This week students have been digging deep into the lives of their Poet Muses. Students have discovered biographical information as well as read many poems written by their Muse. On Wednesday, students chose the poem written by their Muse that they are going to memorize and recite during our final presentation. Next week students will be challenged with writing a poem in a similar style to that of their Poet Muse.
This week we concluded our study of the Moon during science. After four weeks of nightly moon observations, students began to see the pattern in which the moon travels throughout the sky. Students learned the names of the main phases of the moon, and even simulated its monthly movement using a Styrofoam ball (the moon), a light bulb (the sun), and a straw. By holding the ball perched on the straw at arms length facing the “sun”, and then rotating their bodies counterclockwise, they were able to see the shadow cast on the surface of the moon. This was a concrete explanation of why we only see certain parts of the moon each night!
Before Spring Break students at TCS discussed and voted on a charity that would receive the proceeds from this year’s Pass-It-On sales. The Surfrider Foundation was the winner of this blind vote. The Surfrider Foundation works to ensure clean water, healthy oceans and accessible beaches for all to enjoy by finding lasting solutions to the threats our oceans face. Every student at TCS then spent several Writing Workshops writing tribute poems about this charity. Four of these poems were chosen to be in the running for this year’s tribute poem. After careful consideration the entire student body took another blind vote. This year’s winner was “The Ocean’s Cry” written by Jasper Sills. This will be the first poem read at Pass-It-On and will be the opening poem in the PIO publication.