Graduation was held on June 13th as our community, consisting of parents, students, staff, trustees and alumni bid farewell to our 10 beloved 8th Grade students.
Before the graduation began, Karen Biddulph, Director, thanked and bade farewell to the two departing Parent Association Co-Presidents, Lori Gordon and Rita Gemayel, and to Barbara Allen-Lyall, 3rd & 4th Grade Math Curriculum Director, who departed earlier this year.
The emotional ceremony's highlight was each eighth grader being "presented" for graduation by a member of the faculty. The teachers spoke about the graduates with warmth and affection. Each student then spoke about their feelings and experiences during their time at Mead. One student chose to play the piano and sing an original composition as her way of saying good-bye. The statements reflected that the children deeply valued their experience at Mead and have learned to love school, their teachers, their classmates and themselves.
The day culminated in a community celebration in the gym. Photos in the Media Gallery
will give you a taste of the day's highlights.
Marine Science Trip 2014
The 6th grade students culminated their Oceanography curriculum with a trip to Cape Cod last week. They were accompanied by staff members Phoebe Griffith, Jeremy Grob and Rick Woodman. The first day included a visit to the New Bedford Whaling Museum where docents described the whale skeletons on display, how these whales are endangered by entanglement in fishing gear and about the crews who sailed out to hunt them in the 19th Century.
Wednesday's whale watch was canceled due to rough seas and rescheduled for Thursday. The group was very fortunate to have the Massachusetts Audubon Center in Wellfleet do an impromptu squid class and dissection after lunch. Students had the chance to view the museum exhibits and sit in the bird feeding area, as well.
Thursday's highlight was the eagerly anticipated whale watch. The cold and windy day did not dampen the spirits of the group who had a great time riding out on the boat! After seeing the whales, students had the opportunity to look at the whale catalogues, photo books the scientists use to identify the whales they see. The final days included a marsh walk and a visit to the Cape Cod Maritime Museum.
Myth & Movement
On Wednesday, the 5th Grade Myth & Movement class shared “Creation Dances” inspired by Origin Myths from around the world. Students were assigned a myth to interpret through movement, using their knowledge of gesture, posture, facial expressions, and other non-verbal communication skills that convey character and narrative. Students also made choices about props and costumes, as well as musical accompaniment, to fit the tone and feeling of their dance.
The stories read were: "Olorun the Creator," from the Yoruba of Nigeria; "Wulbari the Creator," an Ananse tale from Togo; "Nyambi the Creator," from the Lozi of Zambia; "Raven the Creator," an Eskimo myth; "Old Man the Creator," a Blackfoot American Indian folk myth; and "Phan Ku the Creator," a legend from ancient China.
Videos of "Olorun," "Raven," and "Phan Ku" will be posted on the website shortly. Congratulations to Myth and Movement on a successful final project!