Spring Fever…

Between the return to Daylight Savings Time, the beautiful weather over Spring Break, and this week’s April showers (come on May flowers!!!), it truly feels that we are finally throwing of the mantle of Old Man Winter and emerging anew.  Admittedly our blog and Twitter feeds have been somewhat quiet this past season.  This calm, however, has not been due to a period of Innovation Lab hibernation, but rather quite the opposite.  Our students and faculty have been spectacularly busy!  Thus, as we celebrate the Spring, it also seems fitting to pause and celebrate all that has taken over the past few months.  Enjoy our summary below of highlights and happenings…

  • For the Humanities 10 and STEM 10 “Opposition and Change in Self and Society” project, Innovation Lab sophomores hosted a public Exhibition of Student Work at the Bruce Museum on the evening of February 8th.  There were hundreds of attendees and the event was widely praised by the Greenwich community at large.  See, for example, the article “Greenwich students tackle self, society at showcase” that appeared in the Greenwich Time.

  • For the Humanities 10 and Humanities 11 “Taking a Stand in History” project, sophomores and juniors created a variety of projects (including Exhibits, Documentaries, and Performances) for this year’s National History Day Competition (https://www.nhd.org/ and http://www.historydayct.org/).  
    • On the evening of March 16th, Innovation Lab sophomores and juniors public exhibited their National History Day projects to parents, staff, and other community members in the GHS Media Center.
    • On Saturday March 18th, a total of 47 Innovation Lab sophomores and juniors competed at the National History Day Regional Competition held at Sacred Heart University.  As reported in the Greenwich Time, three student groups were selected to advance to the State Competition to be held at Central Connecticut State University on April 29th. 
      • Kathryn P. (Grade 11) placed second in the Senior Documentary category for her film “Maria Sanchez: Taking a Stand for Bilingual Education and Puerto Rican Rights
      • Nicole W., Flora B., Sophia D. and Katherine H. (Grade 11) placed second in the Senior Performance category for their original play “Constance Baker Motley: Standing with the Civil Rights Movement to Advance the Case for Equality.”
      • Ben W., Jody B. and Sophie A. (Grade 10) placed third in the Senior Performance category for their original play “Virginia Hall: Taking a Stand as a Female Spy with Actions Not Words.”

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        Juniors Nicole, Flora, and Katherine offer sophomores Jody, Ben, and Sophie support and feedback after initial NHD Performances

  • In February, Kathryn P. (Grade 11) served as the sole Student Panelist for a community screening of the film “Screenagers” hosted by the Greenwich Alliance for Education at the Performing Arts Center.  See, eg as reported in the Greenwich Time.
  • This spring, sophomores Hannah R. and Isabella S. are serving as volunteer organizers for the Bruce Museum’s iCreate 2017 show and juried art competition.
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    Nina meets new people and learns about careers in STEM fields at the GAINS conference.

     

  • In early April, Nina H. (Grade 10) was one of five GHS students selected to attend the GAINS (Girls Advancing in STEM) Conference at Stanford University.
  • Upcoming Summer 2017: Junior Jari Z. is one of 15 GHS students selected to participate in the Global Glimpse program public service trip to Nicaragua.  

 

  • Innovation Lab faculty presented a workshop at the Deeper Learning 2017 conference at High Tech High in San Diego California.  Our workshop focused on the structure and format for Presentations of Learning as vehicles for effective student reflection.

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    Presenting our workshop at the Deeper Learning Conference

We hope this wealth of good news brought some sunshine to your day.

Happy Spring everyone!!

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