Last Friday, Ms. Strauss's AP art students traveled to Little Haiti and visited several contemporary artists at work. They toured the studio spaces of three artists at both the Laundromat and the Fountainhead studios. This was followed by an authentic meal at the Caribbean Marketplace and finished with a visit through the studio of "the darling of Haitian artists", Edvard Duval-Care. In the photo, they are posing in front of a mural painted by PTS alumna, Tatiana Suarez '01 outside the Laundromat Gallery.
On Tuesday, March 14th, Dr. Eduardo Gamarra, professor of Political Science and International Relations at FIU, gave an outstanding presentation on the peace process in Colombia to our students in Latin American History Honors course. Dr. Gamarra presented the historical framework of the armed conflict and the intricacies of the social actors involved. He highlighted the past attempts to achieve peace and the current efforts to put an end to more than fifty years of violence. Under the auspices of FIU, he led several focus groups conducted in seven Colombian cities, gauging sentiment about the peace process and attitudes about Colombian political actors and institutions. Our students could appreciate the crucial role that social scientists play in applying research to study social problems.
On March 16th, Palmer Trinity said goodbye to our three Round Square exchange students, Lennart Inderbienthan, Honor Crawford, and Allegra Harris during a bittersweet chapel service for the students. Our Round Square students spoke about their experiences here at Palmer Trinity School and about their own schools back in Germany and England. Both our students and our exchange students will treasure this semester for years to come.
March 14th is Pi Day here at Palmer Trinity School! Today our students celebrated Pi with actual homemade pies as part of our pie competition, a Pi reciting competition, and even a pie to Mr. Du Feu's face.
Would you like them here at school? Try them, try them you're no fool!!
The food displays in the Palmer Trinity Cafeteria are part of a larger program developed by SAGE Dining Services® because eating every meal in the same dining hall every day can get monotonous. Our team understands the importance of keeping the program fresh and interesting. To do this, we try to surprise students with special menu items, buffet meals, and decor changes. Theses are called Seasonings®.
Seasonings® are designed to make mealtime special, so in addition to providing breakfast and lunch, we create additional food displays intended to excite and engage our community members and bring novelty to the program. These are things like Ice Cream Socials, Pancake Stations, and Smoothie Bars.
Today's Seasonings® was in Celebration of Dr. Seuss's Birthday this week, it featured- Sam I Am's Green Eggs and Ham, Horton's Cereal Fluff French Toast, Whoville Truffula Trees, and Cat in the Hat Cupcakes.
A full list of all the Seasonings® events for March is Located in the Main Dining Room and on the SAGE Menu Page.
Between February 13th and February 17th, Dr. Beske's World History and Honors World History classes participated in an exciting Early Civilizations Museum project. Students were asked to create a museum exhibit that illustrated the history and culture of their civilization. Students brought in artifacts, artwork, food, and music to create an interactive experience with their classes. By the end of their presentations, each group needed to convince the audience of the importance of their civilizations in terms of impact on modern society.
On February 16th, Mr. Whitley's 8th-graders presented original projects that discussed their understanding of topics like social equality, prejudice, gender, and the concept of good vs. evil. These topics were all discussed in class while reading To Kill a Mockingbird. The projects lasted between 5-10 minutes and included walk-through presentations, decorated benches, social media accounts, board games, and a variety of other interactive content.
Ryan Schmidt, a stainless steel sculptor from Arkansas, visited Ms. Strauss's painting class to talk about the creative process and the mechanics of an art career. He is a participating artist in the Coconut Grove Art Festival this weekend. Schmidt shared about growing up without a television and his education making things. He also described the difference between welding and casting metals. Students asked questions about how he markets his work. He has sold work in Dubai and California. His most recent purchase went to Ms. DeVos, the US Secretary of Education, who is a big patron of the arts in Michigan.
Mr. Schmidt is interested in the reflective quality of stainless steel and is inspired by Anish Kapoor. His works take 3 times as long to polish as to create from drawing to sculpture!
Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball team for being crowned District Champions after defeating Palm Glades Academy 55-50. The Falcons now advance to the Regional Semifinals, where they will take on Florida Christian. The game will be held at home on Thursday, February 16th at 7:00 pm.
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Basketball team for defeating Florida Christian in the Regional Semifinals by a score of 52-39. The Falcons, 10-5, now advance to the Regional Finals where they will take on SLAM. The game will take place on February 14th at 7:00 pm at a location TBD. With a win, the team would advance to the State Final Four.