MS Blazer Buzz 28 Oct
This week's highlight: Touring the Davidson College Animal Laboratory
The sixth grade class learned about and got up close and personal with some interesting critters on its field trip to the Davidson Public Library and Davidson College’s Animal Laboratory. A scavenger hunt at the library allowed students to locate some of the many wonderful resources the library has to offer. While the internet offers abundant information, it is important that students are aware of the wealth of information available in books. Woodlawn's commitment to sustainability also came through during the library visit. Students were reminded that they are being environmentally friendly when borrowing a book instead of purchasing each time their favorite author releases a new work. Students concluded their visit by writing the name of their favorite book on the library’s sidewalk.
Animal advocacy is the service focus for sixth grade. While touring Davidson College’s Animal Laboratory, students learned how animals are being used for research and teaching purposes. Students were shown how the animals are treated humanely at all times and given gentle care. The animals even get treats and have play toys. Procedures used in the laboratory, as well as federal laws regulating treatment of animals, were carefully explained and the curious students were able to ask many questions. The sixth graders learned that scientists have acquired vast amounts of knowledge working with these animals, and they are making a difference in medical advancements.
MS Blazer Buzz 21 Oct
This week's highlight: Old Salem
The eighth grade traveled to the historic village of Old Salem in Winston-Salem, N.C., for an experiential history tour of life in the 18th century. Students prepared and ate a traditional Moravian meal, acted as apprentices to the book binding trade and learned about the lives and culture of Moravians, Africans and Native Americans in the Salem community. To integrate this history project with what was happening in science class, the eighth graders located simple machines from the time period and took measurements to calculate the mechanical advantage. The day concluded with a stop at Winkler Bakery on Main Street for traditional Moravian treats and a stroll through God's Acre — the historic Moravian community cemetery.
MS Blazer Buzz 14 Oct
This week's highlight: Seventh grade trip to Davidson Visual Arts Center
The seventh grade art students are studying printmaking, from the earliest hand prints on cave walls to contemporary printing techniques. The class is looking more specifically at the history of printmaking in China and Japan, which is part of a larger interdisciplinary project. As part of the students field research, they toured the printing studio at the Davidson Visual Arts Center and assisted Professor Starr in the process of creating a collaborative etching. They participated in the printing processes of scratching individual marks onto a copper plate, inking the plate and cleaning it off, preparing the paper for printing and operating the press. Back in the art studio, the seventh graders are applying what they learned to their own prints and experimenting with other types of printing techniques such as monoprints, collagraphs and woodblocks. Their printing portfolio will be on display at the seventh grade fall portfolio review at the end of this trimester.
MS Blazer Buzz 7 Oct
This week's highlight: Science in the everyday world
The eighth graders also explored some ways to make buildings at Woodlawn more accessible to those in wheelchairs. Students connected the physics of ramps to an understanding of slope from their math classes. To further integrate these concepts, the students' service learning theme in eighth grade is "Bridging Generations." The class spends time each month volunteering at the Brian Center where most of the patients are in wheelchairs. The students used various calculations to determine if Woodlawn's ramps met the American National Standard Institute requirements for ramps. They also wheeled themselves up some of the ramps around campus to calculate how much force it required.