Exploring The Upper School Electives

Source: The Buckley Bark

Jane Park: Grade 7

Every Thursday morning at 10:20 a.m., Buckley’s seventh- and eighth-graders have an elective period, including such offerings as Mindful Bodies, Calligraphy, Scripta, Video Production, Model UN, and our very own Buckley Bark. Upper School students often hear about the different electives from their friends, but they never truly get to experience every option. The Buckley Bark, therefore, asked students about which electives they wanted to know more about and interviewed two people from each of the top three electives.

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Mrs. Jennifer Demopoulos Shines Inside And Outside Of The Classroom

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Source: Mrs. Jennifer Demopoulos

Olivia Hanna: Grade 8

Mrs. Jennifer Demopoulos, a teacher at Buckley for 25 years, has an exciting life both inside and outside of the classroom. Her career at Buckley consists of both music, the arts, and teaching. Here at Buckley, she has been a pre-K assistant, Kindergarten assistant, director of The Nutcracker for eight consecutive years, dance teacher for the seventh and eighth grades, and art teacher for grades one through eight.

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The Oscars Mishap

Source: The Buckley Bark

Eleni Vasiliades: Grade 8

The 89th Academy Awards took place on February 26, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. The host of these much-anticipated oscars was Jimmy Kimmel. Everything went well throughout the show. There were numerous puns and jokes directed at President Donald J. Trump that had the audience in laughter. La La Land was the anticipated front runner for the Best Picture award.

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Author Gita Varadarajan Visits Buckley

Source: Amazon

Alan Barkan: Grade 7

On Monday, March 13, 2017, the co-author of Save Me A Seat, Gita Varadarajan, visited Buckley to talk about her book and about what happened in her life to lead to the creation of her novel. She spoke to the fifth, sixth, and seventh grades in the auditorium that morning.

Varadarajan’s book, Save Me A Seat, is about two kids, Ravi and Joe, who are in the same classroom in the fifth grade. Their first week of school is very chaotic, and these two kids do not think that they have anything in common. But they do in fact have one big problem that they share: the fifth-grade bully.

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Give The Benefits Of Dance To All

Buckley Dance
Source: Buckley Country Day School

Lindsay Fabricant: Grade 7

At Buckley, the seventh- and eighth-graders have a chance to take a dance class for their music elective. But why don’t the fifth- and sixth-graders have the same opportunity?

Currently, the seventh- and eighth-graders are given the choice to dance at Buckley in its black box theater, in a class taught by Mrs. Jennifer Demopoulos. The students have a chance to learn various dance techniques in their music elective and to perform at different school assemblies. Some of their past performances have occurred on Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Celebration of the Arts in May.

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Cyberdogs Participate In Lego Robotics Competition

Source: Mrs. Linda Bernard

Sajid Aziz: Grade 8

On Sunday, February 25, 2017, the Buckley “Cyberdogs” robotics team participated in the First Lego League (FLL) robotics competition. The team advanced from the first competition in seventh place and won an award for Technical Design. After the first competition, the team spent their subsequent Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays revising and editing their programs and missions for the next stage of the contest.

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Interview With Mrs. Heather Serra

Source: The Buckley Bark

Jane Park: Grade 7

Mrs. Heather Serra is the new fifth- and sixth-grade math teacher at Buckley this year. In addition to her love of mathematics, Mrs. Serra has two cats and a love of European monarchs, but she would choose to unwatch the Deadpool movie if she could. She also has a special message for all of her students. Here is her interview with the Buckley Bark:

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