SCHOOL NEWS & NOTES

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

We invite you to attend our annual spring show. This year the students of the St. Michael’s Theatre Ensemble will perform “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. The production is directed by Christina Johnston and designed by Ellyn Eaves-Hileman. Everyone is welcome to attend! “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is based on C.S. Lewis’ first book of The Chronicles of Narnia, in an adaptation by Adrian Mitchell. While staying in a remote country manor to escape the London Blitz, the four Pevenzie children discover a magic wardrobe that allows them to pass into Narnia, a world inhabited by talking animals and ruled by the White Witch.  Since coming into power, the Witch has held Narnia in an eternal winter, never permitting Christmas or spring, and turning her enemies to stone with a wave of her wand. All of Narnia has been waiting for the return of Aslan, the Lion and Lord of Narnia, to overcome the Witch and reawaken the land. The children join together with Aslan, as they fight to outwit the Witch and restore peace to Narnia, learning the power of love and loyalty along the way. Performances are scheduled for Thursday, March 2nd at 7:00pm, Friday, March 3rd at 7:00pm, and Saturday, March 4th at 2:00pm. Free and open to the public. The performances will be held in the Hill House Arts and Athletics Center on the campus of St. Michael’s Country Day School, 180 Rhode Island Ave, Newport. We hope to see you...
Electric Houses in Grade 4

Electric Houses in Grade 4

The 4th graders exhibited their “electric” structures for their parents on Wednesday morning in their classrooms. This was the culminating project of learning about electric circuits in science that they started the unit in September. They partnered up to create a structure of their choice (igloo, treehouse, medieval castle and Star Wars’ “Deathstar” to name a few). Following a rubric, they had to have four switches that carried electricity to light bulbs inside a well planned out and designed cardboard structure. Not only did this project show persistence in getting all the circuits to work, but collaboration with a partner and positive thinking in making it all come...
Learning about the United States

Learning about the United States

To culminate the third grade’s studies of the United States, the class had a State feast! From the red, white and blue decorations, to the awesome food representing products from each state, it was a wonderful way to celebrate all their hard work.

Shadow a Student Day!

Shadow a Student Day!

Read Mollie Williams’s “Shadow a Student Challenge” reflections…what she learned, how to create empathy, and life in Middle School.

From the Desk of Mr. Zurn

Tony Wagner’s official title is Expert in Residence at Harvard University’s Innovation Lab. He is a well-known speaker in education circles for his thoughts on building schools of the future to prepare our students for changes in the workforce. He makes the case that the students most likely to succeed in schools in the past are not necessarily the students most likely to succeed. Read more about the primary areas in defining schools of the future.