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 all of the students who were just cast in the Theatre Arts Department's production of the play Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, based on the classic novel by Lewis Carroll. The play will be presented on January 31 through February 2, 2019.
Congratulations to John Joseph H. '23 for having a TEDx talk on the official TEDx Youtube channel! John Joseph created his video talk "If we can do it, you can do it" in May 2017.
10th Grade Chemistry students visited General Atomics last week, where the students combined their newfound knowledge of nuclear chemistry, stability, and change with discussions on how nations currently generate electricity.
7th Grade Life Science students have started to explore the world of cells in class, learning about the connections between cells, tissues, organs and systems.
Thanks to everyone who attended the Back-to-School Luau on Thursday, September 13, and helped make this event a great success!
Ninth grade students were matriculated and officially welcomed to high school at The Grauer School in a special ceremony at the weekly assembly on Tuesday, September 11.
Congratulations to Grauer Senior Rhian B. '19 for being featured in an article "Unsung hero no more: Encinitas student writes a song about civil rights protester" in the September 11, 2018 edition of the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper.
7th grade English students collaborated with their classmates in small groups to identify a problem in their local or global community and brainstormed an invention or new way of doing things that could help to solve or alleviate that problem.
Grauer 11th graders welcomed a panel of immigrants to supplement their U.S. History unit on industrialization and immigration. The firsthand accounts provided insight into the realities of immigration including the challenges faced and the social and economic benefits.
On Saturday, September 8, members from Grauer's Shockwave High School Robotics team went to the Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park to participate in the kickoff of this year's First Tech Challenge (FTC) competition, along with all of the other FTC teams in San Diego.