Holocaust survivor, Rifka Glatz, shares her story with SMA Prep cadets

Rifka Glatz

By Caleigh Patterson, SMA Prep Cadet

On Thursday, October 17, SMA-Major Pelletier’s class welcomed a very esteemed guest, one who endured many trials, suffered and lost many who were dear to her heart, with a soul of bright sunshine, providing warmth and wisdom. Her name is Rifka Glatz, an 81-year old Holocaust survivor, soon turning 82. Her story is one of many turns, of heartbreak and adversity, sorrow and pain, and most importantly, of love, joy, and kindness. Greeting us with the Hebrew phrase “Shalom,” she shared her story with us.

She was born in Hungary in 1937, October 26, to a Jewish family. When World War II broke out, many Hungarian Jews believed that the rumors of the faraway concentration camps and the “Final Solution” could not be true, and many were reluctant to leave. When Germany entered Hungary in 1943, the oppression of Jews began. Those who were once countrymen and women, comrades in arms, neighbors, and friends, were now prosecuted. Her parents, running a bakery at the time, were forced to give up their establishment along with the other Jewish shopkeepers and tradesmen. She was only six at the time, only completing kindergarten, with no chance of entering first grade when the Jewish children were prohibited from entering schools. Jewish day-schools were set up, and she attended them. Her father was placed in a forced labor camp, starved and worked to death, his family was anxious about his whereabouts. (They were later informed about his death from his brother-in-law.)

They came for them in the middle of summer, her mother telling her older brother to prepare a knapsack and clothe her in many layers to have the clothes, in case she didn’t come back. That day, her mother was caught begging to get back to her children and was allowed to return. The Germans took their house and all of their possessions in the house and boarded the door shut. They were loaded into trucks. She was with her brother and mother when she was taken to the brickyard factory and stayed there for a few months. They slept on dirt, with minimal food and water. Rezso Kaszcher, a Hungarian Jew, a lawyer, and a hero formed a committee and decided to deal with Nazi Adolf Eichmann, the man who ordered the extermination of Jews in Hungary. They offered jewelry in order to save a group. The group of 1,800 randomly selected Jews, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, etc.were put on hold until further notice. They were going to go to Spain or Portugal, but they instead went to Bergen-Belsen, it was terrible but not an annihilation camp. She was six and a half at that time and was separated from her brother, but was able to stay with her mother. Rifka turned seven in the camp.

When they were liberated they were taken to Switzerland and stayed at a grand hotel for ten months to recuperate from the conditions they lived in (1943). After some time she went to Palestine, Israel and stayed in a kibbutz, a communal settlement. She only got to see her mother twice a year; however, her ‘foster’ family was very nice. The years on the kibbutz taught her how to love, and taught her lessons that the whole world needs to utilize every day; if you see an injustice in the world, do something. If you can’t, notify someone who can. The real crime of the Germans who didn’t believe in the “Final Solution” was that they were bystanders and did nothing, as the real opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. Don’t ignore the hatred and evil in the world, as if left ignored, can blossom into something truly terrible and unviewable, so go forth in love and kindness. Shalom.

Rifka is married with two adopted children Her brother has a huge family now and they are very close and loving towards each other. Rifka has 3 grandchildren. She has the contents of her Mezuzah from their former house in Hungary, hidden in her mother’s coat.

SMA Prep Works with Water for South Sudan to build a Well in Africa

Last year, the SMA Prep Interact Club embarked on a journey to make a real world, positive impact as part of their service learning. This Interact International Project was inspired by SMA Prep 6th grade cadets who read A Long Walk to Water which is based on a true story by Linda Sue Park. Based on that inspiring story, they wanted to do something about the water crisis in parts of Africa. The Water For South Sudan project presented the opportunity and along with the help of the entire school began raising the $5,000 needed to sponsor the building of a well.

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Everyone involved was excited to hear the announcement today that the well is complete and families can now access clean water within a closer distance to where they live. SMA Prep Interact Club, led by SMA-CPT Neff, SMA-MAJ Pelletier, and SMA-CPT Clancy along with the Sarasota Southside Rotary Club and cadet leaders are proud to know their hard work has created an opportunity for people in remote, rural areas in South Sudan to change their lives.

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In South Sudan, millions of women and children trek for up to eight hours a day to collect water from marshes, ditches, or hand-dug wells where water is often contaminated with parasites and bacteria. The results are sickness, even death.  This Interact International Project was also part of an interdisciplinary unit for SMA Prep 6th grade cadets inspired by reading A Long Walk to Water which is based on a true story by Linda Sue Park.

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Thanks to the passion of the teachers and cadets at SMA Prep and in working with the community through the Interact and Sarasota Southside Rotary Club, the original journey to make a real world, positive impact came to fruition. Students will remember the experience because of their first hand interaction which offered a deeper understanding of empathy and the power they have to improve the lives of others.

About Sarasota Military Academy

Founded in 2002, Sarasota Military Academy (SMA) is a public charter, International Baccalaureate (IB) World School with two campuses located in Sarasota, Florida. Combining extraordinary academics with the highest military principles of camaraderie, focus, leadership, integrity, compassion, poise, honor and respect, SMA’s mission is to graduate young men and women who will confidently define their personal and unique goals for success in a multi-cultural and globalized world. Sarasota Military Academy High School is located at 801 N. Orange Avenue and Sarasota Military Academy Prep Middle School, is located at 3101 Bethel Lane. To learn more about SMA, visit http://www.sarasotamilitaryacademy.org/.

SMA Cadets Explore Empathy and Upstanding at the Florida Holocaust Museum

SMA Prep cadets visited the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg as part of their Holocaust Survivor Literature unit in SMA-MAJ Carol Peletier’s 8th grade IB MYP Language and Literature course. This was a moving and engaging experience for these cadets because they had taken the time throughout the unit to dig deeper into the true impact this horrific event left on the world and those who survived the nightmare.

Cadets were privileged to listen to the story of a survivor which becomes even more valuable when considering the rarity of a 1st person account of something that occurred 80 years ago. In short, many still alive to tell the story experienced it as children. This was the case for Mr. Ed Herman, who was just 11 years old when he was moved into the Warsaw Ghetto with his mother and sister in October of 1940. It was from there his harrowing journey began which he recounts on PBS’ Frontline in Never Forget to Lie. Read his story at this link: My Warsaw Ghetto Memories.

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SMA Prep cadets discover parallels between discrimination based on religion and race.

The museum curation was chronological and showed the full history of antisemitism dating back to ancient empires and explained how more intense propaganda developed overtime sustaining the harmful stereotypes and tropes that still exist today. there were examples of upstanders as well who risked their own lives to save the lives of Jews who would have been otherwise murdered in the camps.

Cadets shared reflections on their experience at the museum below:

“The museum was very emotionally draining. It is sad to know that such a horrible event happened not that long ago.”

“We also got to see an old cattle car that transported Jews to the camps. Just knowing that people had died in that car or were driven to their deaths blew my mind.”

“I learned about how Mr. Herman traveled throughout Europe as an 11 year old boy alone. When he told us to imagine being in another country all alone at that age it really got to me and I could feel like he felt at that moment.”

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The field trip also offered an opportunity for cadets to bond and relax with each other eating lunch and playing games in a waterfront park close to the museum. Cadets mentioned they would gladly go on a field trip like this again.

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SMA Prep Cadets of Month Show the IB Learner Profile of Caring

Congratulations to SMA Prep cadets, Naveah Harmon, Logan Claybrooke, Lilia Mosquera, Avery Alexander, Emily Brooks, and Jason Lockwood as the recipients of the November IB Learner Profile Recognition for Caring. Those that are Caring show empathy, compassion, and respect. We have a commitment to service and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Comments from their teachers explain how these cadets exhibit Caring:

“Emily is a truly wonderful cadet that continually goes above and beyond in helping her teammates on a daily basis, always patient and thoughtful to those she interacts with. She sets a great example for other cadets.”

“Jason might be the single most compassionate person I’ve ever met.  He constantly scans his environment for people who might need encouragement and goes out of his way to help them in tangible ways, like opening doors or offering to carry items for them.  Jason’s words and actions stem from a genuine compassion for his peers and can be noticed on a daily basis.”

Lilia quietly helps the other cadets at her table during art class when they are struggling.  I have seen her confidence grow and with it, the willingness to assist others.

Avery is a member of the Eco Team as well as being in AgriDesign and has demonstrated the trait for other cadets, the campus and the environment. He constantly helps others, picks up trash on the Prep campus without prompting.

Naveah supports her teammates verbally and emotionally. Whether she is in the game or not see offers support for her teammates and brings positivity to everyone she 

Logan is always the first one to step up and lead the team in getting everyone organized for warm-ups and drills.  He is a person who takes the blame when he is at fault, while not putting down others when it isn’t his fault. When Logan is not in the game, he is the leader on the bench in cheering on his teammates, and being emotionally invested in the game. Overall, he is just a caring person, and he shows it with his actions.

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SMA Prep has transitioned its “Cadet of the Month” program to focus more directly on IB Learner Profiles as a fundamental part of the IB Middle Years Program (MYP). The new program “IB Learner Profile Recognition” selects 6 cadets monthly who display that month’s learner profile. December will focus on the IB Learner Profile of Thinker.

The aim of all IB Programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB Learner Profiles are a set of 10 attributes cadets are encouraged to “try on” to explore different ways of thinking about themselves as leaders to have a positive impact on the work they do and on those around them. Click here to learn more about IB MYP and the IB Learner Profiles. We encourage SMA Prep cadets to consider: “What IB Learner Profile will you become today?!”

SMA Prep Cadets Take on the NPR Student Podcast Challenge: Turn An Idea Into Sound

SMA Prep cadets in Military Studies and Digital Arts combine forces to take on the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. Cadets have begun brainstorming to find their podcast topic. They are working off of various topic ideas such as:

  • Tell us a story about your school or community: about something that happened there – recently or in the past — that you want your audience to know about.
  • What is a moment in history that all students should learn about?
  • Show us both sides of a debate about an issue that’s important to you.
  • What do you want to change about the world? What’s a big change that you want to make in the future?
  • Explain something to us that kids understand and grownups don’t.

From this brainstorm, students will select their podcast topic and begin to write scripts, collect content, designate roles and design the sound and feel of their podcast for submission. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria: Information and Structure, Personality and Creativity, and Production Quality.

Thank you to SMA-CPT Miller and CPT Davis for engaging these creative SMA cadets.

Bringing two classes together allows for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to build communication and collaboration across age groups. SMA-Cadet Kalli B., who is a 6th grader, says she’s excited about this project because “everyone is working together as a team and is open to each other’s ideas”. Many cadets have expressed interest in continuing a cadet-led podcast that will add to SMA Prep’s media platform already established through the live streaming daily broadcast of Prep World News.

The contest opens up to entries on Jan. 1, 2019, and closes on March 31, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET. NPR will pick two winners: one from grades 5 through 8 and one from grades 9 through 12. We can’t wait to “hear” what these talented and engaged cadets come up with when they Turn Their Idea Into Sound!

About Sarasota Military Academy

Founded in 2002, Sarasota Military Academy (SMA) is a public charter, (6th-12th) located on 2 campuses in Sarasota, FL. As an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, SMA provides students with a 21st-century learning experience immersed in daily military principles of honor, respect, and leadership. Combining extraordinary academics with the highest military principles of camaraderie, focus, leadership, integrity, compassion, poise, honor, and respect, SMA’s mission is to graduate young men and women who will confidently define their personal and unique goals for success in a multicultural and globalized world. More information is available at www.sarasotamilitaryacademy.org

Stanford Professor Emeritus and World-Renowned Psychologist, Dr. Zimbardo Challenges SMA Prep Cadets to Train for Everyday Heroic Action

Dr. Philip Zimbardo, an American psychologist and a professor emeritus at Stanford University introduced cadets at SMA Prep to the Heroic Imagination Project of which he is the founder and president. Many know of Dr. Zimbardo for his 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment along with many other notable works. Currently, he is focused on motivating people to no longer be bystanders and instead take action to have a positive impact on the world around them.

Growing up in poverty in the Bronx in the 1930s and 1940s, Dr. Zimbardo often wondered how it was that some of his friends in the neighborhood grew up to be “bad” kids while others grew up to be “good” kids. As he refocuses his pursuit of understanding human behavior, he has established a new approach by asking, “how do ordinary people act heroically? Being introduced to the Heroic Imagination Project, cadets began to make their own connections with issues such as bullying and intolerance that can also be a part of their adolescent lives.

“Heroism starts in the mind.”

The larger question Dr. Zimbardo posed to cadets was, “Can anyone be a hero?” and emphasized the need to teach people to move away from being passive and instead to help people and situations that are in distress. Other questions came to light such as how to eliminate stereotypes and become more accepting of others as well as the value of developing a growth mindset as opposed to a mindset that is fixed and unchangeable. Dr. Zimbardo imparted to cadets that success in life depends on mindset, are you thinking into the future or are you stuck in the present only seeking immediate reward?

Dr. Zimbardo speaks to cadets this year for Project Equality which is one of the pathways developed through The Inspire Project created by SMA-MAJ Todd Brown who teaches 8th-grade Individuals & Societies as well as Civics. Brown has been cultivating this program over 5 years and it has positively impacted many students. SMA Cadet-CPL Grace Wagler is currently attending SMA High School and shared this about Dr. Zimbardo, “something that really stuck with me was the idea that just as normal people can take on “evil” roles so easily, normal people can also take on roles as heroes. This was an interesting concept and I think it is amazing that DrZimbardo used the findings from an experiment that sort of went south (Stanford Prison Experiment) to inspire people to become everyday heroes.”.

Dr. Zimbardo is also involved in the green school movement with the goal to empower kids across the world as Eco-Heros. He currently works with schools in 18 countries and Green School in Bali is particularly impressive. SMA Prep was awarded the Green Flag award from Eco-Schools USA through the National Wildlife Federation. The connection to other green schools offers a unique opportunity for SMA Prep cadets to collaborate on a global level.

Dr. Zimbardo and his team believe, “Most people want to take effective action in challenging situations, they just don’t know how.” He is hoping to train a new generation of heroes, “suggesting that each and every seemingly ordinary person on this planet is capable of committing heroic acts”.

About Sarasota Military Academy

Founded in 2002, Sarasota Military Academy (SMA) is a public charter, (6th-12th) located on 2 campuses in Sarasota, FL. As an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, SMA provides students with a 21st-century learning experience immersed in daily military principles of honor, respect, and leadership. Combining extraordinary academics with the highest military principles of camaraderie, focus, leadership, integrity, compassion, poise, honor, and respect, SMA’s mission is to graduate young men and women who will confidently define their personal and unique goals for success in a multicultural and globalized world. More information is available at www.sarasotamilitaryacademy.org

About Heroic Imagination Project

The Heroic Imagination Project (HIP) develops and implements education programs, research, and public initiatives to inspire and encourage everyday heroism. Our mission is to encourage and empower individuals to take heroic action during crucial moments in their lives. We prepare them to act with integrity, compassion, and moral courage, heightened by an understanding of the power of situational forces. More information is available at www.heroicimagination.org.

 

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SMA Prep Cadets Explore the IB Learner Profile of Open-Mindedness

Congratulations to SMA Prep cadets, Ethan K., Sara D-R, Lucas S., Bryanna L., Illiana W., and James D. (not pictured) as the recipients of the October Ib Learner Profile Recognition for showing Open-Mindedness. Open-Minded learners understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values, and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view and are willing to grow from the experience.

Comments from their teachers explain how these cadets exhibit Open-Mindedness:

Ethan takes the opportunity in class to reach out to others to help his fellow classmates work out ideas with an open mind in order to complete their work. He is always eager to engage with others to explore questions and problem solve searching for a more effective or useful outcome.”

Sara has been in this country less than a year and is eager to help other students become more open-minded. She often points out that math is done differently in her country.  She volunteers to show the class different ways of doing math. Sara is also interested in learning new ways to do math from her classmates and teacher as well. She loves to help and work with others so everyone can understand new math concepts.”

Lucas is new to our country from Brazil and shows his open-mindedness every day as many things are different in the US. For example, Brazilians write their numbers differently.  Lucas speaks Portuguese and English and often explains to his classmates about life in Brazil. Lucas volunteers to answer questions and is always interested in learning new concepts. Lucas is a good self and peer advocate.”

Brianna shows her open-mindedness excelling when collaborating with others to develop ideas and problem solve. She also displays this attribute because she is a very good listener and she uses this to work effectively with others. Brianna will offer to help other students understand things from a new perspective and she enjoys listening to everyone’s ideas as well.”

Illiana approaches working with other always with an open mind. She is respectful and helpful and genuinely wants to hear what others have to say. Illiana shows confidence through sharing ideas with others as well. She thinks of her classmates, teachers, family and SMA Prep always with a positive perspective.”

James is an exceptional student who often demonstrates open-mindedness. He is always open to other people’s opinions and values their input.  He enjoys having a healthy debate on almost any topic and he finds it extremely important to understand all viewpoints related to the topic. His ability to keep an open mind allows him to have a more complete understanding of the topic being discussed. James values the importance of understanding all viewpoints before forming his final opinion. Through his open-mindedness, he helps other students around him to develop a similar attitude, which has had a very positive impact on our class as a whole.”

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SMA Prep has transitioned its “Cadet of the Month” program to focus more directly on IB Learner Profiles as a fundamental part of the IB Middle Years Program (MYP). The new program “IB Learner Profile Recognition” selects 6 cadets monthly who display that month’s learner profile. November will focus on the IB Learner Profile of Caring.

The aim of all IB Programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB Learner Profiles are a set of 10 attributes cadets are encouraged to “try on” to explore different ways of thinking about themselves as leaders to have a positive impact on the work they do and on those around them. Click here to learn more about IB MYP and the IB Learner Profiles. We encourage SMA Prep cadets to consider: “What IB Learner Profile will you become today?!”

Learning in Action: Prehistory Inquiries

Stonehenge — why was it built?  Who built it and how?  Catal Huyuk — how did its inhabitants live?  Why didn’t they have doors?

SMA Prep cadets are learning to think like archaeologists as they grapple with these prehistory questions in SMA-CPT Meissner’s IB World History course.

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Exploring topics such as Stonehenge, Catal Huyuk, early humans, migrations, and Sumerian achievements, 6th grade students immersed themselves in research and inquiry about these ancient periods and events occurring before written records.

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In addition to developing presentations that included detailed research about their selected topic, several students took their projects to the next level by creating models that supported their discoveries.  “I was really impressed with the creativity and details that my students displayed in their projects,” SMA-CPT Meissner proudly explained.

One of their discussions focused more deeply on Stonehenge as SMA-CPT Meissner shared the research about Dr. Andrew Young’s theory regarding stone/wood balls/rails method. As students learned more about the possible methods for moving the enormous stones to include the trench and log roller methods, questions began to form about the theories.  Bringing their ideas together, SMA-CPT Meissner sent an email to Dr. Bruce Bradley, Emeritus Professor from the University of Exeter, to find out more about possible excavations of stone or wooden balls near Stonehenge.  To everyone’s delight, Dr. Bradley responded!

Dear Eric,

The answer is no and yes.  There have been no stone or wood spheres found in the vicinity of Stonehenge that would work with the roller theory.  Some stone ones have been found in northern England.  However, there have been a few recovered at Stonehenge made of chalk.  While they are too soft to work they could have been models to be copied in wood.  There are no organic artifacts from Stonehenge. What can be said is that there is no direct archaeological evidence for how the stones were moved.  The log-roller method would need a hardened surface which should have left significant traces as would the trench method.  Neither has been found.  The stone/wood ball method would leave no traces.

I hope this has answered your questions. 

Sincerely,
Bruce

Bruce Bradley
Emeritus Professor
University of Exeter
Department of Archaeology

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The students and SMA-CPT Meissner were thrilled to receive the response but realized this created even more questions about the theory.  Eager to have their inquiries answered by an expert in the field, the students again submitted their questions for SMA-CPT Meissner to send to Dr. Bradley.

 

Dr. Bradley,

Thanks so much for your reply, I really appreciate it. I told my students about it, and we were excited to hear more about the roller method theory. I explained to my students what you said in your email, and they asked that if the logger method leaves traces, why wouldn’t tracks used for the roller method?

Again, many thanks for your reply.

Sincerely,

SMA-CPT Eric Meissner
6th Grade World History Teacher
Sarasota Military Academy Prep

 

Once again, Dr. Bradley responded to their questions!  Here are two of the pictures that the students studied as they pondered this mystery.

 

What do YOU think his response may have been?

 

Learning in Action: Nature as Art Inspired by Environmental Artist, Andy Goldsworthy

SMA Prep artists tried their hand at creating outdoor sculptures inspired by the work of environmental artist, Andy Goldsworthy. SMA-CPT Pam Kok developed this unit in her Visual Arts classes to support the campus-wide initiative Project Earth. Exposure to making deeper connections to nature fits in perfectly with the overall goal of building compassionate and caring environmentally conscious individuals.

The budding environmental artists enjoyed the process of using patterns, textures, and natural materials to create art. Cadets offered some insights into their experience:

  • “It was fun to keep adding to other materials as we got more ideas.” I enjoyed that everyone made something different.
  • “It was fun, and we used teamwork. We had so many ideas once we joined our ideas together.”
  • “We used creative thinking. I liked the different colored rocks and leaves.”
  • “I liked that we were building outside. We used logical thinking to come up with a plan and then added on to it.”

The classes hope to place installations around campus to share their ideas and the importance of everyone recognizing a connection to the nature around them.

About Andy Goldsworthy

“Using the temporal materials as the reflection of the world we live in, Andy Goldsworthy collaborates with nature creating ephemeral works which remain immortalized only on photographs. Traveling around the world in a quest for perfect environment, he strives to understand nature by his direct participation, enjoying the freedom provided by the possibility to create something just using his hands and material that is within reach. His outdoor sculptures of snow, ice, leaves, rock, clay, feather and twigs represent the idea of change, movement, growth, and decay that is the vitality of nature, the driving energy that he tries to elicit through his pieces. Using the earth as a source, he makes art sensitive to every process that happens around us. Nature and land are in a state of change which itself is the key to understanding.” (www.widewalls.ch)

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Cadets used Andy Goldsworthy’s outdoor sculptures as inspiration for their own creations

About Sarasota Military Academy Prep

Sarasota Military Academy Prep is a public charter, middle school and authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, providing students with a 21st-century learning experience immersed in daily military principles of honor, respect, and leadership. Combining extraordinary academics with the highest military principles of camaraderie, focus, leadership, integrity, compassion, poise, honor, and respect, SMA’s mission is to graduate young men and women who will confidently define their personal and unique goals for success in a multicultural and globalized world. More information is available at www.sarasotamilitaryacademy.org

About Project Earth

Project Earth is a student and faculty-driven collaborative effort spearheaded by Agri-Science, the Interact Club, and Project Inspire. Our goal is to become an Eco-School, a new certification backed by the National Wildlife Federation. It is a seven-step process that requires audits in twelve sustainable categories such as water consumption, energy use, and campus biodiversity. The certification would be a year-long effort that would promote environmental awareness of the cadets and a chance to lessen the carbon footprint of our school. To find out more about upcoming speakers visit Project Earth

 

Learning in Action: Creating Stop-Motion Claymation Using the IB Design Cycle

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In Design Technology III cadets are learning how to create claymation film in the logical workflow of the I.B. Design Cycle in order to complete assigned tasks and projects. For the Stop-Motion Claymation short films, cadets collaborate in small groups to establish a 2-4 minute movie theme, develop characters, write the script, design and build the set, create their modeling clay characters and use an iPad and the “Stop Motion” app to film their movie.

At the end of the project and as part of their summative feedback, each group will present their films at the “SMA Prep Peer Film Festival,” where they will receive thoughtful feedback from their peers in areas such as film concept, script, set design, and overall presentation. SMA-MAJ Billy Hodges along with his creative cadets are looking forward to presenting their work.

Character Day 2017 Highlights

As part of the campus-wide event, faculty and students participated in Character Day! Let It Ripple Film Studio, who sponsors the global collaboration, explains the event:

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“Thank you all for being part of the fourth annual Character Day! On September 13th, 2017, there were over 133,000 events and people engaging from 150 countries from Guam to Thailand to the Central Africa Republic and many more. We saw so many amazing photos and videos come in from so many different types of events: everything from K-12 school districts to universities including UC Berkeley, Harvard, and MIT, to The U.S Airforce, to companies like Intel, to individual families across the country and world. We provide the materials, you create an event that works for you.”All classes took on a character trait to explore and express in the form of posters, crafts, presentations, and hands-on projects. Character traits included teamwork, kindness,  love of learning, bravery, fairness, humor, creativity, curiosity, and leadership just to name a few.

All classes took on a character trait to explore and express in the form of posters, crafts, presentations, and hands-on projects. Character traits included teamwork, kindness,  love of learning, bravery, fairness, humor, creativity, curiosity, and leadership just to name a few.

Many teachers integrated their character trait study into their current units and focused on developing the social skills of communication and collaboration with cadets.

Character Day was an effective way to bring our school together and set a positive tone at the start of the year.

About SMA Prep

Combining extraordinary academics with the highest military principles of camaraderie, focus, leadership, integrity, compassion, poise, honor, and respect, SMA’s mission is to graduate young men and women who will confidently define their personal and unique goals for success in a multicultural and globalized world. More information is available at www.sarasotamilitaryacademy.org

About Let It Ripple

Let it Ripple’s mission is to use film, technology, discussion materials, and live and virtual events to engage people in conversation and action around complicated subjects that are shaping our lives, and updating these topics through an engaging, accessible, 21st-century lens. Over the past ten years, we have created and distributed 30 films, engaged over 50 Million people in dialogue, pioneered a new way of making films we call “Cloud Filmmaking,” where we make films collaboratively with people all over the world, and founded a new model to start global conversations with screenings and discussions across all continents on the same day, with a combination of live and virtual events. More information can be found at www.letitripple.org

Tropicana Speech Contest Winners!

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Congratulations to the winners of The Tropicana Speech Contest. SMA-Major Pelletier and SMA-Captain Neff had their students write an original speech, cadets presented their speech in class, and then competed in the finals.
  • First Place: Ava DiGiovanni “Social Media Apps”
  • Second Place: Aurelia Pyrczak “Poverty”
  • Third Place: Daliah Helfrich “I am Syria”
Ava DiGiovanni will represent SMA Prep in the 4/H Tropicana Public Speech Contest on Wednesday, May 10.

Stop Motion Claymation

SMA-MAJ Hodges is supporting 30 teams who have written movies (3-5 minute script), built sets, and fashioned their characters out of modeling clay.  They are ‘rehearsing’ their claymation techniques. Once the animators are finished filming…they will go into post-production for editing, sound/music as they finalize their 3-5 minute movie. Can’t wait to see their finished products!