BAISHAN AWS WEEKLY UPDATE - May 14, 2021
白珊·安妮高中周讯 - 2021年5月14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.
Baishan AWS, Qingdao, China 白珊·安妮高中是青岛白珊学校与美国华盛顿州塔科马市的安妮·怀特学校合作，为学生到海外继续学习做好准备的高中项目。每周的周讯是我们分享学生在学校课堂内外有趣学习经历的机会，也是我们致力于与家长和社区进行沟通的很好的工具和证明。
From the Director 项目主任总结
As you will read in the following articles, we are not slowing down here at Baishan AWS. While the Red Tie's schedules changed to allow for them to focus on their upcoming AP exams, the rest of the school is getting intense, yet fun lessons that help prepare them for upcoming years.
Mr. Kytle continues to create meaningful ways of teaching the students about physics. Two weeks ago, the students went to the Hisense Science Museum. Last week the students explored gravity while incorporating an Annie Wright tradition with the Egg Drop. Continue reading below to see what the physics students have done this week. Ms. Roth and Ms. Jia continue to engage their students in language arts with lessons on character development, strategies that help understand their independent novels, and understanding the different plot turns created by Shakespeare.
Mr. Kytle 先生继续用有趣的教学方法来教授学生们物理知识。两周前，学生们参观了海信探索中心。上周，学生们研究了地心引力，同时将安妮怀特的传统与物理课上的鸡蛋实验结合起来。请继续阅读本周的周迅，看看本周物理课上学生们有哪些有趣的经历。在英语文学课上，Ms.Roth和Ms. Jia继续帮助学生们进行文学鉴赏，包括帮助学生们分析作品中人物的性格发展、阅读小说的策略，以及理解莎士比亚戏剧中的情节转折。
Students in Mr. Zhan's Chinese Studies classes learning how challenges in life often help human's discover more about themselves and cultures. The hall walls outside Ms. Zheng's Chinese Language and Culture classroom are filled with student-created illustrations that describe their studies of poems. If you happen to be on campus, please take a look at these.
The Red Ties are getting a real understanding of how responsibilities increase as they get closer to college admissions. In addition to AP exams, Ms. Du is covering the many other topics related to college acceptance.
Ms. Brauer continues to push her humanities students through new units. The geography students begin their last unit for the with discussions of zombies while the World History students learn how major world events affect them locally.
Physics with Mr. Richard 物理课
This week we continued our examination of Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration. The students worked on determining the relative velocity of moving vehicles as well as speed and distance conversions. Furthermore, the students gained insights into distances around the globe by discovering the antipodal point of several places including Qingdao. On Friday the students will construct cardboard cars and race them down the main hill on campus. The students will take measurements of the cars speeds and distances traveled then work on graphing that information out while making further extrapolations from their collected data. 本周在物理课上，学生们继续学习了速度和加速度。学生们重点学习了如何确定移动车辆的相对速度以及速度和距离的转换。此外，学生们还通过发现包括青岛在内的几个地方的对极点，深入了解了全球的距离。本周五学生们制做了硬纸板车，并在校园的山坡上进行了比赛。学生们将测量纸板车的速度和行驶距离，然后将这些信息绘制出来，同时根据收集到的数据进行进一步的推断。
English Language Arts with Ms. Jia and Ms. Jenn 英语语言文学
ELA students are well into our final unit now. Blue Ties spent this week blending the study of philosophy with the study of literature, contemplating what it means to be human, whether human beings have free will, and whether ethical decisions are better made following the philosophies of deontology or utilitarianism. These are important ideas to ponder when thinking about the characters in Never Let Me Go, why they exist, and whether they should have any say in what happens to them. The Green Ties are now half-way through their independent study novels and this week spent time reviewing figurative language and rhetorical devices. They are working toward a full-bodied analysis of their texts. Red Ties took a close look this week at Act Three in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The play's many twists are all at a turning point in Act Three so students considered what the play might look like if one of those turns shifted the plot to a Shakespearean tragedy rather than a comedy. They also worked together to create a medley of songs that tracked all of the changes in tone and mood that result from changes in character intentions.
Chinese Studies with Mr. Zhan 中文课
There is a saying that "since ancient times, great talents have suffered more than great men, but dandy has never suffered more than great men." This shows that suffering is not all bad. As long as we are good at turning suffering into power, suffering will become the cornerstone of success. This week, grade 9 students studied Song Lian's preface to seeing off Dongyang Ma Sheng. In the study, the students learned that Song Lian was called "the first literary Minister of the founding state" by Zhu Yuanzhang, but he had to borrow books to read because of his poor family. Often not enough to eat, clothing is not warm, but in the face of gorgeous students did not envy, because his heart as the happiest thing to read. This kind of thought should inspire the students who are also in the age of study. In addition, students also know that "preface", as an ancient style, can be divided into book preface and gift speech, while this article belongs to farewell gift speech.
Chinese Literature & Culture with Ms. Emilia 中国文学
After learning China's Tang poetry, the students in Grade 10 have learned another classic ancient Chinese literature which is the poetry of the Song dynasty , which is to understand what is the name of the tunes, a short lyric, rules of rhyming etc., and compare the characteristics and differences of the works of the bold and graceful schools. And imitate the works of poets such as Su Shi and Li Qingzhao, each student has created exquisite beyond compare. The process of creation helps them better feel the rhythm, structure and artistic conception of Song Poetry, and improves their literary aesthetics.
In the AP Chinese class, the students of Grade 11 started the simulation test of the AP real test reading exercise. Through the practice of simulating real questions, they can understand the test points of AP Chinese test, learn the skills of answering questions, and improve the ability of reading and analysis. In addition, the students have improved and revised the first draft of the completed "social hot spot analysis report". Next week, they will exchange articles with each other and further revise the articles through the opinions and comments of other students. This is also a process of mutual learning.
University Guidance & TOEFL with Ms. Du 大学升学指导
This week, G11 students got one-on-one guidance about their college selection. Since each school has particular admission requirements which may vary somehow, each G11 student should prepare as early as possible to meet the needs of the schools they prefer. When writing personal essays, they should consider: motivation, academic experience, challenge/failure/difficulties, why school, career goal, other talents, etc. Students may start from scratch when creating the essay because they keep exploring themselves. But everything paid is worthy. Fight on!
In TOEFL classes, glad to see that both G9&10 are putting more effort and making progress. In writing class, students answered questions actively after careful thinking. Most students wanted to get feedback from me after writing every sentence and improve their writing. In listening section, they listened carefully even though some parts were challenging to them due to vocabulary, English listening ability, etc. I believe if they keep that, they will make greater progress!!
Humanities with Ms. Brauer 人文科学
Our grade 9 geographers began a new unit today, and will spend the rest of the year studying migration, urbanization and globalization. We started with zombies – and other push factors that would convince people to emigrate from their home and immigrate to a new place.
Our Grade 10/11 historians have been studying the history of Qingdao – what happened here during German occupation and then WWI, and how the Treaty of Versailles set off the May 4 Movement. Now looking at China more broadly, we are studying the start of WW2, reading primary sources about the Japanese invasion, and looking at the devastating events of the Nanjing Massacre.
Our AP geographers have just finished their last in-school test this week, on urban patterns and processes. Now we’ll shift into very intensive review of all the units and topics we’ve studied since September, making connections, drawing out complex themes and interconnections, and getting ready for the AP Exam.
Mathematics with Mr. Guo 数学课
Grade 9 students analyzed and identified relationships among inscribed angles, central angles, radii, chords, arcs, tangents and secants. They applied these relationships and properties in solving problems related to circles.
Grade 10 students derived the basic Reciprocal and Pythagorean Trigonometric Identities, then they learned the process of simplifying an expression and verifying an identity.
While preparing for their AP exams, Grade 11 students completed the unit on Polynomials. They used the Rational, Irrational and Imaginary Root Theorems to find a factor of a polynomial, then performed synthetic division to fully factor and find all solutions of the polynomial. They've done a great job this week.
在为他们的AP考试做准备的同时，11年级的学生完成了多项式单元。 他们使用有理，无理和虚数根定理找到多项式的因式，然后进行综合除法充分分解并找到多项式的所有解。 他们这周做得很好。
Art with Mr. Brandt 艺术课
The Art students took a break from the curricular assignments to explore 3-Dimensional art. The students are taking advantage of the upcoming International Day activities by creating the Oaxacan animals. These traditional fantasy animals are highly stylized with busy patterns and bright colors.
Pictured are students using air-dry soft clay to create the animals, such as elephants, pigs, swans, and the beginnings of an alligator. These sculptures will take about 48 hours to dry. They can then be painted using acrylic paint and small detail brushes that will allow for intricate patterns.
History of the Alebrijes 的历史
Source: "Alebrijes, una tradición amenazada" [Alebrijes, a threatened tradition]. Terra (in Spanish). Mexico City. March 31, 2010.
Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. The first alebrijes, along with invention of the term, originated with Mexico City cartonero Pedro Linares. Linares often told that in 1936, he fell very ill, and while he was in bed, unconscious, he dreamt of a strange place resembling a forest. There, he saw trees, animals, rocks, clouds that suddenly turned into something strange, some kind of animals, but, unknown animals.
Source: VivaMexico.com - An example of Alebrijes 资料来源：VivaMexico.com Alebrijes的一个例子
Source: VivaMexico.com - An example of Alebrijes 资料来源：VivaMexico.com Alebrijes的一个例子
Red Tie Max takes risk with his figure drawing by attacking it with an eraser. 红带学生Max尝试用橡皮擦拭他的画像
Meanwhile, our older Red Tie artist is continually adding artworks to his future illustration portfolio. His latest works combine full figure study with an advanced erasure technique.同时，红带艺术家Max仍在不断增加他的艺术创作作品——插图组合。Max的最新作品结合了人物全身像的研究和先进的擦除技术。
Check next week's Weekly update for his next piece -- a similar figure drawing but with soft pastel on sanded paper. 下周周讯中将展示Max的最新作品——一幅类似的画，但是用软粉在砂纸上进行创作。
Physical and Health Education with Coach Faamamafa 体育课
This week the students finally get to learn about American football. Start from working on basic skills (hold, throw, directions ) Students separated into four groups and tried to throw the ball around. American football is one of the most famous sports around the world. Let them understand few basic rules would be a great chance to develop their interested in this sport. After we practice throwing and running. I introduced the students about tag Touch football it's a game that I have created to combine all the basic skills and enjoyable for the students at the same time. Student got to work in teams and communication. Last part of our class was to talk about bullying in classes and also how to play safe in the gym and not to try and hurt each other. Overall students left the class with big smile on their faces.
Chemistry with Ms. Jiajia 化学课
Three chemistry students Zoey, Max and Tony they completed their AP Chemistry test last Friday. So they would not have their regular chemistry lessons until they finished the last AP exam. Billy was working hard and doing mock questions. He is getting ready for the AP exam on Jun.
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