Game day brings in over dozens of students. In game day you can hang out with friends that you really don't see during school, and you can meet new people that you normally you don't interact with. You can play Apples to Apples, spoons, the Wii, card games and more. You can also buy snacks for a low price. Game day is in the library every Thursday, 10th period.
,I always wanted to be a bad boy or in my case, bad girl. I love the idea of role-playing. After all, who wasn't trying to imagine what they would say to their mystery date at the end of the night --- I mean game!
I listen to my students with amazement when they play D&D so I was really surprised when I came across the headline"The 1980's Media Panic Over Dungeons & Dragons" by Eric Grundhauser which made me wonder, why the hub-bub over D&D?
Here's what I see and hear when students are playing:
They are fully engaged! They talk with one another, laugh, cringe as the dungeon master plans their next adventure, collaborate as they plot and plan the next move. They create a narrative that is as fully evolved as a Dickens story and would rival a Game of Thrones storyline. I never considered it a spectator sport but I've watched students enjoy listening as the story unfolds, eagerly anticipating the next roll of the die. Best of all, there's no interruption from a phone or the buzz from some device. In my world, I hope D&D lives forever.
The "GAMERS' designed their own t-shirts this year. This design was created by Alex Culkin using minecraft. We sold 35 shirts which we hope everyone will wear for Thursday game day, Game Nights and on our field trips. But I have a terrible memory so someone will definitely need to remind me!
We will sell them again next fall. The cost was low because we dealt with a local company, Custom Logo. Gamers could get their last name or gamer name on the back.
Check back (fall 2016) to place your order for a t-shirt.
photo credit: Dillon Sims, 2016
The trip to SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, NY was amazing! We enjoyed every single minute, starting with the bus ride out and a big basket of candy.
Our first appointment was with an admissions counselor. She gave us an overview of the available programs, activities and clubs. She described the application procedure, SAT/ACT testing requirements, required letters of recommendation and the all important factor: COST.
Did you know that the NanoScience College of Engineering has been ranked number 1 in the nation in higher education research? Passing Duke, MIT, and Stanford?
We were also surprised by the number of clubs on campus. There is everything from a Game Design group, Magic the Gathering, Nursing club to Dungeons and Dragons. All it takes is eight students to form a club to receive funding and space.
Next up was a tour of the entire campus. No stone or building was left unturned. We saw the Library, Campus Center, Field House, dormitory (even visiting one of the rooms). But the highlight was the last stop, the dining hall.
We ate lunch until we were full and then we ate again! The dining area is set up cafeteria style but there were at least 6 different food stations ranging from traditional pizza to juicy cuts of tender roast beef.
Check out the slide show of our day!
Our trip is scheduled for Thursday February 4. We will be gone all day! Talk with your teachers this week and be sure to make up any missed work.
Please go to your first period class and check-in. Then come to the lobby. We will board the bus around 7:45.
We will have lunch in the college dining hall (gluten free options are available). Please dress appropriately for the weather.