Special Presentation: Middle School Coding and Art Projects

Students in Mr. Martin’s Coding and Art Projects shared their final projects with classmates and special guest visitors on Tuesday, May 21. As Mr. Martin explained to his guests (including Mr. Chan, Ms. Emerson, and yours truly!), students declared their data types (variables), then explained their setup (values, screen sizes, background colors), and then showed their programming for their art project (the main code).

After students explained their code, the audience was treated to a presentation of their projects, in which cursors could be used to create unusual effects or drawings on the screen, objects were made to move, blink, or change colors, and even a “game” involving capturing a bouncing bat were demonstrated. I was impressed to see students, many of whom were new to coding at the start of the semester, create interesting, humorous and beautiful art based on the coding fundamentals learned over the past months. Bravo, digital artists!

A presentation by Olaitan E.
A presentation by Avalon G.

Middle School Talent Show!

On Thursday, our Middle School students proved, once again, that they have talent! Our community was treated to a fun show of vocal and instrumental music, dance, and even a comic sketch from Monty Python! Our students braved the stage to share their skills, to the delight of classmates and teachers alike.

This is one of our favorite annual events to showcase our students’ unique interests in a campfire-style spirit of supportive camaraderie–and, of course, it’s a fantastic opportunity for our students to take the stage, or to serve behind the scenes in preparing the set for their peers!

We can’t wait to see who will step up next year to share their special skills!

Middle School in May…

This week, students from the Service Learning Club organized a bake sale to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation, serving cupcakes prepared by our own Middle School students in Viewpoint’s kitchen! These treats are irresistible–and this little indulgence supports a fantastic cause.

Also this week, as part of a 8th grade Civic Engagement project, several 8th grade students organized an old-school Super Smash Brothers I Block playoff in round robin fashion, complete with “Challonge” tournament brackets programmed by our student event organizers. The competition was fierce, and a good time was had by all as Mr. Sweney graciously hosted this mixed-grades social event!

8th Grade Science Catapult Competition!

The mood was tense in Mr. Yates’ classroom as students carefully positioned and tested their devices. It was finally here: the 8th Grade Catapult Competition!

On Wednesday, April 24, I was privileged to view part of this event, as Mr. Yates’ F Block students’ hard work came to fruition. In this annual 8th grade science tradition, students apply their understanding of the principles of physics, along with a healthy dose of teamwork, to create a competition-worthy device. While I did not witness the conclusion of this event–which took place over several class periods–I did enjoy some very entertaining “near misses” as Mr. Yates and others dodged some of the farther ping pong ball launches!

Welcome to the 2019 Grade Greek Games Fair!

On Tuesday, April 30, our 6th grade students donned their “chitons” (our modern-day approximation of ancient Greek garb) to host our annual Greek Games Fair! Middle school students and parent guests navigated through a series of advisory “city-states,” where they competed in games of strategy, skill and chance. This festive tradition showcases our 6th grade students’ teamwork and creativity, as each station, inspired by Greek mythology, history, and culture, was designed entirely by our 6th grade students over several weeks in collaboration with their homerooms.

Our 6th grade students thank all of our student and family guests for joining them for a day of community and fun!