Archive for March, 2017

The Real Talent Show!

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Such talent! Yesterday’s annual Talent Show was a glorious event! As proud as I am of this year’s wonderful participants, I am even more pleased with our Kindergarten through Eighth Grade audience, with their smiles and hands ready to clap throughout the two-hour event!
From concert-level piano performances to Knock-Knock jokes, our children entertained and delighted us as they shared their many talents.
Innovative technology was put to use by Ms. Shirley Omori, enabling families to view the Talent Show via “Instagram Live.” We heard from parents, a former teacher in Texas, and a former student attending school in Switzerland – all watching our amazing Talent Show LIVE!

Second Graders Present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Our Second Graders wowed their audience yesterday afternoon in the Amphitheater with their presentation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. With an abbreviated scrip interspersed with current observations, the action was fast-paced. Confidence and individual personalities were obvious as these young thespians demanded, swooned, rebuffed, slept, and even (very briefly) left mortality in this delightful presentation! One child’s head even temporarily morphed into a donkey’s! But after all, it was just a dream.
“It’s amazing,” remarked one of the Second Grader’s grandmothers, “that these young children can learn all these lines so well. They were obviously enjoying themselves. And with this experience, they should have no trouble speaking in front of large groups in the future.”
Having mastered the characters of Hermia, Lysander, Puck, Titania, Bottom, and many more, these Second Graders are well prepared for future roles in Peninsula Heritage productions and beyond.
Thanks go to Mrs. Esturain for her love of Shakespeare in inaugurating this wonderful event, and to Miss Mervette and Miss Carolina for their assistance in working with the Second Graders. Gratitude is also extended to Mr. Charley Miller for the perfectly timed lullaby music in the sleep scenes, for the background music, and for the sound system!
Kudos to all for an event charmingly presented!

STEM + Entrepreneurship

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

STEM studies and entrepreneurship are blooming in Mrs. DeMarti’s Third Grade class this month! The children watched the “Cain’s Arcade” viral video and decided they wanted to build their own arcade games. Tie Dying ShirtsWith one cardboard box per student, they each designed and built a game, which they will debut for parents and visitors on Thursday, March 23, from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Seeing themselves as socially conscious entrepreneurs, these students decided that all fees collected at the Third Grade Arcade will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund.
Since one of the Third Graders already has his own business, http://rainbowsandfaeries.com/#, Drying the Tie Dyed ShirtsMrs. DeMarti asked Nikolas if he would tie dye a shirt for each class member. The answer was yes and the results are beautiful! The Third Graders will be wearing their new shirts when you come to visit on March 23rd. See you then!

BEYOND Differentiated Instruction

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Peninsula Heritage offers students the opportunity to learn academics at their own personalized pace, with small group instruction. For instance, in mathematics, students can advance one, two, or even three years above their class and still be with their age-appropriate peers for their other subjects, which nurtures appropriate social-emotional growth.
In the Eighth Grade, a full year of Geometry is offered to those who have previously excelled in mathematics. In addition to this rigorous curriculum, the small class size allows students to independently pursue mathematical processes that are of particular interest to them.Chris's Cross Line Theorem
For instance, last week during class one student formulated the idea that there might be an easier way to manually (i.e. not using a calculator) square two-digit numbers. In an instant, this young mathematician was off and calculating, trying one approach after another. Within twenty minutes he raised both hands in victory. He had created what he called Chris’s Cross-Line Theorem for Squaring Two-Digit Numbers. Then, each of his classmates put forth a two-digit number to test the new Theorem, and each time it worked!
The following day this student learned that his new Theorem had already been discovered by others in the mathematical world. Although disappointed, his Geometry class had already learned the famous situation of independent discovery: both Isaac Newton in England and Gottfried Leibniz in Hanover (now Germany) developing differential and integral calculus independently. This PHS student realized that the true joy was in the process of discovering!

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