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.


Trimester 2 Math Projects

Do you have a career that is based around science? If so, then your career involves a lot of math. Even if you don’t have a career in science, then you still might be curious about what people in those fields do. These students were definitely interested in many careers and branches of science. From Astronomy to Zoology, there was a wide variety in the fields of science that the students chose. The students then researched specific ways of how math is used in those sciences. Then in a great variety of ways, the students demonstrated these examples. Those examples that the students shared, connected well to their studies in Algebra, so everyone was able to understand what was going on. Everyone’s presentations were great, enjoyable and fun!



Wash U Visit

Today the students visited the campus of Washington University of St. Louis and toured the buildings that house the recently renamed (like, yesterday) Mckelvey Engineering Department. Following the tour, the students participated in a panel discussion where undergraduate students in the department shared their insight on an engineering career in today’s rapidly evolving workplace as well as the mindset that young students should have when deciding on a course of study or career. We all were amazed by the amount and quality of the labs and projects in the department.


~ Mr. Mike


Week in Review-Friday, January 18

SNOW! This week was all about snow! Instead of a normal Monday math seminar, the week began with a morning of cross-country skiing at CMS! With help from my dad (thanks dad!), everyone had a pair of skis and tracks to follow. It was hard not to fall over from the joy and laughter, and just as hard to stay upright with our attempts at downhill skiing. Skiing was a very enjoyable activity, and one of my highlights from this week’s snow activities.

The next day, we went sledding down a nice big hill in the back of the GTC. The most fun part of sledding was going down the hill in a chain where we would hold on to each other’s sleds and hope we would not crash.

We also went to a play at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis called Alabama Story. Set in 1959, Alabama Story centered around a librarian and her conflict with an Alabama senator who wanted to censor a book titled The Rabbits Wedding by Garth Williams. We had great conversations about censorship, freedom of speech, and banned books in class.

We continued to go sledding the rest of the week but the snow was melting. We got pretty wet and muddy, but that didn’t stop us.

Of course, this week was still a school week, so we spent time indoors having lessons and working on projects. Some memorable activities included the following:

  • literature discussion of the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
  •  Rediscovering Ancient Nubia Before It’s Too Late seminar speeches (these were very informative and expressed what students found most important from the article)
  • occupations seminar (which was actually three articles all discussing the impact of modern technology on schools as well as the future)
  • mock interviews (practice for interviews that we might have later in our future). These interviews were also a follow up to our lesson on how to prepare for an interview

We also have been busy planning our overnight to Shaw Nature Reserve next week and are hoping that our trip will not get snowed out.

And, last but not least, we started preparing for our upcoming Presentation Day by assigning groups and deciding on our research topics, but we do not want to spoil it for you so early. We had a very eventful and busy week. Have a great weekend!





Term 1 is Done!

12 weeks goes by fast when you are having fun.

Trimester 1 Presentation Day!

Restoration at the Land Campus (native plants, salamanders, toads, birds, butterflies, and bees)

Inequalities, math pathways, and seminar

Market Days (tables, windchimes, black-walnut coasters, candles, and apple butter)

Edmund A. Babler State Park Overnight

Scary stories (Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Monkey’s Paw, Three Skeleton Key, Sleepy Hollow, The Little Mermaid, The Pit and the Pendulum)

Time to reflect, relax, engage, and enjoy the company of others

Energy (farms, life, flow/transfer, photosynthesis)

Research papers (religion, geography/climate, trade, astrology, time, military, civilization, writing, medicine)

1 AWESOME Group of Adolescents!


“How special it is to have a creek like that.” ~St. Louis Audubon Society Volunteer

Yesterday the students met with volunteers from the St. Louis Audubon Society (thanks Mitch and Gary!) to survey the Land Campus’s unique ecosystem. Students were asked to identify ways to bring the Land Campus back to a natural state where food and energy systems are flowing naturally. The initial habitat assessment, offered through the Bring Conservation Home program,  helped us to identify native and invasive plants growing on the property as well as the areas that we could most efficiently transform for the benefit of plants, animals, and the community. We would also like to create interpretive signs for the special places on the land such as our spiced bush grove in the back of the property.  Scientific and historic lessons really are limitless on the Land!