Friday, May 29, 2015

Projects Galore in the Library!!

 Celebrating Completed Work

This is the time of year where you feel so close to summer but yet there is so much to still do. The library is still bustling with activity, students are studying for end of the exams and projects, discussing summer plans and beginning to actually look at what they will be taking next year. Along with all the students populating the library which makes us so happy, the library looks great because of the amazing projects displayed from some of our classroom teachers.

Mr. Cuoco's Philosophy class completed their Utopia Projects and on display we have examples of each student's idea of an utopian society

 Ms. Rogers junior English classes read The Great Gatsby and
made visuals based on themes from the novel.

And finally

Ms. Napier-Bernstein's junior English classes read one of three books about war, focusing on the costs of war. They researched and made infographics in an attempt to convey some of these costs. The results were jaw dropping.

 Blog Book of the Week

Moloka'i / Alan Brennert

This is a fascinating read and one I have not been able to put down. I love a book that makes me want to go and research the topic further and this is what Molaka'i does. A troubling story about the lives of those who had leprosy and were sent to the quarantined leprosy settlement Kalaupapa on the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i. The story centers around little Rachel who is a happy, energetic seven year old who one day develops a small red mark on her leg. She is whisked away from her family and forced to live on the island for life. The story follows her journey, the trials, tribulations, frustrations and yes joys of her life and those that were with her. It is a painful look at some of our history and yet the resilience of the patients on Molaoka'i will give us all something to think about. 
Summary: This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai'i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i. Here her life is supposed to end---but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.


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