Wrapping Up a Wonderful Year (June2019 Hill Rag)

Wrapping Up a Wonderful Year (June2019 Hill Rag)
Emily Prigg

The school calendar is winding down, but Capitol Hill Day School students are gearing up for year-end activities.

The school calendar is winding down, but Capitol Hill Day School students are gearing up for year end activities. First Graders are advising Kindergarteners on what to expect next year. Over two days, 4th Graders immersed themselves in the "Immigrant Experience" in NYC, visiting Ellis Island, Trinity Church Wall Street, The Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum, Lower East Side, and the Tenement Museum. They also ate well, enjoying dinner at Lombardi's (America's first pizzeria), and lunch at Katz's Deli.

Sixth Graders presented Beauty and the Beast, Jr., at the Atlas Theater for Performing Arts, supported by 7th and 8th Graders who received one-on-one training by professional theater technicians with extensive experience in stage management, light board and sound operation, crew management, and theater/crew etiquette.

CHDS 7th Graders presented their Year End Projects (YEPs), which includes a research paper and a civic engagement project with a service component. Students selected topics, developed three essential questions and a thesis statement, and conducted research that included an interview with a relevant expert. This year's YEPs combined environmental and social justice concerns: the relationship between wealth and river pollution in DC, the effect of the urban tree canopy on air pollution, impact of rising food costs on food insecurity in DC, how food insecurity affects children's school success, access to sports for various populations, and more.

And 8th Graders are preparing for graduation and moving on to 12 different high schools in the fall, including Burke, Field, Gonzaga, Maret, National Cathedral School, St. John's, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, School Without Walls, and Sidwell.


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