What do sugaring, hand-made t-shirt designs, and an eight-foot bench have in common? This spring eleven students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics,(STEAM) program tapped sugar maples, designed t-shirts and built a wooden bench as part of their course curriculum.
The sugar makers tapped just three trees, each with two buckets, and we had more sap than our school day hours could handle! The students collected and boiled the sap in the cafeteria and in the Family & Consumer Science room. With help from Mrs. Jones, a few students monitored the boiling throughout the day and we eventually boiled it a little too long….however as you sugar makers know, boiling too long also rewards you with a tasty treat, maple candy! The candy came out tasting delicious and the students were proud and pleased to have created a product from start to finish.
After sugaring season, STEAM students worked diligently on designing t-shirts and a wooden bench for the school tennis courts. The students researched clothing styles they liked, and then created designs that were meaningful for them. Next, they had to figure out how to use iron-on transfers. This process turned out to be more complex than we’d thought, but a few ‘pioneers’ mastered the process and then taught it to their peers. The results were personalized t-shirts with carefully hand-drawn designs. Students put together presentations sharing where their inspiration came from and how they could market their product in the real-world.
The 6th annual English Language Camp for visiting Chinese middle school students will be held at Leland and Gray this summer from Sunday, July 19 ‘til Thursday, July 30. Many host families and dozens of area students have participated in lots of fun events each year; picnics, marching in the Wardsboro July 4 Parade, square dances, language games, college visits, trips to the mall, hikes in the State Park, frolicking in the brook with Bruce Whitman and gondola rides to the top of Stratton are just a few of the activities that have taken place and are planned for this summer. Students in grades 7 -12 are invited to participate in the 11 days of fun-filled action as they become acquainted with their peers from the other side of the world.
Families who might be interested in hosting two boys or girls for the 11 days are encouraged to email or call Tom Connor, Camp Director, for details.
July 4, 2014 Wardsboro Parade First Place Contingent
TOWNSHEND The Leland and Gray Players close their 19th season May 28-30 with the zany farce and slapstick of Commedia dell’arte in Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters.
In a madcap Italian comedy of love, disguise, duplicity and dueling --adapted for today by Jeffrey Hatcher and Paolo Emilio Landi-- betrothed couple Silvio and Clarice are devastated when a previous fiancé reappears, back-from-the-dead. In this farce people, places and things are not what they seem – disguises, traps and trickery produce a whirlwind of mass confusion. At the center of the farcical romp is Truffaldino, the scheming – and perpetually hungry – servant who lands on a crazy way to double his wages (and his meals) by serving two masters at once.
Commedia dell’arte from 16th century Italy descended from Greek and Roman comedy and is granddaddy to some of the best loved comedy of the last 100 years: Second City, Lucille Ball, Charlie Chaplin, Harpo Mark, SNL, the Simpsons, Daily Show and a boatload more. As the improvisational and physical comedy of the commedia grew increasingly popular, it became less impromptu street theatre and more of an “art” involving trained performers. Traditionally, many of the laughs were generated by ridiculously stupid, bumbling—often grotesque-- characters. When women were eventually allowed into commedia troupes, they rebelled against the demand that all characters be buffoons, so they injected cleverness and intrigue into plots that had otherwise relied only on slapstick. The physical humor remained, but was heightened by the contrast of the bumblers with their savvier counterparts as we see in Goldoni’s 1743 play.
Noted portrait artist Kate Gridley, whose exhibit “Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults” recently appeared at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, will talk about her exhibit and show slides at Leland and Gray High School in Townshend on Monday, May 4th at 6.30 pm. Students from The Compass School and Leland and Gray High School will join the artist to share their own emerging voice pieces much as the young adults Gridley painted did.
Gridley’s portraits of 17 young adults accompanied by their words has traveled throughout New England and has spawned an entire curriculum aimed at giving voice to people between the ages of 15 and 25. The six students joining her are budding poets who worked with local author Elayne Clift in preparing for this event.
Known for her insights into human character, the quality of light in her work, and her painting technique Gridley, who studied in Italy, lives in Middlebury, Vt.
“I see a world in which emerging adults who are between adolescence and full fledged adulthood, from all walks of life, are recognized, honored and supported to fulfill their human potential. The portraits mark moments in which my subjects transition to realizing their selves and claim their voices,” Gridley says.
This event is open to the public. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 to cover costs.