School Dispatches: Oct. 25, 2017

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British International School of Washington

On Oct. 14, more than 3,600 people came together on the National Mall for the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. These people raised over $900,000 and represented over 500 organizations.

One of these organizations was the British International School of Washington. Three students working with a teacher as a mentor helped raise over $700 and mobilize a team of seven students to participate in the walk itself. Money was raised through various events, one of the most popular being an ice-cream social.

British International School of Washington students participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. (photo by Ava Lundell)

Additionally, the students held an assembly for our secondary school to educate the community on what the Walk to End Alzheimer’s was trying to cure. An employee from the Alzheimer’s Association acted as the guest speaker at this assembly. The event was well-received by the school community with many teachers and students alike commenting on the quality of the presentation and immediately donating to the cause.

As discussed at the assembly, Alzheimer’s is a horrible and insidious disease that is affecting over five million Americans. This neurological disease, which is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, destroys memory and other mental functions.

Our school was extremely eager to be involved in finding the cure to this terrible disease. The 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s was tremendously successful and we look forward to the many walks to come.

— Ava Lundell, Year 12 (11th-grader)

Deal Middle School

As a member of Deal’s football team this year, I can say we are a very good team. We played our homecoming game against Brookland and we won 44-19. Our quarterback, Darren Buchanan caught an interception and scored a touchdown. Our defense did a very good job, too. Our coaches — Danny, Downing and Turner — are tough and aggressive; they make us run hills and run different plays.

Now that we are close to the end of the season, we are looking forward to the playoffs. The playoff games are really exciting and fun. From the field, you can hear a lot of parents cheering for their kids and the cheerleaders supporting our team. When we are at the game, the coaches are even harder on us — one time we had to run hills because they said we made too many mistakes.

Being on the football team helped me with lots of opportunities for high schools.

— Keo Wallace, eighth-grader

Eaton Elementary School

The Eaton Extra reporters asked people in our school: “What is your favorite thing about John Eaton?” We asked teachers, students and people who work in the office. We had fun finding out everyone’s favorite part of our school. We made a display of all the responses so that everyone could read about what we all love about our school. We put up speech bubbles on the wall. Here are some responses:

A wall display highlights comments about the Eaton experience. (photo courtesy of Eaton Elementary School)

“Collaboration from parents and teachers,” Mr. Mann, Principal; “the kids,” Mrs. Berman, front office; “specials,” Lola, fourth-grader; “the soccer field,” Eli, fourth-grader; “the library and Mrs. Fotheringill,” Gus, fourth-grader; “how the teachers teach,” Yara, fourth-grader; “the kids — I like hanging out with the kids,” Mrs. Clayman, fourth-grade teacher; “all the kids are very nice,” Bryce, fourth-grader; “the cultural diversity of the students,” Mr. Tarzia, fourth-grade teacher; “the families and the students,” Mr. Parodi, fifth-grade teacher; “the music and math,” Isaac, fourth-grader; “the teachers,” Elias, fourth-grader; “teachers are so nice and committed,” Zadie, fourth-grader; “good math,” Ronald, fourth-grader; “the basketball team,” Joshua, fifth-grader; “fun activities,” Zuri, fourth-grader; and “the teachers,” Chloe, fourth-grader.

We’ll ask more questions to find out what people think about other subjects. We can’t wait for the next question. What will it be?

— Eaton Extra reporters Isis Lightfoot, Gabe McDonald, Wyatt Dieterle, Thalia Ehrenpreis, Lucien Bell, Katya Iourienen, Harper Trail, Alvaro Orlove, Rhys Stevens, Alison Brown-Smith and Izzy Oh, fourth- and fifth-graders

Emerson Preparatory School

Throughout the usual buzz of second period at Emerson Preparatory School, the melodies from Mr. Kelly’s music room can be heard amid robotics and screenwriting lessons.

Now in its third year, Emerson’s music program has allowed students to explore musical interests and express emotion through song. Mr. Kelly gives the diverse group freedom to explore and, in turn, students are motivated to attend school and have more receptive and stimulated minds in other classes. Some have even continued writing and playing music beyond high school. The therapeutic effects of the program can be attributed to the sense of community and the emphasis on both critical and creative thinking.

Currently in mid-term, music students are working on a new song for an upcoming school concert. The program helps bring a lively atmosphere to school and students feel it promotes the school’s unofficial slogan, “Keep Emerson Weird.”

“You see a different part of [people] in music that you wouldn’t usually see,” says NyJah Wallace, a junior. Students are thankful to Mr. Kelly for providing a safe and comfortable environment to practice respect for others and work as a team to problem-solve. The hard work indeed pays off, as the group often collaborates with the rest of the school to showcase the skills they have learned in the program. Both NyJah and Imara Rose-Glymph, a senior, give credit to the program for their increased investment in music and enjoy the incorporation of it into their academic lives.

— Isabel Fajardo, 11th-grader

Hearst Elementary School

Our class went to the U.S. Botanic Garden. There were nice plants. All the kids got plant packets. All the children played in the children’s garden. After that the kids got bags. In the bag were seeds. Then we got strings and put them through the bags.

Soon our class went to other plant sections. Some were hot and some were cold. Some smelled good and some smelled weird. We were also in groups. Our group saw spiky plants. They were cool. All of us ate lunch.

— Ms. Shultz’s second-grade class

Lafayette Elementary School

On Oct. 13, Lafayette held its student council elections in the cafeteria. Posters on the walls of the stairwell leading down to the cafeteria included designs and slogans. Students listened to speeches, which included jokes, props and much more, and then they filled out their ballots.

Lafayette’s newly elected student council officers, pictured from left to right, are Jonah Shapiro, Dylan Kennedy, Griffin Vaughn, Leah Levy, Elena Le, Caleb Murphy, Maddie Nusbaum and Charlotte Gately. (photo by Sonali Cohen, fifth-grader)

The election was for 2017-18 council officers. The president and vice president are in charge of the student council, the secretary takes notes and the treasurer deals with the money. In addition, there is a historian who helps document the many things that happen during the school year and passes the information on to the yearbook staff.

One interesting thing about the Lafayette elections is that although there is only one president, there are co-cabinet spots for fourth- and fifth-graders. The purpose of the co-officers is for the older and younger students to work together while the fifth-grade officers help to lead in the right direction. The newly-elected fifth-grade officers are: Elena Le, historian; Leah Levy, treasurer; Charlotte Gately, secretary; and Maddie Nusbaum, vice president. Their fourth-grade co-officers are Jonah Shapiro, historian; Dylan Kennedy, treasurer; and Griffin Vaughn, vice president. The 2017-18 Lafayette student council president is Caleb Murphy.

Caleb was co-secretary last year so he’s had some experience. When asked what he was planning to do as student council president, Caleb said: “As president I will have the four square courts fixed because the numbers in the boxes are mixed up, which is really annoying. I will also eliminate silent lunch. Even though that isn’t done much any more, I will make sure silent lunch is completely gone.”

— Ian Springer, fifth-grader

Maret School

In fourth grade, we have two sets of buddies. One is the kindergarten class and the other is an upper school pre-calculus class.

Both fourth-grade classes are paired up with the kindergarten class, so every other Wednesday, our class walks over to the cottage to visit with the kindies. During this time, we typically read to our buddies, but sometimes we might play a math game. One time we interviewed our buddies by using a questionnaire to find out their interests and what we had in common. We then wrote a paragraph about our buddies, trying to make it as detailed and interesting as possible.

Lower school classes also have upper school math buddies who come to our classroom every Wednesday during their free period. They play math games with us or help us learn math. Sometimes we do really challenging problems with them, or if we get behind in math, they help us catch up.

We love seeing our kindie and upper school math buddies around the school. It is fun to attend a Maret sports game and see our upper school buddies playing and cheer them on.

— Tristan Carpenter and Giorgio Lopes Cordella, fourth-graders

National Presbyterian School

Every Wednesday, Lower Division (nursery through first grade) goes to chapel. At the beginning, Ms. Shuford, the Lower Division music teacher, plays the piano while everyone comes in. Once everyone is seated, they sing a song to welcome each grade.

Darlene the dog puppet shared a Bible verse with students at their assembly. (photo courtesy of National Presbyterian School)

Ms. Primrose, the Lower Division director, was the first person to talk and asked students what they did in chapel last week. When they finished sharing, Katherine, a first-grader, came up to light the candles while everyone sang “This Little Light of Mine.” Lola, also a first-grader, came up to greet everyone and present a song called “Clap Your Hands.” This quick song is about welcoming each grade. The Rev. Dunfee, our chaplain, talked about that song and its meaning — it was like saying “we are knit together in love.” She also taught them how to say it in sign language.

Now this is what everybody was waiting to see: Darlene, the special stuffed dog puppet, who shares a Bible verse with the students. Izzy, a first-grader, came up and took the scroll out of Darlene’s heart and it said, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” After that, the Rev. Dunfee invited her new friend, Ms. Cate from the National Presbyterian Church, to celebrate the church’s 50th year. What a wonderful way to start our Wednesday!

— Erin Neifach, fifth-grader

Our Lady of Victory School

Over the past few weeks, the seventh-graders have been leading the younger kids during their morning recess. The seventh-graders would go out to the blacktop as their morning recess started and the teacher would explain the rules of the games to everyone. Then, we would help split the kids up into teams and start the game. We played freeze tag, capture the flag, straddle ball and taps. Sometimes everyone would play one game and other times each student could choose what game he or she wanted to play.

The seventh-graders really enjoyed playing with the younger kids because we made special bonds with them. It was so much fun playing different games and seeing how the kids looked up to us in the older grades. Not only did we get to have an extra recess, but we also got to make new friends with people from other grades. We really enjoyed the experience because we got to see the smiles and laughter coming from all the younger kids.

— Frankie R. and Eliza E., seventh-graders

Sheridan School

Our first-grade class took part in Sheridan’s annual game day assembly. The game day assembly is led by our eighth-grade students who decided which games to include and where they will be held throughout the school. They chose games like basketball, soccer and four square to be played outside. They also chose inside activities for us like drawing, dancing and board games. They even gave us a chance to play some exciting games like matball. Matball is exactly like kickball except we use mats instead of bases.

Sheridan’s annual game day featured a variety of activities. (photo courtesy of Sheridan School)

We had a great time playing these games, as it made us feel happy in so many ways. We felt helped when the eighth-graders taught us how to play each game. We felt OK when we got out in matball, but got to play in the outfield. We felt good when someone complimented how we played or that we won a game. We felt silly when we got to be with our friends and do a lot of movement. We felt excited when we got a home run for the first time. We mostly felt happy to be with the eighth-graders.

We think game day is important because we can get some exercise while having fun. It also gives us a chance to meet everyone in the school and the eighth-graders get to lead for once. It is a day that we get to welcome our eighth-graders into being the oldest kids in the school. We can’t wait till next year!

— Sheridan first-grade class