JU-D Weekly Note

Dear JU-D Families,

This week in JU-D, students pushed their creativity in writing, pondered racial identity, proposed “Great Greeks” to study, and experimented with density and buoyancy. There was a lot to wonder about, and JU-D kids rose the challenge and expanded their thinking across the board.

Along with a variety of different writing experiments, students utilized thier new understanding of direct and indirect characterization to make their creative Iliad stories come alive. The week ended in a peer editing session that allowed students to see whether the writing techniques they have been experimenting with were effective for their readers.

In our community meeting we grappled with the idea of race. Students learned that although this concept affects their lives in many real ways, that it is in fact a fluid concept that has changed over time. We will continue to unpack this extremely complex piece of identity. This work will allow JU to grow as a community of learners and friends.

Research was also at the center of this week’s work, as students moved forward in their research on their Great Greek. They utilized the information they gathered to formulate proposals which were submitted to teachers. They will use this work to create “an educational ceiling display.”

This week also marked our return to our country classroom where we continued to look at density and its application to buoyancy. We learned to calculate volume, accurately measure mass, and to combine the two concepts to realize density. Students used the pond at the Schuylkill Center to conduct experiments that allowed them to measure the density of a variety of objects. They also concluded that objects less dense than water will always be buoyant. We will continue this investigation as it leads us to our end of the year nautical challenge.

A few useful pieces of JU-D information:

Next week in our community meeting, students will divide themselves into affinity groups based on racial identity. Please discuss this with your children and email us with any questions or concerns.

Junior Unit students have begun to wonder about romantic relationships. There has been some talk of crushes. Your students may have questions that they might hesitate to ask. We have started a continuing conversation around these issues at school, so please continue them at home if this topic comes up.

Truly,

Noelle and Nick