March 7 – Toga-clad sixth graders marked the end of their study of ancient Greece with an evening in the Agora (our Playhouse, transformed!) with family and friends.
They shared all they had learned with artifacts/artistic objects they had created, posters, digital presentations, and brochures. Some students had also explored ancient Greek technology and had recreated inventions like a water alarm clock and a vending machine. For two hours they were the experts, excitedly talking about ancient Greek architecture (there were several models of the Parthenon that had been designed and generated on 3-D printers); the weaponry and armor of soldiers (a replica of a Corinthian helmet was fashioned using a football helmet, a broom, and “lots of glue!”); and theater masks (with only one side painted, to better display the papier-mâché process), just to name a few of the projects.
“The Greek Agora demonstrated that the sixth grade students are independent thinkers and confident communicators,” sixth grade homeroom and humanities teacher Katrina Harriman said. “They worked diligently to create engaging presentations and well-written essays, and produced imaginative objects that connected to their study of Greece.”
Parents and guests who visited the Agora unanimously agreed they were most impressed by the students’ deep understanding of their topics, and their ability to present and discuss all aspects of the history and culture of ancient Greece. And thanks to SAGE Dining Services, the program finished with delicious Greek food – not quite the food stalls of an ancient Greek Agora, but fun at the completion of ours!
Rippowam Cisqua School is a PreK-Grade 9 independent day school in Westchester County, New York. RCS offers challenging academics built on innovation, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, wellness, leadership, service learning, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.