The seventh grade spent the night at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education last week. Highlights of the overnight included wrapping up the spring "colony project," which has continued for several weeks. The final outing featured colony groups bartering for resources as they tried to establish successful trading colonies in the New World (aka Pine Plantation). Disease, lack of water, and a need for food reserves were some of the various obstacles that groups faced. This week, groups will share interpretations of "success" as they reflect on their work.
Seventh graders also had the option to wake up at 6 a.m. and go fishing on Wind Dance Pond. Several bluegill and a small-mouth bass made it an exciting outing!
Listen to students describe the colony project.
Dovie Thomason, Lakota/Kiowa Apache storyteller and cultural educator, came to share her story with the 7th grade today as part of our cultural studies unit. Thomason's father attended the Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, PA, one of dozens of boarding schools in the 20th century that worked to "civilize" indigenous children. The school's motto? "Kill the Indian. Save the Man." Questions about membership, identity, race, and what it means to be American are hot topics this spring in 7th grade!
Several guest speakers will be presenting in the 7th grade in the next few weeks as part of our studies on race, assimilation, and the repercussions of colonization today.
Monday, May 19; 9:15 and 10:45: Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at the University of Pennsylvania; recent author of Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-first Century.
Tuesday, May 20, 10:30-12:00: Dovie Thomason, Lakota/Kiowa Apache storyteller and cultural educator. Most recently, Thomason is preparing to begin her time as the University of Manitoba Centre for Oral Culture and Creative Writing’s writer/storyteller-in-residence for January – March 2015.
Wednesday, May 28, 9:55-10:35: Witold Henisz, Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management in Honor of Russell E. Palmer, former Managing Director at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania; recent author of Corporate Diplomacy: Building Reputations and Relationships with External Stakeholders.
TPS parent and attorney Rich Zack came to talk with the 7th grade to provide some perspective on the courtroom scene in To Kill a Mockingbird. A partner in the White Collar Litigation and Investigations practice group at Pepper Hamilton, Rich is also an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Law, where he teaches corruption law and policy.
All-School theme 2014-2015 . . . what will it be? The seventh grade is beginning to explore the possibilities. They will do a lot of research, including polling the student and adult TPS community. They will recommend several possible themes for the teachers to consider and then vote for during their June in-service. Here is a list of past all-school themes, going back to the 1985-1986 school year.