25 juniors, 8 sophomores, and 10 freshman attended the annual college tour trip April 20-21. They toured and went to information sessions at SUNY Albany, Skidmore, SUNY Cortland, and Syracuse. The attached picture is from SUNY Albany.
Guidance counselor Felix Shen, 11th grade geometry teacher Anna Casteen, 10th grade Algebra 2 teacher Diane Thole, and Senior Institute history teacher Catherine Thompson chaperoned the trip.
Beat-It is a music production elective in which the students create original compositions using Garageband to record, edit, and mix loops and samples, as well as midi and live instruments. The students then use iMovie to create videos to accompany their compositions, which you now have the opportunity to enjoy.
In collaboration with Children’s Museum of the Arts teaching artists, Eliza Martin and Laura Mann, Ms. Janine’s 9th grade Studio Art classes spent last fall/winter making music videos that spanned the history of Pop and Rock n’ Roll. They picked their favorite popular songs from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, and devised a concept and storyline for their video that reflected the research they did on the cultural and historical touchstones from each decade. Using Canon Rebel cameras, the students directed each scene, and mixed their live-action footage with stop-motion animated sequences in post-production, with Final Cut Pro.
On March 1st at SOF, Senior Institute students used their math and science skills to participate in a nationwide 12-hour competition sponsored by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
They had to create a mathematical model to evaluate education choices to address the question “STEM Sells: What is higher education really worth?” They investigated how mathematical modeling can show the cost, return, and value of a college education. In the photo, from left to right, are team coach Ms. Thole, 11th graders Sheila Chiu, Kelvin Ayala, and Anastasia Krasilnikova, 10th grader Max Friedman, and 11th grader Mariam Steinblatt.
Ninth graders are learning about Value, Shades & Tones in art. First, they worked on matching values (dark & lights). They used drawing and shading techniques to finish the half-face of a black & white photograph of a musician of their choosing. Then, they transferred the drawing onto a canvas using a grid. Finally, they translated the b&w values into color tones by choosing a base color and mixing either white or black paint.