Turning Point School Blog
To culminate Level 7's Geometry Unit, Ms. Pritchet's Pre-Algebra students are working on two types of projects. Some students will be working on a Floor Plan Project to create their ideal classroom. They will create a 2-D blueprint of their design on poster board. Other students will be working on an Area/Volume House-Flip Project where they will be remodeling a house in order to flip it and sell it for profit. Both projects will integrate Pre-Algebra and Environmental Studies. Students will apply the mathematical skill of finding the area of geometrical shapes and implement sustainable elements into their designs.
Last week, Level 4 students went on a Study Tour to the California Science Center to experience the lab, Boats and Balances. By building their own model sailboats, students investigated design and energy needed to move across the 40' x 20' Water Works pool.
After becoming familiar with the boat names, students were given a variety of sizes for each part of the boats. They were encouraged to experiment with changing parts to see how they affect the performance of their boat. By keeping data in a class chart, students discovered the importance of balance in sailing.
Turning Point School is honored to be displaying an art exhibit by well-regarded artist and Level 5-8 Spanish Specialist Substitute, Rodofo Buonocore. The exhibit has been installed in our Artist Gallery in Building 2.
Mr. Buonocore studied painting and drawing in Buenos Aires as an apprentice to the Argentine artist, director, and writer Jorge Acha (1946-1996). He had several well-received exhibitions in Buenos Aires before immigrating to Los Angeles in 1990.
Throughout his early career, Buonocore's focus was on mastering the art of drawing and integrating the play of light and shadow into his work. In his atmospheric, evocative paintings, Buonocore plumbs the inner feelings of the characters who people his urban landscapes, his point of view serving to magnify and expose the complexity of human thought and emotion. His work has been described as "realistic portrayals of deep psychological exploration, visible yet subtle proof that the very depths of the soul are made accessible through the artist's detailed observation of minimal poses and gestures." John Walsh, Director Emeritus of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, calls Rodolfo Buonocore "a confident painter who tackles challenging material with impressive assurance and gets beautiful results."
We encourage you to stop by our Artist Gallery to view his breathtaking work. The Gallery is located on the second floor of Building 2, next to the Board Room and Mrs. Akana's office.
You may also learn more about Mr. Buonocore and view his work at www.rodolfobuonocore.com.
Students participating in the After-School Class, Hands in the Dirt began this session by planting dill, rainbow carrots, lettuce, and baby beets. The students were very eager to see which plant would sprout first. Our gardeners were very happy to see the plant change from a tiny little seed to beautiful (and soon to be delicious) vegetable plants.
The class has also been able to experience the joys of the harvest, and one of their favorite activities was making pesto sauce from the fresh basil they harvested from the garden They also conducted a tasting experiment where they used freshly-picked mint in different ways. While this semester's Hands in the Dirt class is coming to a close, our young gardeners have developed a passion for gardening and harvesting that will continue to flourish!
After a comprehensive application process, Ms. Paige Montesano is now an official TED-Ed Club facilitator, and Turning Point is now part of a group of more than 100 schools in 27 countries with whom our students will collaborate to research, discuss, and share new information.
Through video technology, students in the Middle School Global Awareness elective will team up with students worldwide to develop public speaking skills and highlight personally significant local and global issues. The program also gives students access to incredible virtual guest speakers. For example, in a recent live video event, the editor of The New Yorker spoke to students around the world about creative writing. Turning Point is very excited about the opportunity for students to collaborate internationally!
In Book and Cooks, students rolled up their sleeves and had a special celebration for the last day of After School Classes. Our friends had a wonderful time exploring seasonal foods, well balanced snacks, safe cooking practices, and even some sprinkles of Spanish along the way!
Some of their favorite pairings included Dragons Love Tacos and a turkey taco bar complete with all the fresh fixings, Camp Rex with trail mix and s'mores, The Enormous Potato with sweet potato fries, and Betty Bunny loves chocolate cake with chocolate cake and rainbow sprinkles.
After reading Mister Orange by Dutch author Truus Matti, students applied techniques for painting lines on a map of a Los Angeles area that has personal significance. They also created three essential symbolic colors to bring into their renderings. Stay tuned for news of when these will be displayed as a mural in Building 2!
Turning Point's Girls' Swim Team (pictured below with Coach Snyder and Coach Colley) had an impressive showing at the Pacific Basic League Championship held Saturday morning at Brentwood High School. Despite facing much larger teams of 20+ students from competitors such as Crossroads and St. Matthews, our mighty team of four earned 6th place overall out of nine teams.
Individually, each swimmer saw at least one best time, with Emma S. taking 3rd in the 100 Individual Medley and Isabelle S. taking a very close 4th place finish. Gemma F. took 5th in the 25 Breaststroke (out of 30 total swimmers for that event) and Liora S. took 6th in the 25 Freestyle (out of 48 total swimmers for that event). Relay finishes were tightly contested with Turning Point taking 2nd in the 100 Medley Relay (with a team best time of 1:11, nearly a 3 second improvement). Last but not least, the girls finished the morning with a 4th place finish in the 200 Relay.
Great job to all four swimmers, and thank you for a great season of swimming!
Assistant Head of School and Middle School Division Head, Gaby Akana, attended the Project Zero Perspectives: Making, Thinking, Understanding conference in San Francisco earlier this month.
Four Middle School students, along with Level 7 Environmental Science and Level 8 Community Leadership teacher Mr. Kline, attended an Environmental Summit at Mirman School last week. Nick M., Zoe D., Miles C., and Sasha K. will be representing Turning Point School as they work collaboratively with at least ten other area independent schools to create a Green Map of Los Angeles.
During the first meeting, students discussed how the Green Mapping process works, explored each school's strategy moving forward, and debriefed issues of concern such as format and logistics. We will report back on the success of this project as it develops!
Season playoffs are upon us. Starting this today with the Cross Country finals and ending next Saturday with the Swim finals, we'll have over 75% of our Middle School participating. 75% is a huge number! Congrats to all our students for making this such a great season.
- Coed Cross Country at Cheviot Hills. Boys run at 3:30 pm and girls run at 4:00 pm
- Level 6 Girls' Volleyball playoffs - First round at Turning Point vs. Archer at 4:15 pm
- Level 6 Coed Football - First round of playoffs at Syd K. Park (Time TBD)
- Level 7/8 Coed Football- First round of playoffs on Monday (Time and Location TBD)
- Level 7/8 Girls' Volleyball playoffs - This team is defending its championship from last year. (Time TBD)
- Swim finals Saturday, November 8 at Brentwood Upper School at 9:00 am.
UPDATE: A few monarch caterpillars were spotted today in the butterfly garden, all on milkweed plants. We are very excited that the monarchs are already finding the milkweed and laying their eggs in our garden!