As part of a poetry unit, students in Ms. Hamilton’s 8th grade Language Arts classes at the Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark have begun to analyze lines in class. Using Mother’s Day as inspiration, Ms. Hamilton’s classes read the poem, Ballad of the Harp Weaver by Edna St. Vincent Millay. The students analyzed the author’s symbolism and emotion as they read about the sacrifices mothers make for their children. Following the independent reading and the class discussion, the students watched a video in which the late Johnny Cash dramatically recites Ballad of the Harp Weaver accompanied by harp music in the background. Pictured above, Vincent Campbell, Matthew Owsiany, and Brian Wildridge take turns reading sections of the poem to the class while making use of rhythm and rhyme.
Students in Christine Cemelli’s fourth grade class at Valley Road School in Clark explores geometric figures. During and Everyday Math lesson the students were to learn about the different geometric figures. The class used toothpicks and mini-marshmallows in order to create multiple geometric solids. Cemelli said, “The class was excited to create each shape. It helped the students determine the difference between each geometric shape since they had to create it with their own two hands!” Pictured above are Miah Faustino, Gabe Rizzuto, Thano Kofos, and Natalie DeRose.
For the past two semesters in physical education classes at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, James Fox has been teaching Zumba to his classes. This program is something is has built from the ground up, on the back of its popularity of Zumba in gyms and clubs across the country. They are learning that fitness dance such as Zumba can be fun to do, while also being a workout. Many of the students have memorized the dances and have been talking about doing them out of school and even visiting Zumba classes at their local gyms and clubs. Mr. Fox noticed a class that progressed quickly and organized a choreographed dance to a recent Billboard hit. One of his goals is to educate students on ways other than traditional activities to stay physically active and healthy. His main goal is to introduce activities such as Zumba, hoping they will be carried after high school, turning into a life long activity. Pictured above are Amanda Ciccone, Amanda Arancio and Anabella Melro.
(Photos courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
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