The Weekly Jr. Oiler

January 25, 2019

Learning a New Skill

As part of our Academy of the Performing Arts, Junior, some advanced art students elected to take a class called APA Jr. Set Design and Costuming. During this semester, Mrs. O'Brien reached out to the community for donations or borrowing of sewing machines. She also had a lot of fabric donated for students to make and take.

After completing a unit on costume design where students used story elements to design costumes, APA Jr launched into the basics of garment construction, creating Santa hats and fleece-lined mittens. They learned to thread and operate a sewing machine, became familiar with pattern layout and cutting, and practiced straight and curved seams using a variety of different stitches. The students also learned how to elasticize wristbands, to sew in a lining, and to reinforce seams. Most important, because this was a first attempt at sewing for most, they learned to diagnose problems--an improperly threaded machine or bobbin--and to solve problems like broken needles or an incorrectly sewn seam, and they had the opportunity to share what they learned with one another to help complete their mittens.

Check out some of their handiwork below!

Last week's Parent Presentation

Last week, HBCSD and Dwyer hosted a wonderful parent event for social media and screen time and its effect on children's mental health. It was an eye-opening presentation for both educators and parents. The slides from Katey McPherson, school psychologist and secondary administrator, are below. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

PTSA and Dwyer Administration have some ideas in the works about how we can continue this discussion and bring more awareness and learning to our families and community.

What's Happening in January?

January 29 - PTSA DInner Night, Pizza Press, all day

January 30 - Twin Day

January 31 - Guitar Winter Concert, 6 PM, Auditorium

February 1 - End of quarter 2/semester