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Update from our Dean - nearing Jamaica

By kevin | Feb 17, 2020 |

Dear A+ Friends and Families, We are nearly to Jamaica! The current plan is to come to anchor on the 18th and then go alongside the afternoon of the 19th. I have attached the port plan and you will see on it the various activities we have planned for the students. We have taken extra safety precautions for this port due to safety concerns, so shore leave will end at 1800 each day and we will be alcohol and drug testing students periodically throughout the week.

During the port brief with students we will also be putting added emphasis on the safety and risks section, making sure to carefully discuss responsible travel. We want all of the students to have an amazing and safe experience in Jamaica. 

Academically this past sail, classes have been charging ahead. It’s hard to believe that 3rd quarter is almost over. In S3, we have continued working our way through the argumentation unit and have recently started discussing logical fallacies including: ad hominem, appeal to pity, tu quoque, hasty generalization, and the bandwagon fallacy. We discussed what they are, how they are used, their purpose, whether or not using them is ethical, and their effect on constructing an argument. 

In English Language Arts, the students have started a unit on Ernest Hemingway’s classic, The Old Man and the Sea. Our English teacher, Bridget, was ecstatic to find out today that we could just see Cuba off in the distance, where Ernest Hemingway’s house, Finca Vigía, is located. Students will soon begin a three part assignment on the book including developing seminar questions, finding quotes of value and describing why they are significant, and rewriting three descriptions of nature focusing on the distinctive use of diction that Hemingway is known for. 

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Best Wishes,

Emily J. Waugh

Dean of School

 

Members of the Baking Club making delicious Valentine's Day treats