Notes from the High School: Week 13


This week was the last Big Push of the semester, with final projects and papers due in most classes. That means that all that stands between us and summer vacation is finals week. We’ve got this, guys!

Jack the Ripper students made a compelling case for charging Joseph Barnett or Francis Tumblety as the notorious Victorian serial killer. Two students honed in on Barnett since if police procedurals have taught us anything, it’s that the killer is always the romantic partner. Bonus points to Kiera, whose case file project included coffee mug stains for authenticity! Students across the hall wrapped up their exploration of classic philosophical arguments.

In our last week of The Importance of Being Earnest, we finished our second read-through of the play, which turns out to be even funnier the second time around. (I think we’ve convinced Reeve to come back next year and direct a production for us!) Everyone turned up for tea and a screening of the 2002 film on Friday (we have some Objections to the changes to the ending), but sadly, there were not cucumber sandwiches to be had, not even for ready money. The Utilitarians applied Singer’s ideas to present-day ethical considerations.

Our examination of class in the Victorian world concluded with a screening of Great Expectations (the part where Pip is learning to be a gentleman) because the most interesting thing about class in the Victorian world just might be that sometimes, for some people, it was not a fixed construct. Students presented selections from their “Day in the Life” final projects, exploring 24 hours in the life of a Victorian person representing a specific class. I thought these projects turned out great! Across the hall, the debate students finished a lively debate section with one last big debate.

In Latin I, we’re reviewing and reviewing ALL THE GRAMMAR. Latin II students took one last big exam and continued to work on their summer Latin camp project. (I’m biased, but it’s so cool!)

And in math and Spanish, students took stealth finals. Jason never calls them tests because he thinks test freak people out, but he was very pleased with everyone’s performance on these last “in-class worksheets.” 

Just one week to go before summer break!