Out of Classroom Experience – Herbal Walk
This past Friday we had the pleasure to meet with Master Herbalist Anya Horoszczak to introduce students to the plant world of the Northeast. Miss Horoszczak is a graduate of the School of Natural Healing, where she received her Master Herbalist certification, has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is an ER nurse in Connecticut. The students were shown how to identify poisonous and non-poisonous plant life, which plants are edible and medicinal, and how to make rope, tinctures, salves, and tea from natural materials. This was a fun, informative day in the woods which will lead directly into our Mountain Scout Survival School Workshop on May 21st! Check out the video above for the full experience.
In Language Arts, students were exposed to screenplays, scripts, and how to write a scene. Students identified the differences and similarities between reading a play vs. a book, in addition to writing a play vs. a book, and viewed several well-written scenes from plays and TV for inspiration. Using this new knowledge, students wrote their own scenes in which they portrayed a disagreement or an argument between characters. It was a joy to see what the students came up with! In addition to these activities, students progressed through their novel study, continued to work on their persuasive essays, and were assessed on their chapter reading through a quiz.
Science & Healthy Living
Students continued to discuss individualized nutritional requirements based on the sports they play. Students also expanded on their knowledge of anaerobic vs. aerobic exercise and the different fuel needs based on the style of respiration. The students understand it is very important to give the body the right ingredients for fuel so that they can perform and at a high level.
Students worked on their projects that summarized recent career days and presented in their groups on a topic of their choice. Interesting discussions56 were held around student-driven topics such as the history of wrestling, MK Ultra, Ronald Acuna, and key battles from WWII.
This week, continued to progress through Code.org and Vidcode, depending on their choice. Students started to program shapes, animations, and interactive art through the Game Lab and made their own “Star Wars” style text crawl. Through code.org, students are building up to more sophisticated sprite-based games, using the same programming concepts and the design process computer engineers use daily.
Students began a new series of lessons on “Personal Branding” and the importance of marketing oneself in today’s tech-driven world. The students looked at case studies for the personal branding of renowned individuals such as Jimmy Carter and Michael Jordan. In addition, we had the pleasure of being joined by Andy Gilard, a former Ramapo High School football standout and current Project Manager at AECOM Tishman. Andy spoke to the boys about the importance of personal branding in today’s competitive job market and the Do’s and Dont’s on how to present yourself on social media.