Week in Review-October 27, 2016

Mathematics: Math project presentations (lottery probability, The Golden Ratio, Apple iPhone sales, math mind tricks, mathematical card tricks), and Jersey Pizza Project extreme

Language: Rhetorician Dr. Heather Davies, satire in literature, politics and language, euphemisms, research paper evaluations, Animal Farm essay #3

Occupations: The physics of baseball, Egg-engineering, Hovercraft project

Creative/physical expression: Pendulum art with creative writing

Seminar: The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe, Physics questions

Micro-economy: Pumpkin Hunt debrief, record keeping, Turkey Trot registration from


A Black Hole

From Art to writing….

Today, we  wrote stories about what we saw in our pendulum paintings.  We could either use our own paintings for inspiration or our peer’s paintings. I used my own painting as my inspiration. My writing is titled “A Black Hole”.

A black hole brings all towards him. He sucks up life and land. Not in our galaxy, but in one where everything is colorless. Strings of comets line up, waiting one by one, to get taken away. Webs of mass, tangled together, struggle to get out of the black hole. Somehow, some of the small planets seemed to escape out of this vacuuming sensation. Everything goes between color every 100 miles. We watch this mess from afar, and manage to stay away. Safely away from the black hole.

A mix of red and blue suddenly outbreaks. You can see a flow of rocks behind, undisturbed and still colorless. Then, an indescribable thing happened…the hole began to close! While closing, the suction was even stronger than before. We were being pulled towards the hole! Luckily, the black hole closed before we could get sucked up.


Week in Review-October 21, 2016

 Mathematics: Real-world applications of the substitution and elimination method, Barbee Bungee activity (linear functions investigation), using systems of equations when purchasing dinner

Language: Super moon writing workshop, word games, peer-editing session

Humanities: Model UN country selection and issue research, Ottoman Research Papers

Creative/Physical Expression: Fish Party Community Lunch at MAP St. Louis, Ottoman Empire Presentations

Micro-Economy: PUMPKIN HUNT 2016 (event planning, canvas bags, buttons)

More photos to come!


Moon Mythology

The CMS Adolescent Program took astronomy to a mythological level on Monday, October 17th. Inspired by all those myths about the universe and how it was formed, we took a small chunk of time to write ‘theories’ about how the Moon is what it is now. Some of us, like Allison and Caitlin, made references to Greek mythology and made a new twist on it. Others, like Carson and Caroline, came up with whole new plots, like a rebellion and a (supposed) love story. No matter the difference, they were all great stories that would definitely have a place in mythology.

I will not give out too many spoilers about the myths, but I will include an excerpt from one of them. You can ask the adolescents about their creative expressions, just in case you hunger for information. The truth is out there, deep in space somewhere…

“At one point in history, far before animals or humans walked upon the Earth, outside forces intended for Sun and Moon to rule over the Universe, with the planets of the Solar System in their service. Sun ruled over Day, and Moon was lord of Night. Back then, the Moon was not as small as it is now. In fact, it was so large, there was no need for other moons.

“Sun handled his authority brilliantly, being fair, firm, and slow to anger. Moon, on the other hand, was icy and harsh, often turning into shades of red and orange, the colors of anger. He also kept to himself, hiding his face from the others occasionally. The Moon long despised the night, and sought for a change by offering to trade places with the Sun. After accepting, Sun found out he could not belong in night, as everywhere he went was bright, and the Moon was still the darker one. Jealous, the Moon assembled an Asteroid army to take the Sun’s glory by force.”

— Carson Kizer

Well, what are you waiting for? Discover more secrets by asking us for the full stories!



Fall 2016 Stream Team

On Wednesday, we participated in a Stream Team investigation at the Land with students from the MAP School. Stream Team includes several water quality tests. First, we took a net sampling of invertebrates by putting a net in the water and disturbing the rocks. We pulled the net out of the water and examined the critters. Next, we took a survey of them and recorded the data. We did this test three times in different parts of the stream to calculate the average. Each animal is worth one, two, or three points depending on how tolerant they are to pollution. In total we got twenty-two points, which means that there is practically no pollution in the water. Whoo hoo!

Second, we tested how clear the water was. We did this by submerging a clear tube with marks on the side with a small hole and pattern at the bottom in the water called a Secchi disc. When we took the tube out of the water, we plugged the hole and looked into the top. The pattern at the bottom tells us how clear the water was. We did this at different sections of the stream. Each time we got the best score possible.

Third, we tested how much oxygen, nitrogen and salt was in the water. Here were our results: Oxygen: 91%, Nitrogen: 2.0 %, Salinity: .04 %

Go clean water, Go with the flow!


Week in Review-October 13, 2016

Mathematics: Piecewise functions, writing equations of lines, graphing inequalities, absolute value functions, using linear equations for word problems, intersecting lines

Language Workshop: Descriptive writing, diagramming sentences with direct/indirect/compound objects, Animal Farm discussion

Humanities: Overview of Ottoman Empire, What Modern Syria Can Learn from the Ottomans seminar, research paper work period, tracking sources, types of sources

Occupations: Stream Team investigation at the Wildwood Campus, Physics project planning

Community work/ Micro-economy: Pumpkin Hunt 2016, canvas bags and buttons





The Seminar

Today, the class had a seminar on the fall of the Ottoman Empire and its lasting impact on modern Syria. Seminar is a focus in our classroom and is practiced throughout the curriculum to help prepare the students to communicate effectively in a group. Seminar gives young people the power to agree, disagree, challenge, struggle, and respect others. The skills that we learn in our seminars are applied to our council meetings, class discussions, problem solving, and grace and courtesy.


Week in Review-October 6, 2016

Mathematics: Direct variation/Systems of Equations activity, solving multi-step equations in abstraction, functions and their graphs, slope and rate of change, comparing steepness of lines, parent graphs, and math seminar

Language: Diagramming sentences, “What’s going on in the picture?” writing workshop, Animal Farm book discussion

Occupations: Aldo Leopold benches, intro to Hovercraft project, Newton’s 3 laws of motion, Nobel peace prize for physics

Expressions: Busch Wildlife fishing, Turkish rugs

Micro-economy: Screen-printing