Spread Your Wings and Fly!

On Tuesday evening, a group of our Middle Campus students and their language arts teachers gathered in the beautiful Los Altos Historical Museum Garden to celebrate the winners of the Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest. 

The Margaret Thompson Essay Contest is an annual event that invites submissions from Los Altos schoolchildren in grades three through six. Each year, hundreds of essays are judged by community members. For the second year in a row, our students were recognized for excellence and creativity in their writing. Also for the second year in a row, Pinewood was awarded a trophy for being home to the highest number of award winners.

Congratulations to our students and to their teachers: Tammy Gardner, Iris Law, and Gina Meter! 

Fifth-Grade Winners:
1st Place: Jamie Burton – Pinewood School
2nd Place: Michelle Walker – Pinewood School
3rd Place: Kathleen Xie – Pinewood School
3rd Place: Violet Negrette – Pinewood School

Sixth-Grade Winners:
1st Place: Mackenzie Forbes – Pinewood School
2nd Place: Jakob Kleiman – Pinewood School
3rd Place: Sophia Cheng – Pinewood School


2018 Essay Contest Theme Spread Your Wings and Fly!
The current exhibit at The Los Altos History Museum is “Instinct Extinct: The Great Pacific Flyway.” This exhibit is a multi-disciplinary art installation that explores and celebrates the biology, beauty, and bounty of the Pacific Flyway. The Pacific Flyway is a major north-south path for migratory birds in America, extending from Alaska to South America. Every year, migratory birds travel some or all of this distance both in spring and in fall, following food sources, heading to breeding grounds, or traveling to places where they can spend the winter. These migratory birds have the ability to soar and swoop through the sky and with their keen eyesight are able to locate food, locate places for their nests, and protect themselves from danger. 
Take a journey in your mind and imagine that you have wings and you can fly like a bird. Spread your wings and soar over your community and describe what you see. Now imagine what additions or changes you would like to see within your community (school, park, neighborhood, or downtown) to make life better or more enjoyable for your family or friends. Take another flight and write about those changes. As you write, describe your journey using interesting vocabulary and communicate your ideas in a creative manner.

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