Extended Study Week - Grades 6-8

Extended Study Week (ESW) is a week in Spring when regular Prep classes are suspended in order for students to experience a week of intensive educational exploration, both on and off campus, culminating in an ESW presentation night.


Spring 2018 Programs

Canada: Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa

Canada: Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa
(Grades 7-8)

How has Canada developed its current identity?

Students will visit Canadian cities rich in ethnic and cultural diversity. First-hand experiences of classroom lessons will expand student views and promote understanding.

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Winging It!

Winging It!
(Grades 6-8)

What are the essential characteristics of human flight?

Students will explore the science and aerodynamics of airplanes, hot air balloons, rockets and more. Participants will also experience a day of indoor skydiving.

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Food, Glorious Food!

Food, Glorious Food!
(Grades 6-8)

How does our food reflect our culture?

In this program students will investigate the origins of the food we eat everyday, as well as the food of different cultures. Students will experiment with different taste combinations, food preparation techniques, and culinary philosophies.

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Chesapeake Bay Environment and History

Chesapeake Bay Environment and History
(Grade 6)

How has history impacted the bay? How has the bay impacted history?

Grade 6 students will engage in field investigations that include history and folklore of the Chesapeake Bay, salt marsh explorations, crabbing, and fishing.

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Spring 2017 Programs

Grade 6 - Chesapeake Bay Environment and History

How has history impacted the bay? How has the bay impacted history?

Connecting science and their learning of American culture in Humanities, Grade 6 students engaged in field investigations, incorporating these topics:

  • History and folklore of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Underwater grasses
  • Crabbing, fishing, and oystering
  • Salt marsh explorations
  • Field journals and naturalist views
  • Weather watch

Students stayed two nights and three days at the newly renovated Karen Noonan Center in Bishops Head, MD.


Sixth graders separate oyster eggs.

“I liked learning about oysters, how they’re fished, and how they filter the water to make it less polluted.” -- Nia F.

“I loved going into the marsh and learning about the different varieties of bugs.”

-- Wathon M.

“Our ESW not only allowed us to connect more as a grade but we also learned about the different animals that are important to the food chain of the Chesapeake Bay and some history about the fishing techniques used.” -- Lilianne K.


Grade 7 - Sculpture Gardens

How do artists create monuments and memorials sculptures for a specific time, place, and topic?

Students visited various sculpture gardens in Washington DC, Baltimore MD, and Trenton NJ. Through various workshops, they learned about modern and traditional sculpture subjects and techniques. They sketched, photographed, and created miniature sculptures at each location.

For their final project, students worked in pairs and small groups to design their own sculpture garden on the Barrie campus, inspired by the places they visited and their own imaginations. Students curated their sketches and miniature sculptures from the workshops to create a model, map, and a virtual experience.

"We roamed and discovered the art in the Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey...the best part was how all of it--the sculptures, plants, and pathways-- worked together to create something interesting and beautiful." -- Yoshiko S.

"We always learn a lot about each other on ESW -- this year it was while roaming around the sculpture garden, getting lost in the art together." -- Yoshiko S.


Grades 7 & 8 - In the Footsteps of History: American Civil Rights

Why did people risk their lives to stand up for civil rights? How did they do it?

The American Civil Rights ESW draws on the grade 7 theme of “Respect for Self” and the grade 8 theme of “Respect for Others”. Students visited the memorials, museums, battlegrounds, and historical places that tell key parts of the story of America’s continuing struggle for freedom and justice for all of its citizens.

During travel to the Deep South, students had an opportunity to interact with people who took part in some of the historical events that we study. Students began in Washington, DC for the first three days, then flew to Atlanta, GA. The group traveled through the Alabama towns of Montgomery and Selma by bus before returning home.

We worked with the award-winning Sojourn Project, and were fortunate to have Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine, join us for the program.

Members of the Classes of 2022 and 2021 on a walking tour of Selma, Alabama

“I loved learning more about what my ancestors went through and how John Lewis helped all kinds of social justice organizations, not just ones devoted to black civil rights. We also learned about the Anti-Defamation League which helps reduce anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination.” -- Noah W.

Birmingham Peace Pole


Grades 7 & 8 - Stop the Presses

What ethical principles guide journalists as they work, and how do ethics impact the ways in which certain topics are covered?

With each new innovation in technology and social media, this claim is truer than ever, forcing journalists to reconsider their own ethical responsibilities and obligations when they cover “bad news.” Decisions must be made about what can and what should become part of the news.

In this ESW, students explored the history of news media, including the ethics of journalism and the controversies journalists face when covering major catastrophes. Students were also introduced to the basics of running an online newspaper, with students ultimately creating their own, and reporting on local events and other ESWs.

Jamie K. broadcasted from a local news station

"Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws” --Douglas Adams

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