January 12: Today's JTerm Highlights

Photography Then and Now: While students worked on their prints, Mr. Leslie invited Lower School classes to learn more about the photographic process. Lower Schoolers ranging from Kindergarten through fourth grade stopped Campus Center to have a class photo taken, and then proceeded into the dark room to watch the image come to life in front of their very eyes. Here, Mr. Leslie shows a group of students how to stop a photo from overdeveloping.

Escape the Western Diet: After meeting with FJ Leto '04, founder of Juice Dr., students in Mr. Parsons' and Mrs. Yaros' class split into groups to concoct their very own healthy smoothies without the help of added sugars or preservatives. Each group visited a Lower or Middle School classroom to premiere their creation, offer samples, and discuss the smoothies' health benefits. Here, some lucky students in Mrs. Kent's class try a delicious kale, pear, lime, and strawberry smoothie with a raspberry garnish.

Games 4 Geeks: Mr. Bryant and Mr. Lavallee rolled the ceremonial die to see which group would be first to present their final project in Games 4 Geeks, a course that blends game theory, probability, economics, and more. The very first group to present unpacked one of the greatest underdog victories in sports history: the Premier League win by Leicester FC. With only a 5,000-1 odds of winning, the team took on their better funded rivals to win the title and £93.3m. The student group explained the business and strategy behind the Premier League, comparing the team's win to the game JA Titan and the movie Moneyball. Read more of their analysis on their blog.

The Journalist's Lens: Following yesterday's launch of their JTerm Times online newspaper, students were busy publishing more school news today. The young reporters posted articles focused on the "Building Understanding" JTerm class experience and the new tray system in the Dining Hall. Yesterday's headlines focused on additional JTerm classes, teacher opinions on technology, student opinions on the recent election, and much more. The class also welcomed guest speaker John Morris, a 1988 EA alumnus and Director of Digital Operations for 6ABC's Action News. John spoke about journalistic ethics in the digital age and answered questions from students.

Hollywood and History: Today was the big pitch. Students have been working in groups to brainstorm and develop a movie concept, estimate a production budget, and produce a trailer and promotional posters to present to the big movie studio executives (played by other students and teachers). After all projects were green lighted, US math teacher Jim Farrell '82 joined the class to share his personal experience and memories from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. This personal account from that tragic day helped to provide a first-person perspective of the events before the class heads to the movie theater tomorrow to see Hollywood's version in the new movie, Patriots Day.