US Blazer Buzz 20 May
This week's highlight: Blazer Ball 2013
The evening of Friday, May 10 found the upper school student body dressed to the nines for the fifth annual Blazer Ball: A Night on Mt. Olympus. The gods and goddesses in grades 9-12 put on their most dashing attire and spent the evening dancing, chatting, taking pictures, sipping Shirley Temples and updating statuses on various social media sites via omnipresent iPhones. Highlights included the costume photobooth, majestic views from the sweeping back deck and a three layer chocolate fountain with strawberries, pound cake and Rice Krispie treats for dipping. In keeping with the Woodlawn tradition, every student in the upper school community came to prom. Many of them hit the dance floor for the duration, but guests also mingled in the lounge and even took turns on the resident baby grand piano. Many thanks to the parent and faculty volunteers who decorated and chaperoned the event!
Contributed by Beth Helfrich
US Blazer Buzz 13 May
This week's highlight: AP Spanish Language
Advanced Placement (AP) tests signal that the end of school is near for Woodlawn upper school students. Much of the AP Spanish language course is dedicated to honing skills, especially speaking and listening, in order to prepare for the exam. Over the final month, the intensity of this work has increased as the exam date draws near. One of the highlights of the course begins with watching a movie based on the true story of Ramon Sampedro called The Sea Inside. It provides a well-balanced argument as the main character fights for his right in Spain for euthanasia. The students then pick sides and prepare themselves with facts and vocabulary to debate. This year the students did an excellent job in their preparation and presentation of their research and opinions of the topic.
Contributed by Jordon Burton
US Blazer Buzz 6 May
This week's highlight: Chemistry
The year may be coming to a close, but the tenth grade chemistry class is still working hard! As a part of our equilibrium unit, students had the opportunity to gain understanding about reaction systems through a color demonstration in the lab. What you can see in this photo is a reaction that is happening in two directions: The forward, or "normal" direction for a reaction, and the reverse reaction, its opposite. As a reaction moves in the forward direction, the cobalt in the solution turns to a dark blue color; as it moves in the reverse direction, the solution turns pale pink. This demonstration illustrates the delicate balance that exists both in reaction systems and the biological systems that rely on equilibrium.
US Blazer Buzz 27 April
This week's highlight: The Great Gatsby
The Lodge was caught in a time warp Friday, April 19 when the American Studies students hosted a Gatsby Party inspired by their recent study of The Great Gatsby and United States culture during the Jazz Era.
Student committees each had a specific set of responsibilities related to pulling off an authentic event. The dance committee and fashion committee researched the hot moves and sharp looks of the time, presenting their findings prior to the event so guests could come ready to strut their stuff. The afternoon committee planned a leisurely lawn party for the last period of school on Friday. The radio committee helped make the afternoon a success, creating an hour-long broadcast of period music, interviews, and commercials to play in the background while the entire upper school sipped punch, ate cucumber sandwiches and played croquet and other popular games of the time. The evening planning committee pulled together era inspired drinks, desserts and music, decorated the Lodge as a speakeasy and helped the other committees organize a Dance Off and a best dressed challenge. Freshman Spencer Gazzaway walked off handily with best dressed male while junior Jules Winkle beat out the rest of the gussied up ladies. The dance competition was intense, with several rounds of the Charleston, Waltz and Lindy Hop. The fancy footwork of Mr. and Mrs. Helfrich earned the couple the win, narrowly edging out Elia Ramirez and Spencer Gazzaway. The jury is still out on whether having Baby H. in tow made the win that much more impressive, or if she gave the pair some sort of unfair advantage!
Contributed by Jeff Donnelly
US Blazer Buzz 22 April
This week's highlight: 9th Grade Tableaux Vivants
In the midst of reading Romeo and Juliet, Woodlawn's ninth graders recently reenacted Act 3, Scene 1 of the famous play via some colorful tableaux vivants. Tableaux vivants--literally "living pictures"--are used in the worlds of art and theater to recreate famous works of art using props, costumes and live models. Like frozen statues, the actors arrange themselves in an appropriate opening tableau and hold it. Then, one at a time, each actor comes to life, speaks a line and changes position. The students met and worked in small groups to recreate short sections of this turning point of the play, a scene in which Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, kills Romeo's best friend, Mercutio, for which he then dies at the hands of Romeo. Romeo, newly and secretly married to Juliet, is then banished for his crime. Each student group worked to pinpoint key lines, actions and emotions in the scene to highlight this turning point of the play, ultimately facilitating a fluid interpretation of the events and an engrossing discussion about the power of anger in our lives. They found the plastic swordplay pretty amusing, too.
Contributed by Kyle Tilley