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Visiting Our Nation's Capital
In March, Class VIII students spent four days in Washington, D.C. visiting sites such as the Newseum, Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Capitol, the Department of Treasury, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and various monuments and memorials. With a design notebook and study packet in hand, students observed the physical manifestations of memorialization and analyzed what the features of monuments could portray--visually, symbolically, mathematically. By the end of the trip, students had filled their notebooks with sketches, observations, reflections, and fun-filled memories! Their goal upon returning to school is to design and create a monument which honors a person, event, or idea of their own choosing.