North American Tribal Masks
"Field Work" @ Tifft Nature Preserve
On October 15th SSPP 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders took a trip to the Tifft Nature Preserve to study animals and their habitats which they've been covering in science class. During this STREAM sponsored day of discovery students built their own animals, names them and explained their adaptations in the morning then walked the beautiful fields and forest at Tifft to examine natural habitats. Students were lucky enough to see a snake and a turtle on their trip. They also overturned rocks to discover just who would live under a rock, and they got up close to a downed tree to identify decomposes. Mrs. McIntyre, our Visual Arts Director , couldn't wait to get involved with this unit. Students will be building a habitat in art class with found objects from a nature walk. Displays coming soon! Check out more pictures on our new photo wall page.
The Global Refugee Crisis Hits Home
For SSPP 7th Graders the global refugee crisis hit home both literally and figuratively. The students read Linda Sue Park's novel A Long Walk to Water over the summer and began studying the refugee experience introduced in the novel in the fall. Students chose and summarized articles from the newspaper about the current refugee crisis growing in Syria and Europe. Students then related the current crisis to the experience of Salva Dut, a Sudanese "Lost Boy", as told by Park. Lastly, Elizabeth Ward, a representative from Journey's End Refugee Services, visited the school to discuss her first hand experience with local refugees. Students were eager to hear what refugees think of Buffalo, the challenges local refugees face and how they can help. Thank you to all the parents and teachers who donated household products for the clients of Journey's End. For more information on Journey's please click here.
Frank Loyd Wright Design & the Darwin Martin House: A Study of Architecture
Our 6th graders will be treated to an in depth study of the Frank Lloyd Wright House--its architectural, engineering and artistic design. Mrs. McIntyre will lead this unit in Art class, and two local historians from the Darwin Martin House will present lessons on art glass windows and on the unique engineering and structure of the house. Students will visit this local architectural gem in March to tour the house and investigate what they've learned. In technology class, students will be practicing their design skills using the 3D App Google Sketch-up to create their own buildings while implementing Wright's principles. We are pleased to announce that Mrs. McIntyre has been invited by the Diocese of Buffalo to present this unit at a National Conference in Santa Clara CA this summer.
Symbolism in Study: interpreting and creating symbolism in Art, Poetry & Religion
In this unit 8th grade students are introduced to symbolism in Art, Literature and Religion classes. Students then learn to identify and interpret symbols in art work, poetry and religious stained glass windows and architecture. Students then create symbols of themselves in painted tiles and sonnets, and develop new religious symbols. The objective is to work with one common definition of symbolism and convey the ubiquity of symbols in the arts and religion throughout history. Lead teachers: Mrs. McIntyre--Art, Miss Amato--Religion & Mrs. Anain--8th grade Literature.
Investigating 2D & 3D Shapes: Kindergarten
Ms. Kaye's kindergarten class learned the difference between two dimensional and three dimensional shapes by constructing their own cubes and pyramids using play dough, marshmallows and straws. Experiential learning sure looks like fun!
Engineering and the egg: Fifth Grade Science
Students in Mrs. Quinn's 5th grade science class learned about the Engineering Design Principle as they conceived and constructed a protective case for an egg. The egg would have two withstand the impact of a 2 story drop to be successful. If the egg broke, it was back to the drawing board! Each and every egg broke. Students found that it wasn't just about the amount of layers they packed around the egg. The case had to take the impact of the fall; a soft case is better.