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As part of the 8th grade exploration of cultures along the ancient Silk Road, Middle school history teachers John Boger and Jordan Bentley broke their classes down into small groups and each group was assigned one of four world religions that emerged along the Silk Road: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Taoism. Modeled after a discussion held by Mongke Khan in the 13th Century, 8th graders, representing one of the above religions, participate in a roundtable discussion. The simulation began with faculty members being interviewed by a small group of 8th graders, as “lost souls” on a spiritual journey looking to lead more moral lives. The students were tasked with learning about the “lost soul” so they could show how their assigned religion’s moral and ethical journey would be best for them. After the faculty interviews, the tables were turned, and the “lost soul” got to ask the questions, pulling out a deeper understanding of the student’s assigned religion. Some of the questions posed were “how does your religion view good and evil?” “what is one quote that highlights the essence of your religion?” “draw me a visual representation of the most an important symbol in your religion,” and “how is your religion represented, both correctly and falsely, in popular culture?”

The whole process is an interesting and creative way for our students to think critically, and to learn more about the religions of the world that emerged along the Silk Road.

Click here to see some pictures of one of the interviews.

In Ms. Ghadiali’s and Ms. Albertyn's 7th grade math classes, students are working on building candy boxes using their design thinking skills and some software and tools available in our Danoff Family Innovation Center.

For some students, math isn’t always fun. But when you throw in Design Thinking, 3D Printing, and candy, what could be bad? Seventh grade math teacher Alifiyah Ghadiali, along with Sadie Albertyn and Sue Fisher, came up with a project to help students learn about volume and surface area of 3-D figures that was a little bit outside the box. Or should we say about the box?

Each student was assigned a candy, and was tasked with designing a candy carton that could fit 18 pieces of candy, but minimize wasted space. They were given one piece of candy to help them come up with their original design, and created a prototype in Designer. Then they printed it out on the laser cutter. Once the prototype was complete, they would try to fit all 18 pieces snugly into the carton. If the first iteration didn’t work, it was back to the digital drawing board.

The 7th graders had a great time completing the project! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The annual tradition of the Meadowbrook Holiday Assembly arrived on the coldest day of the year, but the bitter winds didn’t change the abundance of warmth in the Vinik Family Center. Head of School arvind grover welcomed the entire community to the special morning, sharing stories about his childhood holiday traditions. Then we were off for a morning full of signing, dancing the Reindeer Twist, and rocking out with the middle school rock bands. This year's holiday video was also debuted. Click here to watch it! It was a great way to kick off the holiday season and head into Winter Break. We look forward to seeing everyone in the new year! 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is an all-time favorite book of many members of the Meadowbrook community, and those readers were lucky enough to see their beloved story brought to the stage by a double cast of 7th graders. Directors Mike Scafati and Mike Molyneux flexed their creative muscles and adapted the first installment of the Harry Potter series for the stage. The students themselves put their costumes together and were hard at work in the Danoff Family Innovation Center building some of their props, like their all-important magic wands.

The audience was in awe throughout the performances and gave the 7th graders a rousing standing ovation. Click here to watch the entire show on our YouTube channel.

 

When a series of hurricanes devastated Houston, TX, many cities in Florida, and the entire territory of Puerto Rico, Meadowbrook teachers Barbara Campbell, Caroline Kurman, and Linda Rapciak knew they needed to do something to help.

They decided to do a Service Learning Project to build school kits for hurricane victims who lost everything in the recent storms. Each grade in the Lower School, JK-5th, was responsible for bringing in a particular school supply item. The kits were comprised of crayons, pencils, scissors, erasers, rulers, pencil sharpeners, and pads of paper or notebooks. But the work didn’t stop at donating school supplies.

Across the school, our students were learning about the many ways a hurricane impacts people’s lives, and were encouraged to think of ways to help. In science, they learned where hurricanes come from, and why they can cause so much damage. In their classrooms, they read Beautiful Hands by Bret Baumgarten and Kathyrn Otoshi, a heartwarming story of all the things little hands can do to help themselves and others achieve their dreams. In art class, the children mimicked the illustrations from the book and used their handprints to decorate canvas bags that the school kits will be donated in. And in their Social-Emotional Learning lessons, the students learned about empathy, and helping other people in times of need. In music class, they sang songs about “filling up buckets” as a metaphor for giving to others. Music teacher Linda Rapciak also asked the children to think about what they would take from their homes given five minutes to evacuate before a hurricane. 

“I just think it is so wonderful,” Linda said. “The students were so thoughtful in their responses, and resoundingly answered that they would worry most about their families.” It goes to show that in times of need, your family and friends are what matter most. 

In total, 88 school kits donated by Meadowbrook will be delivered to children in need by United Methodist Committee on Relief. 

We are so proud of our students and teachers for their efforts to help the victims of the recent hurricanes!

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