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In this week’s Innovation Hour, the kindergarten students used pipe cleaners and beads to make sculptures. Before starting we talked about “over, under, and through” and how the materials could be used for those positions. All the children became engrossed in their designs. They had a lot of interesting discussions about the different shapes they were making and how they fit together.

It was fun to see the many different approaches the children took to this activity. Some had a picture in their mind they tried to follow, others went entirely free form. Some built with as many materials as they could get their hands on as quickly as they could, others worked slowly and methodically. Some named their structures- “starship destroyer”, “lala loopsy land”, “the enchanted garden”, “the giant pirate ship”.  It was a fun session to see the children’s creativity and

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Students in Movie Making club had a short quarter one, but made the most of it!  Club meetings are led by Technology Teacher Bridgette O’Boyle who brings experience in the film world to St. Michael’s Country Day School. Students take part in the whole movie-making process including pre-production, production, and post production.

Pre-Production: Students first pitch their movie ideas to the class, & then vote on which films they’d like to work on.

Production: Crews work on writing their scripts, gathering costumes, and location scouting around the school.

Post Production: Students work in iMovie to edit the final product to show their classmates.

The camera equipment, green screen & editing software did not intimidate this crew of students one bit, and we wouldn’t be surprised to find we may have some future filmmakers on our hands!

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Locked In School — directed by Lily P. & filmed by Hunter L. was awarded “best film” by their classmates.

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Check out the other videos from Movie Making Club!

 

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Students filmed their own version of the comedic youtube series ASDF.

 

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Students in 5th and 6th grade used the green screen to re-enact different scenes from the film Return of the Jedi

 

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Based on the comedic youtube trend “lyrics in real life” these students incorporate pop songs in dialogue around the school.

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Mark your calendars! Head Coach Tim O’Shea and the Bryant University Div. 1 ​m​en’s ​b​asketball team will return to St. Michael’s on Monday, January 1​1, 201​6 to lead a skills clinic and exhibition from 3:30 – 5:00pm. The clinic for boys and girls in grades 5 through 8 will be held in our Hill House Arts and Athletics Center and is free and open to the public. This ​3rd annual community event will feature instruction by the Bryant basketba​l​l players on passing, shooting, dribbling, and stealing the ball. Help fight hunger in ​Newport County! Voluntary canned​/dry​ food donations for the MLK​ Community Center Food Pantry will be collected at the door.

John, one of our SMCDS fifth graders, was the second speaker in the Follow Your Passion Speaker Series for our lower school students. While in third grade John was inspired to learn more about the presidents by a U.S. presidents puzzle that his father bought him on a trip to Washington D.C. Over his holiday break, John researched and then drew detailed portraits of each of the forty-four U.S. presidents. If you look closely you will notice that each portrait contains a clue about something that was unique to each gentleman’s term in office. For example, Rutherford B.Hayes is depicted speaking on a telephone given to him by Thomas A. Edison because he was the first president to ever use a telephone.

On Friday, December 12, John presented the fruit of his research and artwork to a packed audience of students in grades 1-4. “It feels good when you do something that other people get excited about and learn from,” John shared with his young audience. A sampling of John’s presidential portraits will be on display in the Founders Library between December 15 and December 19. We are happy to showcase this great example of a student’s passion and dedication to learning, and hope it will inspire other students to do the same! Way to go John!

St. Michael’s Expands STEM Programming…

St. Michael's Country Day School, Newport, RIWe are pleased to share with you the news that we have hired Bonnie Epstein to serve as our part-time STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program developer in our Lower School. Dr. Epstein is the Founder and President of the Board for the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) and is a part time faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a graduate of Brown University where she majored in Geology/Biology. She also earned her Ph.D. in Oceanography from University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. She is the mother of Hope (Grade 4) and Noah (grade 6) Silverman.

Dr. Epstein has a longtime commitment to regional science education initiatives in the state and we are excited to have her energy and wisdom in our community. She will be working with St. Michael’s Lower School teachers developing new and existing STEM initiatives in the Lower School. You will be hearing more from Dr. Epstein about STEM programs in upcoming issues of the St. Michael’s Weekly newsletter.

imagesKindergarten Innovation Hour – Plan, Build, Revise, and Share!

Marshmallows and gumdrops were the materials at the center of Ms. Jessica Boyle’s first Innovation Hour with her Kindergarten students this week. Each child was challenged to imagine and build a structure with the same amount of these tasty treats. The students moved step by step through such stages as:

1. Make a Plan

2. Build

3. Revise

4. Present / Share your structure with other students.

 

 

 

Welcome Back Day and the first week of classes offered a warm return to the school year. Students and staff, families and faculty all delighted in seeing familiar friends and making new friendships. Said one mother new to SMCDS: “I’m amazed at this community already!” See who YOU can find in this gallery of SMCDS friends!

 

The Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) recently put out a call inviting teachers from member schools to submit proposals to speak at the AISNE Lower School conference on October 6, 2014. Results? Only twenty were selected from a field of fifty proposals. Three of those twenty are St. Michael’s faculty; Jessica Boyle (Kindergarten), Lauren Hutchinson (Grade 2), and Kate Joubert (Grade 4).

“I’m so proud of our faculty. This opportunity to share ideas with their colleagues at a regional conference is the start of widespread recognition of our school and talented teachers that will soon, hopefully, extend to a national level,” said Lauren Abraham, our Head of Lower School. Jessica Boyle will present a workshop called Making Numbers Make Sense about the importance of developing number sense in young children that includes activities she has created. Lauren Hutchinson’s workshop Shouldn’t Every Student Have The Opportunity To Be An Einstein? will focus on the Genius Hour when students are able to explore topics and pursue projects (for 60 minutes each week) based on their individual interests and passions. Kate Joubert will present her workshop “What If?” where students study a period of history and answer a related hypothetical question. For example, a unit on the Civil War might include the query “What if President Lincoln had not been assassinated?” AISNE’s Lower School Conference “will focus on highlighting all the wonderful topics, approaches, lessons, and best practices that are underway in our lower school classrooms,” according to the association’s website. Congratulations to our accomplished faculty!

The Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) recently put out a call inviting teachers from member schools to submit proposals to speak at the AISNE Lower School conference on October 6, 2014. Results? Only twenty were selected from a field of fifty proposals. Three of those twenty are St. Michael’s faculty; Jessica Boyle (Kindergarten), Lauren Hutchinson (Grade 2), and Kate Joubert (Grade 4).

 “I’m so proud of our faculty. This opportunity to share ideas with their colleagues at a regional conference is the start of widespread recognition of our school and talented teachers that will soon, hopefully, extend to a national level,” said Lauren Abraham, our Head of Lower School. Jessica Boyle will present a workshop called Making Numbers Make Sense about the importance of developing number sense in young children that includes activities she has created. Lauren Hutchinson’s workshop Shouldn’t Every Student Have The Opportunity To Be An Einstein? will focus on the Genius Hour when students are able to explore topics and pursue projects (for 60 minutes each week) based on their individual interests and passions. Kate Joubert will present her workshop “What If?”  where students study a period of history and answer a related hypothetical question. For example, a unit on the Civil War might include the query “What if President Lincoln had not been assassinated?”  AISNE’s Lower School Conference “will focus on highlighting all the wonderful topics, approaches, lessons, and best practices that are underway in our lower school classrooms,” according to the association’s website. Congratulations to our accomplished faculty!

On Friday night we held our annual ArtsFest, a celebration of the arts, our artists, and the creative spirit at St.ARTS FESTFish Inspired Tee Shirts Michael’s.   Family, friends, alumni and staff came to witness our students’ artistic talents. Everything from visual to performing arts were presented.  Artwork ranging from drawing and painting to collage, sculpture, pottery and digital work was exhibited in every corner of campus, with each student having at least one piece on display. In addition to the art work, there were performances from our drama class as well as the chorus and A and B bands. Individual and small group student acts featured singers, instrumental, dance performances, karate and gymnastics exhibitions. The night ended with a surprise flash dance by faculty, staff and students. It was truly a memorable night for all.