Sixth graders have been working hard to finish their plays. In groups, they collaborated on the scripts, costumes, and character development for their performances. This week, they performed their fully finished pieces for each other! Each play was creative and imaginative, incorporating everything from magic elevators to dinosaurs in Ubers to a murder mystery! We…

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Washington Foundation for the Environment (WFFE) hosts a yearly Environmental Slam. This student-focused, community event features middle and high school youth tackling local and actionable environmental issues. On teams or individually, students present their chosen issue for an audience in the spirit of a slam-style performance. Students have been crafting their performances. And, their short,…

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On Monday, EW students gathered for a special assembly where I shared a dance video I created with my dance company, the Guild Dance, and several dance community members in light of the recent hate crimes targeting Asians. I’d like to share the video with all of my EW community. Thank you to the EW…

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There are many reasons to get excited about spring at Explorer West! One thing that’s happening now is art! The kiln has been working overtime and we’ve already gone through 200 pounds of clay. The 6th grade started with Greek Kylix bowls keeping in line with their focus on ancient cultures, Mesoamerican pottery is next.…

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English Program Spotlight: 7th Grade English has jumped into a new project: graphic novels! Students are excited to be reading graphic novels in book clubs. As they read, students will look for a real-life person who shows up as a character in their book. Once they’ve chosen someone, students will “pitch” their idea to a…

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