Latin Happening MMXVII

How do we know what our children know? We let them teach us.  Baker’s annual Latin Happening allows our Middle School students the chance to dive deeply into their interests and to explore Roman Civilization with a critical eye.

For this year’s Latin Happening, our Middle School students created a fully functioning website and then curated a pop-up Museum based in classical myth and history. With the aim of educating Baker students and teachers alike, the Middle Schoolers were asked to consider how they could bring their favorite parts of the classical world to life. In the week preceding Latin Happening, students were given time in their

Latin classes to explore their own classical interests and to create live exhibits to present to younger students during the afternoon of Latin Happening. As part of the data collection process for their explorations, all six middle school traveling groups were challenged to curate their own collection of resources and to create a class page for the Latin Happening MMXVII website, which is now accessible to students and faculty in the Baker domain.

As part of the whole-day experience, Middle School associate Colin Meyer designed a

real-time marine archaeology demonstration for our students in the pool. With the help of Scuba Sensations’ Rami Hatamleh, Mr. Meyer demonstrated the process of raising a sunken ship from the depths of the pool by harnessing the power of compressed air.

A sample of student explorations from this year’s event:
Roman Glass, Roman Gladiators, Roman Handball, Roman makeup and cosmetics, Roman Games, The First Punic War, Mars (Ares) the god of war, The Battle of Pharsalus, The Colosseum, Chariot racing, Roman Sports, Roman Military: Weapons and Tactics, The Greek invasion of Troy (Trojan horse), Everyday life of a Roman

soldier, Myths and Mythical, Creatures of Rome, Ancient Roman food, Roman Agriculture, Orcus and the underworld, The Strix (Roman Vampire Bird), Myths of Vulcan/Hephaestus, The Nemean lion, Roman Vehicles, The Second Punic War, Venus/Aphrodite, Roman, Instruments, The Macedonian Wars, Aqueducts, Roman Percussion Instruments, The Trojan Horse, Philosophy, A day in the life of a Roman citizen, Ancient Science, The purpose of myth, Pandora, Roman architecture, The Roman Villa, The Circus, Maximus, Power and magic, Latin Alphabet, Crew of the Argo, Ancient Roman art, Roman

clothing, Roman public health, The Phoenix, Daedalus’ Labyrinth, Roman Entertainment, Espionage in Rome, The Roman Goddess Ceres, and The Goddess Minerva.

We are so proud of our students and what they accomplished this year!

Click here to see more photos of the event and screen shots from the new Latin Happening website.

National Latin Exam and Results

Each year, the Baker middle school students in the Latin program study for and take the The National Latin Exam. Here is a description of the exam from National Latin Exam’s website:

The National Latin Exam, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, is a 40-question, multiple-choice test with a time limit of 45 minutes, offered to students on seven levels. On the Introduction to Latin, Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Latin III/IV Prose, and Latin III/IV Poetry exams, there are questions on grammar, comprehension, mythology, derivatives, literature, Roman life, history, geography, oral Latin, and Latin in use in the modern world. The Latin V-VI exam contains two Latin passages as the basis for questions on grammar, comprehension, historical background, classical literature, and literary devices.

The philosophy of the National Latin Exam is predicated on providing every Latin student the opportunity to experience a sense of personal accomplishment and success in his or her study of the Latin language and culture. This opportunity exists for all students since, in the National Latin Exam, they are not competing with their fellow students on a comparative basis, but are evaluated solely on their own performance on the exam. The basic purposes of the NLE are to promote the study of Latin and to encourage the individual student.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has voted to place the National Latin Exam on the Advisory List of National Contests and Activities for 2016-2017. This list will be distributed to all secondary schools in the United States in September.”

National Latin Exam Results for Baker’s Students

Please join Mr. Leach in congratulating all of the Baker middle school Latin students who have been recognized by the National Latin Exam Committee for outstanding performance on the National Latin Exam.

Latin I Exam

Summa Cum Laude, Gold Medal:

Ezra S., 8
Sebastian V., 8

Maxima Cum Laude, Silver Medal:

Julia H., 8
Gabriela S., 8
Quinn T., 8

Magna Cum Laude, Certificate:

Emily F.-F., 8
Hannah G., 8
Avery C., 7
Julia F., 7

Cum Laude, Certificate:

Sahaara C., 8
Sam L., 8
Tomas R.-S., 8
Clara P., 7
Ava S.-V., 7
Kalman S., 7

Introduction to Latin Exam

Outstanding Achievement Certificate:

Sofia R., 6

Achievement Certificate:

Skye E., 6
Mitchell N., 6
Max S., 6