No Late Start for MS and US - Wednesday, February 1

In view of the lost instructional day Monday, the Middle and Upper Schools will run block schedules through the end of the week (C, D, E, and F rotations). This calendar change means that, except in the Lower School, we will NOT run a late-start Wednesday schedule on February 1. Lower School will still have a late start. Middle and Upper School classes will begin promptly at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1.

5th Graders Design Heat Shields in New Middle School Science Lab

This week, 5th Graders were presented with an engineering design challenge to provide a hands-on investigation into different types of heat transfer. Given only a few materials, students designed a shield to protect a bolt from heating up and melting glue adhered to a wooden rod, causing the contraption to fall apart. An unprotected bolt lasts only 4 seconds under a blowtorch, so students were tasked with designing a shield that could exceed that time.

The students were able to work on their shields in a newly renovated lab space. “It proved to be an excellent area for the class to discuss the challenge and collaborate with group members,” said 5th-grade science teacher Mr. Lawrence.

Once built, students tested their heat shields outside. The top group was able to keep their glue protected from the blowtorch for over a minute! This experiment concluded the student’s first Earth Science unit and gave 5th graders a better understanding of the difference between conduction, convection and radiation.