Students in eighth grade history engaged in a simulation of the Triangle Trade Route during Ms. Coppola-Klein’s class this week. Various student tables represented different geographical regions including Europe, South America, North America, and Africa. As students traded various goods including slaves, molasses, and rice through their captains, they faced real life challenges like shipwrecks and capture by pirates. The simulation allowed students to reflect on how the historical trade route disadvantaged various regions based on geography and resources. These kinds of simulations allow students to take an active role in their education and evaluate and solve real life problems, rather than simply reading about and memorizing historical lessons.
College Counselors Ms. Latham and Ms. Richardson and Alumni Liaison Ms. Eleby-El attended the National Association of National Association of College Admissions Counseling National Conference in Columbus, Ohio last week. They had the chance to meet with other high school counselors and college admissions counselors including Vincena Allen, Chief College Success Officer at The Seed Foundation, Karen Felton, former Dean of Admissions at GWU and current Director of College Counseling at Georgetown Day School, and Brandi Smith, Assistant Dean of Admissions at Emory University, among other professions. The counselors attended courses like “Advising Students Toward Health Professional Programs,” “How to Improve A Personal Statement in 20 Minutes!” and “Beyond the Obvious: Shaping the College List.”
Indwelling Language founder Justin Slocum Bailey visited Latin classes Tuesday and held a workshop for 40 teachers from nearby private, public, and public charter schools. The event was organized with the help of the nonprofit the Paideia Institute and a grant from the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. Bailey highlighted the need to simultaneously explore ancient educational practices used when native Latin speakers learned the language and to use modern research about brain development to optimize students’ ability to access the language. The event allowed teachers from different schools to meet and discuss their educational methodologies in a collaborative format.
Alumni Liaison Ms. Eleby El visited recent graduates at colleges in Ohio. She spent time at Denison University with Bethany Mark (class of 2013) and Ajai Brooks (class of 2015) and at Miami University of Ohio with Lindsey Joiner (class of 2013) and Micailah Guthrie (class of 2016). She stopped at Wittenberg University to see Aacha Gregg (class of 2016) and went to Ohio University to see Avant Griffith (class of 2013), Eleonor Elias (class of 2015) and Brianna Hernandez (class of 2015). Highlights of the trip included helping students to get registered to vote in Ohio in time for the presidential and senate races. Ms. Eleby El helps coordinate activities for alumni including gatherings in D.C. and various states where graduates can build a strong support system with their peers.
The middle school cross country boys team finished second out of five teams in a meet this week at Holton-Arms. Competing in a pool of 113 boys and 60 girls, eighth grader Aaron Scott took third, missing second place by a single second. Eighth grader Lucien Anderson finished fifth and seventh grader Casey Montrey took sixth. On the girls’ side, Zoe Edelman took twelfth place overall.