On Tuesday, our Middle School students enjoyed a guest performance from the ARC Bell Choir, an event made even more special by the connections some of our 8th grade advisory groups had made when they visited the ARC center in the fall. After a cheerful performance of holiday, patriotic and whimsical songs (such as “This Land is My Land” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”), as well as an introduction to the music reading system used by the performers, some lucky students were given the opportunity to test out their skills on the handbells with the guidance of the ARC performers. It was a wonderful reunion filled with smiles from familiar faces and hugs from new friends!
In designing this fall’s Middle School mural, our Mural Painting students decided to pay tribute to San Fernando Valley history. From the various ideas researched and proposed by the mural painting class members for this collaborative project, students chose to depict a scene reminiscent of the historic San Fernando landscape, including orange groves, bright sun, and whimsical hot air balloons. We hope you’ll enjoy these photos of the creative process as students work to translate their vision into a new mural for our campus!
On Tuesday, November 26, our Middle School students and faculty celebrated our annual Morning of Gratitude before embarking on Thanksgiving break. With the guidance of their science teachers, 6th grade students created “seed bombs” of California poppies, 7th grade students collected, sorted and packed Middle School donations for the West Valley Food Pantry, and 8th grade students joined Primary School students for a morning of reading, Thanksgiving word searches, snacks and conversation with new friends. All grades also took time to write thank-you notes to first responders for their service to our community during these recent months, and also to members of our Viewpoint community–faculty, staff, and friends–whose contributions and kindness make our school a better place for everyone.
We hope you’ll enjoy these photos from today’s beautiful morning of community and gratitude!
On Monday, we were delighted to host a community event in recognition of the South Asian holiday of Diwali, also known as the festival of lights. After being introduced in advisory to some of the history and traditions associated with this holiday, students, faculty and parent guests collaborated to create rangoli, drawings traditionally made on the floor out of materials such as chalk, colored sand or flower petals, while enjoying music and good company! Here are some photos from our community event.
On Wednesday, the Middle School was a sea of orange in honor of Unity Day, a day to celebrate community and to unite against bullying. The festivities included lunchtime music, button-making and Gratitude Shout-Outs to faculty, staff, friends and family!
This day also included a special visit from cyber education expert Lori Getz, who engaged students in conversation about digital citizenship. Students considered how to use technology mindfully, balance screen time and “tech free” activities, and promote positive relationships, including apps that use biofeedback to encourage healthier habits! Some of Ms. Getz’ suggestions for time-management and limiting technology distractions included the Self-Control App, StayFocusd, and Forest.
Healthy technology habits can be modeled and reinforced at home! We challenge parents and students to try these apps together, as well as to try these fun suggestions for family Device-Free Dinners from Common Sense Media!
On Friday, Oct. 4, Middle School students gathered for a guest presentation by student panelists from the Upper School Jewish Student Union, facilitated by Middle School history teacher Sarah Levin-Katchinskiy and Director of Libraries Sarah Davis. Our student panelists and faculty facilitators provided middle schoolers with an introduction to the Jewish holidays that are celebrated at this time of year, and they also shared the ways in which they and their families celebrate various Jewish holidays and special events, such as bar and bat mitzvahs. We appreciated our Upper School JSU students’ leadership in making possible this opportunity to learn more about the rich cultural traditions that form part of our Viewpoint School community!
On October 2, our 8th grade students began their Civic Engagement advisory curriculum with a guest presentation by Mr. Roger Williams of Global Human Services. In his presentation, he described to students his volunteer work with the Family Rescue Center in Canoga Park, sharing how he applied his skills and experience toward a greater purpose in promoting community health awareness, and making health care more accessible to people in need.
Later that week, our 8th grade students began engaging in advisory service learning trips to a range of service organizations in our community, such as Activities, Recreation & Care for Individuals with Disabilities, SOVA Community Food and Resource Center, Foster Children’s Resource Center, Family Rescue Center, and Operation Gratitude. Through this service, students are building familiarity with our community, and gaining an understanding of how organizations partner with the community to address shared needs.
Here are some photos from our recent service trips!
On Friday, our Middle School students previewed a wide range of I Block club and activities hosted by student leaders and faculty advisors! Options include: Debate, Environmental Sustainability Council (ESC), Garden Club, Girls in Stem, Junior Classical League (JCL), Math Mentors, Math Counts, Robotics, Science Olympiad, 7/8 Technology Bootcamp, Heal the Bay, Students of Color, Soccer Club, Spanish Club, Animal Rights Activists, Chinese and Chill, Dungeons & Dragons, Literary Magazine, Colored Pencil Drawing, Sing, Dance, Act Club, Design and Engineering, Puzzles, 5 minute Craft / Life Hacks for Kids, Harry Potter Club, Volleyball Club, Basketball Club, and Fantasy Football Club.
With so many choices, it’s no wonder that we need a fair to present them all! This week, our students attended their first club and activity meetings. We can’t wait to see where their interests will take them!