In early March Hokulea was in St. John, US Virgin Islands. The clear blue water and white sand greeted Hokulea when they arrived from Natal, Brazil. The coral that surrounds the island is being bleached by rising temperatures caused by global warming. When the coral is bleached it means it's dying because of stress, kind of like what's happening here in Hawaii. Heidi Guth and the rest of the Hokulea crew are learning about the efforts to prevent the death of several coral reefs.
Last Thursday our middle school was invited to attend a performance by the Juan Siddi Flamenco dance troupe at the MACC. We saw several dancers preform the Flamenco dressed in vibrant costumes and shawls. During the performance Juan Siddi, the Director, explained the purpose of the movements of the shawls and dresses was to represent the movement of the ocean. Dances were accompanied by music played by musicians using a piano, guitars, and a cello. The music was accompanied by singers who would set the tone for the dancers. Apart of the music included the dancers stomping their feet, and using castanets to make a dramatic effect. The rhythm for the music was created by hand clapping, stomping of the feet, and the castanets. Because of the rhythm the dance became much more bold and entertaining.
Toward the end the performance Juan Siddi and the dancers invited members of the audience to join them on the stage where they were taught how to dance the flamenco. So many people went up on the stage that there was no room for our school.
All of us were impressed by the show and all of us thought it was funny,exhilarating, and intriguing.
Good day seventh grade! Yesterdays homework wasn't put up here, but the homework was to write an email to Beau Ewan and Heidi Guth. Beau Ewan was an old fifth grade teacher at our very own school and now he is a professor at a university. Heidi Guth is sailing on the World Wide Voyage and she is the only woman among a crew of all men. We are only going to write rough drafts for now and Ms. Enriquez will correct our rough drafts. In the emails we will talk about how they both inspired us and tell them about ourselves.
St. Brendan sailed on a coracle, a traditional Irish boat that was made with a wood frame and wrapped in leather. He was one of the 12 apostles of Ireland. They say that he may have sailed to North America from Ireland. Today Ms. Enriquez brought in a visitor named Brendan. Brendan is a film maker and he is making a film about how people are learning about nature and culture. We are the next generation and so that means we are the ones that can make changes to our world. Brendan is going to be interviewing some students after class and sometime next week. Be prepared as you might be interviewed!
Good afternoon seventh grade! The picture below is The Library by Jacob Lawrence, in this picture you can see many people reading and studying books. Try to imagine the sounds in this book, what sounds do you hear? This quarter Miss. Enriquez assigned us to pick and re-draw any picture form our "Literature and Integrated Studies" textbook. This assignment is due before the grade book closes, on March 11.
Mr. Ewan is an old fifth grade teacher for Sacred Hearts school. When he was here he was young, and still had dreams he wanted to live. Today he works as a college professor (his dream). In his interview yesterday he talked about how he achieved his goal. In the interview "Should I Stay or Should I Go" the whole seventh grade class was at the edge of their seats and couldn't stop laughing. Please check out his interview at https://olelo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=30&clip_id=53597&starttime=undefined&stoptime=undefined&autostart=0&embed=1.