Celebrating Our Year in GHS InLab
Closing the Year Remotely - June 2020
Dear GHS Innovation Lab Students, Parents, and GHS Community Partners:
We did it! Here we are in June, thinking back to this spring when we made the daunting, overnight transition to Distance Learning in our GHS Innovation Lab (InLab) program.
Who knew how Project-Based Learning (PBL) would work remotely in a virtual environment?
No, it has not been easy. But you know what? Our students kept going, kept pushing themselves and stayed engaged, connected, and grew as cooperative learners, thinkers, and communicators beyond our wildest dreams.
The result of learning and implementing PBL in a Virtual space? Grace under pressure.
In this newsletter, we highlight the roller-coaster ride of Distance Learning and the amazing work of our InLab students. We also say a final farewell and best of luck to our Senior Class.
Lastly, we would like to extend a huge THANK YOU and CONGRATS to everyone for making it through this DL journey together.
Wishing you peace and good health as we head into summer!
The InLab Squad
Ben, Brian, Courtney, Jessica, Joe, Kathy, Lauren, and Mike
InLab 10 & 11: Exhibition at the Bruce Museum
Middle Row (L-R): Remy, Junior, Julien, Stephen, Ali, Jamie, Gillian, Veronica, Matthew, Madison.
Front Row (L-R): Chelsea, Jack, Andre, Jefferson, Quentin, Carolina, Alex, Demi, Richa.
Thanks to all of our InLab students for a year we will never forget. Click the gray link above to watch a special send-off video to of our scholars!
What's spring without a field trip? Click the link above, which will take you on a virtual field trip around the world! Choose points on the Padlet map to find out more about the deep dive projects from our 9th and 11th Grade Humanities scholars.
During DL, the GHS Innovation Lab's Humanities 10 students put their collaboration, creativity, and initiative to work in spite of the challenges. Click the red heading above to view this amazing curated work on the Humanities 10 website. Enjoy!
We're all in it together. Click above to get a glimpse of life at home during Distance Learning. Featured Blogs from Olivia Leppla ("Blue Skies Lie Ahead") and Veronica Paez-Deggellar ("On Exhibition and Growth: One Student’s Perspective").
GHS InLab Students were among ten GHS students to win awards at the Connecticut History Day competition in April. Congrats and Good Luck to InLab Sophomores Carolina Ferrer and Richa Vaid, who will be competing at the National Competition June 14-20.
How did Juniors end their year in Design Studio?
What helped you get through Quarantine?
The things I couldn't live without were, my book on Nomadic living (I look at this at least once a day), my computer, my calculator, COFFEE, my Ipad/phone, exercising (a group of friends and I do a social distanced workout group every morning at 8:30), books (I have read at least one book a week), My airpods, makeup (I have been playing with fun colors and extreme makeup techniques), and my blankets (being cozy has been a must for me). - Jennie Olmsted
This Living Portrait photo challenge was inspired by photographer Gregg Segal's project "Daily Bread" about nutrition and eating habits of children around the world. Students were asked to gather ten items that held great meaning for them during DL and take a photo with themselves in the center of the photo.
Katherine Reflects on the Year:
Congratulations, Frankie Pugliese (InLab 9) for Winning Honorable Mention in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge!
NPR Student Podcast Challenge Entries Spring 2020 by Kathleen Mendez
Click the link above for details about Innovation Lab's Summer Reading Assignment.
Congratulations to Our Seniors!
Jaden McKean, Gracie McCoe, Will Taki, Liam Brinton, and Manny Martinez
An extra shout out to all of our parents who made Distance Learning possible!
We could not have done this without you!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Our Greenwich High School Innovation Lab teachers are passionate about their content and implement cutting-edge learning strategies. Organized into two areas, Humanities and STEM, co-teaching is common and both areas are linked closely to a year-long thematic arc. Teachers also share responsibility for the Design Studio elective. Greenwich High School's Innovation Lab offers a project-based, interdisciplinary option for English and social studies (as Humanities) and/or STEM (science and math). Ninth, tenth and eleventh graders are eligible.
Click here to find out more about our program's philosophy and approach.