Every student has a story. We hope our Student Voices gallery will give you a glimpse of the inspiration, knowledge, and creativity generated in the classrooms and beyond.
Come back often to check out what’s new in both the Upper and Lower Schools.
Sixth grade students recently created Weaving Portraits in Art class, weaving photography together with colored paper and hand-drawn elements. The beautiful and unique results can be found on display in Gardner Hall. Well done. Stay creative, 6th Grade!
The annual Head of School Hike takes place each October. Though the event is no longer announced as a surprise, it’s always a welcomed opportunity to take a break from classrooms and find inspiration and connection in the great outdoors.
This year fifth and sixth grade students trekked along the trails at Grelen and Montpelier while seventh and eighth graders walked the Graves Mill Trail in Madison.
Eighth grade English students visited the Art room to create writing journals displaying their own signature style. With Mod Podge, favorite quotes, scissors, and endless paper options on hand, each student created a journal cover that is unmistakably their very own.
Each year we focus on one of the four pillars (Kindness, Respect, Responsibility, Honor) throughout the school year. This year we will explore Kindness as a theme. Students were given the opportunity at the start of this year to enter a poster contest with Kindness in mind. They were challenged to create a poster featuring this message: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop
Eighth grade students shared a wonderful performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, inspiring ripples of laughter from even our youngest learners. Bravo to all performers!
Chase B. won first place in the Middle School competition for his poem, “Strum”. Way to go!
About Writer’s Eye: “Now in its 35th year, Writer’s Eye challenges writers of all ages to use visual art in The Fralin as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose.”
*inspired by Robert Reed’s Scanch Branch
Hours upon hours.
Strings dig into my calloused fingers.
My teacher’s instructions
cut through my dreams.
“Not the A string, the G string!”
“Remember, this is your biggest performance yet.”
I open my eyes
to the creak of the curtains opening.
Light spills onto the wooden stage.
Performance jitters course through my body,
roots curl into knots deep in my stomach.
I take a breath
letting out all the emotion trapped inside me,
like air let go from an over-inflated balloon.
Immediately, all my worries
My fingers move methodically
from string to string
and notes emerge,
like baby birds
taking flight from their nest.
Three minutes later,
the last note leaves my fingers.
and the sound of a thousand elephants
rockets out from the crowd.
Pure joy courses through my body,
forcing my lips into a huge smile.
The baby birds have flown the nest.
A 5th grade student poem based off of the poem, “Where I Am From,” by George Ella Lyon. Thank you, Kyra, for sharing this beautiful piece!
WHERE I AM FROM
I am from paper
From Nongshim and Sour Patch Kids
I am from the 50-step staircase
the portal to the upstairs world)
I am from lavender
the rich purple flower
that calms and inspires
I’m from double-knocks and birthmarks
From Paul A.V. and Tara
I’m from the laughter and stories
From “remember, you were above the average”
and “would you wash the dishes?”
I’m from calls of “Christmas gift!”
at 4:00 AM
I’m from Georgia and Cambodia
mee katang and chicken divan
From the moving of my mom’s family
to the U.S.A.,
the time my father saw a seven-leaf clover
of babyhood memories
I am from these preserved doorways
of my younger self’s past.