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Monday, November 21, 2016

Field Hockey Hosts Unique Event


In 2006, a group of GA seniors on the varsity field hockey team decided to begin a charity field hockey tournament for middle school teams to enter. They donated the money made to the Ronald McDonald House. Little did they know that this tournament, Hockey for the House, would continue for ten more years and counting. Each year to come the group raises more and more money for the cause. The tournament is completely student run. Students donated baskets and gifts to be raffled off, ran the snack stand and refereed all of the games. This year was extremely successful making over $3,272 through entry fees, the snack stand and raffle tickets. The Upper School and Middle School teams bonded over this event with all of the money going to a great cause.

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GA's varsity field hockey team, hosts of Hockey for the House.
The event was extremely successful and the students discussed all of the fun they hand in practices to come. A few weeks after the event, the Upper School team received a letter from the Ronald McDonald house thanking the team for the efforts and partnership. The team was so proud of the successful event and work they had done to better a cause and make a small difference. The current juniors look forward to planning the tournament for the next year.

~ Alex K. '17 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Preserve Day Welcomes Many to Campus



Preserve Day is an annual event held by Germantown Academy that is open to the community. It’s used as a celebration of GA’s outdoor spaces. Events were spaced periodically throughout the campus on a Saturday in October. They included ziplining, home-made salsa and chips, s’mores, and mini bridge building.
One of the guests puts a bridge to the test.
Different groups from the GA community were present, like the Patriot Ambassadors and my sculpture class. Last year, my Sculpture 2 class was tasked with building a functional bridge out of wood. We brought them outside on Preserve Day for inspiration. Kids were invited to build small bridges out of popsicle sticks and clay. The event attracted many different people (and animals). Overall, the day brought out many members of the GA community and allowed them to experience the natural aspects of the school.

~ Sarina S. ‘17

Summertime at GA



This summer, I was a CIT (counselor in training) at the camp I have always loved, Germantown Academy’s Day Camp. As a CIT, I not only had more responsibility, but also a lot of fun. In the mornings, the CIT’s (there were about 10 of us) would go to “training.” By “training” I mean learning how to deal with different scenarios the campers would go through each day. For example, we learned what to do when a child gets a bee sting. We also learned how to perform CPR and how to calm down a group of children when they are riled up. After “training”, we went down for lunch. We would eat lunch in the cafeteria at the CIT table. After lunch came the best part of the day: being with our assigned troops. We were usually assigned a troop for one week and then rotate the next one so each CIT would be able to experience different age groups and genders. I personally loved being with D Troop. D Troop was filled with energetic, hyper 6-7 year old BOYS. I loved being in D Troop, in fact it was my favorite week. During the day, the troop had different activities all over campus. There would be the ropes course, wilderness, games, performing arts, science and more. The boys loved each and every event and if they didn’t we made sure to make it as appealing as possible to them. Once a week, the troops would go on a field trip.
Popcorn for all at Ambler Theater. 
Sometimes they went to the Ambler Theater, other times to Skyzone. But my favorite was when we went to the zoo. I liked going to the zoo because it was a great experience and the kids were so excited. Also, my friends Maddie and Annabel were also CITs with me. So when we went, Maddie took her GoPro and made a fun video of us feeding the giraffes, ziplining, and just walking around looking at the animals. I loved being a CIT and doing it with my friends made it better. I also met some new friends like Kira, Alise, and Sophie.
2016's Counselors in Training.
The best day of camp for me was Carnival Day. This was the day that the camp brought in a cotton candy machine, sno-cones, multiple moon bounces, and more. And as a CIT I got to manage each activity. Unfortunately, when Carnival Day finally came around, it was raining. But that didn't stop us from having a great time. Kids were running around going to the moon bounce, getting their faces painted, and having a blast. Being a CIT this summer was great and now next year I get to be a counselor. I feel fully prepared to become a counselor because I know what it takes. I had a great summer and I learned a lot. I can't wait for next year.
~ Sasha C. ‘20

Monday, October 31, 2016

Building Connections Through Field Trip



When I was in Lower School, I always admired and looked up to the Upper School kids. I could not wait until the day I would step into the next building over and be one of them. Everyone would anticipate the days when there would be collaboration between the two schools. Mrs. Ritz, the best Upper School art teacher (no bias), decided to create one of these days for the 4th graders to collaborate in a creative way with the 10th and 11th grade honors sculpture art classes
On the hunt for building materials.
We started the day getting to know the 4th graders. The creative challenge was to fit the entire team in a fort made up of only resources from the forest space. The kids gathered large sticks as the base of the structure. We worked with them to decide what the structure would look like but the decision was ultimately their own. We assisted them when we were asked but mainly we wanted them to figure out how to solve problems. Our structure, again, not bias, was the best out of all the groups. The day was a huge success as the Upper School kids joined forces with the 4th graders to create a fortress built from imagination, creativity and nature.
 ~ Josh F. '18
Josh and friends proudly display their fort.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Upper Schooler Reconnects to Lower School Through Seussical



"Hi!!!" I say as I smile and wave frantically.
"Hey, Aman!" the giant replies.
I smile again and stroll over to my fellow 5th grade friends.
"That's right. I just talked to an upper schooler!"
Aman and some of her Lower School castmates.
They look at me in awe and I feel amazing for the rest of the day. When I was in Lower School, I knew a lot of Upper Schoolers thanks to Belfry Summer Camp. The Upper Schoolers were the counselors, but we felt like they were our best friends. This past year as I transitioned into Upper School I got the opportunity to work with the Lower School in the Belfry's production of Suessical. It was so much fun to work with them and an amazing experience. It was a different feeling, being put on a pedestal by the Lower Schoolers, when just a few years ago I was doing the same. I would walk in the library and I would hear them whispering
"I know her!!! She's Mrs. Mayor."
So I would smile and wave, knowing very well that their days would be made just as mine were years ago.

~ Aman G. ‘19

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

GA Students Spark Scientific Interest



Did you know that only 21 percent of full science professors and a mere 5 percent of full engineering professors are women? There is a significant gap between the number of men and the number of women in science. So what can we do to get more girls and women interested and have them pursue it? One way is hosting events for girls to promote female scientists
JT helps Glenside students during construction.

Paper copter in flight.
Before Spring Break, a few female GA students, including myself, attended the Women in Science Fair at Glenside Elementary. Throughout the day, we made paper copters with students at Glenside in grades K-4. All of the students showed a ton of interest and desire to make the paper copter themselves. Of course, some of the younger students wanted a bit of help with the cutting, but we could see the great sense of accomplishment on their faces after they had finished making it.

~JT S. '18