BAISHAN AWS WEEKLY UPDATE - January 8, 2021
白珊·安妮高中周讯 - 2021年1月8日
Baishan AWS is partnered with Annie Wright Schools (AWS) in Tacoma, Washington and prepares students for higher education abroad. Our Weekly Update is an opportunity for us to share all of the great learning experiences that take place both in and outside of our classroom, and is a testament to our commitment to communication with our parents as well as the community.
From the Director 项目主任总结
The beautiful snow experienced during the Christmas holiday was foretelling of the very low temperatures we felt this week at Baishan AWS. With temperatures reaching -14C (and feeling much colder) in the morning, I decided to err on the side of health and safety for the students. Morning exercise and specific uniform policies were suspended temporarily. Both of these will resume Monday, January 11.
The cold weather has not stopped our teachers from planning and delivering rigorous lessons. As you'll read throughout this issue, students have been engaged in meaningful lessons ranging from global conservation technology to using manipulative to explore gravity to presenting their videos of Chinese novels.
Semester 2 Extra-curricular Activities
One of the characteristics that make Baishan AWS different is our emphasis on developing the culture of learning. Baishan AWS believes that having holistic learning experiences means giving students opportunities to explore their passions in education. As such, Baishan AWS invests a great deal in providing the best extra-curricular experiences. Our semester 2 offerings are being finalized. In order to do this, I've explained the below list of ECAs and asked all of the students to rank them following based on interest-levels. While we will make every effort to place students in top choices, ECA selections cannot be guaranteed. Scheduling and student interest levels affect what and when we offer.
• ECA Music 音乐
• ECA Golf 高尔夫
• ECA Archery射箭
• ECA Storytelling Lab 故事会
• ECA Science project 科学实验
• ECA Math Support 数学
• ECA Basketball篮球
• ECA TOEFL托福
• ECA Chess国际象棋
Humanities with Ms. Brauer 人文科学
Our Grade 9 geographers are finishing their in-depth study of global water resources this week. First, they’re focusing on cutting-edge conservation technologies. Then they’re meeting some of the teen activists shaping our global conversations about water resources, equity, and access.
Our Grade 10/11 historians have dusted off their Renaissance recollections and are delving into the political machinations and manipulations of Machiavelli. As a ruler, is it better to be loved or to be feared?
Our Grade 11 AP geographers are finishing their study of the spread of cultural attributes. If a Berliner enjoys Syrian food at a restaurant opened by a refugee, is that the same kind of cultural exchange as an American digging K-pop or a teenager here wearing Supreme? How do our ideas and innovations spread?
Chinese Zhongkao with Mr. Zhan
The world we live in is so vast in space and so long in time, which can't be fully realized by our weak beings. However, in addition to the sense of space, we human beings also have spirit, which can travel through all space and time to create an eternal power. So, how to build the spiritual world of human beings, so that it can play this role? This week, the students of grade 9 studied three cabins of spirit by contemporary writer Bi Shumin. The students learned that they should build their own spiritual cottage in this way: leave enough capacity for love; plan their own career to make their career and life colorful and harmonious; cultivate the ability of independent thinking.
Visual Arts with Mr. Brandt 视觉艺术
All of the art students have continued to develop a drawing strategy involving linear perspective. Linear perspective is the strategy of creating the illusion of form that descends in space by using lines. Appealing more to artists who like logical and more mathematic ways of being creative, linear perspective can have direct applications to architecture, interior design, mechanical engineering, comic designs, as well as many fine arts.
Students were introduced to the strategy early in the week with 1-point perspective drawing. Students built on their knowledge Thursday when they practiced with 2-point perspective drawing. This lesson challenged them to create a fantasy scene that incorporated geometric and irregular forms that overlap.
The Blue Tie Drawing students will create a final artwork using drawing skills that combine with their imagination.
The Green and Red Tie Painting students will combine their knowledge of 2-point perspective with the painting style of Impressionism.
All students will be documenting their learning, typing reflections, and submitting a .PDF as a summative unit grade.
Mathematics with Mr. Guo 数学
Grade 9 students continued to analyze three-dimensional figures by using the relationships among its vertices, edges, and faces. They learned to calculate the surface area and volume of regular Prisms, Pyramids and a sphere.
Grade 10 students started a new topic on Probability. They learned English words to describe the probability of an event and to find the probability of an event using theoretical, experimental and simulation methods (tree-diagram).
Grade 11 students started a new topic on sequence and series. They identified mathematical patterns found in a sequence （arithmetic or geometric) and used a formula to find the nth term of a sequence and nth partial sum of a series.
English Language Arts with Ms. Jia and Ms. Jenn 英语语言文学
In ELA, we are at the end of Unit 2. This week, students reviewed the unit concepts and texts and took their unit exam. Next week is the "Writer's Workshop" week. Students in all grades will produce a piece of writing that explores the ideas and concepts from the units. In 11th grade, students are working on writing a really good argument. In 10th grade, students will practice the art of persuasive writing, and in 9th grade, students will delve into exploring and writing a character analysis essay.
Ms. Jenn is particularly proud of the students who took time out of their holiday break to participate in the World Scholar's Cup competition on December 19th and 20th. For two days, students answered questions, wrote essays, and debated students from other schools in Qingdao and from around China. Three of the four teams that participated qualified for the Semi-Global Round in Shanghai in July 2021. Go Gators!
Physical and Health Education with Coach Faamamafa 体育
This week we focus on how to play basketball, I let the students started from the basic of the sport on how to dribble the ball lower than their knees, dribble higher than their knees, dribble level with their heaps, dribble level with their shoulders and cross. After that we separated into two teams and we competed. Students were able to work as a team and improved their communication and developed their basketball skills. Some students already know a lot about basketball, so they were able to help others. This was a good start after the break to get them back to being active and enjoy sports.
Physics with Mr. Kytle 物理
Greetings! This week the students are examining the the Force of Gravity and how it is measured. We began this week with a practical activity in which the students used Newton Meters/Spring Balances to measure the force of Gravity using different weights. The students were able to determine a linear correlation between the amount of weight and the force of Gravity. This is the reason why we travel around our Sun as well as why we travel around the center of our Spiral Galaxy, the Milky Way. The students expanded upon this concept on Thursday by working together to examine the data that they collected.
1 - Spring Balance in action. A simple concept but without it, matter would not be drawn together.弹簧的平衡作用。这是一个简单的概念，但如果没有它，物质就不会结合在一起。
2 - Students hard at work, figuring things out, and creating a solid procedure as to how to obtain the required data. 学生们正在努力学习，把问题弄清楚，并就如何获得所需数据创建一个稳健的步骤。
3 - There is a lot of great teamwork happening at AWS! 白珊·安妮高中可以发现很多优秀的团队合作活动
4 - Having fun with Science. 享受科学的乐趣
Chemistry with Ms. Jiajia 化学
In this week, students learned intermolecular force(IMF), concentration in solutions and dilutions. Students can deduce and distinguish different IMF among London force, explain the physical properties Dipole-dipole force and Hydrogen bonding, do stoichiometry problems by using concentrations, moles, volumes and mass in a solution reaction, dilute solutions to lower concentration by adding water.
University Guidance and TOEFL with Ms. Du 美国大学升学指导课
After two weeks' Christmas Holidays, I first looked back how students spent their days and shared how certain students effectively made use of their time during those days and set examples for others. Then I invited students to make new year's resolutions and think about how to achieve them. Since COVID-19 is still serious worldwide, I suggest students seek opportunities to do some part-time jobs or internships locally and take advantage of recourses provided by their parents or school. I analyzed what a good part-time is and encouraged them to make a plan to do that. Surprisingly, not long after class, several parents contacted me and asked how they could help their kids to do that. I believe that's a good start.
Chinese Language with Ms. Zheng 中国文学
This week, grade 10 students reviewed and tested what they learned in unit 3. We started to learn Unit 4 of the customs and festival culture. We have studied the origin, history and types of Chinese tea and wine culture. We have also studied the catering culture and eight Chinese cuisines. Next, we will learn the festival culture of different countries and regions, understand the cultural connotation behind the festival, and improve cross-cultural communication ability.
The students of Grade 11 continued to practice reading of novels and practical articles to improve their reading analysis and problem-solving ability. The students also explained and displayed their selected Festival topics, and shared their independent research results in the form of video and PPT.
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