Through The Lens: Yellowstone National Park
As a group, the students conceived the mural’s theme, and under Lady Pink’s guidance, projected, sketched, and painted a large-scale mural in the Art Department in Founders Hall. Other projects included a personal collage based on “What inspires you?”, a graffiti statement piece, and custom hand-painted Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.
It's New Jersey! You Got A Problem with That?
New Jersey holds some real gems across science, history, culture, and the arts. This Unit explored the culture and history of The Garden State, as well as its contributions to our country and the world. Students traveled across the state visiting landmarks of the American revolution, conservation sites, and museums to discover the treasures of their home state.
Inward Bound Mindfulness Retreat
Unit participants were given the unique opportunity to take a step back from their busy lives and get back in touch with what really matters. Students embarked on a four-day mindfulness meditation retreat led by instructors from the Inward Bound Mindfulness Education Organization. They explored meditation practices and learned to be comfortable with periods of silence. During the second week of the Unit, students participated in a nature hike, helped restore the tranquility garden, participated in a Japanese tea ceremony, created terrariums, and even participated in goat yoga.
Maine Islands, Writers, and Artists
Students in this Unit were encouraged to explore their creative sides as they journeyed to Monhegan Island, Maine. The island, with its dramatic cliffs, pine-scented forests, and quaint village comprised an ideal environment for nurturing artistic expression. Each day, students engaged in a writing component to produce poetry, fiction, or nonfiction prose and chose a visual art in addition—photography, painting, or drawing.
The Receiving in the Giving
This Unit challenged students to plan and execute their own service project, schedule and contact organizations and ultimately implement their project with the help of their peers. This experience deepened students’ understanding and appreciation for the altruistic, compassionate, and selfless work that so many do for those in need.
Acer to Quercus: For The Love of The Trees
The Acer to Quercus Spring Unit aimed to help students explore the science, history, economics, symbolism, and lore of the trees in our area. Using the GSB campus as a home base, students cataloged many of the trees on the school’s acreage and explored the heritage of our campus in connection with the past inhabitants and their varied uses of the trees in the region. Students in this Unit created this page to share what they have discovered.
Launching a Startup Business
Using the food truck industry as a model, students in this unit learned how to start and design their own business. This group observed how food trucks operated —(and tasted a variety of cuisines, of course!) Students also spent time with visiting entrepreneurs to learn about their successes and failures.
As a capstone to the Unit, the students developed a proposal for their own unique food truck business or pop-up restaurant, including creating a business name, designing a logo, creating a menu, sourcing ingredients, building a budget, and drafting a business plan presented in a “Shark Tank” style pitch.
Student Internship Program
The Student Internship Program returned this year after a 2-year hiatus because of COVID-19. Sixteen juniors and seniors were selected to shadow professionals in a variety of fields during the Spring Unit program. Internships centered around entrepreneurship, veterinarian practice, medical interests, environmentalism, sports management, legal judicial proceedings, cybersecurity, music therapy, art business, and marketing. Many of our alumni, parents, and friends of GSB volunteer their time to provide our students with a glimpse into professions that are not typical of a high school student experience. Through the duration of the program, the students are required to maintain a daily journal, write a reflective essay about their experience, and give a final presentation to a select panel of faculty and staff.
"We are so very proud of our students who, instead of participating in a spring unit course, immersed themselves in a real-world experience that provided them with a deeper understanding of professions that they are considering pursuing as they enter college," stated Goodson Barrett.
Middle School Spring Unit
The Spring Unit experience is not limited to the Upper School. The fifth and sixth grade Unit was themed "We All Play a Part". Students created skits based on GSB's Core Values and rotated through many new activities like screen printing, tie-dye, lanyard making, making dog treats, and making ice cream.
Seventh and eighth grade students also participated in a shortened version of the program. The seventh graders participated in units about stop-motion animation, advertising and commercials, the criminal justice system, survival skills, and physical and mental challenges. The eighth grade units involved cooking, mini golf, survival skills, ancient civilizations, and finding art in nature. All students hiked the campus as well as worked in groups to be creative, solve problems, and make art.