MS Blazer Buzz 10 March

This week's highlight:Spanish Master Works

The sixth graders delved deeply into the Renaissance time period over the winter trimester, focusing on master works in Spanish class. Students spent many weeks studying Spain's Golden Age, developing an understanding as to why Cervantes' Don Quixote de La Mancha is considered a masterpiece in the world of literature. Students fell in love with the characters Quixote and Sancho, and also tackled more profound topics such as how important one's reality is in society. In addition to learning about the Golden Age, students discovered the incredible, architectural masterpieces of Antoní Gaudí and the skillful futbol footwork by Team Barça. The sixth graders also spent time doing independent exploration of Spanish cuisine. The group's enlightening adventure culminated with a viewing of John Lithgow's performance of Don Quixote!

Contributed by Laine Amortegui

MS Blazer Buzz 3 March

This week's highlight: 7th Grade Math - Barbie Bungee

Seventh grade students recently investigated linear equations by having Barbies bungee from the second story of the Klein Hall shed! Barbie Bungee is the most exciting and anticipated math project during the seventh grade year at Woodlawn. Groups of four students create their own Barbie Bungee companies, complete with company names, goals, slogans, and even a logo! This year, the companies were Thrill, Bucket List Barbie, Edge, Free Falling, Leap of Faith, Lifeline, Drop, and Pulse. Students conducted test jumps and recorded data, then graphed this data to help them make predictions. Each company had to predict how many bungee cords (rubber bands) Barbie would need to give her the most thrilling ride from the second story window of the Klein Hall shed without killing her! Jump day was very exciting this year, with the winners only being declared after a photo finish! To see the action, check out the Barbie Bungee video on YouTube.

Contributed by Julie Reulbach

MS Blazer Buzz 24 Feb

This week's highlight: Dr. King And The Movement

"Now I realize that there are those all over who are telling us that we must slow up. … But we cannot afford to slow up. We have a moral obligation to press on. We have our self-respect to maintain. But even more we can't afford to slow up because of our love for America and our love for the democratic way of life. … We must keep moving. We must keep going." — 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 Excerpt from "The Montgomery Story," an address to the 47th Annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention, San Francisco, June 27, 1956.

During life skills and service learning classes throughout the month of January, students in second through seventh grades were asked to consider the legacy of Dr. King’s dream of a just and equal society for all. The students explored ways in which they could keep the movement going, while also learning about Cesar Chavez, Malala Yousafzai, and Nelson Mandela and these individual's dedication to social justice. The students reflected on how they benefit in their own lives because of the work of these social activists and determined what they can do personally to encourage this work moving forward. The students represented their commitment to social justice on footprints. The “We Must Keep Moving” exhibition is currently on display in the Lodge.

Contributed by Kim Lysne

MS Blazer Buzz 17 Feb

This week's highlight:The Symphony

The seventh grade class at Woodlawn had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Charlotte Symphony on Friday, February 7. The students have been learning about the various instrument families, composition, and numerous composers throughout history. They have also been learning how to play string instruments. The symphony trip offered an opportunity for the class to see how all the instruments can be played together in a large ensemble and how beautiful the music is when heard live. The students heard pieces such as Four Sea Interludes from the opera Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten, Cello Concerto in C Major by Joseph Haydn, and the Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish” by Robert Schumann. The students really enjoyed getting dressed up for the event and have already asked whether they can return next year!

Contributed by Sandi Rosen

MS Blazer Buzz 10 Feb

This week's highlight: Spelling Bee

The Woodlawn School Spelling Bee for grades 4-8 was held on Friday, January 31, at 2 p.m. in the Red Barn.
“I studied really hard,” said sixth grader Mitch Porter, “but I was still nervous, because you never know what will happen.”
“I studied really hard, too,” added classmate Dina Clemente, “but when I got up to spell every word, I was so nervous I felt like I was going to throw up.”
Each grade held earlier qualifying bees in language arts classes, and the winners of those contests advanced to the school-wide bee. Eighteen Woodlawn students competed in the Bee in the Barn: Carter Sabatino, Nick Reulbach, Matthew Leonard, A.J. Clemente, Zach Reulbach, Mitch Porter, Dina Clemente, Anish Patel, Andrew Ayer, Cole Rogers, Grace Evans, Mimi Johnstone, Vivian Moore, Nicholas Trovato, Finn Bridgeford, Aubrey Dyckman, Yasmine Deep, and Zoe Milburn.
Woodlawn language arts teachers Catherine Packard and David Barringer served as judges. Each competitor had to spell a word correctly to advance to the next round. With one misspelled word, the competitor was out. The words were selected from a list provided by Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Some of the words misspelled included: empower, podium, introverted, bassoon, mugwump, disarray, expunge, divvy, affluent, and propulsion.
Some of the words spelled correctly included: cowlick, legacy, gorgon, joust, enviable, quaver, turmoil, vouch, talisman, infringe, freight, bulwark, betrothal, stridency, hackamore, wheedle, bodega, and exorcism.
After eight thrilling rounds, the three Bee finalists were sixth graders Mitch Porter and Dina Clemente and eighth grader Aubrey Dyckman.
“I had fun at the spelling bee,” said Aubrey, “and I did better than I expected to. It was a great experience.”
All three will advance to the regional Spelling Bee in Salisbury, N.C., at Salisbury Academy on February 10, 2014.
“I’m very nervous,” Dina commented, “but I’m also super excited.”
“I’m really excited about the regionals,” Mitch said. “I hope to go all the way to nationals.”
“I am excited for the next spelling bee,” said Aubrey, “because I love to spell, and I will get to meet new people.”

Contributed by David Barringer