Personal Projects in Art
This year in Art class, Anne (the Art teacher), set up about six different art activities for students in both of the 5th and 6th grades. For example, one of the activities was photography and another one was animation. Students got to pick one of the choices to focus on. To help students learn about the focus areas, Anne invited several professional artists to Miquon in the beginning of the projects. They gave talks about their work. Also, all of the stations had some directions and helpful hints. Over the course of the past two weeks, students have developed new and specialized skills in their focus areas. The students will continue to work in their areas for the next few weeks. The finished work will be displayed in the Art room.
by Nahla and Estella
In March, both 5th/6th grade classes were visited by six local artists, many of them Miquon parents or alumni.
Each artist talked to us about what they do, how they got to be where they are, and why they love their art form as a professional. We even got to see some of their work. Here are their names and what they do:
- Chris McDonnell is an animator. He came and talked to us about his animations and cartoons. He is the son of Toni, the kindergarten teacher here at Miquon.
- Elizabeth McDonnell is Toni’s daughter. She is a painter with her own online business.
- Maggie Brady LaSota is our art teacher’s daughter. She works at a sports clothes line called Mitchell and Ness.
- Stephanie Elson Bruneau has a business called The Benevolent Bee, where she makes candles and honey from her own bee’s honey and beehives.
- Marea Palmer-Loh makes pottery and sculptures. She showed us many interesting pieces of work, including some cups and bowls that you can actually use.
- Deborah Schoch is the co-owner of a young children’s clothing company. She showed us some swatches of fabric and color palettes that she uses in her business.
These artists visited just prior to, and because of, a project both 5th/6th grade classes are doing in art class. For this project, each of us picked an art form with which we wanted to work. For example, many people picked cartooning, photography, and fashion design. I think it’s safe to say we all enjoyed the visits.
By Ethan and Julia
This year, along with our annual New York City trip, we have planned a day trip to Cape May beach on May 5th, or if it rains we will reschedule it for May 6th! We have been planning this trip for quite some time. We are looking at some possible places to visit, including: Washington Street Mall, The Lighthouse Museum, and Cape May State Park. Personally, we are super excited for this trip and we’re sure the rest of our class is, also. We thank you for your time and we hope you found this helpful. For more updates on events make sure to come back on this website.
Book Group Presentations
By Cole and Jakob
In January and February, the fifth and sixth grade read a selection of books. Each week the students would read an assigned section of a book, and then come together and talk about it. The different book selections were: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett, The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine, The Gods and Their Machines by Oisin McGann, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, and Tangerine by Edward Bloor.
After these groups read their books, they started working on a presentation. Each group had a couple of weeks to make a presentation for the fifth and sixth grade classes. The presentations were great, and everyone enjoyed them. Some of them were skits, newspaper articles, posters, and one was presented like a family tree, but with emotions. These presentations were fun to make and to watch.
By: Zach & Matthew
During conference week, a time when the lead teachers are out for conferences with the parents, both 5th and 6th classes merged together and had the teachers Diego, Leigh, Jeri, and Mark. We learned about virtues such as integrity, courage, and kindness. We also went to a food drive at the S.H.A.R.E. warehouse. Everyone had a ton of fun, and we all want to go again. We also learned about being an upstander, like how to stand up for people, even people we don’t like. We also learned how to become a better person. We learned about other kids our age that were upstanders, like Malala and Iqbal in Pakistan.
Nursery Buddies and Stories
By Ifeanyi and Mateo
In our 5th/6th class at Miquon, we started making stories for our nursery buddies. It was mixed into our sacred places studies. For about two months, every other week we visited our buddies and gathered information about them. We asked them questions about what kind of places were sacred or special to them. We used that information and thought up stories for each of our buddies, then we illustrated the stories with our buddies after we finished writing them. We just recently finished making the stories. We are about to give them their stories to keep and hope that they love them all!
Before spring break we had to pick our new mini-courses. A mini-course assembly is when we have one assembly where some of the teachers come and make a little skit about what they may be offering. Some of the options were: whiffle ball, yearbook (only for 6th graders), woodworking, dance party, strategic games, getting snack, and so much more.
Work on the Miquon Creek
The creek is a piece of nature’s artwork, and it has been at The Miquon School for a very long time. But it is starting to change. It is starting to get narrow as storms make the creek a flood alley, and creek water flow is getting thinner and is digging into the ground rapidly, causing it to make hills steep.
That is the reason why there is work starting up from the kindergarten bridge, down to the lower field, forcing the workers to close of the creek, the left side of Monkey Land, and the lower field. The lower field will only be closed for a week.
The plan for it is to have multiple “bowls” of small rocks, small boulders and small waterfalls, so whenever there is a flood, the water will be slowing down to a safe speed, but not slow enough to make it come to a trickle.These plans and changes to the creek will also allow more creek life to “move in.”
But it comes at a small cost. You know the bridge that connects the kindergarten? It has to be broken apart to do the work that has to be done up there, meaning that to play, they HAVE to go to either the red playground, or they can go to the wood chip field. I do not think that will be happening, since there will be either some basketballs or soccer balls hitting them, plus they are small students, but it will not affect their education.
The Miquon School Talent Show is when kids get to show others their talents and interests. There are three sections for it: one for the nursery and kindergarten, one for first second and third graders, and finally one for fourth fifth and sixth graders. They can do things from dancing, to music playing, and even some gymnastics. I think that the talent show is really exciting and sometimes even a bit funny to watch and participate in.
NYC Trip Planning
By Miles and Alden
Every year in Diane and Jeri’s class, the kids plan and go on a end of the year field trip. This year we have decided to travel to New York City on May 19th through May 20th. The class decided to go to New York because it ties in with our studies this year. We will be going to sites in Manhattan, such as
Tuck Everlasting, the Broadway show, The Tenement Museum, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. We are going to eat in Little Italy or Chinatown.
In school, we are planning the best routes, the accommodations, and timing. Every person can bring $20 for souvenirs.
INDEPENDENT THEME READING
Written by Ma’at
For the last 2 months, Diane and Jeri’s class has been studying about immigration, migration, refugees and emigrants. For our theme homework, each student chooses a theme book, and when finished, the student takes out a bookmark that asks questions about the book that they read and what we think about it, then we hang it on a chain that hangs over our classroom.
After reading our theme books, our class should have a good sense about what being an emigrant is like, and we will be making our own story of a emigrant migrating to a new country or home, and what their experience was. We have also talked about if you have ethnicity in your family, and if anybody in your family is or was an emigrant, and each student has talk with their family about their ethnic background.
As well as reading theme books, our class also has a read-aloud just about every morning. We are reading a short novel written by Linda Sue Park named “A Long Walk To Water.” The book is about two children. One of the children is named Salva, and he is pushed out of his home in Sudan because of war. He lost his family and is traveling in a group, and they are planning to find refuge in Ethiopia. The other is Nya, a young village girl in search of clean water. Each story takes place in a different year.