The New Maker Space

Excitement is in the air! The new “Maker Space” at Park Maitland School is taking root in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) movement of education. It provides a learning space in which students can tinker and make things while building 21st Century Learning skills like collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity!

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The 5 Blue class brainstorming their creative ideas in a one-of-a-kind workspace.

Initially, projects have focused on using the design process to collaborate and accomplish a goal! Some students worked together to design a packing envelope to successfully transport a fragile rice cake through the mail. After prediction and testing, students now await their packages to return to discover their design’s durability! Students even participated in a critique process with peers and learned to use feedback to improve their ideas. Some students used the design process to explore the world of robotics by creating robots with purposes, like robot pencil fans or robots that can make snow. They even created programmed art, such as polka dots or circles! Other students partnered up and acted as each other’s clients. They interviewed one another and created a design for the ideal “green” lounge chair. Over a series of interviews and developing small prototypes, the students have been actively creating chairs to please their “clients” and accomplish their goals. Students are excited about creating their line designs in our 3-D printer in upcoming projects. This tool will further propel our learning, design thinking, and innovation!

By equipping students with 21st Century Learning skills, developing in them a desire and passion to make, create, and innovate by using a design process, we are preparing them to tackle and valuably contribute to the ever-changing world around them!

Written by Evelyn McCulloch, Smart Tech Teacher and Lead Innovator

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Athletics Starting to Lead The Way

Not only are we growing leadeEA-Logo-00rs in the classroom, but we will now be growing them on and off the court/field. We are pleased to announce the Park Maitland Eagles interscholastic sports program. Our Athletic Program is lead by Mr. Rassa. He comes with great experience as he created a sports program prior at Paige Private School, as well as coaching at Trinity Prep. In our inaugural year we will be offering Volleyball, Flag-Football, and Basketball.

The Volleyball season has kicked-off and our Eagles posted an impressive showing as they defeated Brush Arbor in two games. We are very excited to be offering our sports program as it offers many life lessons such as teamwork, discipline, and leadership.volleyballgirls-00

Grade 6 students in Washington, D.C. – Day #3

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This is student reporter Cole P. It was another great day in Washington! We all went downstairs at different times to the Crystal Grill, which is conveniently located on the lobby level of our hotel. Our day began with a guided tour of the Pentagon and a stop at the Iwo Jima Memorial.

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I think that the Pentagon is probably one of the best highlights of our tour of Washington DC. It was filled with exhibits from 9/11 to the branches of the military. Two very interesting military guides explained every exhibit that we walked through. The 9/11 part of the Pentagon was a sad part of the tour. It had The Purple Heart Medal for military injuries and deaths, and The Medal of Defense for the brave citizens who risked their lives to save others. It was really just amazing.

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Then it was on to the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. We were able to see actual money being made and learn the history about it.  A few employeesat the Bureau were very funny and used the money that they made to entertain. For example, one man folded a strip of fives into a fan and fanned himself!

Once we saw how money is actually made, we went over to the National Gallery of Art. There, we had an amazing lunch filled with a variety of selections. After lunch, we were able go see some beautiful paintings by some of the world’s most famous artists. There was even an artist there painting a “painting” trying to copy its beauty.

Afterwards, we all got back into the buses and headed to the National Cathedral. It was extravagant and filled with so many beautiful things. We were given guided tours through this very special Episcopal Church.

After the Cathedral, we went to Tony and Joe’s for a wonderful dinner. WOW, was it good. Then we headed to the Kennedy Center for a hilarious performance of “Peter and the Star-Catchers.” All in all, today was really fun and full of excitement!

~ Cole P., grade 6

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Grade 6 students in Washington, D.C. – Day #2

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Hello!  This is student reporter Tommy T. from the 6th grade class.  As you all know, photo4-aTuesday was our second day in Washington, D.C.  On Tuesday, we woke up at 6:30 am and went down to eat a very good breakfast in the hotel lobby.  We then boarded the bus and drove to the Capitol Building where we saw our Congressman John Mica.  He took us through the building, and it was informative and fun.  The most interesting room that we saw and got to go into was the House Floor, where the State of the Union Address was given.  After the Capitol Building, we went to the White House and toured the State Floor and ground floor.  We then went outside and took a big picture with all of us in it.

IMG_6597After we toured the White House, the sixth graders ate lunch at a food court in the city.  Next, the group went to Arlington National Cemetery.  In the cemetery, the first part we visited was the stable. This is where they keep all of the horses to pull the carriages that hold the caskets that they will bury at the cemetery. Next, we went to the part of the cemetery where John F. Kennedy is buried. Next to that area is the Tomb of the Unknowns, where four students, Austin O., Aidan M., Lexi G., and Shay B., switched out the wreath in front of the tomb.

After this we headed over to the Vietnam War Memorial where all of the names of the soldiers that were killed in the war are honored. By that time it was dark, and so we went to Clyde’s for dinner. It was delicious. The last place we visited was the Lincoln Memorial. It was better at night because it was all lit up.  Overall, Tuesday was a very fun day, and I am glad I went on this unforgettable trip.

~Tommy T., grade 6

Grade 6 students in Washington, D.C. – Day #1

photo-00Hello all!  I am student reporter Lindsay C.  As you all know, today we departed for Washington, D.C.  The flight was right on time! We had a very nice and safe flight.  Once we got into Washington, we got on our bus.  It was about 40 degrees outside.  As the day went on, we saw large piles of snow on the ground, and later we started to see snowflakes.  Even though it was just a few flakes, all of us were very excited!

Our first stop was the Newseum.  We went to see a 4-D movie, which was very cool.  Then we went and had a cafeteria lunch.  After that, our chaperones and groups split up to explore the museum.  The top exhibits to see were the 9-11 exhibit, the interactive news reporter exhibit, and the prized Pulitzer photo exhibit.

We then went to see some memorials.  We saw the FDR memorial, the MLK memorial, and the WWII memorial.  These were all very interesting and moving memorials.  They all had unique elements that we all liked very much.  What I personally liked was the fact that we saw snow!  For many kids it was their first time seeing it (it was my first time!)  We then went to Ford’s Theatre and it was fun considering that we already read Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.  It was really cool because we were able to spurt out random facts about anyone in the assassination.

Lastly we had dinner at Union Station.  We had an Italian dinner.  Overall it was a great, cold, and fun first day in Washington, D.C.!

 ~Lindsay C., 6th grade

Gr. 5 “Williamsburg Trip” – Summary

Student reporters relay exciting daily updates while they are on this adventure with their peers!  Due to some technical issues, this report is getting posted a little later than we had hoped.

Hi! My name is Samantha, and I am a fifth grader at Park Maitland School.  I am going to give you a short summary of my favorite activities this past week in Williamsburg.  I really liked the “Cry Witch” program because it was an interesting scene and I actually felt like I was in the trial.  I also loved dressing in Colonial costumes and dancing with Steve and Walter (Colonial dancers).  They were the best dancers in the world.  The trade shops in Williamsburg were amazing because I learned so much about their customs and crafts.  My favorite was the silversmith because he made stuff out of money!  I really wish I could go on this trip again!

Gr. 5 “Williamsburg Trip” – Day #4

Student reporters relay exciting daily updates while they are on this adventure with their peers!  Due to some technical issues, this report is getting posted a little later than we had hoped.

Hi, I’m Ryan Zehnder and I’m reporting about the last day in Williamsburg.  To start the day, the 5th grade traveled to Shirley Plantation, where the eleventh generation of the Carter family still lives.  The plantation still grows corn, wheat, soy beans, and  other crops.  Next, we went to Yorktown where the last major battle of the Revolutionary War was fought.  We saw an army camp, a family farm, and a musket and cannonball firing.  Finally, we drove to the airport and later arrived safely home in Florida.  My favorite experience of the day was when we played Colonial children’s games like jacks and nine-pins a game similar to bowling at Shirley Plantation.  Williamsburg has been so amazingly fun, and I wish I could relive it.