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Photo Walk Series: A Peek into Middle School
Jim Morrison, director of student outreach & special projects

Our new Photo Walk Series aims to provide the community with a snapshot in time—a celebration of work being done across grade levels, content areas, and divisions. 

Over two days this week, Jim Morrison caught a glimpse of a number of engaging classes and projects going on in the middle school.


Eighth Grade Humanities

Our eighth-grade humanities students are in the middle of a unit focused on cultural identity. They are currently studying stereotype threats and reading excerpts from Claude Steele’s Whistling Vivaldi. Groups of students were asked to summarize and present on various aspects of the text. Pictured above, students are presenting on the use of rhetorical devices to effectively communicate with the reader.
The class discussion covered the effectiveness of personal, anecdotal, and empirical evidence when making an argument.
In the next few classes, students will study how some entrenched stereotypes affect performance in the classroom.


Fifth Grade Art

Our fifth-grade art students had the opportunity to finish up a variety of projects during Reenie’s first art class of the week. Some students worked on their sunrise and sunset paintings, while others wrapped up their social justice posters.


Fifth Grade Music


Look at what is happening in our fifth grade music class! Students are learning a steel drum version of everyone’s favorite mid-80’s MTV smash hit, “Take On Me” by A-Ha.
Matt Germano goes over some of the best places to reenter the melody should students get lost or miss a note while performing.


Seventh Grade Chemistry

In chemistry, seventh graders had just completed a lab focused on learning about polarity and applying it to the study of viruses and pathogens when they took a moment to celebrate the science of hand-washing—a topic central to all of our best interests these days.


Eighth Grade Design Engineering

It was a next-level Etch-a-Sketch party for our eight graders in Design Engineering, as they worked in teams to build and program prototype pen plotters. The project allows students to delegate responsibility, work through conflict, wire machines, and code these machines to create unique sketches.


Sixth Grade Humanities

Sixth grade humanities students are imagining a future where the H.R. 40 bill* has been passed and organizations are now hard at work determining how best to provide reparations. Organized in groups examining the work through six unique lenses (education, housing, health care, jobs, criminal justice reform, and voting rights) students were asked to do the following:

  • What are three examples of harmful policies and history of racism that your organization seeks to address?
  • What might a better future for African Americans look like in America, from your organization’s perspective?
  • What policies would your organization support to repair past wrongdoing and create that better future you envision?

*On January 4, 2021, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18) introduced H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act to the United States Congress.


Fifth Grade Mathematics

In fifth-grade math, students were asked to imagine that they are opening a bakery and must now scale up their favorite recipes. The activity provides students with an opportunity to put their ratio and proportions skills into practice.

Sixth Grade Computer Science

Sixth graders in computer science worked on short programs in a project called “Coding Charades.” Limited by only being able to write twenty or fewer lines of code, students were asked to respond to prompts such as “vanilla,” “orbit,” “the feeling you have when eating your favorite food,” and “the feeling of stepping on a Lego.”
The results were hilarious, adorable, imaginative, and, at times, very literal and straight forward.

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