US Blazer Buzz 2 March
This week's highlight: Film Festival
On Friday night, Upper School students and families gathered for the 2nd annual student Film Festival in the Red Barn. Students in grades 9 through 12 have been working all trimester in small groups to write, direct, produce, and present short films that address an essential element of our experience as humans: Is the human condition one of goodness? What responsibility do we have to the idea of justice? Groups approached these themes from different angles; one group imagined a dystopian world in which physical touch is against the law, while another group took a documentary-style approach and filmed interviews with individuals from the community. Everyone in attendance enjoyed seeing their friends on screen and munching through some delicious snacks. Proceeds from the event went to the Barium Springs Home for Children.
US Blazer Buzz 23 Feb
This week's highlight: The School System
Students in ninth and tenth grades have been examining the education
system as a service component of their Humanities curriculum. After
reading about the history of public education, students researched and
discussed today's many different kinds of schools: public, charter,
independent, parochial, and home schools. Students then screened Waiting for Superman,
a 2010 documentary which attempts to dissect the challenges facing
today's public schools. The film, which has received critical acclaim
as well as elicited fierce criticism, presents an interesting
perspective on the role of teachers' unions in the current paradigm. In
order to extend the discussion on labor unions, students had a virtual
visit from Dr. Paul Clark, Director of the School of Labor and
Employments Relations and Professor at Pennsylvania State University.
Via Skype, Dr. Clark was able to engage in discussion with our students
about the history of labor unions and their role today in education -
as well as other fields. This discussion connects directly to the work
students have been pursuing in Modern World Humanities regarding
industrialization and Charles Dickens's Hard Times.
US Blazer Buzz 2 Feb
This week's highlight: Middle and Upper School Students Celebrate Allies Week
week of January 26, the Woodlawn Honor Council planned and organized a
number of activities reinforcing the Woodlawn values of personal
integrity, responsibility, and community. Beginning with "Wear Your
Heart on Your Sleeve" Day and culminating with an upper school "Show and
Tell" during Common Hour, students and faculty engaged in small and
large group discussion about individuality, choices, and ethics. Upper
school students also invited middle school students to lunch on
Wednesday and Thursday for informal and structured conversation. Photos
courtesy Chris Coutinho!
We had many furry friends visit during Common Hour, including Bristow Ganis, a 9-year-old Goldendoodle and "brother" to Tyler '15 and Zoe '18.
US Blazer Buzz 26 Jan
This week's highlight:Spanish Literature
US Blazer Buzz 12 Jan
This week's highlight: Student Teaching Elective
January always bring new opportunities, and that's certainly the case at Woodlawn these days! Juniors and seniors students enrolled in the second term "Student Teaching" elective spent all of December proposing and planning thematic enrichment courses with faculty guidance, and last week, they finally welcomed seventh and eighth grade students into their classes.
Now in its fourth year, the student teaching program
allows upper school students to gain and practice critical skills in
planning, collaboration, and leadership, while giving middle school
students the chance to sprinkle some new and different classes into
their schedules. This year, pairs of upper school students are offering
Baking Desserts, Visual Journaling, Music Video Production, Team
Sports, Culture Indulgers, and Wilderness Survival. Judging by drop-in
visits last Friday, the courses are going swimmingly for teachers and