Our fourth graders braved the chilly December weather to visit Jamestown last week.
Students toured the actual site where the original palisade and buildings were constructed and learned how artifacts help us understand the past, (in this case, what life was like Jamestown). Students left with a deeper understanding of settlers life and will enrich their Jamestown unit in class.
Our kindergarten’s Friday Spanish class was extra special as they joined our eighth grade students to create hojalata tiles for the upcoming holiday. One of the least known, most versatile, and most beautiful expressions of Mexican folk art, hojalata (tin art work) is also known in some parts of Mexico as, lamina or lata. Since the 1500’s, this humble metal has been made more pleasing by being shaped, stamped, punched, painted and cut into a wide variety of decorative and functional artwork. Everyone had a great time creating something beautiful for the holidays.
The fifth grade has been working to harvest seeds from our native plant garden. Students worked with a volunteer from Tricycle Farms to diagnose local watershed and pollution challenges and how those issues can be addressed by promoting native plants. They studied the specific plants in our garden and worked over successive weeks to harvest, label, and store the seeds from those plants. The students are now learning how to germinate new plants. The class will soon have to decide how to use their new seedlings to positively impact the local ecosystem.