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The Current

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

Edmund Burke School

made a magnificent archway. Although it was tough to do tech crew, finish my homework and get permanent paint stains on my clothes, I didn’t mind all of that. Working for the productions of “Arabian Nights” gave me the chance to work with people from both middle school and high school who I might not have met otherwise. In the end, the tech crew may not be the ones who stood on the stage, we may not be the stars, the applause may not be for us, but we worked and we helped make this play happen. — Helen Yao, seventh-grader

As part of the International Primary Curriculum topic “All Dressed Up,” the children in Year 1 investigated clothes worn for special occasions. We had to wear orange T-shirts for a sponsored walk raising money for bladder cancer research. It was a very long way but I did it. We had to walk all around the Tidal Basin by the water with the cherry blossoms. I walked with my mummy, my brother and my grandma. My feet felt very tired at the end! — Elizabeth Bainbridge, Year 1 Glasgow (kindergartner) Edmund Burke School does a middle school play each winter, in which the students from sixth, seventh and eighth grades take part in a play selected by the teachers. The students also paint the set, sell snacks, prepare props and more. This year, I was part of the tech crew of “Arabian Nights,” the play the students were doing in January. I really enjoyed my time as part of the crew because as an art lover, I felt I learned a lot about different techniques of theater art. I made lantern jars dyed different colors with Middle Eastern patterns out of Mod Podge mixed with food coloring, we stenciled leaves and flowers on the stairways, we painted the theater floor, and we


Georgetown Day School

Advanced Placement exams have been the cause of most students’ stress during the past week. Ranging from two to four hours, these exams cover topics from physics to Spanish. After an exam is completed, its respective course is also complete and students taking the class will receive a free period for the rest of the year. But students will also soon be preparing for final exams taking place in late May. Other events indicating the nearing of summer vacation are the athletic championship meets, matches and games! Varsity sports teams competed in Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference and Independent School

League championships and tournaments last week. Last Friday, the boys and girls track and field teams traveled to Holton-Arms to vie for another MAC championship banner, and improve on last year’s placement in the ISL. The boys and girls track and field teams have had a very successful season, after finishing second and sixth, respectively, at the recent Draper Invitational. At Draper, senior Nomi Miller set a new school record in the 1,600meter run, finishing with a time of 5:15.16. Additionally, the boys 4x800, 4x400 and 4x200 relay teams finished in the top three in the finals. The boys 4x200 relay team also set a new school record with a time of 1:32.74! — Carlton Marshall II, 11th-grader

Murch Elementary

Murch had its annual talent show May 3 for pre-K through fifth grades. There were some truly amazing acts. Some people sang and some played instruments like piano and violin. There was even a group of students playing “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. One girl sang “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid.” A group of second-graders did an amazing act with gymnastics, hula-hooping, ribbon waving, and singing with “Popcorn” by Barenaked Ladies. For the grand finale, the Murch Guitar Club

accompanied our music teacher, Ms. Catherine Pruett, in a singalong to “Blowing in the Wind” by Bob Dylan. What made the talent show the best is that everyone in it did the best they could, and it really showed through. People were very creative about what they did in their acts. — Meredith Simon, third-grader

Powell Elementary

Powell will begin its Phase One modernization as soon as the 20122013 school year concludes. However, even though the work has been funded, it will only improve one wing of the school. I think this is sad because our entire school is in dire need of improvement. Powell is a great and remarkable school. In fact, the enrollment has skyrocketed since 2009, from 211 to a projected 430 students next year. This is why we need additional classrooms immediately. We have an average daily attendance of 98 percent, with 0 percent truancy. Student test scores improve exponentially, and some students are scoring in the advanced category on the DC-CAS. This is why Powell is classified as a Rising School under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and was a recipient of the Fight for Children Rising Star Award last year. I just hope the D.C. Council Education Committee will see how

important it is for my school to get full funding for modernization. We work really hard to achieve success academically and personally. It would be nice to have a good facility with attractive and welcoming spaces to accommodate us. — Jeff Williams, fifth-grader

St. Albans School

It was a rainy Monday morning as we all filed into the buses that would take us to our Form II camping trip (also known as “Woodlands”). Although we were all looking forward to the trip, some of us were anxious because it would be our first camping experience, some of us were concerned about tent-mates and activities, and some of us feared for our food. All of the tension and anxiety disappeared, however, as we started hiking toward, and then reached, Annapolis Rocks. The rain had become a drizzle, and Annapolis Rocks was a very awesome and beautiful place. After we set our tents up, we practiced rappelling down the rocks, and we went climbing before hiking away the next morning. Our next stop in Woodlands was Adventure Island. The canoe trip to the island proved long and tough, yet enjoyable. In the morning we swam the freezing rapids, and not many campers praised this activity. After the canoe ride back from See Dispatches/Page 19


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