The seventh- and eighth-grade lockers were relocated to the Forum over the summer, freeing up the standalone building between Cook-Hyde/Morrill and Hurd to be reimagined as a new multipurpose space.
Big shout-out to Jeff Smith from the facilities crew for his hard work. Jeff took the building down to its studs (check out the video below), then raised the ceiling, re-insulated, put down new flooring, and installed a new heating system. For everything from class activities to theater arts to yoga to faculty meetings, “The Garage” is already getting plenty of use!
Alexander Calder was an American sculptor who lived from 1898-1976. Calder originally studied and practiced engineering. His interest in how things moved and balanced can be seen in all of his artwork.
After moving to Paris in 1926, Calder began constructing dozens of tiny figures and props for his beloved circus performance and installation. He transformed materials such as wire, wood, metal, cloth, cork, fabric, and string into clever and detailed animals, clowns, acrobats, and other performers. He made over seventy figures and animals, hundreds of accessories such as nets and flags, and more than thirty musical instruments and noisemakers. Using kinetics, Calder made each character move and would perform his circus for up to two hours for audiences. This transformation of material and objects into new forms is similar in practice to the creativity and ingenuity so dramatically portrayed in book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
A weather-monitoring station was recently installed on the roof of the Lower School. The station measures wind direction and velocity, outdoor temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, and rain data. It also provides ultraviolet radiation (UV) and electromagnetic intensity readings that, along with temperature and wind velocity, determine the rate of soil evaporation. This is helpful information for farmers. The UV index determines the degree of harmful exposure to human skin while electromagnetic intensity readings are useful for architects who are trying to maximize building heat in the winter and coolness in the summer. Students will be able to track and analyze weekly, monthly, seasonal, and annual weather trends from any digital device.
The first nor’easter of the season hit just a few days after the station was installed. The wind gauge measured a gust of 57 mph!
Thanks to teacher Bob Olney for helping make this happen.
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
― Philip Pullman
I am so energized by LEAP Week this morning. Other than a sunburn on my nose, the most obvious sign of our week together is a greater sense of ease and comfort for all of you. As your teachers and advisors, we appreciate the chance to get to know you before we begin classes today.
For many of you, the start of classes is what’s on your mind this morning. It’s probably a combination of excitement and nerves, right? Will I get lost? Will I have or find a friend in each of my classes? Will the teacher like me? Will I know and be able to do the work? Will it be too hard? Will I be challenged in the way(s) I want to be? Will others know me as I really am and want to be seen?
I recently returned home to find my youngest child Henry surrounded by dozens of small pieces of wood scattered all about the kitchen. He was engrossed in the process of building a coin-sorting machine out of popsicle sticks. He demonstrated his creation by rolling different sized coins down the chute with each falling into its appropriate channel. He was still perplexed by the challenge of sorting dimes from pennies, but otherwise had succeeded in his quest.
Watching Henry do this project for no other reason than the pure joy of building something was a wonderful reminder of the power of curiosity and imagination. I remember my own endless projects as a boy that were often driven purely by my own imagination. Many of my creations did not work; in retrospect, several were probably ill-advised, like when I created my own light-control board for the theater production. I didn’t really understand electricity at that point.