Welcome to the Stratton MicroSociety Project

The Stratton Leadership & MicroSociety® Magnet School (SLMMS) has a unique learning environment that includes six strands: Technology, Academy, Humanities & Art, Citizenship & Government, Economy, and HEART (giving back to society). Look to this website for our stories as we build our MicroSociety. Read more about our project.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 ~ Comment (7)

Micro Think Tank: February 13, 2015

by Ms. Denis

The MICRO Think Tank is Strattonville's venue for venture reflections every Friday. Students and Facilitators may choose to write reflections in Micro Journals or in the comments that follow the post. In February, the MICRO Think Tank prompts coordinate with African American History month.

Singing Songs of Sadness and Hope 

​Blues, Jazz, and R&B (Rhythm and Blues) are deeply rooted in the songs of African slaves' work songs, gospel, and Negro spirituals. 

Songs of Sadness

  • Some say that The Blues was born in the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta where cotton choppers and pickers sang to make the work go easier. 
  • Even after the slaves were given back their freedom, many of them were poor and homeless. It was under these conditions that the term "being blue" appeared. The color blue expressed a feeling of sadness, depression, and of being lonely. The words below come from a Blues song. 'Singing the blues' has been a way for African Americans to tell of the unhappy things and injustice in their lives.
    • "I been hurt an' mistreated
      'till I done made up my mind. 
      Gonna leave dis ol' country
      an' all my troubles behind."

Songs of Hope

  • The blues and African spirituals were also messages of hope.
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is a song of hope that African slaves sang while working in the fields and people still sing it today. 

​Listen to Beyonce sing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot in the movie, The Fighting Temptations (2003), and answer the questions below.

1. What do you think the words mean in Swing Low, Sweet Chariot?

2. What songs that you like to sing or listen to when you feel blue?

3. What songs do you sing or listen to that give you hope?

Thursday, February 05, 2015 ~ Comment (32)

MICRO Think Tank: February 6, 2015

by Ms. Denis

The MICRO Think Tank is Strattonville's venue for venture reflections every Friday. Students and Facilitators may choose to write reflections in Micro Journals or in the comments that follow the post.

In February, the MICRO Think Tank prompts will coordinate with African American History month and introduce an innovative visual artist, musician, or performer.

The image below is an oil painting by John Biggers. Here are some cool facts about him:

  • John Biggers was most famous after the Harlem Renaissance and toward the end of World War II. 
  • John Biggers studied African myths and legends and liked to paint stories that connected the American South with Africa.
  • He was the first African-American artist to receive a fellowship from UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) and became one of the first African-American artists to visit Africa.
  • His paintings were often large murals that covered walls in public places or at art museums (We have a few murals in our school! Do you know how many there are?).

Please answer the questions by looking at the painting. 

1. What do you see in the painting?

2. What do you think is happening?

3. How does it make you feel?

4. Do you have any questions about the painting or John Biggers?

Thursday, January 29, 2015 ~ Comment (22)

$5 a Day for Positive Behavior

by Ms. Denis

The MICRO Think Tank is Strattonville's venue for venture reflections every Friday. Students and Facilitators may choose to write reflections in Micro Journals or in the comments that follow the post.

Please write in complete sentences.

The MICRO Think Tank thought prompt is...

Starting Monday, February 2nd, all Strattonville citizens will have the opportunity to earn $5 a day in their classrooms for positive behavior. This means following classroom and school rules such as coming to school on time, wearing your uniforms, turning in your homework, and respecting yourselves and others. 

1. What other expectations do your classroom teachers have for you?

2. Why do you think we have rules?

3. Do we have the same rules during MicroTime?

Friday, January 23, 2015 ~ Comment (24)

MICRO Think Tank: January 23, 2015

by Ms. Denis

The MICRO Think Tank is Strattonville's venue for venture reflections every Friday. Students and Facilitators may choose to write reflections in Micro Journals or in the comments that follow the post.

Please write in complete sentences.

The MICRO Think Tank thought prompts this week are:

1. What did your venture do differently this Market Day to make it better?

2. Did it work? Why or why not?

3. What ventures do you admire and why? 

Thursday, January 22, 2015 ~ Comment (0)

Market Days captured by the News-Gazette

by Ms. Denis

Check out the great photos captured by the News-Gazette yesterday! Great Market Day to share with the local community, Strattonville!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 ~ Comment (0)

Calendar of Events

by slinder

The 21st Century Media Center has made a calendar of events for Micro Time. Listen to our podcast for more explanation of how we made the calendar and how to add items to the calendar. You can view the calendar by clicking here. Please leave any activities you want added to the calendar in the comments. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 ~ Comment (1)

Calendar of Events

by slinder

The 21st Century Media Center has made a calendar of events for Micro Time. You can view the calendar by clicking here. Please leave any activities you want added to the calendar in the comments. 

Friday, January 16, 2015 ~ Comment (16)

MICRO Think Tank: January 16, 2014

by Ms. Denis

The MICRO Think Tank is Strattonville's venue for venture reflections every Friday. Students and Facilitators may choose to write reflections in Micro Journals or in the comments that follow the post.

Please write in complete sentences.

Please answer the questions after watching the video:

The MICRO Think Tank thought prompts this week are:

1. What is your favorite art project that you have done so far this year? You can talk about something you have done in your venture, in art class, music class, drama class, with Krannert Art Museum, or in your own classroom.

2. Were there any art projects you saw in the video that you would like to do? What were they?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 ~ Comment (0)

Venture Adventure

by gratkich

Welcome Juan Reyes to 21st Digital Media Center's newest team member!

Please post any questions you have for Mr. Reyes in the comments.

Thursday, December 04, 2014 ~ Comment (9)

MICRO Think Tank: December 5, 2014

by Ms. Denis

The MICRO Think Tank is Strattonville's venue for venture reflections every Friday. Students and Facilitators may choose to write reflections in Micro Journals or in the comments that follow the post.

Please write in complete sentences.

The MICRO Think Tank thought prompts this week are:

1. How are you a leader in Strattonville?

2. What suggestions do you have for the Strattonville City Council to help make Strattonville a better place?

Bonus Question: If you were to employ one Super Hero in your venture, who would it be and why?

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