North Grand High School
The Publications By You! class and the Comic Books Club met in the art room. Instead of formal presentations, the students from both classes sat around a table and, one at a time, introduced themselves, their artistic interests, current projects, and future artistic aspirations.
Drama Club, Video Club and Legacy Leaders all met up in the school library. Drama Club started with a performance of a half written/half improvised play which depicts an overstressed Principal Feltes just before the school holiday party in a “It’s A Wonderful Life” knockoff. The Video Club then projected a collection of videos they have produced so far this year including a series of smart phone gesture-based vignettes and a series of ‘boring videos’ including readings of text from school texts books and listings of Pokemon character names. The Legacy Leaders finished the evening of sharings with a performance of their Step routine and a student reading an autobiographical text about overcoming hardships.
George Washington High School
Students in the mosaic project first presented the design process for the front entrance mosaic and then other students showed different aspects of the project (breaking down tiles, glueing into shapes, etc.). They also laid out the full-scale design which will eventually go on the outdoor column near the entrance of the school. Next the group went into the next room to see the mural project in process. Students explained the first iteration of the project which was scrapped, and led to further research in the history of protest. The group then showed it’s current design for the mural and talked about the challenges and aesthetic choices they are now working on, including color choices, scale and placement.
Students in the Makers Space club showed off the past and current endeavors in the school lunchroom and shared hopes for future school-wide engagement. The Writing club then presented videos of recent participation in Cafe Night were individuals performed live poetry readings. Also, an individual student in writing club shared what writing and this club means to him personally. The BioArts project presented next with students demonstrating the ongoing effort to construct and install a student-designed irrigation system in the school courtyard. Students explained the process involved in brick making for the irrigation system and the experimental aspects of the design. The BioArts class also described their current exploration into the science of the teenage brain, an interim project while the winter prevents further work in the courtyard.