Happy Busy Bees

The AP bee colony is happy, healthy, and buzzing with activity. The queen is thriving, fat, and happy. She has been working her way through the hive, laying eggs in every frame that is not occupied by pollen, brood, honey, or nectar. The students met with their bee mentor yesterday to check on the hive. On each frame, there are about 2,000 bees! Good news, considering the colony spent a good part of the fall recovering from the loss of their queen. Next week, we will check for swarm cells, look for the presence of Varroa destructor mites and begin planning for a second hive. It’s still a little early to say that we will have an excess of honey this fall, but it sure is reassuring to see such abundance before the nectar flow in a few weeks.



Ode to Bush-Honeysuckle

Honeysuckles must die, they are meanies,

They kill the earth and other native plants,

We must squish them into small paninis,

Chopping them all down, A wish I can’t grant,

They block sunlight, and invade big forests,

Leaf-growth is earlier for them to grow,

Nothing eats them, not even a tortoise

Growing everywhere, It’s too big to mow

It’s a lonicera that kills all plants

It grows too quickly, it is hard to tame,

This could be a 45-minute rant

Caprifoliaceae, is its family name.

Outcompeting plants like Blue False Indigo

We have a honeysuckle overflow



How to Successfully Borrow Ideas from a Source

When we write Humanities research papers in the Adolescent Program, we naturally have to collect historical information from different sources (that’s the research part) since we don’t already know everything there is to know about the subject we’re researching. However, there’s a specific way to do this. In the real world, if you don’t cite the sources you used, then you’ve just done something illegal (or, at the very least, highly questionable). Well, we’re not exactly looking at jail time here, but this is very serious nonetheless.

That’s why the class had a lesson on citing sources this past Tuesday. We learned how to cite correctly to make sure we give credit where it’s due (and of course to stay in line with the school’s honor code; this is very important!). It’s a loooonnng process, but it helps our research papers gain more credibility and it gives a nod to the other researchers who brought us their discoveries.

In short, cite PLEASE.



On Wednesday we went to the Land Campus to see if any amphibians had emerged. Only three frogs were found; we identified them as cricket frogs but we could not find any salamanders. Even though not many amphibians were found we took notes of possible amphibian habitats so we can revisit them later in the spring. We are planning to set a trap to catch amphibians and document how many species of amphibians our Land Campus has. We will use this data to see how healthy our ponds are.



Trimester 2 presentations!

Today, the adolescents presented group projects to their parents and the Elementary and Primary classrooms of CMS. Students shared the experience and knowledge they acquired in their studies of Ancient African Kingdoms and computer programming with Raspberry Pi computers as well as the process of design and creation. While it is not possible to share all of their work from the second trimester in only one hour, the students crafted and delivered an informative and entertaining presentation. There was quite the buzz among the elementary students that were engaged in learning about the work of the adolescents. Well done, adolescents!

What does a peer-review session look like in the AP?

Today, we had the first draft of our humanities research paper due. Every trimester we bring two copies of our papers to be edited by our peers in a peer-edit session. We are also required to write a memo with questions, suggestions, and comments for our editors. Each editor has a checklist. We are looking for a thesis, proper grammar, punctuation and all the things you need for a nice research paper (introduction, body, and conclusion). Our papers need to meet the requirements and have in-text citations. We use color markers to edit. We will turn in our final copy next week.