JFDS is truly a busy place in the winter. After school activities are in full swing, and students are involved in a wide range of classroom activities!
Mr. Santerre’s 7th Grade Social Studies classes reviewed key aspects of the French and Indian War and the early years of the American Revolution. Students were divided into teams and had to work together to try and score points. A correct answer allowed a student to pass a ball up to the next teammate who was closer to the goal. A student would have to try to score a point either when an answer was incorrect, or when each team member had answered correctly. So, the more questions a team answered correctly in a round, the closer they would be when a team member tried for a point. At the end of each round, the teams would rotate so that students got to take turns being closer or farther from the goal.
Students in Mrs. Kennedy’s social studies classes have been learning about the causes of the Spanish-American war. They culminated their study with a presidential cabinet simulation. Students worked in pairs as members of President McKinley’s cabinet. They worked through numerous issues, and ultimately recommended that he declare war against Spain.
The coloring club students at JFDS are busy doing terrific work. Attendance is picking up and we have a wonderful variety of their work displayed on the Coloring Bulletin Board. The club meets on Tuesdays under the supervision of Ms. Trask.
Finally, seventh grade Art students are exploring Abstract Expressionism by borrowing some technique and inspiration from Jackson Pollock! Abstract Expressionism is an art style where artists try to represent ideas, thoughts, or feelings in non-representational ways. After working on Mandalas where students learned to respond to their artwork line by line and trust the artistic process, they selected themes they wanted to work with for their Pollock inspired Action Paintings. They first created an underpainting to serve as the base of their painting, and then they “splattered” the paint on top, thinking about how to represent their theme. Students had to collaborate with each other, taking turns painting and being assistants for each other.