Grade 7 Westward Road Trip Via Zoom

Grade 7 students have been studying westward expansion. To better get to know our United States, they designed and mapped out their very own modern road trips. As part of the journey students did the following:

-Picked a theme (historical sites, mountains, rivers, cities, national parks, concert venues, restaurants etc.)

-Selected a specific vehicle for the road trip: Van, SUV, Camper Bus, etc.

-Started anywhere on the east coast, travelled up to 300 miles a day, described the route with a map and directions, ending on the west coast

-Explained one specific historical event associated with each stop. Examples: battle sites, city origin stories, birthplaces of famous Americans, information about Native American groups that lived in that area, etc.

-Shared one fun activity they participated in during each stop

-Created an original road trip song

Students uploaded beautiful photos and worked on their road trips in Zoom break out rooms. The final projects were presented live and received “real time” positive peer feedback.

Teachers Engage With Strategies For Online Learning

This morning Middle School teachers participated in an engaging professional development meeting focused on assessing learning during online instruction. This workshop was led by Challenge Success.

At Challenge Success, we provide schools and families with the information and strategies they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for their kids. We work with teams of educators, parents, and students at schools to identify problems and implement best practices and policies in areas such as curriculum, assessment, homework, school schedule, and a healthy school climate.

The workshop provided “grab and go” practical strategies that teachers can implement in the coming days.

Among the many topics of exploration, the workshop addressed the following:

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Makers Create Inventions At Home

Mr. Louie’s Grade 7 students have been busy making various functional projects. They have been working with: Rube Goldberg Machines, LED Circuit Cards, and Cardboard Hats.

A Rube Goldberg Machine is something intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way. Among other tasks, students developed elaborate ways to turn off lights using dominoes, weights, and rolling balls.

Students used LED Circuit Cards designed to light up photos of loved ones with the push of a button.

Students also creatively designed Cardboard Hats painted to express artistic whimsy and individuality.

Virtual Career Day With Hamlin Alumnae

On May 1 the Class of 2020 met with 16 remarkable Hamlin alumnae to talk about the values that shape a life path and what it means to be a Hamlin girl out in the world beyond our walls.

Before meeting, the alums and students filled out their own bios answering questions about personal values and interests. They were put into groups based on these shared values. In her opening remarks, Ms. Holland Greene reminded students that a career and a job are different and are both important pieces of living a value-driven life.

The discussions were focused around the personal values the students and the alumnae hold and how these shape choices and paths that don’t always look clear and straight. As I popped into breakout rooms (2 alums and 6-7 students in each room), I uniformly heard deep reflections on the joys, obstacles and choices that come in life, and the way the skills learned at Hamlin – resilience, work ethic, flexibility, honesty, respect for equity and inclusion – are essential in our changing world.

The wisdom in those Zoom rooms was truly impressive. We are so very proud of this Class of 2020 already – they are truly special – seeing them in a space full of the remarkable women who came before them, we can see how they will shape the world in ways that are both beautiful and appropriate to who they truly are. In this time of pandemic, it was a wonderful reminder that a Hamlin education can help transcend all obstacles- Hamlin students are truly meeting the challenges of their time in so many forms.

It was so incredible hearing the many skills and lessons these women have learned from Hamlin that still continue to resonate with them and have allowed them to be who they are today. –Lexie G.

The following alums shared their time and wisdom with our students:

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Grade 5 Virtual Art Show

These are just some of the beautiful art pieces completed in Grade 5. Students learned about face proportions and created their unique self-portraits incorporating descriptive words.

The Roar: Hamlin’s Student Newspaper

The second edition of The Roar came out earlier this month. The Roar is led by the following students:

Editor-in-Chief: Reeve C.

Student Opinion Section Editor: Lola C.

Sports Section Editor: Sadie C.

Arts/Entertainment/Style Section Editor: Maddie G.

Hamlin News Section Editor: Adele Y.

Calendar/Events Section Editor: Leslie R.

Layout Team: Annabelle B., Darcy D., Fletcher W., Matilda F., and Morgan K.

This edition features movie reviews, a music play list, poetry, a faculty interview, comics, a crossword puzzle, information about the COVID-19, Mad Libs, and much more!

Below is the music play list by Avery B. to help you stay upbeat during quarantine.

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Student Earth Day Film Places In Redford Competition

Students were asked to think “outside the box” and design a product using the theme Circular Economy, then create a short film. Over 100 films were submitted from 26 states, with three from Hamlin selected to be one of the 12 finalists.

Co-founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his son and board chair, James Redford, The Redford Center harnesses the power of film, video and new media to engage people through inspiring stories that galvanize environmental action.

A team of Grade 6 students won 3rd place and $200 for their film entitled, Eco-Friendly House Project. The film (created by Sophia T., Elena, Cate, and Vivienne) focuses on ways to make a house more eco-friendly by using recycled materials for windows, solar panels, and other features that reduce greenhouse gas production and unnecessary waste.

To learn more about the Redford Center Competition, please visit: https://stories.redfordcenter.org/about/

To watch the winning films (including ours), please visit: https://vimeo.com/409977747

Hamlin Participates In Art Challenge

For years, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles has been famous for its large collection of European paintings, sculptures and other works of art. Recently, it was popular for something else: an art challenge on social media.

The Getty asked its followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to remake famous pieces from its collection. “We challenge you to recreate a work of art with objects (and people) in your home,” the museum wrote.

The rules were simple: Choose your favorite work of art. Use three things from your house to recreate it. Then, take a picture and share it on social media.

Inspired by this endeavor, members of our faculty submitted their art-inspired photos.

Cooking For Wellness

We are continuing our Faculty Wellness Wednesdays online. This week faculty members shared their cooking explorations.

Ms. Biale wrote the following to encourage participation.

There is one thing that I think being quarantined is actually really good for and that’s cooking homemade meals. And, as I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear, I strongly believe that cooking can really help our physical and emotional wellness. Whether you are pulling out those multi-step, complicated recipes that you’ve been saving, trying to replicate a dish from your favorite restaurant, or just cooking your usual fare, let’s see your cooking photos!

Grade 7 Makes COVID-19 Time Capsules

We are living in historic times. With this in mind, Grade 7 students are documenting these days of quarantine to help inform their future selves. Using a written and visual format, students are recording several aspects of their current lives.

Some of the items students are putting in their time capsules are:

-Favorite things in their 2020 lives- pets, books, movies, friends

-Artistic creations, photos from this time, newspaper clippings, special memories

-Descriptions of how they are feeling and what they are learning from this experience

-Descriptions of their local community and how it has been impacted by COVID-19

-Descriptions of how they are continuing to have fun

-Descriptions of how special occasions are being celebrated- birthdays, Passover, Easter, etc.

A Letter To Self, imparting wisdom to remember (likely) emphasizing gratitude, patience, and other intrinsic lessons from this time period