Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Personal Crests

Our overarching concept this year is "Quest," and as we started the year studying the middle ages, one of our first big projects was creating our own personal crests. Each students chose 4 symbols that tell something about themselves and what their "quest" is in life or school.

We've also been working on our class "Code of Chivalry" and a lot of these values bled over into this project - loyalty, bravery, and kindness, among others.

Many of our students share a love of this school, concern for the Earth, and commitment to recycling.

We also love video games!

...and unicorns!

I love how each student's personality, creativity, and imagination shines through in the choices they make for their motto scrolls, mythological animal "supporters" and the crowning decorations that go into and atop these crests. They are proudly on display in our front hall - come by anytime to take a look!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Celebrating Grandparents and Special Friends...with catapults?

We "launched" a great visit with our grandparents and special friends by giving them a taste of one of our engineering challenges: Can you build a working catapult?  Everyone got in on the action, and it turns out our grandparents and special friends are excellent engineers! Every team successfully created a working catapult with plastic spoons, rubber bands, boxes and paper plates. After our grandparents and special friends left, we tested each catapult and measured how far each could launch a ping pong ball. Our longest launch was over 20 feet!
We also played some chess, since we recently learned the game as part of our studies of the middle ages and feudal system. It was an awesome visit and we really appreciate all of you who took the time to visit!

Inspired by the "dress-up" photo station set up for the day, we brought out some medieval hats at recess and had fun trying them on. You can tell that, as is so often the case here at Seabury, a good time was had by all!

An exciting week of learning culminated in a visit from the education department from the Slater Museum of Natural History at the University...