Distance Learning: Middle School
Beth Garcia: Form VII Humanities
Medieval Knight Short Stories
In April, CSG had planned a large Big/Little Sister Event that featured a Medieval Feast. The Form VII students didn’t let COVID-19 steal their joy. They researched, planned, wrote, revised, edited, and published these short stories about knights in Medieval Europe and shared them with their little sisters. They are so excited to share their stories with you now as well! When you open each story, be sure to view it with the sound turned on so you can hear the girls themselves reading them!
The stories range from 6-18 minutes in length. We hope you enjoy!
May 19, 2020
Sarah Cole and Emily Mascia: Form VII Spanish
Form VII Spanish students are ending the year with a fun photo project to show the emotions and conditions of their families, classmates and teachers! They will present their Slides in a live Zoom class to highlight their Spanish speaking and writing skills. Enjoy these photos!
Ping Wu: Virtual Cooking Class
Ping Wu and the Form VIII Mandarin class cooked together via Zoom. Check out their delicious results!
Julie Biswas: Weather Forecast Assignment
Form VI Science has been learning about weather. Some of their assignments have included making their own weather measurement tools and learning how to forecast. Check out their weather forecast videos that were shared in our morning announcement emails!
May 5, 2020
Beth Garcia: Form VII Humanities
Form VII Humanities students presented their Medieval African Kingdoms Research projects live on Zoom. They all demonstrated strong content knowledge of their assigned topic, professionalism as both the presenter and audience, and, best of all, great support for their peers. After each girl finished presenting, hands shot up to offer the presenter compliments on their presentation design and/or presentation skills. The class is grateful to Ms. MacMillan, MS Librarian, who provided helpful libguides for this project!
Video: Ellie Neitzel
Video: Sarah Clubok
Ann Marie McDonnell: Form VII Science
As Ms. McDonnell began the Form VII Chemistry Unit, she was trying to find a way to get the students to engage in hands-on activities through remote learning. She asked the girls to investigate how dish soap affects the reaction between baking soda and vinegar. They were to document their observations, record their investigation, and write down questions they had after watching the reaction. All senses except taste could be explored. Check out their results!
April 28, 2020
Keith Klingenberg: Art
Our current situation has noticeably altered our daily lives. The way we spend our time in our homes looks different. Our neighborhoods appear very different than what we would consider being “normal” prior to social distancing. People are outside walking, playing, and spending time with neighbors, at a safe distance for example.
I would like you to take a photograph with your phone, digital camera, or computer that expresses that change from your perspective, and include a brief written statement that expresses the contrasting impression or feeling you are attempting to convey.
(Two examples below)
I took a picture of the Bexley tennis courts at 2:16 on April 14th. Usually at 2 o’clock the courts are full of tennis players, but now there is one one playing due to lockdown. My picture shows my favorite sport which I can’t play at the moment. The empty courts behind the lock really captures the feeling of frustration, fear, loss, and emptiness because of the coronavirus. The lock symbolizes isolation, and the black white makes the picture less lively, happy, and colorful. -Lara Wood ‘26
I took this photo at 8:13 AM on 4/14/20 in a garden about a block from my house. This scene is different than usual because the sun is shining and flowers are finally blooming. I am trying to say with this photo that even though we're in the middle of quarantine and a global health crisis, and it seems that life is ending as we know it. There is hope and happiness somewhere. The flowers are blooming and the sun is finally shining in what seems like forever. It feels like although we’re in the worst of times, nature and our planet’s health are getting better everyday. -Z Sloan ‘25
April 21: 4 Examples (Math, PE, Drama, Science)
Laura Caskey and Jen McCormick: Form VI and VII Math
Students in Forms VI and VII are using the online tool Desmos. In Math 7, students are given practice problems and are using the sketch tool or a math text box in order to record their answers. Here we are learning how to draw Venn Diagrams of non mutually exclusive events.
In Algebra, students are learning how to factor quadratic trinomials, using Desmos to practice the concepts they are being taught. They are given a trinomial to factor and they have to show how they factored the expression. It is a great way for me to check for understanding and the teacher can provide feedback while they are working on it.
Math VI is using Desmos to practice graphing in the coordinate plane. Here is a video of an activity where they graphed kites in the coordinate plane.
Amy Hartman: Form VI PE
Amy Hartman has been piloting the Youth Yoga Project in Form VI, and she incorporated that into some of her virtual PE lessons. Since she couldn’t be live in the classroom, she recorded herself on a Loom video going through a "guided visualization". She added this to the end of their PE class this week and told them to take some time to relax. There was no need for them to "watch" my video, they just needed to listen. Her hope was that it gave them a much needed break from screens and that they were able to reap the benefits from guided visualization, including regulating their thoughts and breathing and calming their nervous systems. We are grateful to Lauren Greenspan and Julia Handelman, Co-Founders and Directors of the Youth Yoga Project for developing this amazing curriculum and to CSG for allowing me to be a part of the pilot program.
Ms. Hartman and her apprentice working on their lesson plans!
In this class, students played a game called "The Way You Say It". They all said the same line with different emotions. They were assigned an emotion, they said the line, and the rest of the class guessed what the emotion was. Then, they worked on their design projects: props, costumes, makeup and sets for the plays that they wrote in groups.
Katie Cataldi: Form VIII Science
While it is difficult to do live labs via distance learning, that didn’t stop our eighth-grade science class from learning about the Greenhouse Effect through a virtual lab experience.
April 14, 2020
Allison Abell: Algebra
Ms. Abell works with a small group from her class to review and shares her screen with a problem for the students to work on. Then the girls took turns sharing their screens to explain the solutions. This small group setting mirrors the way students would come and work with a teacher during Flex or free times. It allows students to hear the explanations and questions of the other girls and provides the opportunity for genuine dialogue.
Emily Mascia: FlipGrid for Spanish
In Form VI Spanish class, Ms. Mascia has been using FlipGrid to have students send videos back and forth so she can assess their speaking skills. As you can tell, the students love getting to interact with each other! Ms. Mascia is able to give them vital feedback effectively which helps them to continue to grow in their fluency!
Agnes Becker: Videos for Strings Class
In MS Strings, students have been regularly submitting playing videos. They are given a specific assignment, they send a video and get feedback from Ms. Becker. She loves the opportunity to work with them one-on-one, even from a distance!
Ping Wu: Pass It On, TikTok Challenge from Mandarin Class
Students have regularly commented on how much they miss just being able to see their friends and teachers and laugh with them. Ms. Wu provided students the opportunity for a little fun in Mandarin class, Brady Bunch style. Watch their video - Pass It On.