Eighth graders are currently engaged in a year-long theater class. During the first semester, theater arts teacher Tiki Fuhro has collaborated with her Middle School colleagues to enrich student learning in history and English. They have performed the short story The Bear Who Wasn’t—a parable on identity—for Lower School classes. They also worked on Martin Luther King’s Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in conjunction with their current study of the Civil Rights Movement.
Last week, eighth-graders heard from two generations of the Reese family about their experiences in the South during the Jim Crow era.
James Reese II—father of eighth-grader Ishan and sixth-grader Ayanthi—discussed his frequent experiences of being turned away from establishments due to the color of his skin. Grandfather James Reese I (born in 1924) spoke about conversing with Martin Luther King Jr., participating in the March on Washington, and hearing King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Reese’s message: be yourself, and do what you can to help ensure that others have the opportunity to be themselves.
Waynflete librarians Emily Graham and Laurel Daly have put together a selection of books that will inspire a love of reading!
Early Childhood, Kindergarten, Grades 1-2
- Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor
- A Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel
- I Am Love: A Book of Compassion by Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds
- Jerome by Heart by Thomas Scotto
- Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin
The eighth grade visited K-1 today to talk about identity. K-1 shared that they read Be Who You Are, then painted portraits, mixing colors to make their unique skin color. Eighth-grade students shared their similar art piece based on Angélica Dass’s Humanae project.
The sixth grade spent the afternoon sorting and packing the food collected by the school community in this year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. After loading everything into a truck, we headed to Wayside Food Programs to unload and weigh everything. Our hope was that the school had collected more than last years 1,907 pounds—or even the previous year’s 2,289 pounds. Thanks to the whole community’s effort, we knocked it out of the park and collected an impressive 2,815 pounds of food. Wayside will begin distributing that food this week to help families in need.
Way to go, Waynflete! Thank you for your generosity!