In English Literature and Essay Writing class with Molly Lou Freeman, we have been learning a range of things: we have been learning how to memorize and dramatically recite selections from great literature, in this case: The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Drama teacher, Eileen Rogosin has also been wonderfully coaching us. For many of the students, this has been a new experience and everyone has enjoyed learning formal recitation skills.
by Victor Chavez, 10th grader
With the guidance of our teacher, Molly Lou, we continue to analyze literature for its key features--understanding the concept that texts are defined by key features. We have focused on organization of the plot, themes, messages, character, authorship and the deeper message of the text. We have learned how to write a blurb. This particular activity was especially fun and challenging. My classmates and I wrote some first drafts of our personal blurb and a blurb for The Life of Pi. We enjoy the analytical and creative exercises of this class. We are also doing a big project on writing 5 to 8 personal essays on subjects inspired from The Life of Pi. Topics for our essays include: My personal relationship to an animal; The origin of my name; What inspires me?; A favourite smell; What Am I on a quest for?; 3-5 Cities I will visit in my lifetime; A Place Permanently Far Away; The Cultures that Fascinate me; An Experience of Being Lost; A Setting That is Meaningful to Me; An Important Relationship to an Animal; How Do I Feel At Home Anywhere?; What Is My Relationship To God? What Do I Care about?
By Margarita Robles, History and Spanish Literature teacher
En la clase de Historia hemos visto uno de los símbolos patrios de nuestro México, en esta ocasión el 24 de febrero "Día de la Bandera de México", valoramos el significado de su historia, así como el por qué las actuales se han mantenido desde la Guerra de Independencia. La representación de la Bandera que se utiliza actualmente fue oficialmente adoptada en 1868, sin embargo, el diseño básico en general, ha sido usado desde 1821 cuando fue creada la Primera Bandera Nacional mexicana. Los estudiantes expusieron la parte de la historia de las banderas que han pasado a lo largo de la historia de México con la finalidad de conocer sus cambios. Cada estudiante expuso de manera oral la bandera según el período que le correspondió; al final hicimos el análisis de la Bandera actual. Para cerrar esta bonita e interesante actividad, se organizó un breve pero significativo convivio mexicano, compartiendo alimentos y tiempo de colaboración en la preparación de un delicioso guacamole, frijoles, salsa mexicana con totopos compartiendo dicha experiencia en nuestra reunión semanal con los miembros de la escuela presentes en ese momento.
by Zephyr Calisto Florès, Language teacher and stewardship coordinator
We at the school are all so excited to see our garden growing! Lettuce, cabbage, carrots, flowers, chard, and beans are all coming up fast. We used a new planting method this year, using wooden crates lined with cardboard, filled half way with dry organic matter (mostly guamuchil leaves), then filled the top half with dirt from our school, mixed with an amazing starter compost from Moonstone Mazzeti. It seems to be a great method as everyday we are amazed at how fast everything is growing. Now we are counting the days until our first salad. We have already planted the second rotation and happily checking everyday to see what has germinated. We are looking at planting with the phases of the moon and building a french biodynamic compost pile. More updates later as the magic happens in the garden!
by Renata Aviña Diaz, 7th grader
Every other Thursday, after our All-School meeting, The Sierra School students enjoy a Health and Well-being Workshop lead by Molly Lou Freeman, Head of School or another teacher / guest speaker. Health and Wellbeing are super fun workshops in which the students share individually or in teams.
We reflect upon our experience, personal knowledge and develop common understanding. We just enjoyed one of first workshops and the subject as a teen choice: nutrition. We wrote and talked about what we know about nutrition.. All students designed a day of healthy meals and snacks. Students had a whole range of ideas about what healthy eating is. For our menus, boys suggested the biggest meals. We learned we are all and each responsible for our nutrition. Healthy eating is all about taking care of our bodies and taking care of our planet. I think it’s great that we explore teen topics and issues in Health and Wellbeing workshops.
by Sundury Shamira Escalona Morales, 7th grader
Margarita Robles teaches us History as well as Spanish Literature. In Literature class, we are working on the theatre genre to present plays. We have organized ourselves into three different teams. We will present a musical, a comedy and a play in mime. My team is working on a comedy and we are in the planning and making decision stage. I would like us to present an historical drama and for us to practice being more expressive. I am pretty nervous about presenting this project.
A recent, interesting and amusing activity in History was when Margarita had us each put paper on our back with our names written at the top. A line in the middle of the paper separated it into two parts. She told us to take turns to write to our classmates’ backs. In the upper part, we wrote the things we like about the person; in the lower part, we wrote suggestions for how this person could change. I think that this activity helps us to know what our classmates think of us, what they like about us and what not. In this way we can reflect on what we can do to improve and change.
La maestra Margarita Robles nos enseña literatura en español e historia. Para la clase de literatura vamos a realizar tres obras echas por diferentes equipos, entre las categorías de la presentación va a estar la mímica, los musicales y la comedia; a mi equipo le tocó la comedia y estamos planeando que obra vamos a elegir o si vamos a hacer alguna inventada, a mí me gustaría un poco de drama en la historia para poder practicar más nuestras expresiones; estoy nerviosa por esta obra. Para la clase de historia la maestra nos colocó un papel en nuestra espalda, escribió nuestros nombres en la parte de arriba, puso una línea separando la parte superior y la parte inferior y nos dijo que tomáramos turnos para escribirle a nuestros compañeros en la parte de arriba las cosas que nos gustan de esa persona y abajo las cosas que pensamos que no nos caen bien de esa persona; yo creo que esta actividad nos ayuda a saber que es lo que nuestros compañeros piensan de nosotros, que es lo que les gusta de nosotros y que no, y así poder reflexionar sobre en qué podemos hacer para mejorar.
By Sebastian Kar, 8th grader
This semester, we now benefit from basketball as one of our Physical Education activities. Taught by Margarita Robles and Marco Montaña, Basketball occurs once a week, every Wednesday morning from 7:30 to 9:00 at the auditorio in town.
I see basketball as one of those sports where when you get one thing down, like dribbling or shooting, it gets easier. I also think that basketball is one of the harder sports to learn and understand because of the speed of play. I also like basketball because there's not much contact compared to American football. I think basketball is good for hand and eye coordination and an excellent way to develop one’s mind doing sport.
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