Shadow Day at Immaculate Heart High School for its Eighth Graders

Published : Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 2:36 PM

Yesterday was Shadow Day at Immaculate Heart High School for our eighth graders!

The class of 70 students broke into small groups and spent the day visiting high school classes and club activities in order to experience life as an IHHS student.

They sat in on classes like Graphic Arts, taught by visual arts instructor Masha Tatarintseva, where they designed “personal logos” using their initials; Physics, taught by science chair Rob Vondrak, where they participated in a demonstration about relative velocity; Drama, taught by Genesians moderator and drama instructor Heather Chesley, where they learned a few sound- and movement-oriented theater warm-ups; and many more, spanning the breadth of the curriculum.

Then, during activity period, the students attended several fun activities put on by high school clubs and organizations. The Robotics Team showed off their robots, designed to navigate an obstacle course. Eighth graders then had the opportunity to guide robots of their own through the course, racing against each other for the fastest time. Another group participated in an origami-folding party hosted by the Asian Heritage Association. And the Pop Culture Association helped students create Harry Potter-style “floating” candles out of toilet paper rolls, hot glue, paint, and fishing wire.

At the end of the day, current IHHS students, including Associated Student Body president Mia Speier and senior Maia Tivony, both of whom also attended Immaculate Heart Middle School, gave speeches about how IHHS has empowered them, and they encouraged students to follow in their footsteps.

The eighth graders learned a lot about Immaculate Heart High School over the course of the day, and now have a much deeper understanding of everything that the high school has to offer.

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