Eric Sumpter introduced an improvisation class this year. Students were introduced to it as a “no, thank you” helping activity, which in LDFDS lingo, means we try new things at least once and if after trying we determine that it is not something we want to pursue at this time, we are not forced to participate. It’s an opportunity to learn and experience new things while maintaining control over whether we’re quite ready to pursue a new experience or interest (or food). The response was practically unanimously positive. Eric created a positive, safe environment for students to explore their creativity and communication skills and to take risks. It’s a great addition to the program.
June 2019 Art Show
Students create an end of the year gift for Dominique
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Amazing creations in paper maché.
As a part of a study of Connecticut ecology, students in Class IV took a trip to Outer Island, a marine research and education center. They had an opportunity to study tide pools and the Branford Harbor, using a variety of meters to measure the water’s salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH and temperature. They compared these results to one another and observed the changes over time as the tide came in. They also got an opportunity to do some birdwatching, as the island is home to a bird sanctuary.
Amy (Class IV)
Students in Classes II and IV are working together to plant and maintain vegetable gardens at the school. So far, students researched various plants that thrive in Connecticut’s climate, tilled the soil and weeded the beds, purchased supplies from a local Home Depot and planted seeds and small plants.
Students in Class IV completed research on chemical cycles that occur in nature, such as the phosphorus and nitrogen cycles. After researching topics like the environmental impact of humans, they created posters and presented their information to the class.
Students in Classes II and IV worked together on a science lab, testing various “mystery powders” for their chemical and physical properties. They utilized the information they gathered to determine the identities of the powders, which were common household items like cornstarch and gelatin. The collaboration was enjoyed by both the classes!
Supervised by Eric Sumpter, our Physical Education & Health instructor, the mentoring group provides one of many opportunities for students to spend time with students in other classes. The group discusses topics of shared interests and themes common to their ages–and spend time together just having fun. The group is pictured playing a card game together.
make snow ice cream! Storm Colbie/Juno left a nice blanket of fluffy snow, so the students in Class I, made snow ice cream that was shared with all.
Recipe: 1 cup milk, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 8 cups clean snow (a bit more if it’s really fluffy), optional but recommended: sprinkles, chocolate sauce/hot fudge, &/or marachino cherries. In a large bowl, whisk milk, sugar & vanilla until combined. Put this in the refrigerator. Go out and scoop up some fresh, clean snow (about 8 cups). Then mix the snow and milk mixture until combined. Top with your choice of toppings & enjoy!
Students in Class IV recently tried their hands at using the pottery wheel.
Students in Class IV are studying civics, and they recently completed an activity to compare the powers given to the federal government in the Constitution, and powers reserved for the states.
Students in Classes I and IV attended a performance of Steve Martin’s play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Long Wharf Theater. The play centers around a meeting between Picasso and Einstein at a Paris cafe, as the two discuss the value of art and science and the true meaning of genius. Before and after attending the play, students participated in workshops led by Long Wharf’s teaching staff, which discussed these themes in greater detail.
Students and parents were treated to a special performance by one of Yale’s acapella groups, “The Spizzwinks (?)." They have a limited number of community concerts throughout the year, and LDFDS was lucky to be able to host one. Their unique blend of talent and humor was appreciated by all.
Students in Class II recently began collecting monetary donations for two charities, The ASPCA and Save the Children. The students researched the charities and created small crafts to sell in their free time. Their dedication and excitement for the causes has been contagious!
Students participated in a schoolwide field trip to the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown. The enrichment program included a brief overview of the countries that make-up East Asia, a talk and video about sushi, a lesson about the Beijing Opera, and a lesson about Chinese writing and language. Students had the opportunity to ask questions, color opera masks and to try their hand at writing using a brush and ink. An added bonus was being able to observe a hawk that was perched on the roof.