During the first week of May, ESM sixth graders set sail with the Top Sail Program in San Pedro. Students boarded brigantines, 110-foot ships. and the adventure began! Students were not merely passengers on this journey, but crew trainees. They raised and trimmed the sails, stood lookout, steered the course they set, and climbed the rigging to furl sails while balancing on foot ropes. A pod of about 25 dolphins swam up to starboard and continued to swim underneath and then surfaced on the port side of the ship. They were incredibly close, and it was an amazing sight. Plus, there were lots of sea lions and pelicans swimming along with the ship. Students sailed the ships out of San Pedro Harbor into the open ocean. It was a very exciting day!
Underwood Farms Visit: After an in-depth study of sustainable agriculture, 7th grade ESM students visited Underwood Farms. Students were treated to a talk about vegetables, fruits and sustainability at the farm, and were able to pick their own vegetables to take home to prepare for a family meal. Ms Munoz, Ms Altounian, Mr Clifford and Ms Burke joined the students on this memorable day!
Degas, Van Gogh, Rodin, and Rivera and many more artists’ works thrilled sixth graders in Ms. Gardea’s, Mr. Aleman’s, Ms. Mitsuse’s, and Ms. Jones’s classes when they visited the Norton Simon Museum last week. When observing Van Gogh’s painting of his mother, one student noted, “I can’t believe I’m standing as close to this painting as Van Gogh was when he painted it!”
King Animation students attended the U.S. Premiere of Paramount Pictures Sci Fi Epic ‘Arrival’. The students watched the movie with the stars and received free refreshments, too! http://www.arrivalmovie.com/
ESM sixth graders visited the Japanese American Museum this week. The students learned taiko drumming and made origami boxes. Then, they toured the museum, which houses a WW II internment camp bunkhouse. Docents included Japanese American citizens who lived in internment camps during World War II, and gave firsthand accounts of what life was like during internment.