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Monday, April 7, 2014

Viva Espanol!

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Viva Espanol is an enrichment class taught by Leela Bakshi, a Spanish teacher at Doherty Middle School. It's purpose is to explore the lives of kids, teens and families in the Spanish-speaking world. Students participate in cultural explorations to discover what kids their age are doing in other counties such as: what music they are listening to, where they shop, what food they have at birthday parties, and what their responsibilities are with their families. 

The class has done activities surrounding the Latin Grammy Awards, ITunes Latino, and watching then recreating cooking show videos. They also researched and created a week long trivia contest and display for the whole school surrounding understanding The Day of the Dead and what it really means to a teen in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Over 100 students participated! The class contributed a scarecrow to the Andover Coalition for Education's Scarecrow Festival. It was originally modeled after Jose Luis Posada's Day of the Dead icon, La Catrina. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

6E hosts SURVIVE! Film Festival


After reading the survival story Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, students on 6East were faced with creating their own survival stories. Students were placed into groups and each group was assigned a different country to research using databases and materials in The Hub. After writing a script that included facts about the country and the items necessary for survival, they each collaborated with their peers and used their critical thinking skills and creativity to create a movie using iMovie software on what is necessary for survival in Fiji, Canada, Sudan, Brazil or Iceland. They were very excited to be the first ones to test out the new green screen in The Hub, and they all put a lot of effort into filming and editing their video. Once the movies were complete, 6E hosted a film festival on Friday, March 28th, where the stars of each film walked down the “red carpet,” introduced what they learned and enjoyed the premiere of their film!

-Miss Burke & Miss Menesale

Wood Hill Middle School


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Integrated Arts – Engineering: WMS

We were just awarded a $550 grant from the Andover Fund for Education to support our "Arduino-Based 'Mission Design' Project."  
"We are expanding our current 8th grade “Radio Controlled Vehicle Mission Design” project to add an option for students to base their RCVs on Arduino micro-controllers to learn about electronics, computer programming and system design and development.

This is a step forward in our development of a plan to have all students in grades 6-8 learn about and design with programmable micro-controllers, sensors, actuators and other elements of interactive "smart" systems.  Our hope is that we will make this appealing to all students by not focusing only on systems that look and act like traditional "Robots."  We want to have students design and build creative and personal devices that they're proud of and identify with.  We are excited about this new opportunity.
 
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