This morning students turned in the second draft of their research papers. They studied a wide range of topics connecting their learning on the Civil Rights Trip to contemporary issues of racism. Topics include voter disenfranchisement, racism in ballet, the school-to-prison-pipeline, the rise of hate groups and racism in advertising. They will turn in their final draft next week.
Students will also be writing weekly, short essays connecting their service learning experience to the essential questions of the program.
How has your view of Providence, Rhode Island, or the United States changed as a result of your experience?
What concrete skills relevant to your organization have you gained?
What are the social issues being addressed through your organization’s work?
How are the social issues being addressed?
The math final is over! Now we are moving on to some more real world applications of mathematics. Students will be applying their knowledge to their service learning work. Each 8th grader is responsible for creating, interpreting, and analyzing some data that is relevant to the work they are doing at their particular site. Please try to connect with your kids about the interesting work they will be doing.
Arts electives for the eighth grade ended last week, and we are all so very sorry to see your children go! As culminating experiences:
The music electives presented an inspiring Spring Concert on April 26, and they performed for their peers at a middle school assembly on April 27. Many thanks go to families for: encouraging our students to take risks, championing the pursuit of artistry and meaning, and supporting the hard mental and physical work that goes into making music.
Fine art electives' work is posted around the school, and we hope many beautiful pieces have made their way home.
Ready, Set, Design! participants will see their ideas brought to fruition in next week's production of A Year with Frog & Toad. Improv students are planning to share three of their most impressive exercises with their peers at Tuesday's Middle School Meeting.
We applaud the enthusiasm, passion and perseverance with which your students engaged in their arts activities throughout their Gordon years. We send them off with best wishes and tool-kits filled with arts skills we know will serve our students well in high school.