Kumeyaay Expert Visits Grauer
From Alicia Tembi, U.S. History Teacher:
8th grade US History students and the Grauer Parent Gardening Club enjoyed a presentation by Mike Wilken-Roberston, local cultural anthropologist, professor of Anthropology at California State San Marcos, and author of Kumeyaay Ethnobotany. Mike has lived with, studied, and taught about the Kumeyaay for decades. He shared information about the Kumeyaay way of life, and explored the Grauer campus and native wildlife corridor with us to teach us all about the medicinal uses of various plants that the Kumeyaay would have relied upon. For example, we learned about the various ways a Prickly Pear cactus can be eaten, and about how both Black Sage and Yerba Santa can be used to relieve a cough and other respiratory symptoms. Mike's presentation was incredibly interesting, and we all benefited from learning about how the Kumeyaay were really the first environmentalists.
In this week's column, Dr. Grauer asks his students to consider other way to measure their success instead of focusing routinely on their grades.
The Period 7 Theatre Arts class produced a Brown Bag showcase on February 10. Nadia L. '21 and Lourdes F. '22 performed the one-act dramatic play "Poof" by Lynn Nottage during lunch for an appreciative audience on the quad.
The final rounds of the annual Grauer School Spelling Bee took place on February 11, when 7th and 8th graders competed to decide who will qualify to represent Grauer at The San Diego Union-Tribune Countywide Spelling Bee on March 17.
The Pre-Calculus class went to the beach on February 11 to evaluate their ability to write trigonometric equations from data found by observing the breaking waves. The students found the mathematics in something they love and appreciate... while having fun!
Thank you to all of our wonderful Grauer parents for their contributions to the Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon on February 12!
Courage is the unwritten core value that Grauer students are using to get through this pandemic. Dr. Grauer reflects that he never realized how courageous it is just to live life in joy, in smiles, in song, and in play.