmonizing, singing from chords, beatboxing, thinking about vocal arrangements, stage presence, projecting their voice as a soloist, and how to

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A first grader hammers their happy block in the woodworking studio

Arts Update: First Graders Start Hammering, Sawing

First graders enter the woodworking studio in the fall, starting their journey as designers and creators. The students learn to use basic tools and develop their fine motor skills. Cutting a piece of wood with a hand saw is their first accomplishment proceeded by learning to hammer. This week first

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Learning Updates: Highlights from October

Eighth Grade Math Tackles Spreadsheets We’ve been getting acquainted with spreadsheets (specifically, Google Sheets) in some of the eighth grade math classes this week. As we’ve been studying one-variable statistics, students have also had the chance to see how a spreadsheet can increase the efficiency and simplicity of data analysis

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Two students work on a sound recording in an arts elective

Arts Update: Middle School Students Produce New Songs

Seventh and eighth grade students in the song production arts elective have been working on their keyboard skills. After spending some time working on the basics of successfully recording and editing MIDI, students began to construct their own multi-layered songs. Some were creating airy dreamscapes, and others were working on

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A student with his original finger puppet design

Arts Update: Be Handy

Seventh and eighth grade students in the “Be Handy” arts elective this term are working on their first major challenge: to tell a story using finger puppets. Working independently or in small groups, students decided on the story they wanted to tell and then created a storyboard and individual character

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A fifth grader works on a Jacob Lawrence-inspired work

Arts Update: Migration Series Inspires Fifth Grade

Fifth grade students were “commissioned” this week by the Phillips Collection to create the sixty-first panel to add to Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series. Students created a piece of artwork that built on the artist’s visual narrative while adding a modern-day twist. Students’ paintings included the stylistic elements found in

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By Anne Armstrong, visual arts teacher and arts coordinator |

January 27, 2023

The Coolidge Art Studio has been abuzz this week as classes finish artworks and transition to new explorations and challenges with various media. First graders recently completed making paper by hand, and are now learning about architect Zaha Hadid, who…

By Christopher Parsons, theater arts teacher |

January 20, 2023

After watching the fourth grade play, Imagine!, first graders were inspired to create their own ribbon dance performances. Emphasis was placed on both freestyle and synchronized segments. The students learned that fluidity and big arm motions helped create the most…
Pre-k and kindergarten students sing at the Winter Concert

By Kassie Bettinelli, music teacher |

December 16, 2022

This week was filled with many musical moments. Students thought about a song’s purpose in a songwriting class, played chord progressions on the keyboards, learned new songs from the school musical as an ensemble, and rehearsed (and performed) for our…
A student works on his soft sculpture project

By Kathy Jo Solomon, visual art teacher and sustainability coordinator |

December 9, 2022

Seventh and eighth graders began their new trimester of arts classes last week. One of the new offerings is a soft sculpture class. Students are working with a variety of materials, including fabric and wool. For their first challenge, students…

By Kassie Bettinelli, music teacher |

December 2, 2022

This fall, a group of seventh and eighth grade students took a cappella as their music elective for the first trimester. While working together in a vocal ensemble, students practiced harmonizing, singing from chords, beatboxing, thinking about vocal arrangements, stage…
A first grader hammers their happy block in the woodworking studio

By Bill Smith, woodworking teacher |

November 9, 2022

First graders enter the woodworking studio in the fall, starting their journey as designers and creators. The students learn to use basic tools and develop their fine motor skills. Cutting a piece of wood with a hand saw is their…

By Belmont Day School |

November 7, 2022

Eighth Grade Math Tackles Spreadsheets We’ve been getting acquainted with spreadsheets (specifically, Google Sheets) in some of the eighth grade math classes this week. As we’ve been studying one-variable statistics, students have also had the chance to see how a…
Two students work on a sound recording in an arts elective

By Tyler Cotner, music and ensembles teacher |

October 28, 2022

Seventh and eighth grade students in the song production arts elective have been working on their keyboard skills. After spending some time working on the basics of successfully recording and editing MIDI, students began to construct their own multi-layered songs.…
A student with his original finger puppet design

By Anne Armstrong, visual arts teacher and arts coordinator |

October 14, 2022

Seventh and eighth grade students in the “Be Handy” arts elective this term are working on their first major challenge: to tell a story using finger puppets. Working independently or in small groups, students decided on the story they wanted…
A fifth grader works on a Jacob Lawrence-inspired work

By Vaniecia Skinner, fifth grade humanities teacher |

October 7, 2022

Fifth grade students were “commissioned” this week by the Phillips Collection to create the sixty-first panel to add to Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series. Students created a piece of artwork that built on the artist’s visual narrative while adding a…
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