— Another year of making History

By Wendy Connolly, 7th & 8th History Teacher.

This trimester, 7th grade history is focusing on Medieval Japan and Imperial China. Currently, students are in Japanese clans for a simulation entitled, “Warlords of Japan”. Each clan strategizes to take over provinces and castles all while feeding the people in their provinces and armies. To earn koku or rice, students show honor and calm all while collaborating with their fellow teammates, research topics students have chosen, surprise attacks by answering questions, study samurai, and like good samurai create Haiku poetry. A field trip to the Asian Art Museum where students analyzed primary artifacts on samurai along with a trip to the largest Chinatown outside of China with lunch rounded out their study of China and Japan.

The 8th graders are currently studying the causes of The Civil War, the war itself and Reconstruction this trimester. They will be creating a Civil War “museum” that will be dedicated to the Civil War through different lenses. Using primary and secondary sources, students will take an event and explore the perspectives of multiple people and their interpretations of each event.

Towards the end of the year, each 8th grader writes a letter to their future selves to create a primary source of information that will be mailed to them when they graduate from high school. It is a look into the past, what their interests were, goals, and what was happening in the world as they head off to college and beyond. This year’s graduating seniors will be receiving their letters shortly and they can be reminded of what their life was like as an 8th grader and the simpler times.

 


 

— Seventh grade winner at the California State Science Fair

Seventh Grade student Olivia Cevasco won the 3rd place prize in the Junior Division Mammalian Biology Category at the 2017 California State Science Fair for her project, “Diabetes, A Bloody Mess: Non-Invasive Glucose Testing.” The 2017 California State Science Fair took place on April 24-25 at the California Science Center on the campus of USC. Prior to this achievement, Olivia also received the 1st place award in the Biological Systems category at the San Mateo County Science Fair. 

Congratulations, Olivia! We are really proud of you!

 


 

— Walk in my shoes and you’ll know that…

As part of their Character Education curriculum, fifth-grade students shared their personal stories with the school. As they transition to middle school, their footsteps in the hallway enabled us to walk in their shoes.

In this lesson, students were encouraged to think about their feelings and emotions. They wrote their responses on footsteps that they placed in a hallway that leads to the middle school. This form of art intervention allowed the rest of the school to get involved as well. Other students walking by would often stop to read and follow the steps, usually touched by the feelings and situations represented there.

Students practiced kindness and compassion, and also celebrated uniqueness in our inclusive community!

Art Intervention Kindness Footsteps Their footsteps in the hallway allow us to walk in their shoes. Their footsteps in the hallway allow us to walk in their shoes.


 

— Astonishing, student-driven behind the scenes

Our students were widely involved in putting on Seussical, The Musical. Middle School students were given the choice to perform or support the behind the scenes through various elective classes during their second trimester, what we call explorations. Some of those who decided to work on the behind scenes were able to design, 3-D print and craft all sorts of props in our Innovation Lab. Others used their artistic skills in the Art Room to create the artwork that served as backdrops during the performances and the cover of the program. Amazing examples of collaboration and creativity, and how we all came together as a community to put on the most colorful, animated show that we have ever created!

Seussical Props

Seussical Props

Seussical Props
By Ambar Pina

— Five winners at the San Mateo County STEM Fair

Congratulations to our 7th grade Sea Crest School representatives at the San Mateo County STEM Fair this past week. The five of them won a recognition at the event!

  • Matthew Spink with his project “True Green Hydro: Expanding the use of hydro electric power by going small and portable” received the honorable mention award in the Engineering category.

San Mateo STEM Fair

  • Callisto Lodwick with her project “Effects of different liquids on amount, pH and specific gravity of urine” received the honorable mention award in the Biological Systems category.
  • Emma Steadman with her project “Cookie Sheet Bake-Off” received the 3rd place award in the Materials Science category.

San Mateo STEM Fair

  • Thomas Cevasco with his project “Is Fresh Air Killing You? Radon: A Deadly Gas” received the 2nd place award in the Earth, Space and Environmental Science category.

San Mateo STEM Fair

  • Olivia Cevasco with her project “Diabetes: A Bloody Mess, Non-Invasive Glucose Testing” received the 1st place award in the Biological Systems category. Olivia will be going to the California State Science Fair, April 24-25 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

San Mateo STEM Fair

Many thanks to our incredible Science Teacher, Rob Kashima, for guiding our students to this level of excellence!


 

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