Belated JUA Weekly Note

Greetings, JUA families!

We hope that by now you’ve heard a little bit about the events of last week, but in case you haven’t, here are some questions you might ask your child:

Relating to our study of the everyday lives of ancient Greeks:

-How do the eligibility requirements for voting in ancient Athens compare to the rules governing who is able to vote in the modern United States?

-What is the difference between direct democracy and representative democracy?

-Do you think things were more or less fair in ancient Athens or today?

-What was your assigned role in the democracy simulation?

Related to our on-going conversations about gender (We have been so impressed by students’ engagement in the conversation!):

-What is the difference between gender expression and gender identity?

-What are some ways that you express your gender?

Related to our preparations for student-led conferences later this month:

-What observations did you make when you looked back over all of your hero paragraphs from this year? What goal(s) do you have for your writing in future paragraphs?

-Who was your “buddy” for peer observation this week? Were you doing the observation, or were you being observed? What feedback did you receive? What goal did you and your partner set for your participation and engagement?

Finally, a true highlight of the week was TPS parent Seth Reichgott’s uproarious, one-man dramatization of several Greek myths. Students’ deep knowledge of Greek mythology made the experience even more meaningful. Thanks to Seth for bringing his show to the JU students, and thanks to Dan Lai for organizing the event!

In closing, if you have not yet signed up for a student-led conference, please follow the links below to find an available time slot with your child’s advisor. (Reminder, Julia and Jenson are sharing Jenson’s advisees from earlier in the year.) Remember that you must choose a time that works for both you and your child, since he or she will be running the conference!

Emily’s advisees: http://doodle.com/poll/bry8fe82n4bphw85

Jenson and Julia’s advisees: http://doodle.com/poll/2vs6umizmghxq4p6

In partnership,

Emily, Jenson and Julia