Friday, September 23, 2016

Population Studies At Seabury!

Seabury middle school students have been studying global population issues this month. Our knowledge of world demographics figures was taken to a new level this week as we learned how resources are distributed around the globe. 

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, we learned that while certain geographic regions may be about the same physical size, the population density, amount of farmable land, and income per capita may be vastly different. We talked about what this might mean from an international perspective, hinting on how nations will cope when others want to move in or out. 

Students then spent time using resources such as and Peter Menzel's book Material World to discuss reasons that a person might want to move from one nation to other. As students begin to think about issues from a global perspective, they are more aware of their interconnectedness, an understanding necessary when attempting to solve these complex problems. 

The global refugee crisis is most certainly an issue that will be discussed at the Model UN conference we are attending this coming spring, and Seabury students will be ready to take on the debate!
–Jenna Greenfield, humanities teacher

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Parking Day

Friday was Park(ing) Day in Tacoma, where artists, businesses, and regular citizens take over a metered parking spot and turn it into a mini-park. Seabury middle school students designed, assembled, and manned a spot near our building. We had a lego table, a vintage electronics exhibit, a logic/math puzzles table, and an art section with coloring. Many people stopped by and learned about our school and its students. They were also entertained by the fabulous magic stylings of Coco the Magnificent.

Our students were able to wander around the city and experience the other park(ing) spots. We interacted with students from SOTA and discussed graduation plans. We hula hooped and did sidewalk chalk. We visited the Mad Hatter Tea Shop and wowed them with piano playing. Some students played mini-golf and participated in art installations.

This was a great opportunity for us to make connections in the neighborhood and get to know our community.

– Jared MacKenzie, science/math teacher