Each year, usually during the month of March and/or April, the sixth floor of our school is transformed into a museum exhibit showcasing the art work of our talented student artists. Students in all grades select one piece of art work that they have completed during the course of the school year to include in the art exhibit. Each work of art is also captioned with a written artist statement that outlines the process the student undertook in completing their work of art, and discussing the personal significance of their piece. Additionally, student volunteers are trained to be docents. Our student-docents host the entire exhibition and facilitate "tours" of the exhibit, offering up background information and insight into the works of art on display. Furthermore, as part of our annual art exhibit, the school hosts our annual silent auction fundraiser; works of art created by our students, hand-selected by the staff of our art department, and with the permission of our student artists, are auctioned off, with the proceeds of the auction split between the school, the art department, and the student artist. Our annual art exhibit and silent auction serves two purposes: first, it is a means of raising funds for our school, and specifically our art department, and second, it promotes student awareness of the viability of art as a career choice and some of the facets of what a career in art encompasses. Click here to view photos of our annual art exhibit!
Every year, during the month of February, our students participate in our annual science fair. Students in grades 1-5 complete a science experiment as a class and create a display showing their results for our science fair exhibit. Students in grades 6-8, however, compete for trophies and monetary prizes. Beginning in the summer, middle school students are expected to formulate an idea for an experiment and complete all of the background research and preparation for completing the experiment (this is their summer home-learning assignment). Upon returning to school in September, the science teachers review students' proposals and direct students to make revisions to their proposal, as necessary. Once their proposal is approved, students either individually or working in pairs, conduct their experiment with the aid of their science teacher or a faculty adviser, and record their observations. Finally, students draw conclusions from their observations and display all of the steps involved in the process of completing their science fair experiment on a display board as part of our annual science fair exhibit. Students are awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, based upon a voting process using ballots completed by staff and other visitors to our science fair exhibit. Click here to view photos of our annual science fair exhibit!