Eliot-Hine prioritizes STEM initiatives for their students, both in and out of the classrooms. Previously we shared posts about their award-winning Science Olympiad Team and Junk Art Club, indoor Grow Lab, community Pollinator Garden installation, Physical Science staff feature on Ms.Harrington, and more. This spring, Eliot-Hine hosted a STEM fair with exciting items like a meal worm race, a balance challenge, and a color swirl station. Students also had projects like Clara’s psychological test to evaluate if offered to eat/drink a more expensive item with both actually being the same, would participants choose the more expensive one as better tasting. Jason also experimented on whether diet or regular coke shoots off better!
Check out the photos below and you can view upcoming Eliot-Hine events on their school website.
March has been very busy at Eliot-Hine! Check out the photos and highlights below:
Eliot-Hine TV Network interviewed new DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilsonlast week! He also met and heard from staff and current students.
A group of students took a field trip to see Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirschhorn Museum. (A separate blog post on this coming up next week!)
Eliot-Hine students read Ungifted by Gordon Korman and engaged in a book discussion with Kitty Felde of Book Club for Kids Podcast. Stay tuned for this podcast coming out in May!
3 of Eliot-Hine’s Ski Team places in their recent competition:
Malia: 1st place, middle school intermediate division
Ja’shon: 5th place, middle school intermediate division
Elizabeth: 8th place, middle school novice
5 students compete in the Science Olympiad at American University and place in five different categories they competed in!
8th grade students met with their community mentors as they work on their International Baccaleaurate (IB) Community Project. Topics for this year’s research projects include raising awareness about the homeless shelters and population in DC, evaluating high school drop out rate and its consequences, how to address bullying in middle school, education reform, etc. Mentors will continue to meet with students until their presentation in late May.
Thursday, March 23: Eliot-Hine STEM Fair Expo, 1-3 PM. This event brings together our students to demonstrate their abilities to create, problem-solve, and innovate in the fields of math and science. You will be able to view: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Science Fair Projects; 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math Projects; STEM demos.
Where are you from and what experiences led you to where you are in education today? I am from this area and went to Virginia Tech. After college, I came back home and have been teaching at Eliot-Hine ever since. My mentor is my 9th grade biology teacher. She is remarkable, made science fun, and we still have relationship to this day! Relating lessons to the real world made her class so interesting. That is what I try to do in my classroom: connect and make every moment count
How long have you been teaching at EH? Six years. I started my teaching career here at Eliot-Hine.
How would you describe Eliot-Hine students? Inquisitive. They are always exploring, asking questions, seeking answers, and constantly learning. They love being here! They are appreciated and very loved in this safe space.
Share something about Eliot-Hine staff: No teacher or classroom here is alike. You will find teachers here come from such diverse backgrounds- those with a doctorate degree or some seeking teaching as a career change, etc. All our various attributes bring something different to the classroom.
This is Eliot-Hine’s first full year as an IB MS. How does this IB framework shape your teaching? We really emphasize the IB learner profiles. These are attributes I would like them to have when they leave my class. A test does not strictly define capability. We focus a lot on the whole student and project-based learning. They’re so creative and excel when they’re asked to apply what they’ve learned. You’ll see a lot more discussion-based classes here. Also debates that challenge their mindset and expose them to various ways of thinking about something.
What are some new Science initiatives at Eliot-Hine this year? We have new lab spaces and equipment! There is a grow lab (an indoor gardening station) in the back of the 7th grade Life Science classroom. We also recently created a pollinator garden to help preserve the health of bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinators.
What is something people do not know about Eliot-Hine? We are a Flamboyan Family Engagement Partnership School. Flamboyan Foundation works with four DCPS schools as Middle School Family Engagement Partners to implement high impact family engagement strategies that build strong relationships and engage families as partners in their student’s academic success. This allows us to do a lot home visits. We also have student-led conferences and goal setting is also very student-driven.
Describe Eliot-Hine in one word. Change. Middle school years are the years of transformation. We help with the precious transition into becoming a middle school student and build up their character for their transition into high school. Our students become very resilient and acquire many life skills to help them adapt to change.
Stop by Eliot-Hine to check out their neat pollinator garden or meet passionate staff like Ms. Harrington! We will feature more staff members and their pollinator garden in the coming weeks.