This Special Edition Oculus highlights poetry and creative writing from all of the Oculi published throughout ASMS’s history. English instructor Dr. Jeff Goodman is the faculty sponsor.
From ASMS Counselor and WOW sponsor Helen Clark: “Recently, the Women of the World club travelled to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. They went with a purpose and a determination to come back more informed, and prepared to tackle hard, rarely faced issues of injustices and poverties faced by women in other countries. These young ladies spent many hours during this three day weekend watching the documentary “Half the Sky” by Kristopher Kristoff, and Sherly WuDunn and discussing the issues represented in the documentary. We voted on the two causes we felt most compelled to donate to and came home with the determination to make our voices heard in some way. The girls have since raised enough money to send checks to two worthy organizations: The Fistula Foundation, which will receive a check for $1,000.00, and Camfed, which will also receive a check (they are still in the process of the fundraiser that will fund this I will be able to give you an exact amount by the end of the week.) The girls are determined not to stop here and we will continue reaching out beyond our four walls, into the community and world to bring education and empowerment to young women.”
From French and German instructor Muriel Hoequist: “Just as French students sooner or later learn about the fabulous French cuisine, so do German students come in contact with fairy tales. At ASMS, the very beginners read the best-known tales by the brothers Grimm. Students learn about the historical context and the biographies of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, as well as the literary characteristics and function of fairy tales and their typical characters. They also learn about the other authors of the best-known fairy tales. At the upper levels, students not only each read one of the over 300 authentic Grimm fairy tales, they also retell them to the class in German. Finally, students explore creating their own tales as contemporary versions, which they each write, read and present in acting. Occasionally, this unit of learning is tied into learning about the long tradition of theater and even puppet shows in Germany. This year, students experimented with creating and staging their very own puppet shows in German. Germany toy stores even today stock a lot of hand- and finger puppets, as puppet shows and play acting continue to be traditional pastimes for all ages. Go to any city over the summer, and you will be sure to see many open-air plays and puppet shows offered. ASMS students had the option of using puppets from Germany.”
The ASMS Concert Choir, under the direction of Martha K. Mozer, performed a shortened version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore” in the Auditorium on Tuesday night. Students Suzanna Swanson, Lorenzo Gapud, Roger Cook, Keith Long, and Rachel LeComte sang the lead rolls. Photos of the event are below.