While hands-on learning is an important part of the OLSH curriculum throughout the academic year, many opportunities have arisen this spring, as a result of both the change in season and the culmination of year-long projects.
Ceramics students participated in the annual Pit Firing last week. Students helped to dig a large pit in the ground and place pottery creations into the pit. The pottery is then covered in combustible material and the pit is set on fire. After the pottery cools, it is cleaned to reveal unique patterns and colors. Pit firing is the oldest known technique for firing pottery and it has become a spring tradition at OLSH.
Another spring tradition at OLSH is the World Literature culture presentations. Each seniors enrolled in World Literature spends the year learning about a particular country and reading a piece of literature from that country. They give a presentation to their classmates, often featuring music and food, about the culture of the country they studied.
Science teachers took advantage of local resources with field trips this spring designed to enhance the curriculum. Environmental science went to the Montour Creek and three science classes took a tour of the ALCOSAN facilities. Experiences like this give students the opportunity to see things they learned about in the classroom put into action in the real world.