Seventh and Eighth graders competed alongside high school students at the state finals level of the "We the People" Congressional Hearing competition. This is a simulated congressional hearing in which students "testify" before a panel of judges. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.
New School students were the first group of middle school students to ever take part in this high school competition and received a trophy from the Florida Law Related Education Association honoring their level of knowledge and professionalism.
NSP German Students Victorious again
New School Prep FASG German students prevailed again at their competition. Here is a list of winners:
Kian Tartibi: 1st place Poetry, 1st place culture test, 2nd place art projects Cameron Graham: 1st place Poetry, 3rd place culture test, 4th place art projects Olivia Allen: 1st place Poetry, 1st place culture test, 1st place art projects Gabriel Perez- Ocana: 1st place Poetry, 2nd place culture test, 1st place art projects Joia Herbert: 1st place Poetry, 2nd place culture test Carolyn Mundy: 1st place Poetry Kathleen O'Gorman: 1st place Poetry, 2nd place comprehensive test, 2nd place art projects Colton Potter: 1st place Poetry, 1st place comprehensive test, 2nd place art projects Mind Montgomery: 1st place poetry, 1st place art projects Liam Clark: 2nd place poetry, 3rd place comprehensive test Sarah Kunkel: 1st place Poetry, 1st place comprehensive test, 1st place art projects John Leonard: 1st place poetry, 1st place art projects, 1st place comprehensive test
Adam Bouzianis: 1st place poetry, 1st place art projects, 3rd place comprehensive test
Talent Show: 2nd place
NSP Students Commemorate Wall's Fall
On the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the day of German Unity, October 3, New School Prep German students and Rollins College German students tore down a12-foot tall replica of the Berlin Wall. Students constructed "The Wall" as they learned about the history behind the actual Berlin Wall that separated the eastern and western halves of the city.
New School Prevails Over High School Competition in State German Competition
New School Prep German students have done it again! For the second year in a row, students placed first in state at the German competition. 4th-7th graders competed against high school students in events such as poetry recital, reading comprehension tests, grammar and culture exams, a talent show, and cultural art projects.
Kian Tartibi: 3rd place Poetry, 3rd place comprehensive test, 2nd place art projects
Cameron Graham: 2nd place Poetry, 4th place reading comprehension test, 3rd place art projects
Olivia Allen: 1st place Poetry, 1st place comprehensive test, 1st place art projects
Gabriel Perez- Ocana: 1st place Poetry, 4th place comprehensive test, 1st place art projects
Joia Herbert: 2nd place Poetry, 1st place comprehensive test, 3rd place art projects
Carolyn Mundy: 3rd place Poetry, 2nd place comprehensive test, 4th place art projects
Christina Calvello: 1st place Poetry, 3rd place comprehensive test, 1st place art projects
Colton Potter: 1st place Poetry, 2nd place comprehensive test, 4th place art projects
Talent Show: 2nd place
NSP Student places 4th in nationwide "Philosophy Slam"
Each year Philosophy Slam holds a nationwide contest in which kids answer a probing philosophical question. The latest question was “Is global warming the greatest challenge facing humankind?” Fourth place for the nation’s most philosophical 7th grader was awarded to NSP student Monica J.
To date NSP has had 8 Philosophy Slam award winners, including 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
The mission of the Kids Philosophy Slam is to give kids a voice, and to inspire them to think by unlocking their intellectual and creative potential through a unique yet powerful philosophical forum.
The Kids Philosophy Slam is an annual program designed to make philosophy fun and accessible to all kids in grades K-12, as well as to help promote critical thinking skills and encourage dialogue with other students and adults.
At the annual Florida Association of Students of German (FASG) Conference held on April 17-19, ten elementary and middle school New School Prep students placed first in state. They were up against high school students from across Florida. New School Prep students spent 3 days competing in events such as: vocabulary, grammar, culture, German poetry, 2-D and 3-D art projects, digital media projects, and a talent show. Overall the ten New School students took 29 medals and trophies. Last year, nine New School Prep students took 2nd place overall in the state.
FASG is a student run organization that promotes the study of German language and culture. Student officers work closely with the registrars of the organization. Sara Höfler, NSP German teacher, was voted the 2007 Teacher of the Year for German in the state of Florida. Individual results here.
Cabinets of Curiosities Night
Cabinets of Curiosities, also known as Wunderkammern, were the precursor of the modern museum and were proliferate throughout Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. New School Prep students created thrilling displays and reenactments of:
An Egyptian Pharaoh's Tomb
A Native American Village
The lives of the early American colonists
A Mayan Pyramid
A Roman Villa
An 18th Century Laboratory
The Magic Starts with Preparation
Then On With the Show
New School Partners With Rollins College
New School Preparatory is proud to announce its partnership with the Rollins College Office of Community Engagement as well as the Department of Modern Languages and Literature. New School and Rollins will collaborate on a social action project which will assist rural Namibian children to gain a quality education.
Toshiba Exploravision Contest Awards Announced
New School Preparatory was one of only three Orlando schools who earned honorable mention in the annual Toshiba Exploravision contest. Sponosored by Toshiba, Exploravision is a competition for students in Grades K-12. It is designed to encourage students to combine their imagination with their knowledge of science and technology to explore visions of the future. [Read More]
Philosophy Slam Winners
Winners of the National Kids Philosophy Slam Contest for the Most Philosophical 8th graders in North America are New School students Nathan and Katie.
The Kids Philosophy Slam has been featured on: The NBC Today Show, The New York Times, National Public Radio, and Time Magazine for Kids.
The mission of the Kids Philosophy Slam is to give kids a voice and to inspire kids to think by unlocking their intellectual and creative potential through a unique and powerful philosophical forum.
The Topic: Which is More Powerful, Fear or Hope? Nathan's essay earned First Place in Grade 8 as The Most Philosophical Student in North America, while Katie's essay earned Second Place. For more information go to: www.philosophyslam.org
New School Students to Study at Duke University
Each year students at New School are administered the SATs. At the end of Grade 6, those students who score 95% or higher on the SATs in core subject areas (Reading, Math, Science) qualify for Duke University's academic talent search, TIP, Talent Identification Program. The students pictured here qualified for TIP and went on to take college SATs. Those whose scores are 1000 or above are invited to study at Duke University for their summer programs. Eight of the students pictured here will be studying at Duke University this summer and taking courses such as Astrophysics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Advanced Writing, Architecture, and Psychology.
More information: www.tip.duke.edu
Congratulations to New School students, parents, and faculty for another successful Physics Day. This student-generated, interactive event featured interactive projects, each demonstrating physics concepts. [Read more]
Congratulations to our Mathcounts team for another successful competition.MATHCOUNTS® is a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. After several months of coaching, participating schools select students to compete individually or as part of a team in one of the more than 500 written and oral competitions held nationwide and in U.S. schools overseas. More information: www.mathcounts.org
Much Ado About School
New School Preparatory is featured in Teaching K-8Magazine. Read the letter we received from
Patricia M. Broderick, Vice-President and Editorial Director of the magazine: Click here
New School Preparatory on WMFE radio: Arts Connection
Winterfest was featured on NPR, The Arts Connection. Listen to interviews and highlights from the performance: Click here