JU-D Weekly Note

Dear JU-D Families,

It was a rainy end to the week as fall came into full swing. We still engaged deeply both indoors and out, and capped off a successful week with our first meeting of Family Circles.

The week started off with the launch of our community meeting and identity study. We began with an active simulation that shed light on the difficulty of contact between disparate cultures. Students were divided into two distinct cultural groups with clearly defined norms of behavior and belief. One group, the Nubos, engaged with the other in an extraordinarily outgoing and vociferous manner. The other group, the Wannahugins were shocked by this display, as their cultural norms were geared towards silence and introversion. We used this experience to begin a conversation about the ways in which we can create safe and even brave spaces in moments of cultural difference. 

Students braved the rain at The Schuylkill Center this week and engaged in a challenging activity that taught students how to navigate by compass. Using only a list of compass bearings, JU-Ders made their way through The Pine Plantation all while balancing a tricky and new tool. Before adventuring out into the wilds, though, students reinforced their understanding of magnetism and learned exactly why compass needles point north. We will continue with this study and increase the difficulty of our navigational challenges. 

Along with scientific and cultural studies, students began research on their Auspicious Places Project. Over the next couple of weeks, we will turn this foundational research on a special summer place into a solid paragraph that explains the significance of a special summer spot. Throughout the course of the year we will improve upon this basic structure, and some students will even use these new skills to build five-paragraph essays. 

We were so pleased to see many of you at Back-to-School Night.  If you were unable to attend or hope to remember something we displayed, you can view the Prezi by going to this link: http://prezi.com/lwztnmfw8cxt/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share.

Our Doodle polls for conferences are also posted.  You can access them by going to either of these links.  Please make sure you sign up for a conference with your child’s advisor, listed below.

Nick’s Doodle: http://doodle.com/poll/6za82gfqsukgdp9n

Nick’s Advisees: Ben S, Brody, Emily, Lara, Maddy, Manav, Moshe, Navlea, Nico, Oliver, Ruby, Samuel

Noelle's Doodle:  http://doodle.com/poll/36ahmg7bf9k4kn9q

Noelle’s Advisees: Arjun, Ben R, Elijah, Izzy, Leila, Lexi, Lida, Miles, Sloane, Sylvia, Taylor, Zane

Have a wonderful weekend.

Truly,

Noelle and Nick