Sage students welcomed Zan and Michael (of local folk band, Zan and the Winterfolk) for a special presentation / performance Friday afternoon at Sage Park. They talked about songwriting, the creative process, their love for music, and even played us a few originals.

PreK has been bugging out over bugs!! They went on a bug hunt on the playground and found many different types of bugs. Searching high and low, they discovered bees, flies, ants, a moth and a butterfly. The young scientists learned that bugs have six legs, 3 body parts, an antenna and some have wings.

The kinders are doing their ABC Countdown and focusing on fun activities to celebrate a letter every day until the end of the school year. For example, they wore Moustache's on M day and chose new names for N day. P Day was a day in which they ate a picnic lunch, planted in their pajamas  and finished the day with popsicles! In their Mad Science they made their own bubble blowers created rainbow bubbles! Kindergarten is the place full of learning and fun!

The 3-4s are learning all about geometry and performed a tessellation investigation. Under certain mathematical constraints, the students were asked to create a tessellating pattern using at least three different polygons that can be repeated to cover the flat surface of a plane. Students had to make sure that at any meeting point that there were no overlaps, gaps, and the sum of all internal angles at any vertex meeting point needed to add to 360 degrees. Whew! Who knew fun with pattern blocks could be so intricate and complicated?

Over the last two weeks, the 5/6 students have been busy editing, illustrating, and publishing their informational textbooks.  They divided their final draft into pages and planned what illustrations, charts, or diagrams would go on each page while always ensuring the graphics reflected the content.

To culminate our study of the 1950s, the 7-8 class had a 1950's themed "Sock Hop." We celebrated with socially distanced root beer floats, a hula hoop competition, limbo, and many other games. Students made all of the decorations, came up with party games, playlists, and even built a photo booth. Students [and teachers!] had SO much fun!

Our 3-4 scientists got down and dirty with our local DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) scientists to collect real-life data about the American Eels’ migration up the Hudson and their population data.  We are collecting data to help figure out why the American Eels’ population is increasing exponentially at various locations up the Hudson River from Manhattan all the way to Troy while other wildlife populations are decreasing. We learned that any changes in the ecosystem’s food web can have catastrophic effects on all life in and around the river, including plants and phytoplankton. Science is super cool!

In science, the 5/6 have been busy exploring plant and animal cells. Not only have they been learning about the differences between each of the cell types, they have been contrasting and comparing cells under the microscopes, making observations and creating slides. As a culminating activity, the young scientists are designing their own plant and animal cells and then creating a drawing or sculpture of the organism they imagined.