Unlocking Potential

Updates from the Classroom - Fall 2018

Perkiomen students are engaged in creative thinking and collaborative learning. Here's a glimpse into what is happening in our classrooms this month.

The Learning Center - Mr. Jason Lees

All decked out in enthusiastic support of Tie-Dye Day for Perkiomen’s Spirit Week, our new Learning Specialist in The Learning Center (TLC) is helping students work through a few algebra problems. Each day in TLC, Mr. Lees introduces the class to a new academic skill to ensure they are cultivating a toolbox of strategies that nurture cognitive flexibility and concept mastery. Following the daily lesson, students receive individualized support on a particular task in any of their major subject areas. The staff and students comprising the TLC community all work collaboratively to develop their strengths and share their enthusiasm and ongoing curiosity for learning!

Engineering - Mr. Lee Hyatt

In Mr. Hyatt's engineering class students had the goal of building a skyscraper from spaghetti, glue, and tape to withstand an earthquake for 10 seconds while supporting an egg at the top. They had to keep track of their budget, as well. A Jell-O base served as the earth and the foundation of the building, with a reciprocating saw moving the spring table to simulate the motion of an earthquake. Special thanks to the Delp family for loaning their reciprocating saw to the class.

Instrumental Music – Ms. Amy Morse

The Upper School Band is working on some new music. We are excited to dive into some new titles and challenge our musicianship skills!

Middle School Science - Mr. Caleb Harris

7th grade students standing with their models of the cell using PopTarts, icing, and candy.

English Language - Ms. Jessica Maley

Students in Ms. Maley’s English Language class practiced skills like skimming, using phrasal verbs and identifying evidence as they read an article related to hitchhiking. Later they were tasked with creating a story of their own about hitchhiking. Here two students are working with their partners to create their story. Later they will compete to see which partnership is able to create the best story using target vocabulary.

English Language - Ms. Brianna Seiler

Students in Ms. Seiler’s English Language classes were introduced to an engaging vocabulary review game this week: Castle Attack! In this game, each team displays an original character (stick figure) of their choice in their castle which is displayed on the whiteboard. As review questions are answered correctly, team members decide whether to attack, i.e. erase a wall of an opponent’s castle, or build, i.e. construct an additional wall around their castle for added protection. When a team’s final castle wall comes tumbling down, i.e. erased, the team that made the successful attack takes the character hostage. The game, which involves both strategy and a fun review of important terms, ends when one team has taken all of their opponents’ characters hostage.