s reported by the Journalism Club
The annual spelling bee for students in grades four to six culminated in a spirited “spell off” on March 30. The student teams not only had to spell, but also they were required to identify the parts of speech of each word. Kate Rabinowitz officiated in this contest organized by Sue Ellen O’Connor. Sixth-graders Alex Swickard and Brooke Santiago were the first-place team, followed closely by the second-place team of Carolina Ortega with Justin Carpio and Claire Belhumeur alternating spelling positions. The first-place fifth grade team was Tori Schmitt and Ashley Rea, with Ally Freedman and Erin Kennedy winning for the fourth grade.
Fifth-graders took a virtual field trip, hosted by Scholastic, to Ellis Island as an introduction to a social studies unit on immigration. The visit included a tour of the historic Ellis Island Museum, and an interview with the federal Park Rangers who work at the site. Students from across America were able to submit questions prior to the field trip, and many “Skyped” their inquiries live on air.
Amy Turner’s seventh-graders are following the Supreme Court’s oral arguments regarding the Affordable Care Act, applying what they have already learned through the study of the Constitution. Part of their assignment was to contrast the views of Hamilton and Jefferson as they applied to this historic decision.
The High Tide poetry magazine staff is busy with hundreds of submissions. This year’s art theme is the robot. The students chose this graphic theme and are working on a robotic point of view for all of the illustrations, led by last year’s artists Colin Friedman, Bella Tarbet, Aly Dayton and Evan Mendelman, Bailey Grant, Morgan Grant and Amanda Krahe.