Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Seventh Grade Civil War Celebration

This past Thursday, December 9th, the Seventh Grade held its first Civil War Celebration in the Manor House.  Blending religious holidays and the girls' studies of the American Civil War, this dinner immersed students in this period’s culture while, at the same time, providing a merry evening filled with good friends and food.   
 Students were asked to dress in the appropriate fashion of the era, such as gowns and soldier uniforms, and prepare one dish (cold or hot) served back then.  Among the more unique menu items were fried catfish, potato latkes, and sweet potato pie.   
 Activities included being greeted by “Honest Sarah”, being photographed with Gabi's festive horse Josiah owned by , socializing and eating among the Southern Belles, caroling with Mrs. Flynn, listening to an after dinner speech given by Jackie M.’s grandfather portraying Confederate General John B. Gordon, and participating in a gift exchange.   

 Additionally, many religions were represented during our dinner blessings, as Sakinah R. and Mimi N. (Muslim prayer),  Rachel G. and Sarah S. (Jewish prayer), and Halle A. (Christian prayer) consecrated the food and the event.  
 Overall, it was an unforgettable night that represented the true spirit of the holidays and the Civil War. 

Friday, December 10, 2010


Our GFS Grizzlies Robotics Team came back to the Middle School with a big success this past Monday!  On Saturday, December 4th, the team, led by Coach Jessica Lewis, competed in the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE Qualifier at Liberty High School.  Of the nineteen teams competing, only seven teams would qualify for the State Championship in February. 

 (Grizzlies Team Members:  Chanler, Najuma, Emily, Emma, Jackie, Alex, and Vasi)

The Qualifier consisted of four categories: Robot Design, Robot Challenges, Teamwork and a Research Project.  The Robot Design judges looked for how well the robot was built in order to complete competition tasks.  The tasks are different challenges put on a board.  Upon seeing the board, the team has to program the robot to complete the challenges.  The challenges usually have to do with the year’s theme, and this year's theme is Biomedical Engineering.  For their research project, the Grizzlies designed a prosthetic arm that can sense pressure.

After a long day of hard work, the Grizzlies came home with the 1st Place trophy for Robot Design!  Great job, Grizzlies Team Members and Coach Lewis!  Good luck in the State Championship at the end of February!

(Photos and Text by Alex T. and Ms. Lewis)