THE WORLD IS ALWAYS OPEN FOR LEARNING—EVEN NOW
What do we study during a historical pandemic? We look at the old questions, and find new relevance. Spring Term 2020 was like nothing we had planned even just two weeks before it began. Yet the world is always open for learning, even now.
There is a lot that is broken in our world—we need to study it. There is a lot of cause for hope in the world—we need to know it. There is a lot we can do in the world—we need to do it.
UNDERSTANDING THE COVID19 PANDEMIC
Our Advanced Biology students research and applied their knowledge of Biology to better understand the COVID19 pandemic. How can our understanding of psychology, nutrition, virology, and genetics reveal how to live well and with awareness during this season? Each student created a website with podcasts, videos, information, or interactive applications to bring you into the question they were seeking to answer.
Caroline Carter Which Big-name Virus Are You? and Choose Your Own Adventure: Viral Pandemic
Andrea Mosher Reset Mindset: Simple lessons to change your mindset
Reilly Noell Disparate and Discriminant: The Impact of COVID-19 on African Americans
Samantha Shortt The War Within: The role of gluten in our overall health
BEGINNING THE JOURNEY
Students began their adventure learning Spanish in a difficult situation. But the challenges of Covid-19 inspired us to find creative uses of many tools and resources available online. Spanish 1 aims at introducing the basics of Spanish in real-world situations and conversations. Students learn how to order food, useful vocabulary for shopping, talking about sports and hobbies. To reflect this emphasis, Spanish 1 student videos are about students’ selection of an aspect of Spanish-speaking culture in which they could expand their knowledge and share it publicly through their video. ¡Esperamos que a ustedes les gusten los videos!
Juliana Casillas Cuban Cuisine
Diego Fernandez Family Paella
Sophia Delgado Spanish Art
Ella Lovins How to Draw Frida Kahlo
Jackson Bonnett How to Make Chimichurri
Asher Proeger Everything You Need to Know About Tacos
Eden Riffee The Art of Guatemala
Samantha Shortt Venezuela’s Crisis
Hailey Daspit Costa Rican Food
Gabe Gomez Soccer History in Spain
Frederic Christiano All About Churros
Yassiel Northcutt Lionel Messi
Henry Smith Tex Mex Food
Justice and Mercy
This term, our Justice and Mercy students dove into the topic of justice and discovered why we all need mercy. We learned more about some of the challenges facing our neighbors, our community, and our world. Students explored issues that they are passionate about and used their voices and the craft of storytelling to help bring justice to the oppressed.
In this class we asked this driving question: what is justice, and how can we use the craft of storytelling to pursue justice for members of our community?
Jackson Bonnett A Nearly Broken System
Juliana Casillas Restoration for Refugees
Hailey Daspit The Foster Care System
Sophia Delgado Living in Foster Care and Honors Art Project
Diego Fernandez The History of Foster Care and What It Has Become
Gabriel Gomez The Fight for Voting Rights
Naomi Rees Be the Bridge to Racial Justice
Olivia Reeser Lack of Justice
Eden Riffee “The Corruption of Poverty”
Henry Smith Standing for Justice in Austin
Frederic Christiano Why Is Animal Injustice So Important
Ella Lovins Act Your Age and Vengeful Justice
Zoe Segrest Equal Rights for the LGBTQ Community and honors art project
Cinco Fernandez The Foster Care System and Its Pros and Cons
Yassiel Northcutt The Homeless Community
LEARNING ABOUT THE PAST
Spanish 2 students build on the knowledge and basic concepts they learned in Spanish 1 by targeting the past verb tenses. They learn to speak about both historic events and persons as well as describing personal experience. This Spring Waterloo Spanish 2 students did research on an important historical figure from Spanish-speaking culture. Students’ video projects will present some imprtant aspects of what they learned. ¡Qué disfruten mirarlos!
Ethan Simpson Hernan Cortez
Elise Ponder Miguel de Cervantes
Kade Barber Fidel Castro
Margaret Dwelle Pablo Picasso
Welcome to Waterloo’s Test Kitchen – a project designed to not only understand and practice the methodology of science, but to also use our knowledge of chemistry to make some wonderful food. Our class has thoroughly
REACHING OUT ACROSS BORDERS
Waterloo Spanish 3 students reached out to people all over Latin America to learn how they are staying positive during the Covid-19 crisis. Students’ video projects will present some highlights from the series of interviews they conducted as they developed new friendships, connected with distant family, and practiced networking in several Spanish-speaking countries. Spanish 3 students sought to highlight the positve aspects of coping with the Covid-19 situation. ¡Ojalá que las sigamos todos su ejemplo!
Olivia Reeser International Virus
Sofia Gonzalez ABN all over the world “seeking the light in dark times”
Rhetoric and Writing
In addition to reviewing key grammar and vocabulary and reading Spanish plays and short stories, Elise Ponder and
BEING CREATIVE IN TIMES OF CRISIS
In the Rhetoric and Writing course, juniors practiced using the craft of writing to connect with different audiences in real life situations, including their college application essays. For their final projects, they embraced our current moment by researching and arguing for the importance of some kind of meaningful endeavor, something that builds resilience and connection, during quarantine. From thoughtful meditations on the importance of art and music to rousing calls for environmental action and awareness, their projects reflect the range of their passions and their individual voices. In this class we have been asking the driving question: what can I create to educate, engage, and connect people while we’re all at home?
Christlyn Bailey Tunes
Caroline Carter 6 things you can do from home to help your community
Andrea Mosher Reset Mindset
Reilly Noell Is the Risk Worth Taking?
James Christiano What You Should Know When Buying a First Car
Ella Foulkrod The Voices of Corona
Mirabelle Moore Quarantine Bookshelf
Trinity Collister The Meaning of Art