GovsPLUS students continue to show up and thrive in the classroom and afternoon activities, rain or shine.
Despite some wet weather this week, GovsPLUS students continued their work in the garden with Mr. Swift and in the electronic music classroom with Mr. Huntington. Working in pairs, students are breaking a song down into its key musical components. They continue to rave about how great of a class it is! A group of about twenty GovsPLUS supporters from the Essex County Community Foundation stopped by this week’s electronic music class and were incredibly impressed by the project work they saw in this class!
GovsPLUS students also had a special visit from Govs mathematics teacher and improv and comedy specialist Mr. Matt Hunt for an afternoon of high energy and fun-filled improv games. Students played and laughed their way through games of “You” and “5 things”, among others.
In the classroom, students are feeling a lot more confident in their abilities and are really trying to hone the skills they have learned in the past few weeks. On a rainy Thursday afternoon, each grade enjoyed a movie that had to do with the book their class has read this summer. The seventh grade watched “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” which is about how a boy with aspergers who experiences a great loss searches for closure much the same way the main character in the 7th grade summer book “Mockingbird” does. The sixth graders watched “42” which is a movie about the first black man to play in the MLB, Jackie Robinson. Students have read a biography about the late Jackie Robinson so it was nice for them to have some visualization with this movie.
At the end of the week, students and staff took a trip to Lowell, MA. In Lowell, GovsPLUS caught up with Governor’s Academy alum Cary Trinidad ’10 who is from Lawrence and now attends UMass-Lowell. Cary was gracious enough to give students and staff a tour, and to also take questions from students in a lecture hall style classroom. Students were enthusiastic and happy to learn so much about college and Cary was delighted to share!
After the tour, students had the opportunity to play basketball in the gym before eating lunch together in a UML dining hall. Students and staff then headed to the American Textile History Museum which was free and open to the public through the Highland Street Foundation’s “Free Fun Fridays” initiative. Students completed a scavenger hunt of all the cool things inside the museum while learning about child labor and the mill girls of Lowell and Lawrence.
GovsPLUS is going strong into the final week and is looking forward to an end-of-summer celebration with students, their families and invited guests, and the whole Govs community this Thursday from 4:00 – 5:30pm at the dining hall! Please contact Director Holly O’Donohue if you are interested in attending!