Experiencing More Of Washington, D.C.

Seven miles of walking took the sixth graders to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the American History Museum, the Capitol Building, and the Library of Congress today.

Did you know that Woodrow Wilson’s portrait adorns the $100,000 bill printed in 1934? At the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, students measured their height compared to that of a stack of $100 bills. Some totaled $1.7 million tall and others a meager $1.3 million. A proper determination of net worth, right?

The actual Star Spangled Banner that inspired Frances Scott Key lies reverently displayed in a dimly lit room at the American History Museum. Also in the museum, many of our sixth grade young ladies delighted in seeing the dresses each First Lady wore on Inauguration Day and learning how the First Lady contributes the work of the White House. There were even several students who were spotted giving televised presidential addresses behind that infamous podium!

At the Library of Congress we saw one of only three perfect copies of the Gutenberg Bible printed entirely on vellum in the 15th century. Also on display is the complete library of Thomas Jefferson with books in Latin, French, Greek, Italian, and English. Word on the street is that some certain sixth grade teachers may have scored Library of Congress library cards!

At the Capitol building, sixth grade got into a nasty brawl! Punches thrown, teeth flying, blood spurting! Oh, wait. Sixth grade only did a mild reenactment of the brawl which actually occurred in 1858 amongst members of the House of Representatives over the issue of slavery in the very room where we stood, now the National Statuary Hall. Also  in national statuary hall, we admired the courage and strength of Rosa Parks who is represented seated as on a Montgomery bus.

by Michelle Seneff, parent blogger

Museums and Making Memories

Greeted by the cool morning air, we began our day walking, waiting at crosswalks, catching the Yellow Circulator bus, then walking again to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately because the Court was in session, we were not permitted entrance into the actual courtroom, but we took in the grandeur and history of America’s “Temple of Justice” which was erected during the Great Depression and completed in 1935.

Above the Supreme Court building entrance the inscription reads, “Equal Justice Under Law.” Our next stop challenged precisely that ideal.  To whom does equal justice under the law apply? At the African American Museum of History and Culture, our students traveled back in time to the 1400’s when the Atlantic slave trade began, walked through a Jim Crow era segregated rail car, and even learned about the Central Florida town of Eatonville, the first incorporated African-American city in the United States.

After a picnic lunch, we visited the Ford’s Theater to see with our very own eyes the presidential box in which Abraham Lincoln was shot by Confederate sympathizer, John Wilkes Booth.  We heard the story of how that infamous day unfolded and how several days later, the great manhunt for Booth culminated in a shoot out and a barn on fire!

Each chaperone group strolled through Chinatown to choose their dinner fare, whether Indian cuisine, Peruvian food, or good ol’ burgers. Back at the hotel, our sixth graders enjoyed a little friendly competition around the game tables before heading off to bed.

Another day is done for our sixth grade Geneva Knights in Washington DC. A day full of history, curiosity, exploring, pondering, and waiting at crosswalks…

by Michelle Seneff, parent blogger

 

First Day in D.C.

How many stairs to reach the Lincoln Memorial? How deep is the reflection pool? How long does the Metro door stay open? On which side do you stand versus walk on the escalator? Our bright, energetic students who arrived at the Orlando airport this morning, did not complain when they were separated from friends on the plane, pulled out playing cards and creative games while waiting for hotel rooms, hurried their steps to keep up with our excellent guide, Mr. Andre, and respectfully observed the solemn memorials to our fallen heroes. For their ten miles of walking throughout our first day in DC, the sixth graders were rewarded with a sunset cruise, dinner, and dance party aboard a yacht cruising down the Potomac. By 10 pm, worn out feet and sore legs carried tired sixth graders and chaperones back to the hotel eager for the adventures tomorrow will bring.

by parent blogger, Michelle Seneff

  

 

  

   

Traditions Are Important

By Mrs. Isabel O’Driscoll, Student Services

Traditions are so important in community life, and the pancake breakfast is one of the favorite traditions at Geneva! I’ve done a little research, and it seems that the pancake breakfast started as a student government event for Shrove Tuesday, and everyone loved it so much that for the past twelve years there is at least one day a year when the students arrive to a pancake breakfast! The administration puts on their aprons and flips pancakes for the students and faculty.

In the early days when it all started, the administrators lined the hallways and served the students as they arrived, but soon there were so many students and so much food that we needed to move into the gym.

Janzen Harding, class of 2012 and a current faculty member, remembers being so excited for pancake breakfast day! She looks back at those days being some of her favorites. Her classmate Michaela O’Driscoll remembers, “I always looked forward to pancake breakfasts as a way to relax and spend time with my friends and teachers outside the classroom. It felt like an acknowledgement of the work I was doing in school and a time of reprieve from my studies if only for a moment. The camaraderie among students and teachers was palpable and a feeling I still remember to this day.”

Seventh grader Landon Agurto was so excited to finally get to be a part of the pancake breakfast this year!

This morning we had Mr. Ingram, Dr. Clark, and Dr. Beates cooking up blueberry pancakes, Chinese savory pancake, and French toast. Moms in Prayer offered all the fixings with chocolate chips, Nutella, pecans, coconut, and sprinkles! Father’s Watch took part arriving with spatulas in hand. Parents provided delicious casseroles and fresh fruit.  The result was a gym buzzing with students and faculty relaxing and enjoying a great breakfast together!

I’m not sure how this important tradition will play out in our new venue next year, but I have no doubt that it is something that will just get better as we move into our beautiful new Geneva home!

   

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December 3, 2021
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  • Grammar School Spirit Day

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  • 4th Gr - Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
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  • 9th Gr - Moms Coffee

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:00 am
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  • K - Countdown to Christmas

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 8:30 am- 2:00 pm
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  • 7th/8th Gr - Orlando Shakes Trip

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 9:30 am- 1:30 pm
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  • USC House Meetings

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 10:30 am- 11:05 am
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  • Boys Varsity Soccer Away Match Vs. Crooms

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm
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  • Kids Night In (Music Fundraiser)

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm
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  • Girls Varsity Basketball Away Game Vs. Mount Dora

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm
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  • Boys Varsity Basketball Away Game Vs. Mount Dora

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm
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December 4, 2021
  • Youth Basketball Skills Clinic (1st–6th)

    Date: December 4, 2021 - December 4, 2021
    Time: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm
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  • Boys Varsity Basketball Away Game Vs. Merritt Island

    Date: December 4, 2021 - December 4, 2021
    Time: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
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  • Christmas Festival & Market

    Date: December 4, 2021 - December 4, 2021
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December 6, 2021
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    Date: December 6, 2021 - December 6, 2021
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    Date: December 6, 2021 - December 6, 2021
    Time: 8:15 am- 9:15 am
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  • LSC Chapel

    Date: December 6, 2021 - December 6, 2021
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:42 am
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  • Girls Varsity Basketball Home Game Vs. Altamonte Christian

    Date: December 6, 2021 - December 6, 2021
    Time: 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm
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December 7, 2021
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    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
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  • Chamber Orchestra

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
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  • 2nd Gr - Velveteen Rabbit Project

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 10:30 am- 12:00 pm
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  • Ladies Choir (8th–12th)

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 3:00 pm- 3:45 pm
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  • Philharmonia Orchestra (3rd–5th)

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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  • Art & Creativity Class (K4 & K)

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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  • Typing Class

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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  • Girls Varsity Basketball Away Game Vs. Legacy

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm
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  • Girls Varsity Soccer Away Match Vs. Masters

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
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  • Boys Varsity Basketball Away Game Vs. Legacy Charter

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
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  • Boys Varsity Soccer Away Match Vs. Masters

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 7:30 pm- 9:30 pm
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December 3, 2021
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    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Grammar School Spirit Day

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 4th Gr - Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 8:00 am- 3:00 pm
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  • 9th Gr - Moms Coffee

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:00 am
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  • K - Countdown to Christmas

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 8:30 am- 2:00 pm
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  • 7th/8th Gr - Orlando Shakes Trip

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 9:30 am- 1:30 pm
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  • USC House Meetings

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 10:30 am- 11:05 am
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  • Boys Varsity Soccer Away Match Vs. Crooms

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm
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  • Kids Night In (Music Fundraiser)

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm
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  • Girls Varsity Basketball Away Game Vs. Mount Dora

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm
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  • Boys Varsity Basketball Away Game Vs. Mount Dora

    Date: December 3, 2021 - December 3, 2021
    Time: 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm
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December 4, 2021
  • Youth Basketball Skills Clinic (1st–6th)

    Date: December 4, 2021 - December 4, 2021
    Time: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm
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  • Boys Varsity Basketball Away Game Vs. Merritt Island

    Date: December 4, 2021 - December 4, 2021
    Time: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
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  • Christmas Festival & Market

    Date: December 4, 2021 - December 4, 2021
    Time: 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm
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December 6, 2021
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    Date: December 6, 2021 - December 6, 2021
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Moms in Prayer

    Date: December 6, 2021 - December 6, 2021
    Time: 8:15 am- 9:15 am
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  • LSC Chapel

    Date: December 6, 2021 - December 6, 2021
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:42 am
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  • Girls Varsity Basketball Home Game Vs. Altamonte Christian

    Date: December 6, 2021 - December 6, 2021
    Time: 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm
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December 7, 2021
  • Dialectic B

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Chamber Orchestra

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 7:00 am- 7:45 am
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  • 2nd Gr - Velveteen Rabbit Project

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 10:30 am- 12:00 pm
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  • Ladies Choir (8th–12th)

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 3:00 pm- 3:45 pm
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  • Philharmonia Orchestra (3rd–5th)

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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  • Art & Creativity Class (K4 & K)

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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  • Typing Class

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
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  • Girls Varsity Basketball Away Game Vs. Legacy

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm
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  • Girls Varsity Soccer Away Match Vs. Masters

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm
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  • Boys Varsity Basketball Away Game Vs. Legacy Charter

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
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  • Boys Varsity Soccer Away Match Vs. Masters

    Date: December 7, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    Time: 7:30 pm- 9:30 pm
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