2015-2016 PUBLICATIONS BY BIRCHES STAFF AND STUDENTS

ten Grotenhuis, Elizabeth. “Traveling the Silk Road in Lincoln, Massachusetts: Birches School.” The Lincoln Review 39, 2 (March-April 2015): 20-22.

Garozzo, Nate (3rd Grade). “Those Red Eyes” (Part One). The Lincoln Review 39, 3 (May-June 2015): 28-29.

Garozzo, Nate (3rd Grade). “Those Red Eyes” (Part Two). The Lincoln Review 39, 4 (July-August 2015): 13-14.

ten Grotenhuis, Elizabeth. “A Boy, a Horse, and a Fiddle.” Dig into History 17, 6 (July/August 2015): 2-3.

Applegate, Ian. "Rock Reflections." The Lincoln Review 39, 6 (November-December 2015): 22-23.

Parisky, Katherine.  “Leaving the Tower to Read Rapunzel.” Independent School 75, 2 (winter 2016; published by the National Association of Independent Schools): 36-41.

The cover of this Independent School issue shows Birches students on a mindful walk through conservation land near our school. 

The cover of this Independent School issue shows Birches students on a mindful walk through conservation land near our school. 

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An expanded version of Ian Applegate's "Rock Reflections" appeared in the spring 2016 online issue of Independent Teacher, published by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Please click here for the full article. 

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On April 4, 2016, Dr. Katherine Parisky, Birches Associate Head and STEM Specialist, published an online research paper in Current Biology, entitled "Reorganization of Sleep by Temperature in Drosophila Requires Light, the Homeostat, and the Circadian Clock." Here is her summary of the article:

"There is a circadian rhythm to sleep. Typically, we are awake during the day and asleep through the night. However, heat can turn this normal pattern on its head. Struggling to sleep soundly through a sweltering summer night is a plight we have probably all endured. A fitful night of tossing and turning will often result from uncomfortably humid conditions. On the flip side, an afternoon of oppressive heat can make a midday nap a welcome necessity. In this article, we show that sleep in the fruitfly is similar to sleep in humans, influenced by environmental conditions. Interestingly, ambient temperature reorganizes the Drosophila sleep pattern in a way similar to the human response to heat. Sleeping at the right time of day is paramount to species survival. The effects of temperature on sleep result from several factors: light, the internal clock (a family of clock genes), and how much sleep has been previously stockpiled. In a given 24-hour period, animals will reorganize sleep patterns in response to high heat with a rough preservation of total amount of sleep. Our research has identified the genes and cells that are involved in this redistribution of sleep patterns in response to heat."

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We are proud to announce that the Birches Silk Road in the Year One curriculum inspired the May-June 2016 issue of Dig into History, (Vol. 18, No. 5), published by Cricket Media. The Foreword to this issue was written by Yo-Yo Ma. Article authors connected to Birches are Merton Flemings, Nate Garozzo, Louisa Kania, Fiorenzo Omenetto, Katherine Parisky, Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis, and Kate Walker:

Merton Flemings, "What's the Date?" (pp. 8-10)

Nate Garozzo, "Those Red Eyes" (p. 38)

Louisa Kania, "A Prized Commodity" (p. 18); "Precious Glass" (p. 19);
           "Divining the Future" (pp. 28-30); "Journey to the Afterworld" (pp. 32-33)

Fiorenzo Omenetto, "A Closer Look at Silk" (pp. 20-21)

Katherine Parisky, "Growing Bombyx mori" (pp. 22-25)

Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis, "The Power of Paper" (pp. 16-17)

Kate Walker, "A Great Match" (pp. 5-7)

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2017 PUBLICATIONS BY BIRCHES STAFF AND STUDENTS

Rapoport, Rebecca and J.A. Yoder. Math Lab for Kids. Fun, Hands-On Activities for Learning with Shapes, Puzzles, and Games. Children's General Study Aid Books, 2017.

Rebecca Rapoport is a Mathematics Specialist at Birches School. This wonderful book is illustrated with pictures of Birches students at work.  Here is further information about the book:

Math Lab for Kids shares more than 50 hands-on activities that make learning about math fun by drawing and building shapes, solving puzzles, and playing games. Everything you need to complete the activities can be found in the book or around your house. 

  • Geometry and Topology—build, draw, and transform shapes. Play with prisms, antiprisms, Platonic solids, Möbius strips, and squeezable, squishable shapes.
  • Maps—color like a mathematician. Discover how to fill in maps with the fewest number of colors possible.
  • Curves and Fractals—stitch, draw, and create. Make curves using only straight lines, and repeat shapes to create fantastic fractals.
  • Tangrams, Toothpick Puzzles, and Nim—play, solve, and win. Learn to play—and discover strategies to solve and win—these time-honored brain teasers and games.
  • Graph Theory—make connections. Explore how points and edges are interconnected by drawing graphs.