What's Happening At Clark
Open Houses at Clark School are a great way for prospective students and families:
- learn about our educational philosophy
- ask questions
- connect with current students and hear about their Clark School experiences
- tour our beautiful Rowley campus.
- Tuesday, October 20, 6 pm -- 7:30 pm: 8th Grade Open House
- Tuesday, October 27, 9 am -- 10 am: "Tour-Us Tuesday"
- Saturday, November 14, 9 am -- 11 am: All School (K-12) Open House
Please RSVP to let us know you're coming.
We look forward to seeing you!
Strandbeests, created by artist Theo Jansen, are wind-powered creatures made from PVC electrical conduit and zip-ties that spend their days roaming beaches and charming people. They are constantly evolving to become more self-sufficient in their coastal environment--and like viruses, have learned to use humans to further their own reproduction (i.e., we love to build them).
From September 19th to 20th a team of Clark High School (CHS) students and teachers competed in a “Hackathon” sponsored by the Peabody Essex Museum’s (PEM) Maker Lounge. The challenges of the Hackathon were to adapt Jansen’s Strandbeests using American materials or help with the Beest’s evolution by making them more suited for our environment.
Jansen met with each Hackathon team during our 24-hour marathon experience. He shared with us some of the finer points of manipulating the PVC tubing to form the joints of the Beests. Jansen took us on a tour of the Strandbeests exhibit that opened recently at the PEM. We saw everything from tiny Strandbeests powered by a hamster in a ball to an epic 30-foot Beest that uses pistons and bladders to store excess wind for mobility when the wind is quiet.
Our team was invited to explore the Beests in-depth after the museum closed, getting the PEM gallery all to ourselves. This extended time allowed us to really understand how the Beests move and we are looking forward to explaining the mechanics of the Beests to our classmates when CHS visits the exhibit in October.
For the competition we decided to make an aquatic Strandbeest that would paddle through the waves of the oceans. Our Beest has a propeller to transfer the wind to the paddling legs and a frame outfitted with pool noodles for buoyancy. We named it “The Strandduck.”
It was an amazing experience to work as a team through the night. We came to understand how all of our varied abilities and experiences allowed each of us to make valuable contributions, which made the team stronger.
Our last challenge was to “pitch” our Strandbeest idea to the team of judges that the PEM had assembled. This was the part of the challenge that high school English and History teacher Dan Hall took on--and he wove a compelling argument about how the rising seas will make coastal Strandbeests less successful and aquatic Strandbeests rule.
The Clark team did not win the competition, but that minor detail hardly mattered to us. The experience of meeting Theo Jensen, hanging out with the Beests, and working together through the night on a shared goal felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We hope, though, that it is not - we will be watching the PEM website for the next Hackathon challenge!
Friday, June 6th, marked Clark School’s first graduation from our new campus in Rowley, with a record 20 8th grade graduates -- our largest class in Clark School’s 36 year history! As in prior years, speeches were made honoring each of the graduates, highlighting their time at Clark. Students were presented with parting gifts from the school.
Here’s wishing all of our graduates a wonderful summer ahead, and the best of luck in their new adventures!
Clark High School is proud to announce that our students will have the opportunity to play interscholastic sports beginning in September 2015! We have been approved as members of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. Currently high school students can play sports at Georgetown High School and at Triton High School, based on availability.
Information about Georgetown's athletic programs can be found at Georgetown Athletics.
Information about Triton's athletic programs can be found at Triton Athletics.