Fifth graders are currently working on writing memoirs. We are using mentor texts to discover that memoir authors typically write about emotional topics that give insight into who they are as a person, using a blend of reflective thoughts and small moment stories that bring their theme to life. One student is writing about how she doesn’t want others to speak for her while she remains hidden; she wants to speak for herself. Another is writing about how he often feels afraid when he thinks he shouldn’t. Several students are writing about loss…the loss of a much-loved pet, the loss of childhood friends after a move, the loss of a grandparent, and even the loss of a young friend to cancer. One of the treasures of Seven Peaks is the way that students feel safe with each other, and take risks to write about topics that really matter. Thanks for being supportive, engaged families, and raising such reflective kids!
In the art room the 5th grade has been busy finishing up their Renaissance themed buildings in the form of collagraph prints. Students started with a study of the Renaissance era and then looked at the art form of printing collagraphs. Their work is on display in the middle school hall in the display cabinet outside the art room. We hope that you will be able to stop by and check out their work. Their prints are displayed with their collagraph plates so you can see the whole process. We are now onto creating our traditional heritage ceramic heads! Students started with a homework assignment of talking to their parents and possibly grandparents about their family lineage. From there they chose a person or culture in their lineage of interest and are working on creating a bust of that person out of clay! Feel free to stop by the art room on Monday or Wednesday and have some fun with clay!