Last week, the Middle School had a visitor: Sydney Hartman’s grandmother, Marian Caporusso, who worked in the Chicago and Illinois State Crime Lab, Trace unit. She started her employment there in 1965. She spoke to the sixth through eighth graders about her career and experiences in such a challenging job. Examining bodies was a mentally, physically, and psychologically demanding responsibility. Gunshot residue, fibers, and paint were among the trace amounts of material Mrs.Caporusso often examined during her time in the Crime Lab. We are very grateful to Mrs. Caporusso for the opportunity to learn about this element of science.

“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn't get you anywhere”

~Ryan Reynolds through Van Wilder

During art class, the Middle Schoolers have been working on acrylic paintings inspired by Bob Ross, an American painter, art instructor, and television host. Most of the students are making nature inspired artwork with pastels and watercolors. When the paintings are all completed, some of them will be displayed at the Lake Forest art competition on February, 25th. We will give more details on the show next week.

“Victory has a thousand fathers but defeat is an orphan”

~John F Kennedy

As we finish up the American Revolution unit, we are starting Western Expansion. As a group, we watched videos and read books to explore the available topics for us to research. Some of the most popular options were: the Gold Rush, the Trail of Tears, and lastly, the Louisiana Purchase. Since there was only one topic assigned per person, we each had to write a proposal for two topics we wanted to research. We are now working on our research essays and starting our presentations.

“You pray for rain you gotta deal with the mud, too”

~Denzel Washington

On February 1st the wood workshop group completed their tool boxes. The boxes have the students’ names carved on the bottom. Now they will start on a new project. Sydney has decided on making a cat box. Amelia is making a bench, and Francesca is creating a key house. The sky’s the limit when it comes to wood workshop. They are all excited to embark on their new projects, and are eager to finish them.

Important dates

February 10 - Coffee Sale

February 14 - Valentine’s Day

February 20 - President’s Day

February 24 - No school (AYM in session)

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