Thursday, November 30, 2017

Weekly overview - week of 11/6/17

During this short week, we welcomed Elena Brennan of the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency into our class to talk with us about youth in the criminal justice system. Some of our students have been focusing their research on youth in the criminal justice system for their Michigan Student Caucus projects and we invited Elena to our class to talk with us about MCCD’s “Raise the Age” campaign (which aims to raise the age at which a young person who enters the criminal justice system is considered an “adult”).

Students also continued to work on their Constitution skits (to be performed on 11/21 at 9am in the middle school commons) and their Michigan Student Caucus proposals. They are also getting excited for next week’s Music Cafe and they hope to see the whole SK community at the Cafe on 11/17.

On Friday, the eighth graders continued their visits to local high schools with a trip to Community High School.

Arduino time

Science is off to a blinking, fading, and electrifying start. This week, we've been working through Arduino introductory exercises to get familiar with the programming environment and the related components. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Weekly overview - week of 10/30/17

We hope you had a happy and safe Halloween. We had a wonderful time leading the parade and seeing all of the creative costumes.

This week, inspired by conversations borne out of our visit to City Hall, we researched and debated the deer cull in Ann Arbor. This was our second fishbowl debate of the year and just as lively as the first.

We also continued work on individual consultations with experts in students’ selected topic areas. Students have practiced reaching out to professionals via email and conducting phone and email interviews. They are now working to summarize their findings as they prepare their final Michigan Student Caucus proposals.

In English this week, we started with an introduction to poetic vocabulary and the concept of scansion. After we practiced identifying iambic feet and learning about the history of the sonnet, we did an initial reading of Shakespeare’s eighteenth sonnet (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”). We’ll return to this form (the sonnet) in the near future in order to explore the way that it has changed over time and the way that modern poets use it today.

On Thursday, we welcomed Mohamed Abouelenien, a UM computer science professor who is affiliated with the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor, to talk with us about the fundamental tenets of Islam and the harmful stereotypes Muslims face today. As we’ve been studying the workings of American government (on federal, state, and local levels), we’ve done so with an eye toward the evolving understanding of who Americans are and how the concept of “an American” has grown more inclusive over time.

On Friday, the eighth graders continued their visits to local high schools with a trip to Rudolf Steiner High School.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Halloween 2017

Spooky and charming and delightfully creative (which could describe our class often but rings especially true on Halloween)...