Week #4: We’re Growing Rain or Shine!

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GovsPLUS students continue to show up and thrive in the classroom and afternoon activities, rain or shine.

Julian, Brett, and Ryan weed the squash patch

Julian, Brett, and Ryan weed the squash patch

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!

Kiah in electronic music class!

Kiah in electronic music 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.

Special Guest Matt Hunt plays "5 Things" with the 6th graders

Special Guest Matt Hunt plays “5 Things” with the 6th grade class

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.

Lawrence native, YDO board member, Govs alumna Cary Trinidad '10 shows GovsPLUS this ins and outs of UMass-Lowell where she is currently studying Chemistry

Lawrence native, YDO board member,  Govs alumna Cary Trinidad ’10 shows GovsPLUS this ins and outs of UMass-Lowell where she is currently in her fourth year studying Chemistry

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!

Cary answers questions about college

Cary answers questions about college

Brichelle and Lis sit in the front row for Cary's college Q&A

Brichelle and Lis sit in the front row for Cary’s college Q&A

Students had the special treat of learning about robotics at UMass-Lowell from Mars rover project leader and computer science PhD student James Dalphond. Mr. Dalphond spotted GovsPLUS on tour and invited us in for this special sneak peak and shared his passion for robotics with our eager young students

Students had the special treat of learning about robotics at UMass-Lowell from Mars rover project leader and computer science Ph.D. student James Dalphond.           Mr. Dalphond spotted GovsPLUS on tour and invited students for a special sneak peak of his projects.           Way cool!

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.

The Riverhawks allowed GovsPLUS to play basketball in their gym. Knockout was a fan favorite and even Ms. O'D and Ms. O'C got in on the action!

The Riverhawks allowed GovsPLUS to play basketball in their gym. Knockout was a fan favorite and even Ms. O’D and Ms. O’C got in on the action!

Iliana and Kiah check out how these textiles feel!

Iliana and Kiah check out how these textiles feel!

Virtual "weaving" at the American Textile History Museum

Virtual “weaving” at the American Textile History Museum

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!

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