Grade 7 students demonstrated resilience and grit to endure (and often enjoy) rain, heavy fog, and sub-50 degree nights, for 4 days at Point Reyes. This is the same hardy group of girls who camped in Pinnacles last year in the rain, so they had some prior experience with tough weather.
Conditions aside, our students engaged in the following activities (among others):
-Backpacking for multiple miles
-Setting up camp
-Observing all kinds of nature like: trees, birds, rabbits, and banana slugs
This week, students in Grade 3 explored and camped in the rustic nature of the Presidio.
Perched on four wooded acres above Baker Beach at the Presidio’s highest point, Rob Hill is the only group campground in San Francisco. Here, you can see the lights of Sutro Tower, smell the ocean, and hear the owls in their Cypress roosts. It’s easy to see why people have been sleeping under the stars – fog-shrouded as they may be at times – here for generations, beginning with the Ohlone, the first inhabitants of this area.
Some highlights included:
-Using teamwork to set up tents
-Creating artwork using objects found in nature
-Making and eating s’mores
-Going on hikes
-Spending time at the beach
-Bonding with friends
To learn more about camping at Rob Hill, please visit: https://www.presidio.gov/places/rob-hill-campground
Grade 5 students recently completed colorful collages showcasing animals from across the United States. Abby created a beautiful grey fox.
She shares this reflection about her artistic process:
Overall, I think I had a good experience making this collage. It was a little hard to find the right colors that I needed. What I did to get through the challenge was improvise to find a solution that worked even though it took a long time. The part of the process that I enjoyed the most was collaborating with my friends and finding a way to put the scraps onto my picture. I like the way my piece came out because I am not naturally talented at collaging, but I still was able to do this successfully. The part of the artistic process that surprised me the most was that we spent so long drawing our animals. Now that I look back at it, I think it was very important that we spent so long drawing because we need to know all of the spacing and color details.
Grade 7 Elective Art recently made beautiful feather images using a technique called scratchboard.
Scratchboard is made by using a sharp tool to scratch off dark ink to reveal a white or colored layer beneath. Unlike many drawing media, where the artist adds in the mid-tones and shadows, with scratchboard the artist is working by adding in the highlights.
Scratchboard was originally invented for the purpose of reproduction in printing. It has been used for over a century reproducing images for books, magazines, newspapers, and in advertising.
On March 7, a group of eco-conscious students went to Cowell Theater (Fort Mason) to watch films from the 16th Annual International Ocean Film Festival. The films provided inspiration and crucial information about the need to preserve and take care of our oceans.
The International Ocean Film Festival is:
Dedicated to using film as a medium to increase public awareness of the environmental, social, and cultural importance of marine ecosystems and foster a spirit of ocean stewardship, IOFF is now the premier venue in North America for ocean-related films.
Every year, IOFF produces an acclaimed festival of ocean-themed films from all over the world that are largely unavailable to the general public. Themes range from marine science and industry to sports and adventure. We look for films that entertain, educate, and encourage active participation in ocean conservation.
Students watched several films from all over the world. Highlights included learning about:
-The lives of wild dolphins
-How little plastic actually gets recycled
-How much plastic a blue whale ingests
-7 species of Sea turtles on the planet -all endangered
-Education about turtle conservation
The film festival runs through Sunday, to see the schedule, click here: http://intloceanfilmfest.org/2019-festival-schedule
A film made by Hamlin students will be shown on Sunday at 10 a.m., to learn more, please visit: http://www.hamlinblog.org/blog/2019/03/05/student-film-selected-for-international-ocean-film-festival/
When Ms. O’Brien moved into her new classroom, she looked out the window at the back of the climbing wall and the colorful mural and got inspiration for a living wall project. Ms. Ray had just returned from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she had visited an amazing living wall at a nonprofit called “Vertical Harvest” and she thought a living wall sounded like a wonderful science/maker collaboration.
Ms. O’Brien. Ms. Ray, and Mr. Louie met to put this idea into motion. Planning out the project provided several rich opportunities for problem solving, such as using measurement skills to see where the wall would fit, figuring out how to provide sunlight and water for the plants, and how to protect the wood finish from water damage.
First, the 2nd graders worked with Mr. Louie in small groups to laser cut their name and an image of a flower onto a wooden panel. Then, they used clamps for woodworking and special glue to construct their boxes. In science class, they planted succulents in pots and carefully arranged rocks and shells around them to create miniature gardens. Ms. Lovejoy and Ms. Davis donated the succulent plants.
Phase one of the project is located in classroom 2OA while the girls finish planting their succulents. Phase two will be located in the lower school entry foyer across from Ms. Yeung’s desk. For the final phase of the project, the living wall will be mounted behind the climbing wall outside. This project is a wonderful example of the collaborative spirit that organically surrounds us at Hamlin every day.
Grade 4 students recently went on an outdoor education adventure to Pie Ranch and Big Basin State Park.
As part of the experience, our girls did the following:
Wednesday – Students went on a tour of Pie Ranch and picked fruits and veggies, later eating these with dinner. Girls set up tents at Big Basin, followed by free time, dinner (students prepared and served the meal and did clean up), and a night hike.
Thursday – This was a “big hike” day, led by Big Basin Rangers. Art, Science and Social Studies rotations took place in the afternoon. Snack, free time, dinner. Campfire and s’mores.
Friday – Pack up, time for self-reflection, drive to Waddell Beach for beach fun and closing circle.
To learn more about our Outdoor Education Program, please visit: https://www.hamlin.org/page/program/outdoor-education