Agenda | Next 7 Days

December 17, 2018
  • Toddler Lunch: Breakfast for lunch

    December 17, 2018

    French toast sticks, veggie sausage, and sweet potatoes tots. Served with seasonal fruit.

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December 18, 2018
  • Toddler Lunch: Vegetable Soup with pasta

    December 18, 2018

    Vegetable soup with pasta and whole wheat baguette. Served with seasonal fruit.

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December 19, 2018
  • Toddler Lunch: Brown rice with vegetables

    December 19, 2018

    Brown rice with vegetables. served with seasonal fruits

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  • Pizza Lunch - PRI/ELEM/MS

    December 19, 2018

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  • Holiday Concert

    December 19, 2018 @ 8:45 am - 8:45 am

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  • UE / MS Cookie Exchange

    December 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 am
    R Crescendo Foyer, R Summit

    bring in 2 dozen cookies, and bring home two dozen! After Holiday Sing Along: Cookie exchange immediately following concert in Summit Room.

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  • NO Winter Fitness - MS

    December 19, 2018

    MS: 2:30-3:45pm Location: Crescendo

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  • NO Winter Fitness - LE, UE

    December 19, 2018

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December 20, 2018
  • Winter Break - School Closed

    December 20, 2018 - January 2, 2019

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Sound Design Experiments

Solutions for real-life problems

Middle School learns about the properties of sound

Middle School students had a special guest speaker in their IB Design class. Their guest was Dr. Morrison, Mrs. Morrison’s husband, who is lending his expertise on sound design for an IB Design project.
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This week the students began a 3 week project on Sound Design, with the intent of solving a real problem, the loudness of their lunch room.  In Design class, the students work on real world problems using creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration to come up with design solutions.  Dr. Morrison acquired his expertise from his hobby of having a recording studio and is delighted to help the students come up with a soundproofing system for their lunchroom.  
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Students are first learning about sound.  This first lesson was on amplitude, frequency, and acoustics. They examined wave propagation by comparing the falling speed of two stacks of dominos, considered amplitude and frequency with a slinky demonstration, and enjoyed creating their own sounds on a Theremin synthesizer replica. In subsequent lessons students will work with material science principals to design and test sound proofing for the lunch room.
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As Dr. Morrison shared, sound design is the process of specifying, acquiring, manipulating or generating audio elements. It is employed in a variety of disciplines including architecture and building, filmmaking, television production, theatre, sound recording and reproduction, live performance, sound art, post-production, radio and video game development.
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