Calhoun alums share their experiences and takeaways from the Senior Work Program.
For four days in November, fifth grade students had the unique opportunity to call the New-York Historical Society home as part of the Tang Academy for American Democracy (TAAD) residency program. Students examined how democracy has evolved since its initial founding and gained a better understanding of the importance of civic participation.
Dr. Monica Miller, professor at Barnard College, Hurston scholar and Calhoun parent, came to Calhoun to discuss Zora Neale Hurston's legacy and Their Eyes Were Watching God with a few 11th grade English classes. They were able to experience a lecture from a college professor and key insights on Hurston from a scholar of her work.
Upper School social studies teacher Meghan Chidsey has published an article with the American Anthropological Association that advocates for introducing the subject of anthropology to students at an earlier age.
In 7th grade Social Studies, students studied the history of Indigenous Peoples in the US., while also delving into present-day Indigenous communities and practices.
From tech to music, Calhoun Juniors work extensively on their capstone project and deliver impressive results. Here, current Seniors share their reflections on the process last year and final results.
In Social Studies, second graders have been studying the three main types of communities: urban, suburban and rural. Students learned about the attributes that distinguish these communities from one another and drew illustrations of their observations.
Third graders have been diligently working to build a solid foundation in Spanish – strengthening their speaking, writing, reading and listening comprehension skills. These lessons are paired with their exploration of the influences of the Indigenous, European and African cultures found throughout the Spanish-speaking world.
As part of the LS-E Gardening special course, fourth grade students helped launch the Calhoun Garden at Riverside Park. Throughout the course they've been writing, drawing and documenting their progress in the garden.
In the The Literature and Science of Happiness, an advanced elective for seniors, students strengthen their skills as analytical thinkers and researchers, and learn science-backed strategies for improving their own well-being.
Coaching workshops in Calhoun Athletics are working on creating better spaces for students where they all feel comfortable to take risks and have fun. The workshop in the fall focused on belonging, and creating a space where every student feels included and doesn't have to work to fit in.