On Thursday, April 4th, the MBS Middle School hosted a World Culture Consortium event for students from four area middle schools, and the fun was certainly not lost in translation. The day consisted of educational games and exercises that celebrated cultures from around the world.
As part of World Culture Day, students participated in International Family Feud, where they were asked cultural questions following the format of the popular TV show. They also got an introduction to Irish step dancing, and learned to perform a jig. In Classical Connections, students worked in teams to find associations between items including Greek gods and goddesses, Roman numerals, famous monuments, and etymologies. In another exercise, students even learned to make pasta from scratch!
“The activities are meant to encourage participation and collaboration,” said MBS Middle School Spanish teacher Jenifer Laviola. “This event is a great way to challenge students in new ways, in a new setting, and to give them an opportunity to work collaboratively with students they are meeting for the first time.”
Participating schools included: Morristown-Beard School, Morris Plains, Ridgedale, and Central Middle School.
Eleven Morristown-Beard School 7th Graders took part in the Consortium event, including: Sam Bodack, Jerry Meranus, Ian Patchett, Angie Ramos, Keira Redmond, Danny Sasse, Hayley Sgro, Jonah Tinkelman, Alex Turben, Jackie Velikiy, and Svea Winghardt. Special thanks to Mrs. Laviola’s Upper School Italian students who helped with the pasta making!