Last Tuesday, Earth Science continued learning about minerals by making their own “hot solutions” by combining borax and boiling water. They created their own ornaments with pipe cleaners by suspending them in the liquid to allow crystals to form. They discussed how to replicate the slower cooling inside the Earth that allows the formation of the largest crystals. For this reason, students insulated their project under a towel. This project actually uses a mixture known as suspension and not a true solution.
The Entrepreneurship class taught by Mr. Sargent recently presented their projects discussing businesses that have closed or gone bankrupt. They needed to research the reasons for the failure and include news articles and photos. Cadet Leilani Lopez discussed why Blockbuster failed while Ariel Farzan chose to speak about Pan Am Airlines.
Mr. Sargent’s Business class was asked to research a hotel they liked and to give information about the hotel’s history, location, and revenue. They also had to describe what they found interesting about their hotel of choice. Then they were asked to come up with an idea of what their own hotel would be like. Students needed to include photos and articles for the existing hotel as well as photos that represented their own ideas. Cadet Janis Katlaps proudly presented his business idea for a hotel that will bear his name.
The Global Citizenship class did a presentation on modern day slavery. They had to choose a country and explain why it either did or did not have examples of modern slavery. They needed to describe the laws that protected people and the non-enforcement of those existing laws. Cadet Yafei Wan and Cadet Ellie Martinez chose China as their country to discuss.
The Spanish 1B class is currently working on the food unit. This will be just in time to celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday of “Dia de los Muertos”. They will learn the traditional aspects of the celebration, its origins, as well as vocabulary about food and parties. Students will make decorations and sample Mexican dishes.
Students in Ms. Dong’s class worked hard to learn a beautiful song in Mandarin which she recorded. Here is the 2-minute clip: nyma.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Singing.m4a
Students in Mrs. Harrell’s Robotics class are finishing up projects using the robot’s touch sensor. Each group created their own project and grading rubric.
American Government students in Mr. Anderson’s class have been learning more about voting and elections. Scholars were asked to present ideas on how to increase voter participation. Ideas ranged from allowing online voting to lowering the voting age to throwing a really fun party for all voters. Next students will do some research on the upcoming elections.
U.S. History has been studying the first few Presidents of the United States and learning about the traditions that were set in the early days. Mr. Anderson is leading our scholars to join the historical debate, raging for 203 years, about whether the United States or Great Britain won the War of 1812.
Psychology students are in the midst of learning about learning. This has included in-class experiments, watching clips from “The Office”, and dipping into the Advanced Placement curriculum. For the next two weeks, our scholars, including their teacher, will be using behaviorism to try to make positive changes in their own habits. Mr. Anderson has already told the students that he will use this opportunity to start running again. Let’s see if it works!
Things are moving along at a brisk pace in Mr. Langan’s College English class whose students just took their midterm exams! Since the class is a college-style course, it’s already the midpoint of the semester. Students have just turned in substantial essays summarizing reviews of their favorite movies; they’ll be writing reviews of those movies next. In preparation for Halloween, the class has decided to watch a scary movie; the challenge for Mr. Langan is finding one no one in the class has seen! (Not to mention, one that isn’t too scary for him.)
Meanwhile, students in his Sophomore English class have taken their latest vocabulary exam. They’re complementing the growth in their vocabularies by continuing to write regularly. They’ve read selections from writers including Santha Rama Rau, Tobias Wolff, Stephen Vincent Benet, and Saki. Soon they’ll be starting George Orwell’s classic novel, 1984.
Students in Mr. Lemon’s 8th grade History class are drafting their own legislation for NYMA. Some of the bills take on issues like cadet reveille and limits on punishment. No surprise there! His 7th graders are dissecting the Declaration of Independence in order to take a deeper look at the document that founded our country.