Before school moved to virtual mode, middle school students were working on the musical Into the Woods. While we all wish they could perform in person, we are happy to present this video montage, created by Vanessa Miller, Evergreen's Upper Division music and drama teacher, and featuring the 6th to 8th grade cast members. The video captures rehearsals on campus, from online classes, and from homework assignments submitted remotely! The music underscoring the montage features the voices of students in the cast, some of which were recorded from individual homes, and then mixed into one audio track by our 7th grade student stage manager.
BIG Lab Coordinator Lindsey Own is using Evergreen's 3D printers to join in the widespread DIY effort to help support health efforts. She started off printing a popular design in the maker community, "Prusa RC2" headbands that hold a plastic sheet in place to act as a face shield to protect doctors and nurses; the first batch is now headed to the emergency department at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds. Over the weekend, the NIH approved a slightly different headband for clinical use, so she's switched to printing that one now.
From online class meetings and plenty of projects to virtual visits by the Scientist of the Month -- not to mention library time, PE and more -- we are embracing the possibilities of remote learning, from preschool through 8th grade!
Yesterday, the Middle School Service Club hosted Dr. Jesse Salk, a molecular biologist and clinical oncologist, and also the CEO, chief scientific officer and co-founder of TwinStrand, a Seattle startup developing next-generation DNA sequencing technology—plus, an Evergreen alum! Speaking to an audience of about 25 middle schoolers, Dr. Salk discussed his work, including with veterans in the cancer ward at the VA Hospital, to whom he recently delivered holiday cards and valentines hand-made by students in the club.