Recently, students at both Briarcliff High School and Middle School had an opportunity to participate in a discussion about racism. The discussion groups, which were well-attended by students and staff and were held for each of the schools separately, were facilitated by Simone Gamble, a chapter leader at the Brotherhood Sister Sol organization.
Picking up a bar of soap can be a simple task, or a complicated one, if you ask Briarcliff Middle School eighth grader Edmund Tsou. Together with his brother, Todd fifth grader Tristan, they have built a Rube Goldberg Machine that drops a bar of soap into your hand and the pair have entered the National Rube Goldberg Online Contest.
Many students are spending their downtime playing sports in their yards, throwing and catching baseballs. Students in Robert Iovino’s sixth grade science class at Briarcliff Middle School have been doing the same, but with a javelin and a discus. As part of their Ancient Greece Unit, they have been participating in the First-Ever Family Olympic Games, proving learning can be done through playtime.
Students in Jessica Loprieno’s science class are learning first-hand about the repercussions of England’s Industrial Revolution on the evolution of animals in a virtual lab room. They have been using Gizmos – an interactive online simulation used for learning math and science.
This past Thursday, April 16th, the staff at Briarcliff Middle School set up their cars in a line at the middle school and held a parade through the neighborhood, much to the delight of students, their families and local community members. Superintendent Dr. James Kaishian was Grand Marshall and the parade was escorted by Police and Fire trucks.
The library is holding an art show on the second floor and is currently displaying selected artwork from students in grades sixth, seventh and eighth at the middle school. The art show will remain through the end of March.