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Making the Cut

The Sophomores in the Population class are studying classification and taxonomy. In the first unit of this STEAM course, students are investigating systems of classification, how they came about and how they caused a scientific revolution. As a part of this investigation, students dissected crickets to examine similarities and differences between their bodies and ours. Despite some initial hesitation, everyone eventually got the hang of it and collected valuable information from the specimen.

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Rhetoric of Revolt @ The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Memorial

Juniors in the Rhetoric class met with Alia Bilal from Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Memorial in Marquette Park. Students have been pursuing the guiding question, how do voices work to unite people, divide opinion, and transcend conflict? In the third unit of this Humanities course, students are asked to look at how rhetoric inspires and mobilizes?. The Action Project for Unit 3 asks students to create “an original artwork” that “speak[s] out on issues that receive little attention” and “inspires collective action.” In order to contextualize such a statement and experience it in person, we journeyed to Marquette Park to see the monument there to Dr. Martin Luther King’s protest march in 1966, known as the Living Memorial.

Why?

The purpose of this Field Experience is to investigate the guiding question, how does rhetoric inspire and unite?.

How?

The students learned about both the history that led to the Chicago Freedom Movement’s protest march and the movement to preserve the memory of that action with the Living Monument.

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Lunch is Served @ Lincoln Park Community Shelter

Freshmen in the SDGs & You class cooked and served lunch to the guests at the Lincoln Park Community Shelter. In this Humanities course, students have been pursuing the guiding question, how can everyone have access to resources that meet basic human needs?. In the first unit, students are investigating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and are using that information to argue for the conversion of one of these needs into a human right. The Lincoln Park Community Shelter serves people who struggle meeting needs throughout Maslow’s spectrum; the students spent one meal attempting to aid them in meeting their physiological needs for shelter and food.

In preparation for this Field Experience, students researched basic human needs for calories and nutrients per day. Using that information, students researched available food options from local grocery stores, created a budget, and shopped within that budget to cook and serve this meal.

Why?

The purpose of this Field Experience is to investigate the guiding question, how do we know when basic needs are met?.

How?

The students planned, shopped for, cooked, and served a meal to the guests at the Lincoln Park Community Shelter.

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The Physics of Gardening Tools @ Home Depot

Juniors in the Design & Engineering class talked to experts from the gardening department at Home Depot to investigate the physics of gardening tools. In the first unit of this STEAM course, students have been pursuing the guiding question, what lies at the heart of our fundamental drive to create tools?. In their pursuit of an answer, students have been investigating the angles, pressure, force and leverage in a variety of tools that have forever changed our interactions with our surroundings.

Why?

The purpose of this Field Experience is to investigate the guiding question, what makes an effective tool?. The students talked to experts to identify the differences between mediocre gardening tools and great gardening tools. Through this field research, students will gain insight into how to design their own quality gardening tool.

How?

The students talked to experts to understand how tools are used, the parts that make up the tools, and which tools are most effective and why.

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Start with the Basics

The students in woodshop have some big projects to work on this term. But before they start on those projects, they must learn the basics. In the first week of woodshop, the first thing the students learned were important rules to keep them safe around some very sharp and powerful tools. Then, they practiced using clamps, hand saws, a drill, and the power tool of the day, the miter saw. Now that the students are comfortable with the tools, the possibilities are endless.

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Music Makes The People Come Together

In the words of the talented pop icon, Madonna, music makes the people come together. Every Monday, our STEAM teacher, Adam hosts the Music Makers’ club where musicians of all levels come together to learn songs, experiment with instruments, overcome stage fright, and more importantly, have fun. The club is a safe space for students to make mistakes and discover hidden talents. This week, the students learned to play Fools Rush In and Stand By Me.

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Carrying Water @ The Chicago River

Freshmen in the Water class visited the Chicago River to collect water. In the first unit of this STEAM course, students have been pursuing the guiding question, why is water so common yet so rare? . In their pursuit of an answer, students have been learning about the abundance of water found in living organisms while also investigating the scarcity of potable water that leaves millions of people without clean water on a daily basis.

Why?

The purpose of this Field Experience is to investigate the guiding question, How can you get access to water in case of a shortage or crisis?. The students carried water to connect their water usage to worldwide water shortage.

How?

The students walked to a local public water source, the Chicago River to collect and transport water. At the end of the Field Experience, students measured the amount of water they collected and reflected on their daily water usage.

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First of Many

We completed our first service project with St. Vincent de Paul Center, whose students we will work with this school year through the Blessings in a Backpack program. Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.

For our first Community Day, Nicole from St. Vincent’s explained the impact of our partnership and guided us in creating motivation cards that will go in the backpacks that families receive. While we did not meet any of the students from St. Vincent’s today, the significance of the work was felt and we look forward to our partnership this school year.

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Starting Off Strong

We welcomed our new and returning students back to school with two days of student orientation. We planned a day of activities just for our new students. This gave us the chance to get to know the new members of our community and they got acquainted with their new home away from home. Then, we geared up for the second day of orientation with our full student body. The school was buzzing with joy and anticipation. We can’t wait to see what this school year brings us.