The 7th and 8th graders want downtown to the Lyric Opera on Thursday to see the production of "Jesus Christ Superstar". What a wonderful way to end their Opera unit. They really enjoyed the spectacular production (and the snacks at intermission)! The 7th graders spoke very highly of the artistic choices that were made by the singer/actors and by the director during their music class on Friday. All students will be writing a detailed reflection sharing their observations and opinions about all that they saw and heard. Being able to watch an amazing production in such a beautiful space was a great experience for all!
7th graders dove right into their new unit on genetics this week! They collected class data on some common genetic characteristics: eye color, height vs. wingspan, double-jointed ability, tongue rolling ability, and PTC taste testing ability (yuck!). According to class data, we determined the more dominate traits in our class. As we continue through the unit, we’ll analyze how these traits are determined!
The spring show is right around the corner and the junior high classes are working very hard to prepare their scenes. The eighth graders selected "It's a Bear" and may remind you a bit of Michael Jackson's "Thriller". They are doing an awesome job! The spring show is Thursday, May 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the school gym. All students in the IB MYP programme are required to be at this event. It fulfills a performing arts requirement.
In L&L, 7th grade participated in a book “tasting.” They sampled each of the four books that we will use for book clubs for our cross-curricular unit with I&S. They took notes on each book and ranked them from first choice to last. Students chose from books with a range of writing styles, genres, and levels of difficulty, all centering on the Holocaust.
6th Grade recently finished a summative assessment, a student-written and directed play from a selection in the Old Testament. Students read and evaluated different Bible stories-the story of Passover, the Exodus, the Covenant at Mount Sinai, and Joshua bringing down the walls at Jericho. Then, they crafted scrips with play directions, props and all!
7th grade hosted Mass this week for Cinco de Mayo. Some of our classmates read in Spanish and we had a great time preparing for our final Mass of the year!
This week in Math, 7th grade completed their Volume and Surface Area Unit by creating 3-D models. As a class we read an article about the 62 acre land that is undeveloped in South Loop. If we were to develop this land, what would it need? We researched various needs such as hospitals, public transportation, affordable housing, public art, and even some sport facilities. Students wrote a proposal to address those needs and then built a model of what they want the area to look like. Chicago's skyline could be changing soon with all of these ideas in mind!