Microplastics Presentation at Grauer's Weekly Assembly
On October 22, Marine Biology teacher Brendan Wallace welcomed Dr. Jennifer Brandon to speak to all of our students at Grauer's weekly assembly about Microplastics. Dr. Brandon is a Marine Biologist who has been researching microplastics for 7 years, specifically determining where all of the microplastics in the ocean come from. Her research has shown that a large amount comes from fibers discarded by washing machines when clothes made of synthetic materials are washed. Other sources include microbeads from cleaning products, and nurdles, which are the small pellets of plastic that are used to manufacture plastic products. Many of these plastic sources are dumped into storm drains and then washed into the ocean because they are too small to be filtered by water filtration processes, and then the animals in the ocean ingest this plastic material. This has led to a very high percentage of the ocean's animals having plastic in their systems and it has implications for the entire food chain. This was a very informative presentation for our students and staff, especially due to the school's ecostewardship pledge for this school year.
Dr. Grauer takes a look forward to what school will look like in the coming years, based on lessons learned from the pandemic and changes to education that should be continued for current and future students.
The Visual & Performing Arts Department presented the 16th Annual Grauerpalooza Arts festival in a week-long series of virtual events on May 11-15. The arts are thriving at The Grauer School, regardless of the situations in which we find ourselves!
As a culminating project for their Civil Rights Movement unit, 11th graders completed "Voices of Social Justice" presentations. Each student investigated a "voice" from the Civil Rights era that was forgotten or misunderstood, and then crafted a piece of art that embodied that individual's story.
Grauer's Film Studies class hosted the Survivor TV show’s Co-Executive Producer, John Kirhoffer. Students learned how he started in the industry and through his hard work and perseverance, eventually became a television producer.
The Grauer School's weekly assemblies on Tuesdays are a special part of the school's community, and they begin with a message from Dr. Stuart Grauer. In this week's message, Dr. Grauer asked the students to think about what makes them intrinsically motivated to learn.
After learning this week of the passing of a friend, Dr. Grauer revisits times before the quarantine, to tell the story of a "survivor" who has some qualities we want to hang on to in these times.