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"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."  ~Native American Proverb

What are environments? How will my choices affect the changing environment? Kindergarten Explorers are digging deep into the environment for their second thematic study. Our young environmentalists are gearing up for Earth Day with this imaginative installation.

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Exploring Black History through music!  Thoughout the winter, our entire school community developed an appreciation for music in American history and the impact music has had on African American culture, specifically. Journies into African rhythms, spirituals, the blues, jazz, soul and hip-hop brought us to a deeper undersatnding of these musical genres and the influence they have on our lives. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students listened to the rhytmns of West African drumming and constructed their own African drums. Please enjoy the drums of our young Explorers- not only are they beautiful to look at, they produce wonderful sounds, as well!

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"Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another." - Plato, The Republic

What sustains life on a planet? What is the relationship between the earth and its moon? Fifth Grade (Outer Space) Explorers set out to examine the planets and learn about the set of characteristics unique to each one. After conducting research and comparative analyses, our young astronomers produced informational reports and built represtational models of the planets and our solar system. This dynamic exhibit is housed in the display case at the end of the B wing- come view it and get lost in space! 

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Every year National History Day frames students' research within a historical theme. This year's theme, Rights and Responsibilities in History provided an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and dig deep into historical content to develop perspective and understanding. Every 7th Grade Explorer participated in NHD. Ms. Hamaguci coached the students, helping them select topics, conduct research, form thesis statements and constrcut projects. Our young historians produced dicumentary films, built informational websites and created historical exhbitis. Enjoy a virtual tour of RWCSMS's First Annual National History Day Fair!

 

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How did the art and science of architecture and engineering evolve over time? How have historical innovations contributed to modern engineering and architecture? How do buildings come to represent ideas and values?  Explorers in Grades 4, 5 & 6 kept these questions in mind as they researched and replicated great works of architecture. This construction project was a component of the 4, 5 & 6 TAG students'  in-depth study of Leadership and Contemporary Issues, coached by Mr. Catala. Evaluation of student projects was broken into four categories: construction, creativity, informational report and brochure or flyer. Models of The Empire State Building, The Eiffel Tower, The White House, The Pentagon, The Lincoln Memorial, The Chrysler Building, The Gherkin and The Twin Towers are on display in the main lobby. We invite you to take a tour of these icons of architecture.

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