Duke TIP Results
Congratulations Episcopal seventh graders! The Class of 2024 had great results in the Duke TIP program this year with 13 State High Scorers and two Grand Winners.
Students who score well have the opportunity to earn recognition as a State High Scorer or Grand Winner honoree. According to Duke TIP information, State High Scorers earned scores in line with half of all college-bound seniors. Grand Winners earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors. In addition to recognition, Duke University also offers these students accelerated learning opportunities and resources, such as summer camp sessions.
Middle School Project-Based Learning
Sixth and seventh graders tackled tough issues in this year’s project-based lessons. Sixth grade students learned about the importance of literacy and seventh grade students took a closer look at nutrition and local food deserts. To read more about the eighth grade effort, check out a previous blog post here.
Propagating Succulents for Reading Success
This fall, sixth grade students got their hands dirty as they learned more about how to propagate and care for succulents. LSU Master Gardeners and science teacher Stacy Hill helped students get the soil ratios just right to encourage the little transplants to grow. Throughout the school year, the students monitored the plant’s growth and tracked their observations. However, the project was about much more than gardening.
The sixth grade teaching team, including Hill, Nancy Callaway, Virginia Day and Martha Guarisco, used the lesson to reinforce the importance of reading. As they explored the impact of literacy, students also discussed the impact of not having access to books and reading materials. Students participated in the campus-wide book drive to collect books for area children with limited access to books. Over the course of the year, students also learned about supply costs and profits associated with growing and selling succulents. This spring, the plants were sold with the proceeds earmarked for Baton Rouge literacy efforts. In addition, sixth grade students generated more than $300 from field day concession sales to support the efforts.
Calories, Vitamins and Access to Healthy Foods
Seventh graders took a closer look at nutrition this year. In Coach Rhea’s science class, students learned more about the components of a healthy diet. Students took photos of meals served in the cafeteria and conducted research on daily nutritional guidelines and requirements. In other subjects, students learned how to manage a household income and how to reduce food waste. Eventually, the students explored the concept of food deserts and how health can be impacted by where a person lives.
A food desert is defined as a low income area with limited access to a grocery store. Students had the opportunity to do more than simply talk about the concept in a classroom. The seventh grade team, including Rhea, Marian Castille, Katy Riley and Julie Weaver, arranged for a bus tour of Baton Rouge food deserts hosted by District 10 Councilwoman Tara Wicker. Councilwoman Wicker pointed out areas in her own district where residents have limited access to healthy food options and she discussed the implications of these limited choices. After touring the food deserts, students then had the opportunity to volunteer at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. While there, they also donated the proceeds from the seventh grade field day concession sales to the organization.
Project-based learning in Middle School is coordinated, thoughtful and thorough. As students explore all aspects of a topic, they gain a deeper appreciation for what they are learning and they are inspired to take action. Ultimately, these projects seem to reflect the school’s mission to provide challenging academic and co-curricular programs which prepare graduates for college and for purposeful lives, very well.
Sixth Grade Space Museum was Out of this World
Did you know that the sun is 4.6 billion years old? Did you know that the Milky Way moves 552 kilometers per hour? Did you know that you can make astronaut ice cream using dry ice?
Episcopal sixth graders proved that they know a lot about space during their recent space museum exhibition. Science teacher Stacy Hill challenged students to research a space topic of their choice and create a project showcasing what they learned. The students tackled everything from black holes and nebula to space rovers and the life cycle of stars. The occasion was a great way to end the sixth grade with a big bang.
Middle School Sports
Middle School sports in the spring continues to focus on developing skills, sportsmanship, and allowing students to explore various interests. Roughly 85% of students play in at least one sport in Middle School. Being part of this athletics program will enable students to compete as well as develop their skills and knowledge in game situations. Upon finishing Middle School sports, students will be physically and mentally prepared for more competitive and demanding Upper School athletics program.
Here are some highlights from the year: