US Blazer Buzz 21 Oct
This week's highlight: Autumn agriculture
You're never too old to appreciate the quintessential autumn fruit, the apple! In early October every year, the ninth grade service learning curriculum on environmentally sustainable agriculture intersects the kindergarten apple unit. So on October 9, the ninth grade graders hosted an afternoon of apple activities for the kindergarten's apple unit. Both groups met in the garden after lunch to taste test Mrs. Denham's apple haul from Virginia and to sample apple cider that sixth graders were pressing with Mr. Hollinger's cider press. We sat under the oaks and read How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, then raced off to play apple-themed games on the field and make mini apple pies in the Lodge kitchen with Mrs. Gartner, mom of ninth grader James.
US Blazer Buzz 14 Oct
This week's highlight: Gallery Night
The first-ever Upper School Gallery Night has come and gone, but the buzz remains about the level of student and faculty talent represented during this truly spectacular evening. The goal of the event was simple: recognize and celebrate some of the talented artists that roam the sidewalks and hallways of Woodlawn on a daily basis, and take the opportunity to come together early in the school year to relax and hang out in the Lodge as we settle into autumn.
By all accounts it was mission accomplished, as the room was packed full of students and parents, all clamoring to take in some fantastic paintings and sketches by students like Ansley Earle, Ciara Conway and Clare MacDonald, mixed media and mosaic works by Maisie Wills, Spencer Gazzaway and Sarah Moran, and photography by Christen Zammit. Freshman James Gartner brought a video game he's been designing. Faculty members Mrs. Helfrich, Ms. Royce, Mr. Fitzgerald, Mr. Barringer, Mrs. Lolla and Ms. Lysne all contributed personal works as well, and the audience was treated to musical performances by Mary Rood Cunningham and Jules Winkle, Reilly Milburn, Austen Castellano, Kelsie Milburn, as well as a recording of Michael Muchane performing a Beethoven Concerto.
The enthusiasm that was pulsing through the room in support of the artists and their work made for a genuinely exciting and unmistakably Woodlawn evening.
US Blazer Buzz 7 Oct
This week's highlight: 6th Annual Ring Breakfast
The upper school student body and junior class families gathered on the Woods Hall Patio on Thursday, October 4, for the sixth annual Ring Breakfast. This year's ceremony honored the eclectic and accomplished Class of 2015, some of whose members have been Woodlawn students for nearly ten years. This year's rings were as unique as their wearers, ranging from traditional class rings to family heirlooms. As each student donned his or her ring, the junior class members each turned the ring a quarter turn as a gesture of friendship and solidarity. The annual ceremony highlights the symbolism of the class ring against the picturesque backdrop of the coming fall, and this year's event was framed by a beautiful, sunlit morning. The ceremony closed with a delicious breakfast sponsored by the freshman class parents — and lots of candy Ring Pops, of course!
US Blazer Buzz 29 Sept
This week's highlight: Sleeping under the Stars
US Blazer Buzz 23 Sept
This week's highlight: Popsicle Stick Catapult Physics
The first trimester of physics is a study of motion. The juniors and seniors in the class have moved on from the one dimensional out and back travel of tortoises, hares, rockets and bungee jumpers to a two-dimensional world of objects moving in parabolic paths. While successfully solving word problems about tossed balls and shot projectiles provides a certain level of satisfaction, applying this knowledge to find the correct amount of force needed to launch a payload to attack a friend's base provides a much deeper level of fun.
The class spent two days creating catapults out of popsicle sticks and calibrating them in order to launch a bean that would reliably hit a target five to twenty feet away. The culminating activity pitted five teams of students and their catapults against each other. The catapults were set up on the Woods Hall patio tables and each team took turns attacking and strategically moving forward or retreating. There were shouts of success paired with numerous cries of frustration after a well-planned salvo was foiled due to irregularly shaped beans and operator errors!