From Paige Prindle, English Teacher:
As a summer reading assignment, my seventh-grade English students read William Kamkwambe's memoir, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. In his memoir, Kamkwambe describes his struggle growing up in Malawi as a poor farmer during a period of catastrophic drought. Despite being unable to afford to attend his local school, Kamwambe tirelessly sought knowledge on his own in books and was able to teach himself to build an electric-producing windmill entirely of salvaged materials. The creation of this windmill ended up being incredibly life-changing for William and his community. When we all met together on campus at The Grauer School at the beginning of the school year, my students discussed Kamkwambe's spirit of creativity, invention, and altruism and thought of ways that they could put our inspiration to good use. To do this, my students were given the opportunity to collaborate with their classmates in small groups to identify a problem in their local or global community and brainstorm an invention or new way of doing things that could help to solve or alleviate that problem. Students Gavin M. '24, Cailin S. '24, and Kai A. '24 decided that they would create a boarding school in Malawi for children from around the world who lack access to stable social, emotional, and educational opportunities. Gavin, Cailin, and Kai describe their school as a place that will make kids feel happy and excited and that has enough space for kids to play, but that will also feel like a nice, safe home for them. As they completed presenting their idea to their classmates, these beaming seventh graders smiled and said, "It's a lot like The Grauer school!"
Congratulations to Mia B. '21 for leading a team of Grauer students, families, and faculty to participate in the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) One Walk on Saturday, November 10. Together, The Grauer School team raised over $2,500 for T1D research.
Twelve Grauer students and 3 teachers traveled to Toronto, Canada to attend the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions, the oldest, largest, and most inclusive global interfaith event, from November 1-7. The event theme was The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change.
9th grade students in Health Class went head-to-head with one another as they competed in the 7th Annual Grauer School Cook-Off! Preparing three different dishes and applying a unit's worth of knowledge to their food selection and preparation, the class presented their dishes to a panel of Grauer judges.
Congratulations to Grauer's Middle School Robotics team, the Grauer Gorillegos, for competing in an FLL (First Lego League) Robotics tournament on November 3. The team was incredibly excited to win the 2nd Place "Core Values" award!
Grauer's Visual and Performing Arts Department presented the first Middle School Café Night event of the year on November 1. The evening included musical performances and drama monologues presented by the Music and Theatre departments, and a display of art projects presented by the Visual Arts department.
Grauer's High School ASB presented Spirit Week during the week of October 29 through November 2. Congratulations to the Senior class for winning the Spirit Week competition, and thanks to all of the other grades and the faculty for showing their spirit all week long for this fun competition!
On Saturday, November 3, The Grauer School Surf Team attended the first Scholastic Surf Series contest of the year in Ocean Beach.
Congratulations to Jackie J. '23 for winning The Grauer School's National Geography Bee on Friday, November 1! Jackie will be moving on to the California State Geography Bee round. Congratulations as well to Mac R. '24 for being the second place runner-up.
Grauer 9th graders went on a field trip to see Julius Caesar at The Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park. The week before, an actor from The Old Globe came to Grauer's campus to lead the students in a workshop, creating tableaux representing key scenes from the play.
Students in 9th Grade Biology class gave Evolution Research presentations this week about the evolution of an organism or trait they had chosen to research. Students researched theories about how the organism evolved and the support for each theory.