Learning Assessment Blocks (LABs)

In lieu of traditional exams in all subjects, the final four days of each semester will provide each class an opportunity to meet for a single two-hour block. The uses of these blocks will vary from course to course and teacher to teacher. While some will be used for traditional cumulative exams, others will be used for alternative assessments, presentations of projects, field trips, or as a longer-than-usual stretch of uninterrupted teaching time. Each of the four days will include two learning/assessment periods organized by scheduling time block (A, B, C, etc.).

Highlights from December 2016

• Psychology & Literature (Advanced) completed their study of The Catcher in the Rye with an art therapy exercise that included music and painting
Digital Imaging I visits the New Haven Museum to view the exhibition Road Trip
• Physics classes presented their torque mobile projects
• Enrichment groups enjoyed theatre battle, a visit to Lyman Allyn Art Museum to practice art interpretation, yoga and/or The Cummings Art Building at Connecticut College
• Karaoke in Musical Theatre
• Honors Chemistry lab on magnesium oxide synthesis
• Biology lab examined mitotic cells in onion root tips
• Art II finished their Pop Art projects based on Andy Warhol and applied the same concepts to a second art piece in the style of Wayne Thiebaud
* Spanish III and Spanish III Honors took a test, wrote about Spanish art, and presented to the class, in Spanish
• End-of-term exams
• Presentations on poetry, Antebellum Movements, & Spanish dialogue
Physical Science labs on polar and non-polar molecules and chemical reactions involving covalent molecules
• Local History field trip to the USS Nautilus
English 8 painting projects about Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
• Music Theory & Composition original compositions performed
• Advanced Biochemistry presentations on research of compounds source in nature
• Intro to Spanish interviews with famous Hispanic performing artists
• Art I explored three types of print making
Life Science class dissected owl pellets and found interesting bone parts that they worked to identify
• Chemistry lab on atomic emission spectra of hydrogen and mercury
• Adopt-an-Island presentations in Caribbean Island Advanced History course
• Acting II presented scenes from Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters
Art III and Portfolio worked on Pop Art and Encaustic painting techniques
• English I completed their studies of The Odyssey by playing the board game and analyzing the rules
Oceanography was challenged to find a topic that they had studied to further research, write a paper, and present their findings to the class
• Modern World History completed their historical newspaper project on the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment
• Environmental Science presented their research on a topic they found intriguing this fall that they wanted to learn more about
Digital Imaging II and Dance III collaborated on a film the Digital Imaging class will present at our spring Film Fest (mature subject matter)
Government class worked individually on a public opinion analysis activity using the iPOLL database
• Art I finished up their Block Printing project and explored Chinese Sumi brush painting
• Spanish IV/V wrote scenes for an episode of El Internado completely in Spanish

LABs Highlights - December 2016

Academic News

As the students prepare their Geography project about humanitarian assistance for a country in Africa, they heard from Ms. Sage Macleod, mother of Braedon Hansen '21, about her recent trip to the continent.
Since 1982 students spend months preparing for our annual celebration of music and dance.
UConn Avery Point affords local high school juniors the opportunity to learn more about the marine sciences with lectures and summer study.
From group projects to salsa dancing, students learn the Spanish language and culture in a creative environment.
Colin Kronholm '18 interviews TJ Laggis '17 about his entry, "The Digital Frontier," in Connecticut College's Body and Technology art exhibit.
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