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Every Elementary cycle, I display an image of a work of art in our art class. These are selected from across a broad spectrum of countries, cultures, artists, media, and time periods. We have a short discussion about what we see, the significance of the artwork, and the connections we can make with our own experiences. Images shown this year include The Great Wave by Hokusai, The Listening Room by Rene Magritte, The Forest by Gustav Klimt,...

Students in many grade levels have been learning about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which was celebrated earlier this week. Early Childhood students in Juniper celebrated by eating apples and honey to symbolize a sweet new year. At circle time with Ms. Leib, they discussed the meaning of the Hebrew word "Mitzvah." Ms. Leib explained to the children that a Mitzvah is performing a good deed, doing something charitable, or acting out of the kindness of your heart. With...

Sixth graders have been learning about forensics through a simulated crime scene investigation in which gold was stolen from a train. So far, they’ve worked with several different types of forensic evidence, including fingerprints, documents, and soil. While analyzing each others', as well as our fictitious suspects’ fingerprints, they learned to identify general and sub-types of fingerprint categories, as well as how to notice and compare unique identifiers such as “islands”, “type lines”, and “deltas." To analyze a...

Grade 6 students are working on 3D designs in the Makerspace! Using special 3D imaging software, their laptops, iPads, and Apple pencils, they are designing ornamental decorations that they will then export to the laser cutter for the Mexican-style Nicho boxes they are making in art class to honor a past or contemporary famous artist. They also plan to create videos that will add an exciting Augmented Reality narrative to bring their Nichos to life! This multi-disciplinary project spans art, design, language arts,...

Sometimes, in the course of teaching my different subjects to different grade levels, I’ll suddenly realize that two totally different areas of study are simultaneously touching upon the same underlying science concept. I guess it’s possible that I’m unconsciously guiding these convergences, but I nevertheless marvel a little bit at the crossing of content strands. Currently, not two, but three such strands are crossing, as 2nd, 5th, and 6th graders all arrive at the idea of...

Students in Grade 4-6 recently had a virtual visit from author Megan Freeman! Students were able to ask the author questions via zoom and discuss her newly-released novel, Alone.  Their written reflections of the book are on display now at Warwick's alongside Freeman's signed copies. "This book has depth and perception. It gives you a look at how different situations affect different people. It was magisterial and very involving," reads one student's passage. Pretty cool!...

In the upper elementary, we have been tying in many art projects with grade-level social studies. In Grade 3, students created mini-murals and ceramic dwellings for their Kumeyaay dioramas. The Grade 4 class has been studying California history, so its art focus has been on creating scenes of California's central valley, mountain, coastal, and desert landscapes. In Grade 5, students drew North American explorer galleons. Sixth graders created ceramic vessels and temple pop-ups while studying the ancient Greek civilization and are currently working on Egyptian...

We have been very lucky to have had such great weather on the field for P.E.! Elementary students have been doing regular workouts, playing various tag games, and just finished up the very popular hockey unit. Grades K-2 played noodle hockey (which is simpler and safer than traditional field hockey) while Grades 3-6 students played a version of 4-on-4 street hockey on the grass. Fun was had by all! We are now transitioning into our modified volleyball unit for the...

We are always in awe of the way our students shine inside AND outside of school. Just this week, we saw Emma in Grade 4 highlighted in the San Diego Union-Tribune as the winner of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Steve Breen's caption contest. Over the past two years, we have had other budding creative writers published. Emma was a K-12 Winner with her witty caption, "So who wants to top off this meeting?" for Breen's illustration of congregating condiments (see above). We also...

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