Waynflete recently welcomed Mexican folk artists Efraín Fuentes and Silvia Gomez to campus. They spent the day demonstrating their craft and sharing their family story with students in Grades K-12, faculty, staff, and community members. It was a great opportunity to observe this Oaxacan husband-and-wife team work the wood found in the Zapotec region of Oaxaca.
Grade 7 visual art students recently learned about the textile weaving of the Gutierrez Family in Zapotec, Mexico. Students made two types of weavings. In one, cardboard looms were used to create a range of organic or geometric patterns with yarn. In the second, students made colorful paste papers which they then wove into layered patterns. In both weavings, students were encouraged to design and explore the rhythm and movement that occur when juxtaposing colors and patterns.
Have you ever walked by the third-floor classrooms and heard students practicing Chinese? Have you ever considered how hard it is to learn such a different language? Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in a different country, especially one very different from the United States?
A few weeks ago, 6-12 History teacher Hannah DeBlois led a civic engagement teach-in for middle school students. The theme of the event was how to get involved in your community and make a difference through individual action and initiative.
Here are a few of Hannah’s talking points:
In the spring, sixth graders learn about and study plants as their final unit of the year. This year, they decided to collaborate with students in the Lower School’s Early Childhood program on a series of projects. They hope to build connections with their EC friends by doing plant observation labs together as well as a joint field trip to the Children’s Garden at Fort Williams.
Their work will culminate with the creation of a podcast (questions by EC students and answers by sixth graders) that will be on display in the Sixth Grade Museum in June.