Twenty-eight members of the Class of 2020 were inducted into the Cum Laude Society this evening during a virtual ceremony. Following introductions by Head of School Kai Bynum and Dean of Academics Kristine Waters, guest speaker Carter Banker '10 spoke to the students and their families. Congratulations to the new inductees!
On Friday, May 15, students in Chinese 5 classes were joined by Arieh Smith, known by most as "Xiaoma in New York", who is a YouTuber and social media personality known for his Chinese language abilities. With over 2 million subscribers on YouTube, he inspires people from around the world to learn languages. In the virtual class, Xiaoma spoke about his language learning experience, his life when living in China, and his passion for film. Knowing that most of the students are graduating high school, Xiaoma also talked about how learning foreign languages is helping him to adapt to new environments and keeping him open-minded. He also encouraged the student to try learning new languages, and take on new challenges. He highlighted that language learning is a life-long journey which goes beyond the academic study, and a skill that the students can use throughout their lives. Check out his videos on his Youtube channel: @xiaomanyc #hopathomect #hopathome
I love the privilege of being able to mentor and supervise so many projects in a year; some projects move past mentoring into genuine collaboration. When Cici asked me to collab on an animation project, I was excited and cautious. Cici's ability, speed, and command as a visual artist was not a question: she designs all sorts of professional-quality posters and won a Golden Key. Her interest in my side-project comix, "Those Poetix," was enticing and scary. I had never thought about how those cartoon characters sound and move, how their hair looks from the back, what colors they are. Cici's confidence was infectious, and we wrote a script with Mr. Thom Peters and Margaret '21 as voice talent. And then, real life: during cramped isolation, Cici's computer was accidentally hit with a big glob of glue, and weeks of work was gone. Our little collab looked like it would reduce to a valuable small etude, and I settled in to that reality. But Cici dug very, very deep and created a fully animated, two-minute FULL COLOR CARTOON. I have seen animation grad-students who weren't this thorough in eight weeks of glue-free work. Cici managed to dispel, for two beautiful minutes, all the cloud of these weeks of isolation, and make me feel like we were back in the Hop Cafe having a no-joke, full-on collab. And for that, I will always be grateful. ~ Ian Melchinger, Chair of Senior Projects
Picture this: it's hard to stay motivated on homework during this season as our own schoolwork seems increasingly abstract, right? Madalena and Rayane had to stay motivated to help track skills that Pathfinder sixth graders lacked...so they could better learn the Pathfinder match curriculum, and a year later, the students can rock the SSAT and get into a better high school. How did Rayane and Madalena develop their own momentum? They assigned each other clear goals, used timers, and set very specific deadlines. I'm pretty fervent about this project, because the Pathfinder community is right on the edge of vulnerability; the kids just realizing how much potential and ability they have, and they need a clear path they can believe in. By disciplining themselves and setting goals, Rayane and Madalena have improved the system that helps Pathfinder teachers bridge gaps. For the kids, those bridges lead directly to better high school outcomes and life-improving opportunities. I salute Madalena and Rayane for keeping it real, seeing clearly, and modeling for the Pathfinder community—and for us—what it really takes to improve people's lives. ~ Ian Melchinger, Chair of Senior Projects
Students in Mariana Torrens Arias' Spanish 2 class re-created works of art from Spanish speaking artists with objects found at home. ##hopathomect
There's a lot happening in the coming days! Visit www.hopkins.edu/2020 to learn more.
Julia began with a few Greek phrases and the ability to say her own name. Her goal? Learning enough Greek to handle herself in a family conversation. Week one involved a textbook and the memorization of regular present tense nominative verbs. Julia kept one of the most diligent log books I have ever seen, and that commitment locked down her fundamentals. As we've all learned, studying in a vacuum loses its charm after a few weeks. Julia wisely programmed two levels of human engagement to stay sharp. Her FaceTime tuor brought a deep knowledge of Greek etymology that rooted her study in tradition and meaning. Closer to the heart, Julia knew that her beloved "yiayia" (grandmother) was visiting in May. In Week Seven, Julia's work paid off in a small but irrefutably awesome moment: a family conversation happened at the dinner table, in Greek, and for the first time in her life Julia knew what yiayia was saying. Julia's project reminds us that it's up to us to make meaning out of the knowledge in our heads. The Greek word "technos" translates best as "craft;" with a variety of technologies, Julia models a way to craft a meaningful learning experience. ~ Ian Melchinger, Chair of Senior Projects
The pandemic and subsequent quarantine did its best to stop the Hopkins Drama Association’s spring production of Execution of Justice by Emily Mann; however, the ever-adaptable members of HDA had other plans. Over spring break, they made arrangements to reimagine the play as an eleven episode podcast and, on what would have been the first rehearsal in Lovell, a virtual Zoom rehearsal took place. During the following weeks, the cast and crew met regularly to read through the script and nail down characters. Then, individually, each actor recorded their parts on the Soundtrap app often used in the Music Department at Hopkins. Once recorded, the Technical Crew of the show, who originally planned to be stage managers, light and sound board operators, and prop masters became audio technicians. They learned how to edit clips, add music and sound effects, and piece together the audio clips into a coherent episode. The entire production is currently available at www.hopkinsarts.com/execution-of-justice. Congratulations to the cast and director Michael Calderone!