Students in PreAlgebra 7 and PreAlgebra 8 classes have been learning about the Pythagorean Theorem in class. Recently, they took a trip "Around the World". They used their knowledge of the theorem to study and discover unknown information about well-known landmarks from various countries throughout the world.
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At Fuqua School, we believe a values-based educational experience truly matters. It is a difference maker. Honesty, responsibility, kindness, compassion, fairness, respect, commitment, perseverance, and cooperation are woven into the classroom and campus activities. Each month activities focus on one of these core values. These fundamental core values guide our decisions and actions.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, students in English 10 wrote catalog poems in the style of famed American poet Raymond Carver. Students shared their feelings and memories about subjects like their favorite baseball mitt, their pets, and places that they cherished. The poems are currently on display in the windows of Ms. Stubbins’ room in the A-Building at the Upper School.
On April 9, students in Plagues, Witchcraft and War: Late Medieval to Early Modern Europe, hosted a medieval feast day. Each student researched and made a medieval or medieval-inspired food for the feast, or provided medieval-inspired entertainment in the form of music, stories, and games. The results were impressive, ranging from fruit cobblers to cabbage dishes to turkey legs the size of dinner plates. The entertainment was spot-on as well: some modern music on medieval instruments and a History Channel series about jousting, following the exploits of a modern-day jousting group.
After completing their unit on Westward Expansion, students in the sixth grade began a simulation of the Oregon Trail in class. Each class was broken up into Wagon Company groups, where they selected a traditional role for themselves based on professions from 1849. In their Wagon Companies, students had to prepare for their journey to Oregon by choosing a wagon, livestock team, and any other supplies needed to take on their journey while also staying within budget.
While completing the simulation students calculated how many days they traveled based on the miles covered and the speed of their chosen livestock team, as well as how much food they ate each day of the journey. Students also had to make group and individual decisions based on real-life scenarios that determined the course of their journey and whether they would survive the perilous Wild West. After each day’s scenario, students reflected on the events of the day by writing a journal entry.
Middle school students are spending the month of April putting Fuqua School’s monthly core value- cooperation- into action. Using a rubber band and string, small groups were tasked with building a tower without touching the cups. To do this required a lot of communication and cooperation from teammates. The students did an amazing job of working together and learned a great lesson on the importance of cooperation leading to group success.
Recently, World Religions students completed a study on Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Yogic practices are common to these religions, so as a culminating activity, students in World Religions had the opportunity to participate in a yoga class, led by licensed instructor Angela Smith. Yoga, which originated in ancient India, is a group of mental, spiritual, and physical practices. During the yoga session, which was done via Zoom, the students were introduced to various yoga asanas (poses) including Half Moon, Warrior, Child, Dancer, Downward Dog, Bound Angle, and Cobra. The yoga session ended with 'shavasana'.