Alma del Mar scholars invite public to Middle School Expedition Night
Spotlight put on scholars’ incredible work at Expedition Night
Alma del Mar Middle School scholars invite the public to attend their Expedition Night on Thursday, January 26, at our new school building, located at 515 Belleville Avenue in New Bedford. Expedition Night is an exciting opportunity for our scholars to share their high quality work with their families and the community.
Doors open to the public at 5 p.m. and the event will end at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
In middle school, Alma scholars spend the year conducting in-depth investigations into a key theme (ancient civilizations in fifth grade, quests in sixth grade, and slavery and freedom in seventh grade). This expedition involves independent research and fieldwork in the community.
This will be the first Expedition Night to take place in our new home, which opened in August 2016. Those in attendance will be able to choose from a variety of performances and will have several chances to interact with scholars in different ways throughout the evening.
Scholars in grades 5-7 have planned and participated in every part of this special night. Scholars have researched their topics thoroughly, written many drafts and practiced several times, and even filmed an orientation film for all visitors to enjoy before experiencing Expedition Night.
From authentic medieval fresco artwork to tableaus and string instrument performances, there will be something for everyone at Expedition Night! A few highlights include:
- A Gallery of Quilts – Our seventh grade scholars’ quilts are inspired by the talented quilters of Gee’s Bend. Gee’s Bend, once a plantation, has become a mecca in the folk art world known for these abstract quilts that have been created by multiple generations of women who almost entirely descended from the slaves of the original plantation.
- Instrumental performances of time honored fanfares which herald the start of the modern Olympic Games; a tune dating back to the 1300s which was sung by medieval bards throughout the English countryside; and a patriotic song that was sung during the Civil War as a way to advocate for the causes of Unionism and abolitionism.
- Monologues from Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! – Humans love adventure: discovering a continent, crossing a border, or joining a Crusade. Our sixth grade scholars have found that questers always learn something about themselves along the way. They will these monologues to reveal the struggles of living in the Middle Ages.