Thursday, October 29, 2009

Have you ever seen a zombie play football?

At tenth grade lunch I got to see a zombie play QB, which was pretty sweet.

I got to see Michael Jackson's signature leg kick...

.....then I got to see MJ tie his shoe. Even better!

Madea made an appearance, thank goodness she got out of jail and made it back in time for her class reunion. That wig is great.

Today, lunch dressed up like a barbecue!

I just got back from the 11th and 12th grade shift of our Halloween barbecue. I took a few photos of costumes. Alicia Hargrove, above, had an awesome mime costume.

Keiona Davis channels her best MJ.

I wonder if Amy Winehouse was offended that she wasn't on that iPods' playlist?

That's all for now.

I'll post more after 10th grade lunch...

Halloween Edition

A short post from me, for once. Today is Halloween here at TMA. How do I know that? Well, for one, I'm wearing pants that are far too short, dressed as Joe Jonas. Also, I saw Akasha Rodgers dressed as Punky Brewster, complete with rainbow leg warmers. Pretty awesome. I'll post more pictures when I see more costumes....see (post?) you soon.

Monday, October 26, 2009

TMA Seniors Take College Tour

Seniors from Thurgood Marshall Academy's Class of 2010 took a trip to two colleges earlier this month. At 6:30 AM we arrived at TMA with our blankets and Ipods, ready to visit some potential college choices. After being "randomly" separated into two groups, we hopped on the charter buses chaperoned by teachers and staff - college counselor Mr. Mitchell, art teacher Ms. Shabazz, English teacher Ms. Lyons, and Dean of Students Ms. Bobo - and embarked on a two and a half hour trip to our first destination, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Many of us slept on our way there, resting for the busy day of learning ahead of us; we were happy once we finally reached U. Penn.

The Ivy League school is in a tight-knit community that shows the school's history. There wasn't much going on outside, probably because of the chilly weather, but our tour guide reassured us that the school is very busy socially on any other day. We were showed the campus and even went inside the business center which was very modern on the inside. Most of us were a little disappointed by the lack of racial diversity we saw while walking around the campus but were happy to hear about the school's strong academics.

A sign of growth

Last Thursday the Green Club installed its new sign! Pictured above, Brian Crawford pounds a post (steadied by Brittany McGhee) but the effort extended far beyond last week's hammering. With the expert guidance of Jeanette May, the Green Club drove this project from start to finish, designing, planning, and painting the beautiful sign. See below for the final product.

While Brian, Brittany, Keith, Jeanette, David Schlossman, and Louis Rivas were putting the sign up, the rest of the Green Club was harvesting basil, garlic and tomato for their snack. Once the sign was installed and the cameras stopped flashing, all went inside for fresh pasta, topped with basil and garlic pesto and garden-fresh tomatoes.

I'm not sure how many gardens in DC are still producing such a bounty (if you have a garden, give us an update in the comment section below), and I'm not sure how many high school students in the country are cooking afternoon snacks for each other, but I am sure of this: the Green Club garden flourishes and feeds because the students make it so.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Mentor Program has left the station

Without fail these three things happen at the first mentor day of each year:
1. An adult is seen running through the school like a teenager.
2. A teenager finds himself or herself showing off the school like a seasoned tour guide.
3. People leave with a sense of purpose and possibility.
As of Saturday, each of these has happened again. Matches have been made anew, and the 2009-2010 Mentor Program is officially underway. Over 130 participants braved the cold and the rain to meet each other and partake in some tried and true get-to-know-you games. We laughed, we quizzed, we scavenged. And I learned a ton...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

TMA's Go-Go Band, now in its second year, is flourishing. Every Monday and Thursday, nearly 15 students from all four grade levels come together to create music and, in doing so, show some much-deserved DC-area pride. Go-Go, a unique blend of funk, hip-hop, and swing is largely unknown to those outside the area. But to DC natives, including the students at TMA, Go-Go is a familiar beat, its unparalleled sound a soundtrack for the DC metropolitan area.

Prominent members of the Go-Go Band, juniors John Tucker and Ke'von Miles, note that what makes Go-Go so enjoyable is its exceptional ability to draw influence from so many different forms of music. They are excited by the possibilities and potential this young band has, and look forward to its progression as the year continues. If you feel inspired for some musical expression with your classmates, stop by Room 12 on Mondays or Thursdays and bang on the congos!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

TMA Kicks Off Local Flavor Week!

During the week of Sept. 15th, schools around the District participated in Local Flavor Week, a celebration of produce grown in and around D.C. Because of our involvement with the growing of, and advocacy for organic local produce, TMA was chosen to host the kick-off event for Local Flavor Week.

Over 60 people including students, faculty, and representatives from both the USDA and the Office of the State Superintendent for Education gathered in our cafeteria to witness culinary feats of skill. Two local chefs, Peter Smith of PS7's and
chef Oliver Friendly of Eat and Smile Foods
were invited to come to TMA and stage a cook off. The challenge?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

What do students REALLY think about Law Firm Tutoring....???

Law Firm Tutoring is off to a GGGGGRRRRRREAT start! Last week I had the delightful experience of visiting Crowell & Moring during Law Firm Tutoring. During my visit I was able to experience Law Firm Tutoring up-close and personal. I sat down with a few students to learn more, and here is what they had to say:

Monday, October 5, 2009

Busboys and Filmmakers

At 8:30 tonight at Busboys and Poets the Green Club will premier part of its documentary on where our food comes from. Over the past year they have interviewed the school's lunch provider, followed students into the corner store, and grown some food of their own. As part of a program being presented by DC Schoolyard Greening, a few TMA students will introduce and show the film to a crowd at the Busboys and Poets located at 14th and V.

If you're free and in the U Street area, be sure to check the Green Club out.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Gym Update #5: The Final Chapter

Things have changed around here since the last few updates on the progress of the gym construction. The facility is (pretty much) up and running--the court is striped, the exercise machines are in place in the fitness room, and someone sprayed the place with that 'new gym' smell. One of the gym classes played an inaugural round of basketball yesterday afternoon. All of the planning and work has really paid off--it's a pretty stylish gymnasium, inside and out. And in about two months, the TMA Warriors will take the court and the Pep Squad will fill the stands. Check out some of the shots from yesterday’s game: