Presentation Day: The Last One of the Year!! Poems at End: Please Read.

On the first day of last week (Monday, if you didn’t know), we had our last presentation day of the year. We presented topics such as Trigonometry, the Slave Trade, Economics, and Bees. At the end of the Presentation Day, students each presented a summary of the year in their own words. Two students (The Awesome Amazing  Alpaca Anna as one and the Extravagant, Extra-cool, Elliptical and Elastic Embry as the other) chose to write a poem for this assignment. Here they are:

Finale 1

by The Awesome Amazing Alpaca Anna

September

September was first.

I portaged a large canoe

And ate great burgers.

October

Haunted house reading.

We rode our bikes every week

While leaves fell from trees.

November

November brought firsts:

My first presentation day

And student conference

December

December lacked snow.

But we had a winter break

And saw Star Wars Ⅷ!

January

Back to school, we came.

We had a Shaw overnight

In the cold winter.

February

All of a sudden,

All of our projects were due:

Reports, essays, math.

March

In March, no big things.

We did have a nice spring break,

Still with cold weather.

April

Well, guess what? It snowed!

In the last week, we tested.

I hope we did well.

May

May feels like summer.

We’ll go to Memphis this week.

Last day of school soon.

-By The Awesome Amazing Ambush-safe Alpaca Anna

 

Finale 2

by The Extravagant, Extra-cool, Elliptical and Elastic Embry

 

We made some bowls and cups out of clay,

We played a game with a paddle and a ball,

We watched the leaves of a burning prairie sway,

We got to act out scenes big and small.

I drew a ship high and mighty,

I performed a monologue about dinosaurs,

I helped build a home for things that are flighty,

I helped dig a trench, too small for wars.

My class started to present our big projects

My class went to a general assembly

My class had many Irises to collect,

Presentation day be later we plea!

In the end we did just fine,

Everyone just seemed to shine!

 

-By The Extravagant, Extra-cool, Elliptical and Elastic Embry

 

We thank all who have taken their time to read this post. We think you’re just fantastic!

Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Memphis Tennessee, what a cool place, you don’t even realize how jam-packed everything is until you are there. Everything you want to do is so close, leaving you with time to explore. Upon arriving we had nothing planned for Tuesday so we just chilled, having fun, playing games, and cooking. It was great, we all were able to laugh and have a delicious meal. The cabins were quaint, definitely a place we could call home for the next few days, and the cabins were always a place of fun and laughter.

Waking up the next morning we immediately got to cooking, making eggs, toast and a rack of very burnt bacon (Not on purpose). The drive was short to our next destination, but we were met with some beautiful scenery in Shelby National Park while driving. After we parked the vans we realized that the museum we where visiting had not opened yet, thus giving us our first exploring opportunity. After a little walk we came across the Peabody Hotel, a place famous for (and obsessed with) their ducks. The hotel was beautiful but sadly we there too early to see the ducks waddle into the lobby, which was sad. But we did get to explore the rooftop where the duck’s cage was as well as the awe-inspiring gift shop. There was duck swag everywhere, rows upon rows of duck stuffed animals, duck toys, key chains, and even soaps, the list goes on, this kept us occupied until it was time to go.

Every museum we went to was amazing. Each one was different and unique.  We were always intrigued everywhere we went. We went to the Civil Rights Museum, Sun Records, and The Mississippi River Museum on Mud Island. We also went to the Gibson Guitar Factory, and to Beale Street, we had a blast seeing all of the shops and people. On Thursday we went to a place called Central BBQ where we had the most amazing and delicious Memphis BBQ. After we left we drove to sun records to get milkshakes and take a tour of the museum they had there.

All of us had fun in Memphis we took some tours, went to some cool places, cooked, ate some good food, and made a lot of memories. Until next time Soulsville!

Here are few more pics from the class trip to Memphis:

T3 Math Presentations

This morning, the students gave their third and final Math Project presentations of the year. There is something special about these presentations and, if you haven’t spoken with our students about what they choose to study, you should. In two hours of presentations, the students learn from each other, rather than the guides, about complex topics- from applications of trigonometry in construction, climbing wall design, computer programming, and animation, to geodesic dome construction, architecture, and logarithmic modeling. As guides, we provide the students with a general theme, and it is up to them to decide on which area to focus. The project has no requirements other than research, demonstrate, and present an area of focus- that is all. What happens next is something that is a product of the students’ gift of creativity, passion for knowledge, and hard work. The bar had been set fairly high; and since today was the final day for math projects, we expected them to bring a lot to the table…and they certainly did! We were very impressed and it was obvious that the students were proud of their work.

Week in Review: Friday, April 13

Mathematics: Transformations of functions, parent graphs, math seminar, logarithmic functions and properties of logarithms, Modeling a marble’s motion to predict its location

Language: To Kill a Mockingbird reading discussion, “Homework Therapist” discussion, tips for working in a group effectively, “Planet Nine” seminar

Humanities: Origins of Race: an interview with Audrey Smedley, anthropologist, Model UN, T3 prep

Economics: Stock ownership, investing in the stock market, reading a stock page, evaluating a corporation’s performance

Expressions: Middle School Monologues, Land Campus

Community: CMS Bees communication, Talent show, Iris show, Spring Trip