Congrats to the 80 cast members of Dunwoody Elementary School who performed Disney’s Lion King under the leadership of William Ennis, Walter Arrington, and Natia Esartia. The children gave stellar performances to two sold-out crowds.

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Kingsley students collaborated with their art teacher to create collages depicting Georgia wildlife to be sold at a silent auction at the Dunwoody Nature Center.  The art auction began April 20 as a part of Dunwoody Nature Center’s Epic Earth Day Celebration and ended on April 30. The silent auction was a part of the “Kingsley Cares: Save Georgia Wildlife Project,” a school-wide, STEAM based project that was also a real world means of supporting wildlife conservation.  

For the project, each student created a poster for the 28th Annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.  While students worked independently on their wildlife posters, they also collaborated with art teacher Mrs. Lubin to create a painted paper collage of a native Georgia animal.  There were 23 collages total (one for each class) which were all sold at the Art Auction.     

Dunwoody Nature Center educators assisted in integrating the Science component of the project by providing Kingsley students with fun and engaging activities that covered several Life Science standards.  Kingsley students are now graphing, comparing, and adding sale prices of the collages to add the Math component to the project.

Prior to the art auction, all of the collages, as well as descriptions and photographs of the project were displayed at Kingsley for the International STEAM Night of the Arts.  There was a huge turn out for the event with lots of parent and student excitement about the projects.

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And they’re off! It was an exciting morning on May 11 as St. Martin’s Episcopal School’s 2018 graduating class competed in the inaugural eighth-grade boxcar race. This STEAM-based event was the culmination of a semester-long project where teams of four honed their skills in science, technology, engineering, art and math to build a working boxcar to race against their peers. The eighth-grade capstone project debuted this year and highlights the STEAM-focused curriculum taught at St. Martin’s in a fun and interactive manner.

Teams of students designed, built and raced their boxcars in accordance with the International Red Bull Soapbox Derby regulations and rules. Each team produced a to-scale blueprint of their design, and built one boxcar made of mostly recycled materials to accommodate two riders and two pushers. Students used physics, geometry and ratios to design and modify their boxcars for agility, speed, and acceleration. In addition, they created websites to organize all components of their boxcar plans and even translated the site into either French or Spanish. Each car sported a distinctive theme, which also aligned with the team’s costumes and choreographed dances they performed prior to each round of racing.

St. Martin’s fifth-grade students and their teachers helped judge the boxcars for best theme, costume and team dance. There were a range of boxcar themes including Wo(Men) in Blue, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Spongebob, but it was Lady Pirates that came out on top, followed closely by Pirates of the Episcopalians and Sledgang.

The project was created and named for Carter Davis, son of St. Martin’s eighth-grade English teacher Michele Davis, who died in August 2016. Carter was a rising senior at a Cherokee County High School and had planned to build the boxcar for his senior project. The St. Martin’s eighth-grade teaching team adopted the idea to live into the school’s commitment to STEAM and honor Carter.

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