The 6th, 7th & 8th grades cooked up a scrumptious meal for 10 lucky diners this past Friday night! This was one of the live auction items at our ’80s Murder Mystery benefit on April 14th. The students planned the menu, shopped for ingredients, then cooked and served pulled pork with many choices of sauce (including one homemade), baked beans, macaroni and cheese, collard greens with smoked turkey, 2 types of cole slaw, cornbread, biscuits, and apple pie! All this was served with beets, sliced fresh watermelon and pickles on the side. Yum, yum! Many thanks to the Ecklunds for hosting.
Recently the 6th, 7th & 8th Graders learned that Hernando Cortes was the Spanish conquistador responsible for the founding of Mexico City on the ruins of Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Aztec empire. Montezuma II was Emperor of the Aztecs when Cortes and his men came to Central America. During our Age of Discovery block we investigated many pivotal historical events from multiple perspectives.
Always leaving them wanting more!
We said goodbye to our history studies this school year with the mystery of the lost colonists of Roanoke Island. With the cryptic message of “CROATOAN” as our only piece of physical evidence the students proceeded to piece together the known facts in order to identify some possible fates for the colonists.
This week the 6th, 7th & 8th graders worked on postcards for the Waldorf® School Postcard Exchange. Our school is participating a worldwide postcard exchange initiative to both broaden the global perspective of students and kick-off the 100 year celebration of Waldorf® Education planned for 2019! Throughout the current year, students in 1100 Waldorf schools from all over the world will send a postcard to every other Waldorf school. Each postcard is being individually designed by a young person, telling or showing something of his or her country, school, or self. This innovative global project will connect hundreds of thousands of students to one another through individualized and artistically designed postcards, which will then be arranged, by each school, into a Global Map for public display.
Our school is proud to be a part of this million-fold Waldorf greeting from around the globe!
During our Grades Open House & Curriculum Night we began our journey into middle school geometry with a review of 2-dimensional shapes and their properties. This formed the basis for our construction of parallel line segments. We were able to prove the segments were parallel with our understanding of the properties of a rhombus. This basic proof helps students to develop deductive reasoning.
Mrs. Ecklund’s 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades class finished up their play block Friday night with their performance of “The Wizard of Oz” for a large audience of family, friends, alumni, faculty and board. Congratulations to the class and to Mrs. Ecklund on a fine performance. A special thanks to Mrs. Byrne for her continued help and support!
“The Wizard of Oz,” by Michele L. Vacca, based on the L. Frank Baum original
The 6th, 7th and 8th grades helped celebrate Chinese New Year by presenting lucky words to each of the other grades classes. They created the calligraphy of the lucky words for each class to hang on their door to keep away evil spirits. They read the words aloud in both Mandarin and in English before presenting them to each class.
Grades 6-8 have been learning how to write the numbers 1-10 in Mandarin Chinese. Don’t let the serious looks fool you; they loved these lessons and are quite pleased with their new knowledge!
Learning Geometry in our upper grades.
Each student presented a tradition from a country in North or South America as part of their most recent geography block.
As we wrapped up our exploration of Ancient Rome and the Middle Ages each student took a chance to share the biography of a historical figure from these time periods. Some summarized the life of their figure while others brought a dramatic presentation of a story from the figure’s life that they found particularly interesting.
Where I’m From
Where I’m From
On Friday, September 8th, the students and teachers of Da Vinci’s grade school enjoyed Beach and Nature Exploration Day! They ventured to Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park in Zion for a day filled with exploration and fun.
We are extremely grateful for the transportation by bus, which was made possible by a $1,000 biodiversity grant received from Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Independence Tube Corporation, the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, the D. F. and M. T. Grohne Family Foundation and the Illinois Conservation Foundation.
Students took time to explore the local terrain and learn about the land and wildlife of northern Illinois. They enjoyed a hike through forests and along the beach, observing their surroundings as they went. There was a scavenger hunt and a group lunch. The very cool weather prevented the planned swimming treat, but students were able to wade and splash in the water and had a great time in the natural surroundings.
Many thanks to our teachers for enabling such a special outing for our students, and thanks to Mrs. Kristine Fiskum for the excellent snapshots of the day!
This week we learned the ancient Romans were not the first people to create stone arches. However, they harnessed their potential more than ever before, arranging them at intervals that allowed them to create massive structures such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon. Working in two teams, the students created a series of clay blocks and tried their hands at making a single arch that utilized all their blocks. It was not as easy as they expected!
Last week, during our first sculpture class, the 7th and 8th graders were asked to gather materials from nature and assemble them into a fully three-dimensional sculpture. This week we worked with the idea of relief sculpture. Initially the students thought the term relief had to do with the stress relieving activity of playing in the sand. However, they soon discovered ways to work with this material from their childhood that reflected their growing understanding of the world.
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The Rose Ceremony was a beautiful beginning to the first day of school and a warm welcoming of our new first grade class. As we came together as a community to share and honor this milestone, excitement was shining from each new face. The first graders were gathered by their teacher as the spectator circle swelled. Parents held their breaths, laughed, shed tears, and smiled as the children of the new first grade class took the first steps of their new journey as grade-schoolers. Our oldest, eight-grade student welcomed each of them with a smile, a handshake and a rose. During Graduation in June this welcome will be reciprocated with a send-off in another Rose Ceremony.
I’m struck by the cycle at work, and the intricate ways in which our paths are interwoven. Each young child is ushered into the school community, and will someday complete the circle – and begin it anew – as they hand out a rose as an eighth grader to begin the next cycle.
“Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments.”
― Sarah Ban Breathnach
In the Classroom
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