This week we simply share a few of our musings and studies.....
7th and 8th grade studied a famous poem by Robert Frost:
"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
BY ROBERT FROST
Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year. He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake. The only other sound’s the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake. The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.
6th grade read two poems, discussing their structure and meaning:
"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" (It's actually a 5 stanza poem.)
BY JANE TAYLOR
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. When the blazing sun is gone, When he nothing shines upon, Then you show your little light, Twinkle, twinkle, all the night. Then the traveler in the dark Thanks you for your tiny spark, How could he see where to go, If you did not twinkle so? In the dark blue sky you keep, Often through my curtains peep For you never shut your eye, Till the sun is in the sky. As your bright and tiny spark Lights the traveler in the dark, Though I know not what you are, Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
"Those Winter Sundays"
Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him. I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking. When the rooms were warm, he’d call, and slowly I would rise and dress, fearing the chronic angers of that house, Speaking indifferently to him, who had driven out the cold and polished my good shoes as well. What did I know, what did I know of love’s austere and lonely offices?
Our Passion Problems:
Zimmer - How can I solve homelessness? (Focus: affordable housing)
Macy - How can we bring more awareness to women's sports?
Reeves - How does art bring awareness to global warming?
Addie - How can baking help people?
Harrison - How can art (murals) bring awareness to underserved communities?
Michael - How can we generate electricity without polluting?
Tyson - How do we restore homes after natural disasters?
India - How can I help improve mental health in the elderly?
Connor - How can I help fix or rebuild houses?
Barry - How can I help people with technology repair?
Emma - How can we preserve habitats for endangered birds?
Our students are insightful and kind-hearted and engaged. I cannot wait to see their projects develop!
Proof of their efforts today:
India helping Reeves. Thank you, India!
Research goes best with tunes, man!
We have hot tea!
Working 9 to 5....
Lost in a book. Next to a window. With a cup of tea. Not a bad Friday!
Engineering takes constant adjustments....
Thank you for mismatched socks! It's a good day!
Focused. Ignore the biohazard bag. It's just holding research.
The aftermath. .... Wait, we have to clean up our own mess?