School Dispatches: Jan. 24, 2018

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Year 12 students from the British International School of Washington visit Tanzania each year to work on humanitarian projects. (photo courtesy of Sofia Hollowell)

British International School of Washington

The new year marks a new term for the British International School of Washington. An assembly was held to ensure that every student was fully aware of the opportunities and upcoming events at our school. A couple of notable events are the school musical and the Year 12 Tanzania Expedition.

The school has always chosen enjoyable and lively musicals – “The Sound of Music” and “The Wizard of Oz,” to name a couple. This year, our actors, musicians and singers will be performing the hit musical “We Will Rock You” by Ben Elton.

The futurist comedy is based on more than 24 of British rock band Queen’s most popular songs, including “We Will Rock You” and “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Students have been diligently working on the musical numbers as well as the choreography and lighting. The school community is extremely excited for the debut of “We Will Rock You.”

At the school assembly, Year 12 students presented information on the Tanzania Expedition. Every year, the Year 12 students participate in a week-long experience where they work alongside Seeway Trust (a non-profit organization) to improve the lives of the Tanzanian population. The Year 12 presentation provided the school community with a broader understanding of the humanitarian nature of the program.

The school is enthusiastic and eager for the new term ahead and all the amazing opportunities that come with it.

— Ava Lundell, Year 12 (11th-grader)

Eaton Elementary School

A New Year’s resolution is a promise or goal that you make for the coming year. It can be something you want to improve or get better at. At our monthly schoolwide morning meeting we talked about resolutions.

First- and second-graders told the school their resolutions. One first-grader said they will do more chores. Another said he would take care of his hermit crab. One second-grader said she would do her work on time. All of the kids’ resolutions were based on being more responsible.

Eaton Extra reporters have their own resolutions. Morgan’s is to read 100 hours over the summer. Lia resolves to get better grades. Ethan plans to push himself to do even better on school work. Zenya will help more with chores at home. Hillary vows to get more hobbies, instead of being on electronics. Marianne wants to be more involved in activities. Jami plans to welcome the new student in her class. Zadie will be helpful to her sister. Justice will work on math more instead of watching TV.

New Year’s resolutions are important because they are promises to yourself and every year is a new chance to do something you wish you had done before. Every year is an opportunity to get rid of an old habit and try something new. If everybody follows their resolutions, our school will be even better. People will be kinder, more friendly and more successful. Happy 2018!

—Ethan Faustin, Lia Feleke, Jamie George, Zadie Hunt, Zhenya Nikolayeva, Marianne Treguer and Hillary Zavalu, fourth-graders; and Morgan Hubbard and Justice Lamar, fifth-graders

Emerson Preparatory School

The end of last semester was a tense time for many students at Emerson, especially those who were on the honors track in one or multiple classes. Although our school does not offer official honors classes due to its fairly small student body, there are some great options for those who feel prepared and have an interest in taking a subject at a higher level.

Teachers will take time to observe their students and gauge how well they understand the material, as well as their ability to keep up with large amounts of classwork and homework. Then, based on their assessment, the teacher will offer the option of doing the honors track for their subject.

Earning honors in a class is entirely optional for pupils, but many take advantage of the opportunity to delve deeper into a topic of interest, facilitated by someone who is well-versed in the subject.

For instance, the honors track for our genetics class required students to write three extra lab reports, maintain a certain grade, and compose a five-page (minimum) paper about the future of genetics, all without extensions or reminders.

Challenging as it may be, there are many benefits, including the fact that honors students can demonstrate to colleges that they can handle a heavier amount of work than a typical student. The program is also flexible, individualized and interesting. I got to study the concept of “designer babies” in depth and learn more about human engineering!

— Isabel Fajardo, 11th-grader

Horace Mann Elementary School

On Dec. 13, the play “Squirm” was performed by the first grade.

Ms. Macias, vice principal, said, “It was amazing. They were enthusiastic, focused and it looked like they were having a good time on the stage.”

Jahlil was a bat in the play and he said, “I liked the art because I like the cool designs. I liked the spider song cause they had cool dance moves.

“I would like to change the worm song because I wanted the the performers to have more time because it was the shortest song.”

Calub and Chase said, “We want to change so that all of the animals had a DJ. The snakes should have more time because it seemed the snakes had the shortest time.

“The worms could have improved by singing the lyrics better because they couldn’t hear them very well.”

It is interesting that both the snakes and the worms wanted more time. Overall, the audience received the play well and the performers had a good time.

— Bode Paulsen, fourth-grader

Lafayette Elementary School

We’re back after a great winter break and are diving into 2018 headfirst. While we were gone, a beautiful and colorful mosaic floor was installed in the great hall. It is an incredible work of art, almost too nice to walk on!

The school spelling bee is coming up and 40 amazing spellers are eagerly practicing their words. The school is very excited because in addition to the fifth-graders, there are many third- and fourth-graders participating this year.

Last week, Mr. King’s second-grade class performed an interesting play about a geography bee with each student playing one of the states. They shared stories about their state’s tourist attractions and danced and sang in unison. It was adorable.

In fifth grade, students prepared and hosted a Civil War museum where students paired up and created posters and presentations about life during the war. Some teams are displaying original letters from soldiers, while others are showing artifacts or reproductions of what Union or Confederate soldiers carried on them from battle to battle.

Last but not least, the fourth-graders are super-lucky. They get a behind-the-scenes tour of the White House on April 11! So, as you can see, when we got back from the holidays, it not just a walk in the park. This is Lafayette Elementary School and we’re not wasting a second of our new year!

— Sonali Cohen, fifth-grader

Sheridan School

I like Sheridan because everybody is nice to me. When I am hurt people come up to me and say, “Mark where is it hurting?” and stuff like that. I like the teachers at Sheridan because they are nice to me. They pick me to do vowel sounds on the board. My most favorite memory of Sheridan is the first day of school.

— Mark Hellerman, second-grader

Washington International School

During the couple of weeks before and after winter break, the seventh-graders have been working on the Muslim Scholars Project. Each student was assigned a Muslim scholar who invented or practiced something we use in everyday life like geographers, politicians and inventors. Students had to research what their scholar invented or practiced, and write essays about them.

On Jan. 16, students were split into 10 groups and presented information about their scholars to the other members of the group. Photos of the scholars were pasted onto a long piece of colored paper in date order, and explained a bit about the scholar. After the presentations, votes were held to decide who would be the winner. At the end of it all, a Mediterranean-style lunch was held with falafel, salad, spanakopita, baba ganoush and baklava for desert.

— Ella Bown, seventh-grader