Moon Night at St. George School
St. George — The St. George School community enjoyed Moon Night: Under a Waxing Gibbous at the school March 11, the culmination of learning expeditions in grades four through seven.
Teachers had worked together to design interdisciplinary and project-based learning experiences anchored in Common Core Standards. The band, under the leadership of Carolyn Kanicki, started off the festivities with some theme songs including "A Galactic Episode" and "Above and Beyond: A Tribute to NASA."
The hallway bulletin boards and display case were filled with moon artwork created in Julie Ryan's classes. In the cafeteria, fourth-graders performed a comedic fable by James Thurber entitled "Many Moons," directed by Tracy Leavitt and Sonja Schmanska. Costumed students took on the roles of King, Queen, Princess, Wizard, Jester, Royal Nurse, Lord High Chamberlain and Mathematician in a set designed as a royal court.
Fifth-graders presented information about Space Food and the effects of gravity on the body. iMovies, produced by fifth-graders, demonstrating various models students created to learn about lunar motion, eclipses and phases, were screened. Students in fifth grade also created projects based on Brian Selznick's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret."
The sixth grade presented a Chinese Moon Festival in the gym, replete with homemade Chinese cookies, and had also written a book of original myths about the moon.
Other features of the evening included a moon-naming contest, galleries of original art work inspired by the moon and photographs of a seventh-grade student debate on the topic: Should Space be Colonized?