7th Grade Friday Note

Good afternoon, Parents!

Although a short week, it was a busy one! Here are the highlights:

Students continued drafting their zebrafish lab reports and began to discuss mitosis. We are also entering the final few chapters of Lord of the Flies, which students will also be answering some Edmodo questions about this weekend. Today we introduced the basics of Sigmund Freud’s structural theory of the psyche as an analytical lens through which to view Golding’s text. Next week we will finish the novel, and students will begin brainstorming possible topics for a literary analysis they will write on the text, which may incorporate some elements of Freud’s model.

We also continued our work at Heritage Farm this week, which focused on preparing the earth and mulch around fruit trees for the season, as well as building some innovative vertical growing towers. These towers are built around a core of woodchips and spent mushroom strata, which is surrounded by a soil-compost mixture. This structure (the farmers hope) will allow water and air to circulate in the system more effectively than it would in a pure soil tower, and allow worms a cozy place to live. Keep an eye on the TPS blog for more updates and photos!

Finally, an announcement from Wendy, the 8th Grade science teacher, about an exciting new summer opportunity for middle schoolers and recent graduates, too:

Dear Families,

Registration is now open for the summer Sustainability Institute program! Two incredible weeks of travel, adventure, science, activism, and leadership training in the most pressing environmental issues of our time.

Week One (June 20-24, Day Camp) explores Philadelphia as you never have before. Be a kayaker, a scientist, an urban planner and more as we learn from marine biologists, hydrologists, and sustainability experts on how our green initiatives are transforming this city. Highlights include live animal encounters with marine biologists at the Camden Aquarium, a kayak trip down the Schuylkill River, and hands-on chemistry experiments with scientists from the Independence Seaport Museum.

In Week Two (June 26-July 1, Overnight Camp) we travel to San Francisco, California, a city taking the lead in sustainable water. Highlights include hikes through watersheds under towering redwood trees, waterfalls that cascade onto the beach, seeing a famous museum that wastes no energy or water, sustainable gardens and farming, and taking action to save crucial wetland species.

Camp is open to rising 7th-11th graders. Please visit http://www.tpschool.org/sustainability-institute for more information, and to sign up. Financial Aid is available. Join us for a coast to coast adventure you’ll never forget!

Enjoy the long weekend!

David, Virginia, and Steve