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The Verbs of Art: Reflections on the International Teaching Artist Conference 2014

The Verbs of Art: Reflections on the International Teaching Artist Conference 2014

By: Dana Squires

Middle School art teacher Dana Squires attended the second annual International Teaching Artist Conference in Australia this summer for an enriching and engaging immersion in the global pursuit in arts education. Ms. Squires reflected on the philosophies and methodologies she learned of and discussed at this professional development conference for ArtsWA, of which she is a teaching artist member. Her insights are also shared below.

At the second International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC) held in Brisbane, Australia, co-convener Eric Booth suggested that teaching artistry is concerned with the verbs of art—the creating, playing, exploring, thinking. Teaching artistry is concerned with the process, the verb, rather than the finished product, the thing, which would be the noun. With 200 teaching artists representing 20 countries, ITAC 2014 was awash in varied experiences with, approaches to, and definitions of teaching artistry. What is a teaching artist? What do they do? How do they do it?

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Around the World: Second Grade's South America Fair

Around the World: Second Grade's South America Fair

The Charles Wright second grade curriculum theme is Around the World, and students spend time studying each of the seven continents—both in their core lessons as well as in their art, music, library, and technology classes. Yesterday the Class of 2025 served as experts on their chosen topics at their annual South America Fair, presenting to schoolmates, parents, and other visitors information they learned during four weeks of research on topics such as ocelots, capybaras, piranhas, Amazon River dolphins, caimans, and more. See photos below to hold you over until the next continent fair on Africa in January!

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Seventh Graders Launch Bottle Rockets in Science Class

Seventh Graders Launch Bottle Rockets in Science Class

By: Riley Meinershagen

Seventh grade science students in Riley Meinershagen’s classes spent three weeks studying how to apply Newton’s Laws to bottle-rocket launches. After several stages of building with different materials, they spent two days this week launching (and learning) on CWA’s practice fields. Learn more about the scientific principles under examination from Mr. M below.

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First-Trimester Digital Citizenship Students Tackle Current Events in Class Blog

First-Trimester Digital Citizenship Students Tackle Current Events in Class Blog

By: Holly Gerla and Jane Riches

It's that time again: Our first-trimester ninth graders have published their posts to the digital citizenship class blog.

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Happy Spirit Week from CWA Food Service!

Happy Spirit Week from CWA Food Service!

By: Steven Dooley

Yesterday marked the first day of Spirit Week at CWA ahead of Homecoming on Friday! Food Service staffer Steven Dooley (also known as "Mr. Sir" to students) arranged for a spooky visitor to stop by the Middle School Commons on Wednesday before making his way up to the Upper School Commons on Thursday and Friday. Read on for an introduction to Mr. Sir's twin, Steven Gooley.

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CWA Annual Fund: Hortense Bucky Visits Accounting and HR

CWA Annual Fund: Hortense Bucky Visits Accounting and HR

By: Kerri Wilcox

The buck starts here! Giving to the Annual Fund is just one way that we as CWA employees demonstrate our belief and pride in the work we do. CWA's accounting and HR department is the third team this year to have completed the 2014-2015 employee Annual Fund challenge, thus winning a visit from a very special guest. After verifying that they'd all participated in the Annual Fund via a pledge, payroll deduction, or cold hard cash, the staff of the accounting and HR office—from left, Mary Takaki, Nancy Schneider, Karin Mattson, and Mary Franzen—took over Hortense Bucky from the librarians and dressed him up in honor of the Mariners' great season. Which department will be next to make it to 100 percept participation and earn a visit with Hortense Bucky?

Middle School Japanese Students Create Cross-Cultural Wall Calendar

Middle School Japanese Students Create Cross-Cultural Wall Calendar

By: Alia Greenbaum

We were working on dates and days of the week in class, and I was teaching about Japanese holidays as well for some cultural context. The kids asked me if we could make a calendar, and since there are six of them they each made two months—including all of the Japanese holidays, any American holidays they wanted, and the birthdays of everyone in the class. They also created pictures for the months that represented a holiday in that month (or if there wasn't a holiday, representing the season).

(Top row: Georgia, January/February; Chloe, March/April; Tin-Tin, May/June. Bottom row: Kira, July/August; Michael, September/October; and Devin, November/December)

"Can Chess Be Saved?" Tarriers Prove the Answer is A Resounding, "Yes."

"Can Chess Be Saved?" Tarriers Prove the Answer is A Resounding, "Yes."

By: Jill Downey

Yesterday, Slate.com writer Seth Stevenson eloquently and studiously lamented the decline of chess in a piece titled, "Can Chess Be Saved?" Charles Wright Academy Chess Club founder and leader Jill Downey assures that chess is not only alive but thriving in the Lower School.

Chess isn’t going anywhere. It is a game that will be shared for generations. It is a game that has been tested by time and continent. It is safe and secure among people who appreciate the elements of the game.

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CWA Annual Fund: Hortense Bucky Visits the Upper School Library

CWA Annual Fund: Hortense Bucky Visits the Upper School Library

By: Ann Vogel

The buck starts here! Giving to the Annual Fund is just one way that we as CWA employees demonstrate our belief and pride in the work we do. CWA's "Department of the Library" is the second team this year to have completed the 2014-2015 employee Annual Fund challenge, thus winning a visit from a very special guest. 

After verifying that they'd all participated in the Annual Fund via a pledge, payroll deduction, or cold hard cash, the residents of the newly formed Department of the Library have claimed, named, and decorated Hortense (née Bucky—or maybe this is Hortense Bucky). Hortense is looking for a new home in another established or imaginary department. But for now, Jane Riches, Karla Winship, Sinead Coleman, and I want to say, "The buck starts here!" and challenge other faculty and staff departments to claim the dear deer from the US Library. 

Where's the Sun Going: Applied Use of An Astronomical App

Where's the Sun Going: Applied Use of An Astronomical App

By: Kari Whitney

Caspar Babypants is kicking off our CWA Family Concert Series this Saturday and we're wrapping up final details to ensure that everyone has an extraordinarily fun time!

Which includes making sure that Caspar (aka Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United States of America) is centrally located on the lawn so that the little eyes and ears of our guests can best enjoy him. At the same time, it's important to make sure Caspar isn't sitting in the blazing sun, squinting to see his audience, and sweating on his guitar.

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