Castlewood’s tradition of The Annual Halloween Wonder Walk made for a magical morning! Helping March of Dimes as we show-off our amazing costumes is really such a TREAT!
All Aboard… READ! was the theme of this year’s literacy week and Castlewood’s PTA and administration took a “full STEAM ahead” approach to this wacky fundraising experiment below.
With two stools, duct tape, and our very brave, fun-filled principal and assistant principal, Castlewood set out on a school wide STEAM event, where yes, students attempted to tape our administration to the wall.
Some questions students had to consider were:
Due to the nature of the activity (what kid wouldn’t want to tape their principal and assistant principal to the wall?!) students were very motivated to address these questions. In honor of literacy week, students were also able to read a book in order to earn a strip of tape.
Starting at 11:50AM, Dr. Haidary and Mrs. Sci took their places in the gym, each on their own foot stool, against the wall in the gym (the smooth wide tiles with minimal concrete grout – deemed best surface for adhesion). As students came, strips were added horizontally, diagonally, and then vertically along the edges to secure the horizontal and vertical strips from peeling off due to force of gravity on their bodies’ weight.
Using 100 rolls in strips of 3-5′ (depending on what body part and direction it was being placed), our very own administration team was bound and seemed successfully suspended to the wall.
Onlookers couldn’t help but notice the beauty we created. The colors and lines, the size, the simplicity of the medium, the various interpretations possible. We created a very unusual piece of modern art and thought perhaps The Dia or MoMA may be interested in displaying it!
Around 1:00PM, as students began to chant, “Remove the stools! Remove the stools!”, we knew it was time for the ultimate test: Will they remain suspended to the wall once the stools supporting their feet are removed?
…Drum roll please…
YES! A successful STEAM event indeed!
Both Dr. Haidary and Mrs. Sci remained stuck to the wall, suspended over one foot above the floor in the air!! After a few minutes, gravity took over and both began to lower, and while we would have liked to time how long they would have lasted, how long could we really have kept them there as a RFA school?!
HUGE THANKS to Dr. Haidary and Mrs. Sci for being such great sports, our PTA for launching this idea, our Parent Teacher Coordinator for organizing the event and making many tape purchases, and our dream STEAM team for supporting students in exploring questions, possibilities and answers.
This event was a tremendous success and sparked learning, inquiry, reading, and a great amount of laughter at Castlewood!
In honor of Literacy Week, The Kindness Committee and PTA teamed up for another charitable drive in efforts to share the joy of reading with others. Families, students, and staff have donated over 250 gently used picture, non-fiction, and chapter books this week. Our generous collection will be donated to Reading Reflections, an organization that will help share the books with fellow bookworms across the city. Thanks to the wonderful PTA who helped with logistics of the drive, and The KC members who gave up recess to sort through our overstocked shelves in the auditorium; it takes a village, and we’re oh so lucky to have you in ours!