Hamlin Alumnae Return for Career Day

On May 5th, Hamlin’s east dining room was filled with the wisdom of women. Twelve dynamic Hamlin alumnae returned to campus to tell stories, speak about their professional journeys, and impart valuable advice to our Class of 2017 students.

The morning opened with Rose Helm interviewing the insightful Alexandra Suich, ’00. Suich is a journalist and serves as The Economist’s U.S. technology editor. She spoke about her love of Hamlin, sharing fond memories of writing fables in Ms. Metcalf’s English class, and contributing pieces to the Blue Stockings literary magazine. “At Hamlin, I felt the power of seeing words in print, I carried that with me through my life and into my current job at The Economist. Hamlin also inculcated my belief in championing women’s rights.” Suich spoke about the intimidation she felt when first assigned by The Economist to cover finance and hedge funds. She stuck with the finance beat and learned, “any subject can be conquered if you are willing to put in the work.” Suich also talked about the importance of not being afraid to ask basic questions to fully understand a topic. In terms of life advice, She stressed the importance of regular exercise, cultivating an inner circle of inspiring people, and knowing when to say no to potential opportunities.

After the opening interview, students had the chance to learn from the alumnae through rotating table conversations. The engagement between students and grads was profound and meaningful.

8th grader Ava L., shares her thoughts about career day in this video:

Deep appreciation to the Hamlin alumnae who joined us:

Monica Brown Andrews, ’84: In-house counsel, Equinix

Malieka Bundy, ’88: Sr. Solution Developer, Avanade

Krista Canellakis, ’96: Deputy Innovation Officer, Office of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee

Katharine Gin, ’86: Executive Director, Educators for Fair Consideration

Amy Harrington, ’90: Attorney and Sonoma City Councilwoman

Alexis Gerber Howerton, ’99: CEO, Spruce Biosciences

Kate Larsen, ’97: Reporter, ABC7

Kaytea Petro, ’92: Protest Artist & Marketing Director, McRoskey Mattress Co.

Jenny Soong, ’99: Ecologist

Alexandra Suich, ’00: U.S. Technology Editor, The Economist

Giselle Talkoff, ’95: Police Officer, SFPD

Vera Chan Waller, ’88: Owner, Yank Sing Restaurant

 

An Interview with Wanda Holland Greene: Speaking about PLAID

This Interview was conducted and condensed by Hamlin parent, Demi Seguritan
PART I

“I dwell in Possibility” the title of Emily Dickinson’s poem was ingrained in her upbringing, lingers in her leadership and is now woven through the threads of PLAID, a parent-led group within our beloved Hamlin community.

Wanda Holland Greene grew up in Brooklyn, and during her formative years (from ages 5-11), her father stumbled upon the opportunity and insisted that she and her older sister Donna, take the yellow school bus along with 10 other African American students out of their district to integrate into Public School 68 in Queens, led by Head of School, Milton Schwartz.  Schwartz believed, “The world is going to be fair one day. I believe in what is possible.”

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Hamlin Travels the World with Google Expeditions

Today, Hamlin students had the opportunity to travel virtually to places like Chichen Itza, Mount Rushmore, and the village where Nelson Mandela grew up, through the technology of Google Expeditions. The immersive experience served to enhance both Spanish and Social Studies curriculum.

Google Expeditions enable teachers to bring students on virtual trips to places like museums, underwater, and outer space. Expeditions are collections of linked virtual reality (VR) content and supporting materials that can be used alongside existing curriculum. These trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas — 360° panoramas and 3D images — annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools. There are 600 expeditions to choose from.

Students used virtual reality headsets with Android phones to bring images to life. While the girls explored various places, Hamlin teachers provided narrative information about the locales.

Hamlin faculty member Rachel Davis states, Google Expeditions give students an opportunity to explore an area through immersion, they get to be involved in the whole experience.

Hamlin 5th graders loved Google Expeditions. We liked how we can see structures from both a side view and from above, it was like going on a learning vacation without getting on a plane.

Below is a video of Hamlin 3rd graders exploring Mount Rushmore:

To learn more about Google Expeditions, please visit: https://edu.google.com/expeditions/#about

 

 

Project Based PD: Designing A Mini-Golf Course in 2nd Grade

Under the leadership of Mark Picketts, Hamlin’s Director of Program Innovation and Professional Development, teachers have been exploring and learning this year through inquiry projects that they personally design. As action researchers, teachers use data, research, and reflection to investigate, modify, and improve their teaching practice. All teachers who participate in the Inquiry Project Year will share their findings with their colleagues at a year-end celebration of learning.

As part of her inquiry year, physical education teacher Terry McDonald created a dynamic project that allowed 2nd graders to design their own miniature golf courses. With the help of funds from Hamlin’s Raise the Paddle, Ms. McDonald was able to purchase mini-golf starter kits, she then partnered with Urban Putt in San Francisco so students could conduct research at their facility, while playing a round. The golf project integrated disciplines, combining technology, student-made video tutorials, tracking the design process via their iPads, while incorporating the geometric angles of math, all within the context of sport. Through the project, students were able to learn about golf, golf etiquette, while collaborating to make their courses as challenging as possible.

 

Watch this amazing integration project with second graders documented as part of Hamlin’s Project Based Professional Development program:
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The Hamlin Community Celebrates Holi

On Sunday, April 30th, a hundred people from the Hamlin community gathered at the Marina Middle School to usher in Spring and celebrate Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors. Holi signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, the end of winter, and for many it is a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. There was delicious Indian food served, arts and crafts for children, an informal dance lesson, and of course, plenty of color to go around!

Bianca Gates (1st grade Hamlin mom) and her family participated in Holi for the first time. After the event, she reflected, “my experience on Sunday was truly a phenomenal and memorable one, and something our family will make a tradition for years to come. The celebration was full of love and enthusiasm for life, family, friends and Spring! We arrived not knowing what to expect. Within minutes, friends and children were welcoming us with hugs… and unbeknownst to us, their hands were full of colored powder that they dumped on us. Everyone got messy—our hair, faces, clothes and shoes were filled with color. My favorite part was feeling like a kid again and dumping powder on others – especially the kids!  By the end of the celebration, we were all covered in bright colors, big smiles and full hearts. The only thing that could have made the day better was celebrating with other Hamlin families who were unable to attend. I’m looking forward to celebrating Holi again next year!”

This wonderful community-building event was created by Hamlin’s PLAID group. To learn more about PLAID, please visit: https://www.hamlin.org/page/plaid

 

Earth Day: The Future of Food

Last Friday we celebrated Earth Day with a myriad of activities that engaged and educated students. In the build up to Earth Day we explored The Future of Food through conversations, videos, and a hands on project that measured how much food is wasted each day at Hamlin.

We investigated the following questions (among others): How is our food made and how far does it travel? Why are we wasting so much food? Why doesn’t everyone have access to healthy food? What can we do with excess and imperfect food? How can we help those who can’t afford food?

The following array of events took place:

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Hamlin 7th Graders to Launch Experiments into Space

Cubes in Space™ a program by idoodledu inc., in collaboration with NASA’s Langley Research Center, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Colorado Space Grant Consortium, offers global design competitions for students 11-18 years of age to develop STEAM-based experiments for launch into space.

Used in formal or informal learning environments, students and educators are exposed to engaging online content and activities in preparation for the design and development of an experiment to be integrated into a small cube. Throughout the experience, students develop key 21st century skills; communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

Since 2014, Cubes in Space has flown nearly 400 experiments representing 1500 educators and over 20,000 students from 57 different countries. This year nearly 600 educators and thousands of students from 39 countries participated and proposed experiments for placement on a NASA sounding rocket or high-altitude scientific balloon mission.  A total of 160 experiments were selected and were designed by students from Australia, Austria, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Serbia, the United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, the and the United States of America.

The experiments will be launched via sounding rocket in late June 2017 from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia or by high-altitude scientific balloon in late summer 2017 from NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico.

The following Hamlin student experiments will be launched this summer:

Maya W. and Sofia I. “Graphene Filament Voltage in Stratosphere versus on Earth”
They are looking at using a special carbon 3-D printing filament that is electrically conductive. The girls want to test the affects of the filament in space to see if it could be used as an electrical wire on Mars for possible colonization, since Mars has a lot of carbon as a building material source.

Della W. and Annie S. “How do high levels of UV-A/UV-B rays affect the efficiency of protective sunglass lenses?” They are looking at how polarized and regular sunglasses protect against UV rays with the higher UV intensity of space. Higher intensities are seen in different areas of the Earth, day to day while flying in an airplane and often from human interaction or after a global event such as a tsunami. Pollution or a tsunami can release toxins into the air that affect ozone protection and increase the UV levels.

Special thanks to Hamlin teacher Melissa Alfred, for her guidance with this important work.

For more information about Cubes in Space, please visit: http://www.cubesinspace.com/

 

Thrive Global Interviews Wanda Holland Greene

Read the article here: https://journal.thriveglobal.com/wanda-holland-greene-on-reclaiming-her-space-and-sanity-a81f2c2b8b28

 

Hamlin 1st Graders Interview Local Businesses

First graders have been studying neighborhoods and community. As part of their work they have been conducting insightful interviews.

Click here to listen to the interviews: https://sites.google.com/hamlin.org/neighborhood-interviews/home

Click here to learn more about the 1st grade community project work: http://pubs.hamlin.org/blog/2016/10/28/hamlin-1st-graders-explore-community/

 

Hamlin’s 5th Grade Forum

Last Friday Hamlin held an incredible interdisciplinary learning extravaganza called 5th Grade Forum. The event was well-attended by Hamlin parents who were eager to learn.

5th graders were divided into 4 groups based on geographic regions of the United States: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West. Once in their groups, students set out to become regional experts through a project based learning approach. The Forum incorporated various facets of the following disciplines: Humanities, Math, Science, Art, Music. During the month-long exploration, students had the opportunity to create collages, websites, plays, and magazines.

The following is some of what the girls showcased:

-Two plays (based on the books Home of the Brave and The Circuit) were performed in the spirit of word-for-word works, first created by Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre, a theater company which believes that great books make great theater. The plays delved into understanding immigration and refugee experiences in the United States.

-Four regional magazines with featured articles on various topics, created through Lucidpress technology

-Region-based landscape collages that demonstrated an understanding of scale and proportion

-Websites and posters about water conservation and understanding one’s own water footprint

-A student performance of Faith Hill’s song, American Heart

Special thanks to all of the faculty members who made this Forum possible: Nick Wilsey, Lauren DeLisle, Rachel Kerkhoff, Jackson Blum, Maggie Jo Feldman, Heidi Abbott, and Will Skaff.

Watch the short video below to hear a student reflection about the Forum:

To learn more about Lucidpress, please visit: https://www.lucidpress.com/pages/usecase/education