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Sixth Graders Celebrate Ancient Civilizations


Dressed as Egyptian pharaohs and queens, Greek gods and goddesses, Chinese philosophers and other historical figures, sixth-graders at James H. Vernon School presented a living history of Ancient Civilizations for families and friends after weeks of  studying the topic in their classrooms and working on independent research projects at home.


Students developed research papers and supported them with models of Egyptian pyramids, sphinxes, hieroglyphics and tombs; Greek buildings, such as the Parthenon and the Acropolis, and ancient Chinese palaces, for example. They designed posters describing ancient inventions, famous landmarks and important people in history, and created digital presentations on their laptops. Students excitedly offered brief descriptions of their projects and answered questions as parents circled around their classrooms.


Sixth-grade student Tristan Weinberg shared his knowledge of the story of Moses and presented the Ten Commandments on “stone” tablets. Six-grader Nicole Walsh, dressed as Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, presented a bust of the prominent figure and facts that depicted her as a powerful, independent woman.


After the classroom presentations, the celebration continued as students and family members enjoyed various foods from these regions, including pita bread and hummus, Greek salad, dates and other fruits, Baklava and Chinese fortune cookies.


According to Principal Dr. Valerie Vacchio, the Ancient Civilizations celebration is one of the highlights of the sixth-grade curriculum.


“It’s an opportunity for families to see what students are learning in the classroom while providing a meaningful and memorable experience for students,” she said. “Many thanks to our parent volunteers and staff who made this event a huge success.”