Notes from the High School: Week 8

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Welcome back! It sounds like everyone had a terrific spring break — a special thanks to the awesome families who headed the big spring break adventure to Washington, D.C. How did you guys fit all that fun into the inside of a week? I really enjoyed following everyone’s adventures on Instagram — if you are an Instagrammer and want to keep up, you can find us here.

We started two new sections in Humanities this week: Good Omens/No Logo and Victorian Poetry/Feminism. This, of course, means that Amy got to spend the morning explaining the apocalypse and watching the trailer for the Good Omens series (which is out in May). Across the hall, Shelly passed out copies of Naomi Klein’s No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. We started Victorian poetry with a close reading of Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach” — next week we’ll be diving into Tennyson and then into Browning, but this week, we’re really digging into all 37 lines of “Dover Beach.” In the feminism section, Shelly talked about what big ideas to expect in John Stuart Mills’s “The Subjection of Women.” (We’re all really excited to be reading a philosopher who doesn’t require a disclaimer on the Wall of Shame.)

In history, we’re continuing with Victorian Gender and Sexuality, and this week we considered Victorian prostitution (which — as we discovered — was a lot more complex than one might think) and discussed Oscar Wilde’s trial for “gross indecency” in 1895. (There were some great Pride ensembles because we all agree that Oscar Wilde would have loved Pride! And Amy totally didn’t cry.) Next week is our last week of Victorian Gender and Sexuality, so everyone should be busy working on their final projects.

In Latin I, we kicked off our post-spring break work by easing into Chapter 7. (We get to learn the genitive case, which only inspired minimal groaning.) In Latin II, we talked about the treatment of slaves in the Roman Empire to warm up for translating Chapter 11 next week. (We also uncovered our 102nd way to kill someone in ancient Rome: Feed them to the lampreys!)

Most students are following independent tracks in math, but groups worked this week on FOIL, quadratic factoring, using elimination and substitution to solve linear systems, negative and fractional exponent mastery, and lots and lots of SAT math practice.

For Spanish, Jason helped everyone transition back to la lengua española with a little Spanish trivia (yes, there was candy involved) and a review of body parts, food, animals, clothing, and common phrases. Students also explored past tense verbs. If you have outstanding packets, get those finished up so you can turn them in!