A SLICE OF LIFE AT FORSYTH
Here are just some of the highlights of the 2016/17 school year. Take a look at these slide shows and note that photos are downloadable.
Year-End Assembly & FS ’11 Reunion | 05.19.17 >> The whole School saluted the Forsyth Classes of 2017, our graduating sixth graders, and 2011, now graduating seniors. At Year-End Assembly, we salute the graduates, say good-bye to departing faculty & staff, present awards, and have an awe-inspiring high beam demonstration. The beam is 32 feet above the gym floor and below is the whole School!
>> Year-End Assembly 2017
>> Forsyth Class of 2011 Reunion
Green & White Day 2017 | 05.12.17 >> Field day is everyone’s favorite day. We begin with an all-school pep rally, then Pre-K–Sr-K have field day. In the afternoon, obstacle courses, dunking, relays, human foosball, and more challenge multi-age teams in Grades 1-6. The grand finale caps off this spectacular day. Pictures tell the story:
>> Green & White Day 2017: Pep Rally
>> Green & White Day 2017: Pre-K, Jr-K & Sr-K
>> Green & White Day 2017: Grades 1-6
>> Green & White Day 2017: Grand Finale
Purple Cake Day 04.25.17 >> As a class service project, Forsyth Senior-Kindergarten students hosted Purple Cake Day, a fundraiser for Nepal’s First Steps Himalaya (FSH) that supports early childhood and primary school education in rural Himalaya. Forsyth kids voted for their favorite teacher or administrator with a quarter, and the “winner” gets a purple Cool Whip pie in the face on field day.
Everyone Lives Downstream >> As part of their Green Schools Quest project, Forsyth sixth graders painted the water inlet in front of Forsyth School with the environmental reminder “Everyone Lives Downstream.” Forsyth School sixth graders tied for second place in the 2016/17 Green Schools Quest (GSQ) competition, Middle School Category, for their project: Water Efficiency, Education, and Conservation. Watch the GSQ project video created by sixth graders and their teacher Joe Kaminski.
Grade 5 Play 2017: Constellation Myths >> Forsyth fifth graders brought the stories of the constellations to life in their play Constellation Myths. Ancient Greek history and mythology is a focus in Grade 5 social studies. You will notice the larger-than-life puppets the fifth graders created: Orion the hunter, Ursa Major the big bear, Medusa with her snakes, and Helios horse. Drama teacher Jane Paradise led the production with support from music teacher Chris Thomas and puppeteer Gary Schimmelpfenig. See the fifth graders making the super-scale puppets.
Forsyth School Auction | 03.04.17 >> On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the Forsyth School community headed to the Peabody Opera House for the Foundation to Fly Forsyth School Auction. The evening began with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the silent auction in the Grand Lobby followed by a seated dinner on the stage. After dinner, there was a presentation in the theatre with the paddle raise for financial aid and the live auction. The proceeds from the biennial auction benefit the Forsyth School Financial Aid Program. [Photos: Michael DeFilippo]
I Heart Reading Day | 02.14.17 >> Forsyth’s 4th annual I Heart Reading Day, a day dedicated to literacy and the LOVE of reading, brought guest author Don Tate to campus. Grand Friends read, the Recycled Book Exchange was in full swing, Big Friends & Little Friends celebrated together, and everyone wore PJs to school.
FFO Celebration of Cultures Potluck | 02.12.17 >> The FFO Celebration of Cultures Potluck was well attended by Forsyth families and faculty, and it was an event not to miss for the 4th year running! We were entertained by dancers from across the globe, didgeridoo & flute music, fun activities, fabulous food, and more. Pictures tell the story.
Greek Mythology on Stage >> Take a look at this. Forsyth fifth graders create huge puppet characters for their upcoming play, Constellation Myths. These super-sized puppets will require 3 students to operate them on stage. The kids created Orion, Ursa Major, Medusa, and Helios.
Lunar New Year Parade >> Two dragons, rooster noisemakers, lots of red and a good crowd. It's the Year of the Rooster and occasion for a Lunar New Year parade around campus by Forsyth's youngest, Pre-K and Junior-K.
P.E.: Ballroom Dance 2017 >> For two weeks, Forsyth School fourth, fifth, and sixth graders study ballroom dance with professional dancer Lucy Fitzgerald from Just Dancing West. They learn the foxtrot, swing, rumba, and tango. These photos capture the fifth and sixth graders' performance at the end of the unit.
Winter Skate Break | 01.29.17 >> Sponsored by the Forsyth Family Organization, Winter Skate Break at the Clayton Ice Rink is a family favorite for skaters of all ages.
Forsyth Summer Discovery 2017 >> What's Forsyth Summer Discovery like? Take a look. Pictures tell the story. Then, head over to the Summer Discovery page to get the scoop on this summer's camp program.
Celebrating Dr. King at Graham Chapel >> In honor of Dr. King, kindergarten-Grade 6, plus faculty and administrators (a group of about 400!), walked to Graham Chapel at Washington University to reflect on Dr. King's legacy. It’s a bold move to take nearly the whole School on a walking field trip, and we could not have done this without the support of our great neighbors at Washington University.
Nicholas Aaron Aitken Artist-in-Residence 2016/17: Forsyth's Nicholas Aaron Aitken Artist-in-Residence this year is Tom Reed, Master Printer at the Sam Fox School of Visual Design and Arts at Washington University. Forsyth fifth graders, artist-in-residence Tom Reed, and art teacher Ellen DeFilippo collaborated to create four 8-foot wide mixed media panels entitled "Sunrise to Sunset" that will be installed outside on Forsyth's campus. Exhibit of "Sunrise to Sunset." In December, the work was displayed at the William Shearburn Gallery at a reception for Grade 5 families and friends. In this slideshow, see the four panels: Sunrise, Day, Sunset, Night.
Winter Break Camp 2016 >> Forsyth Winter Break campers of all ages planned, prepared for, and hosted a New Year's Eve celebration. Even though the party was more than a week before New Year's Eve, they had a blast. They made a gingerbread village, cookies and marshmallow treats, holiday cards, and more. On the day of the party, they played party games, had pizza for lunch and the desserts they made, and toasted the holidays and the new year.
Senior-K Friendship Assembly 2016 >> Senior-K’s Friendship Assembly is a Forsyth tradition filled with songs and skits that remind us how to be a good friend. These 5- and 6-year olds perform for the whole School, an audience of 400+. It's the first of many performances they will give at Forsyth. Drama teacher Jane Paradise leads the production and Forsyth piano teacher Jane Thomas serves as music director.
Forsyth Second Graders Design Knee Braces >> In science, Mrs. Anibal gave Forsyth second graders a biomedical engineering challenge: design a knee brace. They followed the engineering process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create & Improve. Each of the teams successfully designed and created knee braces. Read the story.
GRAND FRIENDS DAY 2016 | 11.23.16 >> The Wednesday before Thanksgiving brings Grand Friends (grandparents & special friends) to Forsyth for classroom visits and performances by every grade in the School. It's a Forsyth holiday tradition. Pictures tell the story: Early Childhood: Pre-K & Junior-K; Lower School: Senior-K - Grade 2; Upper School: Grades 3-6.
The American Revolution: Forsyth fourth graders study the American Revolution for 5-6 weeks. The Grade 4 play is a musical production of The American Revolution complete with songs, dance and historical figures: Betsy Ross, King George, Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, and more. In between acts, some fourth graders worked on their posters "The Road to the Revolution" in costume.
Grade 1 Coins for Kids | 11.18.16 >> As a cross-cultural service project, Forsyth first graders hosted a coin drive to benefit their Indian pen pals' school. They raised nearly $700 in their Coins for Kids drive. This money will be donated to Sri Aurobindo School in the Indian village of Gaddipalli to purchase books, educational materials, and school supplies.
A Visit with a Biomedical Engineer: What do biomedical engineers do? Professor Jonathan Silva, a Washington University biomedical engineer, shared a new tool to facilitate surgery with Forsyth second graders.
Forsyth Presidential Election | 11.08.16 >> Forsyth fifth graders hosted a model presidential election: respectful, fair, and well organized. Grade 5 students studied the democratic process in depth, shared what they learned with Grades 2-6, and led their fellow students in a presidential election, an important civic responsibility–a firsthand lesson with lasting impact. Read the story.
HALLOWEEN 2016 >> Halloween is big at Forsyth. First, The Gift of Halloween. Watch the fifth graders assemble 240 treat bags with candy for Central Elementary School's Haunted Hallway, a community event to provide a trick or treat experience for kids who might not be able to do so in their neighborhood. Then, Forsyth's Got Talent. Oh really? You bet. Watch Forsyth teachers and staff put on a high-production value, rocking talent show. Lights, music, special effects, BIG FUN! In the afternoon, the annual Halloween parade. The kids hop into costume and hit the track to parade around Falcon Field. A photographic lollapalooza. Forsyth rocks!
Junior-K Naturalist Program >> The goal of this new addition to Forsyth's early childhood science curriculum is to connect kids with nature over three seasons, so they can learn about seasonal changes, strengthen their powers of observation, hone their senses, all at the Kennedy Woods Savanna habitat in Forest Park. Read the story.
Senior-Kindergarten Letterland | 10.25.16 >> Every year, a charming performance of Letterland for families signals the start of reading and writing in Senior-Kindergarten.
Grade 6 Science: Cell Membrane Models >> Forsyth sixth graders immerse themselves in a yearlong study of the human body in science. To extend the study of cells in science class, sixth graders learned more about cell membranes through an engineering unit that challenged them to design cell membrane models.
Pre-K Butterflies in the Big Backyard | 10.11.16 >> The perfect way to learn about butterflies is to be one! The Pre-Kers (3/4 year olds) made butterfly wings and came out to our Big Backyard to emerge from their chrysalises and fly around as butterflies on a picture-perfect October day. Read the story.
Grade 6 Environmental Stewardship >> As a community service project, Forsyth sixth graders walked to the Kennedy Woods Savanna in Forest Park, for prairie restoration, water exploration, and an insect bioblitz. Read the story.
The View from the Falcon's Roost | 09.16.16 >> A new perspective on Grade 5 Challenge Day: from the Falcon's Roost, the launch pad for the high ropes course in the Forsyth Adventure Center. Read the story.
Forsyth Adventure Center Construction | 2006 >> In honor of the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Forsyth Adventure Center, here's a little retrospective of construction photos. The Adventure Center supports challenge education at Forsyth. Darel Shelton, then Grade 6 social studies teacher and our outdoor education lead, came up with the idea. First the high beam was installed in 1998, then the high ropes course and climbing wall followed in 2006. No other school in St. Louis has a high ropes course like Forsyth's. Darel envisioned the high ropes course, and Ted Stegeman (a Forsyth parent) and his company, Industrial Steel Fabricators, engineered and built the high ropes course. The tree mural on the wall with the Falcon's Roost, the launch pad for the ropes course, was painted by Off the Wall Productions.
Fall Picnic | 09.16.16 >> Despite the rain, Forsyth families turned out in record numbers for the annual Fall Picnic at Clayton Shaw Park. More than 500 dinners were served, the sno-cone machine was hopping, and a record number of student bake-off entries provided delicious desserts for all. Every event in the city canceled. Not Forsyth. Fall Picnic is hosted by the Forsyth Family Organization (FFO).
Opening Assembly | 08.26.18 >> On the first Friday of the new school year, the whole School gathered on Falcon Field for Opening Assembly. We welcomed new students, new faculty, met the Class of 2017, and had a visit from Freddy Falcon, Forsyth's mascot, who amped up School spirit a notch or two. After that, the sixth graders posed for a class photo.
The First Day of School | 08.24.16 >> Spirits were high as Forsyth families, new and old, arrived for the first day of school on a beautiful morning. The kids were happy to be back as were their teachers.