Arachnids, Crustaceans, and Diplopods—Oh My!

Middle School seminar teacher and naturalist Kate Ziminsky recently  presented a program called “Arthropods: Insects and their Relatives” to K-1 students.

The students, who have been studying spiders for over a month, learned about the similarities between insects, arachnids, crustaceans (lobsters), and Diplopods (millipedes/centipedes). Kate also helped students recognize what makes each group unique by focusing on body parts, how they eat, how they protect themselves, how they grow, and where they live. Students used lobster and fly costumes to help understand body parts.

Lower School faculty prepares for global focus on Spain

Each year the Lower School chooses a country to study in depth, culminating in a weeklong intensive during the first week of February. Yesterday the Lower School faculty launched its study of Spain by inviting three Spanish guests to school to share information about their culture.   Teachers contributed dishes such as Tortilla de Patatas, Albondigas, Arroz al horno, Crema Catalana, and much more while the Spanish guests taught us lessons on the language and politics of Spain and the daily life of Spanish children.

It was a wonderfully informative afternoon thanks to the generosity of the Spanish visitors!

Sixth grade indoor archaeological dig

Over the past month, students in sixth-grade history have been learning to think, dig, and document like archaeologists by conducting an indoor archaeological dig in the new Lower School’s Innovation Lab. In groups of three or four, students practice their excavation and documentation skills by gradually uncovering and recording artifacts hidden within their team’s bin.

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Founder of International Peace Initiatives visits Waynflete

We were fortunate to have Dr. Karambu Ringera, who runs International Peace Initiatives based in Meru, Kenya, with us on Tuesday last week. At our Middle and Upper School assemblies, Dr. Karambu shared her thoughts on why curiosity, care, and courage are essential abilities for effecting lasting change in the world—starting with our day-to-day lives in a school community.

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