As the end of March (at school) draws nearer and nearer, the grade eight minischoolers, their teachers Mr. Murray and Ms. Neumann, and Akira, accomplish even more unimaginable feats, such as reciting circumference over diameter, presenting IDS mini presentations, surviving parent teacher conferences, and more! As my job to report their doings, I present to you: Week two (well, what I mean is after seven days, before which I am calling week one) of March with Minischool eight!
A disgusting cow eye dissection began the week with moans and groans from grade eight minischoolers. Ms. Neumann may not have made the best of choices by forcing her students to not only handle slimy, smelly, and gag worthy cow eyes recently cut out of the cow without gloves *cough* non of the other grade eight classes had to touch it without gloves *cough*, but also cut it open to reveal it’s inner parts, while having vicious black liquid spew out; but, we will forgive her, as she is one of the wonderful minischool teachers, that are the foundation of (not anymore boring) Alpha Secondary.
On international Pi day, March fourteenth (3/14), minischoolers celebrated with a pi reciting contest. Whoever could recite the most digits correctly would be winner to a free meal, a caramel apple crumb pie (yes, pie does count as a meal). After the pie was won, Ms. Neumann made an amazing announcement: The pi-off would from now on be an annual tradition!
The next occurrence was check-in number two of IDS, or Independent Directed Studies, something the minischoolers have been working on since the dawn of time (aka September). For grade eight, the topic is chosen by the participant, but it must be research based. Each person must have done ninety hours of research by now, to meet expectations. For the rest of the year (well, until May), students will be working on their final presentation.
For the second time this year, Ms. Neumann and Mr. Murray had the chance to speak with the parents of the grade eight minischoolers (and nine, of course) about their daughter or son’s academic performance so far. Whether the students did or didn’t do well, who the heck cares? No one, of course! They’re the amazing grade eight minischoolers!
Finally, a very special event recently occurred. Celebrated worldwide each year, the birthday of Akira is one of the most recognised holidays of all time! In the minischool classroom, grade eight minischoolers took the time to have a wonderful, dogtastic party for this very special dog. With food, music, and board games galore, everyone had a blast (especially Akira, though he didn’t play any of the board games). Three cheers for one student in particular, who went out of her way to organise such wonderful festivities!
But now, as spring break draws closer, March is almost at an end. To all of those who are reading this, I would like to tell you what a pleasure it has been to recount the wondrous deeds of the grade eight minischoolers, their teachers, and dog.