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Red Cedar Middle School Travels to New York City

At the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on the first morning.
Henry found the name of one of his ancestors at Ellis Island.
C, Henry and John on the ferry
Adrian, Parker, Brendan and John
At the United Nations

Parker with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Subway ride - one of many

Crys and Lena on the Wall Street Bull.
Evan and Aran at the Lego store at Rockefeller Center.

St. Patrick's Cathedral
Lena - lunch at the Carnegie Deli
Talking in Central Park after a morning in the Museum of Natural History
We dressed up and ate a fancy dinner in Little Italy
Then went to the show 'Stomp'
On the steps of the Met
Lunch from a street vendor
Then a walk through Central Park on the first warm and sunny Saturday in April. Everybody was out.
Back to Penn Station to catch our train up to Albany, then home on the bus


Winter at Red Cedar School

Students participated in a school-wide Sharing of Learning in mid-February.

Primary and upper elementary students each undertook an independent study in an area of interest this winter. They focused on researching and recording information, and communicating their learning effectively and creatively through written reports, graphic charts and diagrams, models and artifacts, drawings, and oral presentation. Here Carter talks about a study he did on penguins. 
The upper elementary group focused on human biology in science class. Amelia and Reid talk about a project they did on the digestive system. 
Carter shares his independent study on the Civil War.
Bo talks with a parent about the project he did with Schuyler on the cardiovascular system.
Lexi with her study on desert foxes.
Lily reads a comparison chart.
Louis talks with a parent.
Middle school students all did an independent research project on a topic of choice in their Earth Science class. They each wrote a paper and created a power-point presentation which they shared with the community. Parker focused on physical geography with an emphasis on coastal geography.
Henry makes a presentation to the younger students.
The primary group performs music for their parents.
The primary group has been collecting a range of data on our hens and their egg laying activity through the winter. They have recorded and interpreted this information in a variety of charts. 

Adrian admires the study that Lucas and Kosmo did on sharks.

We celebrated our annual Arts Immersion Week in February.

Isaac in a drumming workshop.
Chimie Bangoura, from Guinea, West Africa, who now lives locally,  led a drumming workshop.
Rainer, Margot and C
Kosmo on the potter's wheel.
Parent Jes Berry led a pack basket workshop.
Rainer at work.
John and Henry
Ari leads a pottery workshop.
Lily at work in a fiber arts workshop.
Aran and Evan
Austin and Bill working on the barn door in an outdoor classroom woodworking workshop.
Eliot in the henhouse.
The edible products of a sushi workshop - ready to be shared with everyone for snack.

Charlie at work in a South American culinary arts workshop led by Brendan.
Reid, Michael and Nadine
Fresh lime drink
John and Patrick helped to build an outdoor grill for cooking the marinated beef.
The workshop culminated in a school-wide feast featuring all the dishes the group worked on and perfected. Brendan slices the grilled meat.
Michael introduces the desserts to everyone.

Nadine explains one of the dishes they prepared. 
The menu:
Codfish and shrimp fritters
Rice and red beans
Marinated beef
Fried bananas
Lime drink
Guava sweet
Passionfruit mouse
Lissy Heminway of Vermont Dogsled led a workshop one day. Lily and Bailey are ready for a ride.
Lissy, Austin, Bo and Michael 
Nadine and Isaiah with the dogs
Anoushka, Zave and Isaiah
In March, the upper elementary group went out to the Heminways' place for a day. Here they are in a yurt interviewing Lissy about her experience with her dogs and the business.
Isaiah and Lissy
Nadine and Bo carry a bucket of sap.
Quinn with one of the dogs
Zave, Schuyler and Isaiah
The middle school group did an overnight winter camping trip on the Heminways' land. Here Henry and John are in the sugarhouse, boiling sap
Rainer with one of the dogs
We cooked dinner over a fire: pan roasted potatoes with caramelized onions, and marinated leg of lamb. Also, Caesar salad, pasta and cheese, and a to-die-for baklava for dessert (made ahead of time at school). Red Cedar staff and students are foodies.
Crys, Jez and Lena
Parker and Patrick - around the fire after dinner, under a (almost) full moon.
Lama Tenzin Dhonden, the peace emissary of the Dalai Lama, (and a friend of RC parent, Chessy Kelley), visited the school for an afternoon in early March. He met with all of the students, who asked him many questions about his life and beliefs.
As part of their class study of human biology, Lillie and Amelia are viewing slides of human lymph cells and drawing what they see. The class looked at cells from various human body systems.
In March, the upper elementary group focused on comparative anatomy. They drew and dissected a cow heart, sheep heart, sheep brain, cow kidney and cow eye.

In March we went out to Crown Point to observe the progress on the Champlain Bridge.
We met with parent Gene Kensek, who is a shop steward for the the project. He talked about the many parts of the project and explained how they all come together.
Afterwards we visited the Chimney Point fort remains.