Students in Waynflete’s 4-5 program visited the Portland Museum of Art on March 1. To prepare for the trip, Daniel Kany—an art historian and critic for the Portland Press Herald—gave a presentation entitled, “How to Appreciate Art in a Museum.” Dan shared with us that he has written more than 500 art critiques for the Press Herald!
The beautiful and highly adaptive adolescent brain is a marvel to behold. Technological advances have provided a clearer window into the workings of a brain that was once dismissed as a stage of development to simply “get through.” Current science debunks this perception and shows us that adolescence is perhaps the most crucial period in human cognitive and emotional development.
Learn more in an interesting article from Edutopia, “Decoding the Teenage Brain (in 3 Charts).”
One of the highlights of our year in 2-3 is the “Kids’ Choice” study in January. After brainstorming ideas, students vote for the topics they would like to study. This allows us to narrow down the list to four choices—one to be taught by each 2-3 home station teacher. This year’s topics were astronomy, big cats, cartooning, and cooking.
Chilean students Constanza and Juan Pablo arrived in Maine yesterday. The pair will attend Waynflete for the first month of their sophomore year (they live on the other side of the equator, so—hard to imagine—they are just finishing up their summer break!).
While in Maine, Constanza and Juan Pablo will stay with Waynflete host families, attend Upper School classes, and assist the Spanish teachers in all three divisions. They have 21 classmates living with host families and attending six other schools in Cumberland County. This is the 19th year that students from Colegios Padre Hurtado y Jaunita de los Andes (sister schools in Santiago, Chile) have come to stay in Maine.
Thank you to the Goods and Warners for hosting Constanza and Juan Pablo!
This Saturday, Waynflete students competed in the State of Maine Science Bowl, a trivia competition held at the University of Southern Maine and sponsored by the Department of Energy.
Waynflete took two teams of five students each to the competition. One of our teams ended up in a three-way tie for first place in their division. After losing tie-breaker rounds, they ended up placing third in their division. The second Waynflete team placed fifth in their division.