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 May 2017



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

Cory Harris, English teacher, recently placed 9th out of 3000 in an international writing contest.
Niha plans to become a trauma surgeon and has spent the summer volunteering at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Our celebration of the Class of 2017 included Senior Night and Commencement.
We celebrated our eighth grade successes and sent them off to 9th grade.
The class just completed a project inspired by Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.
Each year, students share their work as "radio essays."
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