JU-D Weekly Note

Dear JU-D Families,

There were heroes, anthropology, and identity development in JU-D this week. We started off with the launch of our next hero paragraph and worked to develop clear and concise theses and began to bolster these statements with strong supporting details. Students created graphic organizers to develop clear threads that run throughout their papers. JU-D members also learned the art of the outline, a tool that will serve them moving forward.

After today, many students may have a new hero to add to their list, in the form of anthropologist and curator of the Greek and Roman galleries at the University of Pennsylvania, Brian Rose. Mr. Rose graciously presented a gripping tale about the excavation of multiple sites in modern Turkey, including what is believed to be the site of Homer’s Troy. Students were captivated by the relationship between myth and reality and worked to unpack the intricate ways in which history and legend intertwine.

Finally, we began discussing identity by analyzing gender identity. Because the “boxes” that define gender are associated with human anatomy, one of our first classes will included a discussion of male and female reproductive anatomy. The terms we discussed were: vagina, vulva, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, breasts, penis, scrotum, and testes. We did not discuss sexuality or sexual health. Students divided themselves into groups by self-identified gender, and were taught by a teacher of their same gender. We hope that this class will provide important background knowledge and equip all students with common language to use as we examine gender identity as something more than “the sum of our parts.” Students may want to continue the conversation at home, and should feel comfortable asking questions or sharing ideas.

A few pieces of JU-D information:

Here is a doodle poll from Kait, some of the JUA students' art teacher. Please click on this link if you are interested in meeting with her during conferences: http://doodle.com/poll/7vua2c5ub3ihmzrf

If Rick is your student's art teacher, you are welcome to sign up for a conference with him here: http://doodle.com/poll/kqwpvbwingb5wzcz

Attached below is a communication from the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

Truly,

Noelle and Nick