Head’s Blog – March 9, 2018
It has been a whirlwind week on the hill. Today was filled with energy and enthusiasm, as some of you experienced directly with the Marshall Fund for the Arts performance of Sticks and Bones. Our 5th – 8th students enjoyed their performances (with a day and a half fewer rehearsals!), and our preschool and grades K – 4 children certainly enjoyed participating – as did the older students when they were not on stage. Applewild students learn how to be both great performers and appreciative audiences – and the underlying message was empowering for us all!
The Appleseed K – 3 Chorus then took over the stage for a rehearsal of their spring musical, which they are eagerly practicing. Then some second, third and fourth graders worked with Jeff and Skip from Sticks and Bones. While that was going on, fifth, sixth and eighth grades travelled through a carefully planned series of activities presented by seventh graders about the dangers plastics pose for our environment. That presentation was student led and is part of the seventh grade science project for this spring. It is good preparation for the Service Learning that the class will develop in the spring for the whole school to work on next fall.
Thanks to the fifth graders for doing much of the “strike” of the Sticks and Bones set. As one student said, loading the trailer was a bit like playing tetris. And while that was happening, eighth graders were having a science lunch in Ansin to complete their unit on invasive species. Fourth and fifth graders finish the day with the annual Omnikin Tournament. I remember when we played that a few times as faculty/staff – a great game.
Applewild is always a busy place. This week brought home for me the degree of creativity and enthusiasm that bright kids and committed faculty working together can enjoy – and how the “schedule” is at our disposal to make such positive learning possible. I hope you enjoy the energy of your children over the vacation, and I look forward to seeing you (but hopefully not snow!) the last week of March.
When we return, I will start my Head’s Blog again so that I can communicate with you more regularly than once a month.