Starting the Winter Break with a Spectacular Performance!
 
Enjoy the sweet sounds (and visuals!) of the Lower School Suzuki Strings and Orchestra
coming together virtually to present "Wintertime in Russia."
Happy Holidays!
Science Experiments Reimagined!
 
In class or at home, young scientists at MPH continue to explore, engage, and experiment with one another! As part of their study of our atmosphere's energy budget, earth science students in Middle School compared the relative heating rates of dry sand, water, damp sand, and Hawaiian volcanic black sand. In the photo on the left, you can see a team of three masked and physically distanced scientists in Mrs. Foster's classroom. One student is reading the temperature changes and the others are recording them. On the screen, you can see four simulcast learners watching the experiment unfold from home as they receive the data in the Zoom chat box from team members. 

MPH Junior Graduates from Disney Dreamers Academy
 
Last February we reported that Matthew Roberson had been selected as the winner of the 2020 Disney Dreamers Academy Essay Contest. The prize package included an invitation to attend Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine. The Academy was to be held at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida March 12-15. Thousands of high school students apply annually to this contest, but just 100 are selected to attend these enriching educational sessions, during which they have the chance to listen to guest speakers and experience hands-on learning opportunities throughout the park.
 
Due to COVID, however, after just a short time in Florida, Matthew and his mother were told that Disney had to close, so after some get-to-know-you events and challenges with his fellow dreamers, the remainder of the experience became a virtual one. But, as you'd expect from Disney, the programming was exceptional and Matthew was able to participate in many different career "deep dives."
 
This past Sunday (December 13), Matthew had his official graduation from Disney Dreamers Academy. You can see him and the fellow dreamers here. And in a Disney Dreamer Academy first, Matthew will be participating in a three-month long externship early next year. Learn more about the virtual programming here.
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Bridge Students Explore Coding
 
Grades 4 and 5 Bridge students explored code as part of Computer Science Week (which they turned into two weeks!). Using the program Scratch, students used block code to write a program that animated the letters of their name, as well as one to make a character "fly." Because several students had some previous experience in Scratch, there were peer helpers who were able to provide support. Fourth-grade students were able to solve some of their math equations (multiplication of whole numbers) on their desk -- always a fun activity! Click the image in the right to view the full gallery!

Borrow a Book for Winter Break!

MPH Librarian Ms. Morrison has made borrowing books easier than ever! And what better time to check out a book than Winter Break? Students simply need to send their name and a picture of the book's barcode to Ms. Morrison to check out the book(s) of their choice. Happy reading!

Lower Schoolers Get Creative in PE Class
 
This week the Lower School students discovered a way to enjoy ice skating and snowman-making while keeping cozy warm in the gym! Check out the photo gallery on the left to see the scarf-skates and hula-hoop snowmen!
New Clubs in the MS and US!

Beginning today, students in Middle and Upper School can select new clubs, which will begin when we return from break in January. Students may choose to sign up for the clubs/groups in which they just participated, or try something new! Descriptions of our club offerings are provided below. Students should fill out the sign-up form (also below) by Monday, Dec. 21. Please note that students must use their MPH account to complete the form. Email the advisors listed for further information on a specific club. For questions about the Clubs Program, email Ms. Bentley Hoke
 


Online Book Club Date Change!

We've extended the start date of our new Online Book Club! You may join any time before January 7, 2021. There is no cost to participate – you will simply need to have a copy of the book to enjoy. In this online community, you'll be able to connect with one another and enjoy books related to lifelong learning, social issues, literature, psychology, and more.
 
Our initial reading selection is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.
 
 
How it works:
  1. You may get a copy of the book now and begin reading.
  2. The online Book Club discussion will officially launch on January 7, 2021.
  3. We'll connect through a private online forum where people can discuss the current book and network with one another. PBC Guru will assign us a professional moderator to keep the discussion flowing.
  4. You can sign up and learn more by clicking the link below:
 
Ask Mr. Longden!

Facilities Manager Mike Longden was salting the sidewalk outside the Center for Early Learning on Tuesday and was met with a flurry of questions and observations from curious Pre-K students. The top question was, "How does the salt melt the snow?" How wonderful to watch curiosity in action outside the classroom!

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