US Blazer Buzz 20 April
This week's highlight:Food Justice
The ninth and tenth graders are studying food justice this trimester in our Service class. Food Justice is the belief that all people should have access to healthy and chemical free food that is not only affordable but also near where they live or work. In service we have learned about food deserts and different organizations working to overcome the barrier that a food desert can be for people who reside in an area not within walking distance of a grocery store offering fresh and affordable food. Sow Much Good is one of these organizations working to bring local food to people in food deserts. They have a 4-acre farm in the city and a 5-acre farm in Huntersville called Hubbard Farm. The organization relies on volunteers to work in the fields and to help them bring the produce to the city where they sell it at an affordable rate. Last week the ninth and 10th graders spent their Friday morning hoeing the fields, picking weeds, pruning the vegetables, scything the fields and just having a good time outside. It was a wonderful opportunity to build a connection with this organization that is such a nice match for our study.
Blazer Buzz 13 April
This week's highlight: Spring Intermezzo
Adventure, mystery and magic were in the air as the upper school embarked on its Spring Intermezzo just before break. The theme? Amazingly enough, it took us nearly four years to finally tackle the world of Harry Potter. But with the help of some die-hard HP fans within our faculty (rhymes with "Rayden" and "San Vamburgh), Hogwarts came to Woodlawn in a quest modeled on the Tri-Wizard Tournament from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
US Blazer Buzz 30 March
This week's highlight: Sophomore Seminar
The sophomore seminar class is one of personal development and self-reflection. Over the past few weeks we have been learning about mental health. The culmination of our work together was a mindfulness workshop led by Kelley Gardner. Kelley is the founder of The Bindu, a yoga studio in Cornelius. She still teaches at the Bindu and has been teaching yoga and mindfulness for more than 20 years. During our time together, the 9th and 10th grade students learned about their individualize “Doshas” and a did a few mindfulness exercises to draw upon when they are stressed and need to clear their heads and open themselves up to learning. We also learned about Nadi Shonhana breathing which might be useful in preparation for an exam channeling the right side of the brain or sometimes the left side of the brain for a more creative endeavor. I think everyone enjoyed the opportunity to learn about themselves in new ways as well as to acquire different exercises to combat the challenges of the upper school years.