The adolescents have added to our chicken flock. We purchased six broiler chickens that will be sold for meat and used for our auction dinner in early June. Our egg layers are dual breed chickens, meaning that they are good egg layers, but after two years of raising chickens the meat is not desirable for anything more than making chicken stock. Our broiler chickens will be processed at a time that is common for meat chickens and they will available for purchase at one of our main campus markets. Stay tune for updates about our broiler chickens and check out our Instagram @lifeatthelandlab
The 7th and 8th graders have returned from an amazing trip to New York! We were just in New York for a Montessori Model United Nations meeting. Thursday, March 9th, was the first day of the meeting. Each student had the opportunity to give their opening speech briefly summarizing their country’s position regarding the topic. Topics ranged from Nuclear Disarmament and the Space Arms Race, to Desertification and Women’s and Children’s Rights issues, among many others. Delegates can then motion for a formal or informal consultation. An informal consultation is an opportunity to seek out other countries that may have the same goals as you. A formal consultation is when delegates can approach the committee as a whole and review the draft resolution and add clauses from their own resolutions.
At the end of the day the delegates are expected to create a draft resolution, solving the problem that they have been assigned. On the last day of the conference, we traveled over to the United Nations and we gathered like the real General Assembly would. Three delegates from each committee signed up to be a part of the closing bureau, giving a brief summary of the draft resolution and work of the previous days. If the resolution was not adopted by consensus, then the delegates in that specific committee would vote on it again in hopes it would become a passed resolution.
So, as you all probably know we, the 9th graders, recently went on a trip to Spain. During the trip, we saw many things and had such a great time. And we'd like to share some of it with you. We spent 3.5 days in Madrid and then took a high-speed train to Barcelona, where we stayed in a hostel for 4 days. Everything was so pretty! We walked a lot and saw a lot. In Madrid, we went to El Museo De La Reina Sofia and saw Picasso's Guernica, visited the Museo del Prado, attended a soccer game between Atlético Madrid and Valencia, and visited another Montessori school that will be opening an Adolescent Program in the Fall (They were all so nice! It was so cool there!). Once we arrived in Barcelona, we visited the Sagrada Familia, the Picasso Museum, and the Fundació Joan Miró. We took a tour around Camp Nou, walked around Park Güell, rode bikes to the beach, and shopped at Las Ramblas. We had such a great time! All the food was delicious! Thanks to everyone who made the trip possible and to our wonderful chaperones!
Yesterday was the last day for preparing for the Montessori Model United Nations trip to New York. The MMUN is a simulation of the actual UN in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. For the past three months the students have been preparing to attend a conference regarding the topic they have been studying for. They are each assigned a committee along with a topic they they study. Their delegation along with 2,000 students from other countries will come together to create a draft resolution about their topic. On the last day of the conference the students will travel to the United Nations and gather together like the general assembly would.
Congratulation to the new manager interns!
Each 8th grade student has the opportunity to become a manager of one of the micro economies at the Land Lab. Each student went through a interview process in order to obtain the position of their choosing. They first wrote a cover letter, and then wrote a resume. After that was turned in they were interviewed by one of the teachers. Each student will be working with one of the 9th grade managers. This resume writing and interview process will hopefully prepare the students for the real world!
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