Last month we were visited by a representative from the Dixon Art Museum, who read The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kelly and then led our students in an exercise to try and mimic the Victorian artist's style. Shortly thereafter, our 6th grade launched its incredibly exciting ePals program. Harnessing the internet and the power of webcams, our students are having meaningful conversations and getting invaluable cross-cultural exposure with students in Italy, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Uganda. It isn't every day that our middle class Jewish children in Memphis, Tennessee get to interact with gifted AIDS orphans in a small village in Africa.
Shrine School in a "fierce" game of basketball. For half of the game our students saw a game they knew well from a completely different perspective: seated in a wheelchair. With students of all ages cheering them on, the Shrine students had the time of their lives notching another "victory" in their illustrious school record.
Choosing to Participate exhibit created by Facing History and Ourselves. Facing History, which has one of their national offices here in Memphis, is an organization dedicated to teaching students about the harms of racism, antisemitism, and prejudice around the world. Several of our teachers have attended their training seminars and we have been most fortunate to benefit from their outstanding materials and programs.
Believe it or not, that only begins to scratch the surface of all that has happened here over the past month, but at least it provides a small taste of the rich learning experiences in which our children are engaging. I hope to return to far more regular blog posts after we return from our winter break.