MS Blazer Buzz 20 Oct
This week's highlight: Go Green!
Woodlawn middle school students were going GREEN last week as they participated in the annual spirit week festivities leading up to Homecoming and Woodlawn Day! The spirit of sustainability was the theme of spirit week this year. Kicking off the week by blending in with nature, students were quite creative in dressing the part to make connections that would remind everyone of the importance of sustainability. Many students dressed as farmers and teachers as they honored the leaders of sustainability, and everyone got in the spirit of recycling clothes on Thrift Store Thursday! In true Woodlawn spirit, we saw a lot of green hair during spirit week, and I can’t think of a better reminder to go green and think about sustainability. With our fifth graders leading our recycling efforts on campus, our K-8 students tending their plentiful gardens, and our commitment to using recycled art materials, we tend to GO GREEN around Woodlawn in more than one way!
MS Blazer Buzz 13 Oct
This week's highlight: Sweet or Tart?
MS Blazer Buzz 6 Oct
8th Graders Experience 16th Century America
How do our Woodlawn 8th graders dive into a unit about 16th century America? Oh, they are not just going to read about European explorers and Native Americans. No…you see they would rather throw an atlatl, bake cornbread, and start a fire using flint and steel. In an effort to recreate life in 16th century America, students spent the day outdoors engaging in activities similar to those carried out by European explorers and Native Americans. By participating in this role play, Woodlawn students were able to relate to the efforts, struggles, and determination of European explorers and Native Americans in 16th century America.
Teams of students dispersed in an early morning scavenger hunt that included a question about The Scarlet Letter, word games, milk jugs, hidden tins, and quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Nature.” The fog that rolled in overnight made for even more interesting conditions on the hunt, which was the highlight of the day for many. Hank and Axel earned the best time for the hunt: an astounding 6 minutes!
Morgan and Mayella especially enjoyed cooking with the key ingredient of the colonial times: corn. Students made three batches of cornbread and honey butter from scratch. On the nature walk, students donned pokeberry war paint, spotted garden spiders, orb weavers, and yellow argiopes, and tasted dog fennel and onion grass. Students tested their skills throughout the day. Sabrina was able to lift a huge bin of bricks much faster than a team of four others because she set up more pulleys and increased her mechanical advantage. Garrett, Leila, Emma, and several others were able to start a fire using only flint and steel. And after perfecting her technique, Mimi displayed the best atlatl throwing pose while Morgan threw her atlatl the furthest.
The day culminated with a drum circle in the amphitheater. Fifth grade buddies joined in the drum circle and shared in the rhythmical and harmonious end to the day.
MS Blazer Buzz 29 Sept
This week's highlight: Be in the moment
MS Blazer Buzz 22 Sept
This week's highlight: Words of Wisdom
Sixth and seventh grade students in Katie Verlin’s math class have quite a few inspirational quotes to share. Students were asked to research and find inspiring words to live by as a way to get to know each other better. Kaitlyn says that while it is not always easy, she believes it is important to: “Be who you are; not who others want you to be." Believing in yourself and attempting to get a little bit better each day were the messages from Kurt and Matthew. Kurt quotes Audrey Hepburn: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m Possible.” He believes that anything is possible if you believe you can do it. Matthew’s quote: “You can always be a little bit better.” is from his role model, Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. Matthew said that he personally tries to get better everyday and he looks to his role model for inspiration. Joey and Ariele were both inspired by Maya Angelou’s words: “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” Joey said that when people in a room are being negative, his tendency is to want to make the room feel positive. Ariele tries to make everyone happy and if she notices that someone looks sad, she will approach them to ask them how they are doing so they don’t feel left out. Overall, these words of wisdom seem like concepts we should all take to heart. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with all of us!