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Upper Schools News for February 18-24, 2013

National Honor Society/Jr National Honor Society

The National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society induction will be held next Thursday, February 28th, at 8:00 A.M. in the gymnasium.


Absentee Reminder

A reminder to all parents, if your child is going to be absent or is absent due to illness, we ask that you notify the school. Thank you.


Black History Month

February is Black History month and at CA we spend time in the classroom studying prominent African American figures in our past and present. On each of the individual school boards you will find what your student is studying in regards to this topic this month!

Students select an African American Author, Composer, Singer, Teacher, Leader, Actor, Actress, etc. and write a short biography on his or her person of choice including 2-3 paragraphs of why they found them interesting and their accomplishments.

Students will watch a civil rights video that includes a brief history on MLK and his pursuit of the voting rights act.  They will then write a summary essay on the video as one of their 6+1 trait writing grades.

Students will compile a directory of whom they see as the most important and influential black leaders in our country, state, and city.  The lead in to this will be a video from the History Channel on Important Black Leaders.

Using a quote from Frederick Douglas as the foundation for your research, circa 1700- 2013 US History, give 3 examples of struggles amongst Black Americans- What was date of struggle?  Who was Leader in that struggle?  How did they overcome?

Students will complete a unit on the Harlem Renaissance.

Students will study black photographers who were/are famous in history including the alternative process. Photo II researched the pioneers of photography including Jules Lion (1810-1866) who is thought to be first African-American photographer and who ran a daguerrotype studio in New Orleans in 1840 followed by James P. Ball (1825-1905) who also ran a daguerrotype studio.  They will learn about another famous photographer who was from Harlem in New York and was James Vanderzee .(1886-1983) Additionally Gordon Parks – a famous freelance fashion photographer for Vogue.  He worked for Life magazine on portraits of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Barbara Streisand to name a few.

Students in photography also have taken a field trip to the Frist and saw the works of Carrie Mae Weems (1953) who is a female African American.  Her works include film and videos that show issues surrounding race, gender and class.  Her images include global struggles for equality and justice.  It is a powerful exhibition.

Showchoir discussed Beyonce’s performance at the inauguration and the controversy surrounding it. Her press announcement and how she handled the controversy demonstrating her wisdom, her musical talent, and contribution to the inauguration of President Obama. We have also talked about the Presidential Inauguration and how important it was to all Americans.

In Piano 2, a Scott Joplin piece was reviewed and discussed.  Discussion included who he is and the important contribution he made to the ragtime style as an inspiring black composer.

Class lesson ice-breakers this month are about historical people and events of Black history.

Students continue to practice basic English skills (i.e. summarizing, paraphrasing, finding main ideas, making inferences etc.), but only with information specific to Black history.


Upcoming Dates

Below are some dates to remember….

  • March 8th—Lower School Conference Day—No School Lower School Students
  • March 29th-April 5th—Spring Break (return to school on April 8th)


Varsity Soccer

Official tryouts for the boys Varsity Soccer team will begin on Feb 11 at 3:30 at the CA soccer field. The first Varsity Soccer game will be February 21st at 5 at Winn Field against Davidson County.


Basketball News

Our boys and girls had a great season and we are very proud of them. We appreciate the support of the fans who came out to cheer us on this season!


Softball News

Softball will continue conditioning this week on Tuesday 5-6:30 at the hitting facility & Wednesday-Friday from 3:30-5:30 at the field.



Please join Fellowship of Christian Athletes on Wednesdays for our meeting! This year Upper school FCA will meet in Coach Holt’s classroom #118 (under the gym). We will be meeting on Wednesday mornings at 7:15 a.m. Please come and be a part of FCA, everyone is welcome!