A Busy Last WeekWe are so proud of our (now graduated) 8th graders! Last Tuesday they each presented their 8th Grade Challenge Projects to panels of community members. Our 8th graders were knowledgeable, passionate and poised. The community panelists were beyond impressed.
|8th Grade Challenge Community Presentation Program|
Panelists including former Swift teachers, students and parents,
as well as mentors and grandparents!
|Shahin introduces his 8th Grade Challenge Project in the auditorium|
|Tristan presents his project on the Space Race, having visited the Air and Space Museum in DC|
|Peyton presents about D-Day, having visited the WWII monuments in DC|
We celebrated the 8th Graders again at Sandbar State Park with unique awards for each one of them, along with an amazing lunch and perfect weather. We owe a HUGE thank you to parent Chris Lablanc for bringing our picnic to whole new levels. Not only did he bring his own grill, he brought a fryer too so we could have fresh french fries!
|Chris and Dylan Lablanc grilling burgers and making fresh-cut french fries! Amazing!|
|Olivia, Melaina, Ashleigh, Cleo and Franny at Sandbar|
|Bene, Sedira and Jacob relaxing|
|Stephen spikes the ball at Sandbar|
|Logan and Hayden|
|Students presenting 8th Grader Awards|
We also said goodbye to Ms. Bliss this week as she wraps up her position as the Swift House TA. She did an amazing job of filling in for Lisa Barland. We will certainly see her around school as she will continue to sub.
|We'll miss you, Ms. Bliss!|
Washington DCOur trip to DC allowed for many wonderful experiences, with each student having their own schedule and so much to see! 8th graders all scheduled interviews with experts in a field related to their 8th grade challenge. All others visited a site related to their independent project research. Between the 62 students who attended we visited every major site in the city!
|James, Leo and Peyton at the Washington Monument|
|Logan, Charlie and Peyton at the WWII Memorial|
|Ruben at his interview with the curator at the Spy Museum.|
|Nick at his interview at the Library of Congress|
|Alec, Philip, James and Leo at the Botanical Garden|
|Jagger, Gosha, Ethan, Emma, Sedira, Ella, Nora, Claire and Lily at Camden Yards|
|Swift meeting with Senator Leahy on the Capitol Steps|
|Sedira at her interview at the Washington Children's Hospital|
|Emma interviewing neurologists at DC hospital|
"Home Team" Activities
The home team studied the importance of bees while others were in DC. Their research included a presentation from an beekeeper, a trip to bee hives at Adam's Farm, an open house for other WCS students and a trip to the Montshire Museum!
|Honeybee Open House|
|Olivia and Savannah with the Montshire bee hive|
|Olivia, Melaina and Henry blowing bubbles at the Montshire|
|Demi and Emma at the Montshire|
Common Sense Media
Looking for good family resources related to digital media this summer? The Common Sense Media site has excellent family resources focused on technology use, particularly social media. Examples include:
PhotosTo see our photo albums from Sandbar State Park, Washington DC, our "Hometeam" adventures and more, click on our Shutterfly site. The password, as always, is flyforever.
We will send home core placement and Grand Isle Campout information in our summer mailing in mid-July. Also note that all of our e-mail accounts (students and teachers) have changed.
- Students: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faculty: email@example.com