7th Grade History of Us Museum

“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” -Winston Churchill

On Tuesday, our 7th grade students indeed “wrote” history as they curated the History of Us Museum! Applying the maps, artifacts, research and interview skills they have been developing in their history class this year, students created multimedia exhibits that documented an aspect of their personal and family history. Parents and guests were invited to view student curated exhibits consisting of a physical artifact accompanied by a digital component, including text, photos and video interviews, that could be viewed on guests’ smartphones via a QR code. In order to introduce guests to the format of this Museum, students created a welcome video with instructions for how to view the exhibits:

Guests then visited stations, where students explained the focus of their project and assisted guests in viewing the digitally curated components. Our 7th grade historians shared details about their research process and the choices they made in determining the focus of their exhibits.

It was a treat to explore a facet of our students’ identities while witnessing their analytical, research and digital literacy skills applied to the creation of this moving and personal exhibit. We are proud of our students’ work, and we invite parents to continue these conversations with their children as they grow in understanding of history, and their own unique cultural and family heritage!

Winter Fun: Kickball, Cocoa and “Ugly” Sweaters

Some East Coast natives may argue that California has no “winter,” but our students and faculty make the season special with some Viewpoint winter traditions, including our annual 5th and 6th Grade Kickball and Pizza Mixer, our 8th Grade Cocoa with Upper School Administrators, and, of course, our “Ugly” Sweater Day! We hope you’ll enjoy this snapshots into our December fun.

Junior Classical League S.C.R.A.M.

On Saturday, December 1, Junior Classical League (JCL) members and faculty sponsors, Elizabeth Cutler and Lowry Sweney, participated in S.C.R.A.M.–Southern California Regional Amici Madness! This annual event for students and aficionados of classical languages and culture is filled with academic and art competitions, workshops, games (including a Roman Gladiator Competition), and fellowship. Our Viewpoint students enjoyed a marvelous day and invite you to enjoy photos from their fun events!

The Viewpoint JCL team t-shirt

Riley P. with her “impromptu art” contest submission!

Students watching Certamen quiz game

Mr. Sweney and Viewpoint JCL students Max A., Connor W., Riley P. and Avalon G.!

Middle School students and librarians celebrate the newest film release from the Harry Potter Universe with “fantastic” fun!

During the last days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, Middle School students and librarians celebrated the release of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” by playing trivia games based on the Harry Potter universe, building a LEGO model of Hogwarts, making Harry Potter-themed buttons and enjoying “butterbeer” brownies (fresh from Ms. Davis’ kitchen)! Some of our magical happenings were captured by Ms. Monjoy in our photo journal below…

 

Service and Advocacy Bake Sale

Thanks to all MS students, staff, and families who participated in the Service and Advocacy class bake sale on Friday, October 26, to benefit children in the Foster Children’s Resource Center. Your generous baked good donations and purchases helped us to raise over $200! And, congratulations to the creative bakers who won our friendly bake sale competition: Ry D., Avery G., and Avalon G.!

 

Creativity, team-building and fun at the Middle School Halloween celebration!

8th grade students participate in the grade-level Mummy Wrap competition.

Middle School students had a spooktacular time on Tuesday, October 30, as we celebrated Halloween with a costume parade, a grade-level mummy wrap competition, and an advisory team Pumpkin Decorating Contest! We’ve shared some photos of the festivities:

Students vote during I Block for the “Scariest,” “Funniest” and “Most Creative” advisory pumpkins–and collect a sweet treat!

Our librarians get into the Halloween spirit.

Students get into the Halloween spirit with a gathering in the PFAC!

For a special Halloween treat, we hope you’ll enjoy this gallery of spoooooky and witty advisory pumpkin designs!

History and community: Spanish students visit Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles

On Sunday, October 28, Middle School Spanish students, teachers, families and friends participated in our annual historic scavenger hunt on Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Our students made connections between Los Angeles’ present-day culture and its Spanish colonial and Mexican heritage as they visited some of the oldest buildings in Los Angeles, including the Casa Avila Adobe, viewed the Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros’ mural America Tropical, and enjoyed the artistic altars, musical and dance performances on display as the Mexican-American and Hispanic community celebrates el Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). The tour was capped off with a sweet treat from Mr. Churro, a modern-day Olvera Street landmark!

    

The MS Daily Bulletin goes to YouTube in our first student newscast!

This week the Middle School launched its first Daily Bulletin newscast on YouTube! All interested students were invited to sign up for a chance to be part of this pilot and, for our first newscast, 7th grader Mia N., 8th grader Josh D. and 6th grader Emy M. each presented sections on Middle School I Block activities, Viewpoint community events, and special reminders and upcoming due dates.

The response from our student, faculty and staff viewers this morning was positive, and we look forward to seeing this newscast evolve with more viewer feedback and ideas! Stay tuned for next week’s newscast!