US Blazer Buzz 5 May
This week's highlight: Spanish Skype Pals
With AP exams fast approaching, the AP Spanish Language students are diving in and practicing for their exam. What better way is there to practice speaking in Spanish than to...speak in Spanish? Using connections that teacher Mrs. Hayden made during her time as a high school exchange student, each AP Language student had the opportunity to video chat one-on-one with an Ecuadorian via Skype. Each student was truly able to put his or her Spanish-speaking skills to the test, chatting with new friends about everything from movies and music to the current social and political tensions in Venezuela.
As our students learn about other cultures and languages they start to truly become world citizens. They create meaningful connections between themselves and people thousands of miles away. Having a pen pal, whether written or virtual, is a uniquely authentic way to learn about the world outside of one's immediate surroundings. The AP Spanish Language students will have the opportunity to continue speaking with their new friends during the remainder of the school year. As C.S. Lewis once said, "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" Now imagine having that moment with someone on the other side of the planet. Welcome to the world of virtual pen pals!
Contributed by Hahna Hayden
US Blazer Buzz 28 April
This week's highlight:Wizard of Oz
Students in grades 6-12 blew audiences away over the weekend with their production of The Wizard of Oz, and original adaptation of the novel by L. Frank Baum. The production boasted thirty-five actors and singers, along with a three-person tech crew, and featured new interpretations of some familiar tunes to accompany this new spin on an even more familiar tale.
Contributed by Jeff Donnelly
US Blazer Buzz 21 April
This week's highlight: Visual Journaling for Upper School
“Art doesn’t have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful.” -- Duane Hanson
What is a visual journal? A few ways to describe a visual journal are: part sketchbook, part diary, part notebook, part found junk drawer, part dream journal, part planner, part to-do list, part doodle pad, part collection holder… and the list goes on. The visual journal combines visual with the written, the image with the word. Using an old book, students create "pages" using different art techniques including collage, watercoloring, creative lettering, and photo transfers.
Junior Elia R. said, "I take this class to keep a sane piece of mind." Visual journaling helps young artists to create a sense of style, build self-discipline, and develop a safe place for exploring the unknown. Freshman Janae G. says "I have become more creative by taking journaling. It gives me wider mindset." Visual journaling is a unique art form; there is no one way to journal and no right or wrong way. When the pressure to do something right is removed, the act of creating itself is meaningful.
Contributed by Jackie Royce
US Blazer Buzz 7 April
This week's highlight: Varsity Girls Soccer
The girls varsity soccer team heads into spring break with a record of 2-1-3. The team is in mid-season form and playing its best soccer of the year. The Blazers got the season started with a bang, earning a 2-2 tie against Davidson Day and a 3-2 win against Pine Lake Prep in the first two games. The team then traveled to Charlotte Latin and fought valiantly in a 3-0 loss to the No. 2-ranked 4A team in the state. Latin is averaging nine goals per game, and Woodlawn held the group scoreless for the first 60 minutes of the match, riding some superb goaltending from senior Christen Zammit. Woodlawn has since returned to its winning ways, with a convincing 3-0 win against Covenant Day School on Thursday, April 3. Captains Christen Zammit, Maisie Wills, and Clare Robinson have set the tone for the team, exemplifying the three principles of Woodlawn soccer: have fun, work hard, play smart.
Contributed by Tim Helfrich
US Blazer Buzz 31 March
This week's highlight: DNA
AP Biology and ninth grade biology students collaborated on this biotechnology simulation using equipment purchased with a grant award from North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
Contributed by Adah Fitzgerald