Classroom Close-Up: Biology

Biology students created experiments to test photosynthesis under various conditions. They made leaf disc samples sink in a buffer solution and then timed how long it took the discs to float as a measure of the rate of oxygen production via photosynthesis under various conditions.

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Sports Recap, Week of May 13

Middle school Ultimate played two games this week. After a tough loss at Bement on Tuesday, the team had a thrilling game on Wednesday against Four Rivers. After fighting back from an early deficit, the team nearly climbed out with a victory but eventually lost 15-10. Charlie P had 9 assists and Julien TC scored […]

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Class Trips, 2019: Grade 12

The seniors enjoyed a blissful couple of sunny, breezy days on Martha’s Vineyard. They visited the cliffs and lighthouse at Aquinnah, learning about the cultural and geological history of a unique part of the island that is the reservation for the Aquinnah Wampanoag, who have lived on the island for over 10,000 years. A stop […]

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Class Trips, 2019: Grade 11

On their trip to DC, the juniors visited the US Capitol (where they met  Congressman Jim McGovern), the Museum of African American History, the US Holocaust Museum, the various monuments and memorials along the National Mall, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery, the Politico offices, and saw a performance of The […]

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Class Trips, 2019: Grade 10

The sophomore class traveled to New York City where a highlight was a guided visit to the United Nations with the support of the Mary Lyon Foundation.  They also enjoyed Times Square and the Met, visited the 9/11 memorial, and  went to the New York Academy of Art, Mr. Green’s alma mater.

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Class Trips, 2019: Grade 9

Ninth grade students had a busy few days visiting Nantucket where they were hosted by the Maria Mitchell Association, a marine biology and astronomy research and education center. Executive Director (and former Academy parent!) Dave Gagnon shared information about the organization’s work and island history to give context to their visit. Students visited the Nantucket […]

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Class Trips, 2019: Grade 8

8th graders spent three days contemplating the natural world, the relationship between the individual and the collective, and the role and function of government (among other things!). We spent time at landmarks precious to Henry David Thoreau—including the rare opportunity to spend the night at his birthplace and family home—before heading to the Edward M. Kennedy […]

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Community Service Day, May 3

          Last Friday was Community Service Day at The Academy! Our students and teachers braved the cool, wet weather and spent the day helping others. Each year we dedicate a full day to honor The Academy’s founders and their commitment to both community and service. In Shelburne Falls our teams did […]

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8th Grade Stages Mock Trial

As a project in their Civics class, the 8th grade staged a mock trial in which groups prosecuted and defended a charge of vehicular manslaughter, allegedly involving texting while driving. While both sides presented strong cases, a mistrial was declared. Thanks to attorney Paul Rudof (P23, 24) for arranging for a legal professional to serve […]

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