Michael F. Devine, Superintendent
180 Harborview Road
Hull, MA 02045
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Hull High School Students Expand Classroom Learning Through Interactive Field Trips
HULL — Principal Paula Girouard McCann is pleased to announce that Hull High School students are furthering their education through a variety of interactive field trips.
From trips for specific classes to outings for entire grade levels, students have enhanced their learning experiences through a variety of unique opportunities.
“We feel fortunate that our students have been able to participate in a lot of wonderful field trips this year,” Principal McCann said. “We put an emphasis on taking learning beyond the classroom and we believe that the field trips we organize are a great way for students to apply what they’ve learned in school to a real-life situation.”
Edward M. Kennedy Institute
As part of their final social studies course in government, Hull High School seniors attended the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston earlier this month. There, they took on the role of real-life senators inside an exact replica of the Senate chamber in Washington, D.C. Through their immersion in the process of lawmaking and voting on legislation, students learned the complexity and hard work of a senator’s job, along with the important role that compromise plays in the American democratic system.
International Museum of World War II
In March, the junior class will visit a collection of more than 7,000 authentic artifacts at the International Museum of World War II. Students will be able to handle various weapons, pilot equipment, prisoners’ belongings from Nazi concentration camps, spy gear, parachutes from D-Day and more. After learning about World War II in class, the opportunity to see and handle real artifacts from the war will bring the learning experience full-circle.
Museum of Science
Sophomores and freshmen in Stephanie Harris and Jean Mazzilli’s math classes took a trip to the Museum of Science on Jan. 12 to view exhibits on making models and further their understanding of ratios and proportions, which were two concepts they focused on in the classroom.
Holly Hill Farm
In the fall, students in Sheila Blair’s ecology course spent a day at Holly Hill Farm learning about the human health and environmental benefits of sustainable organic farming. They were given a chance to work in the gardens, compost, harvest vegetables, hike through the woods, visit barnyard animals and learn the history of the Holly Hill Farm and the organic farming system.
Students in Advanced Placement Language and Composition, English Honors 12 and Advanced Placement Literature and Composition are taking advantage of a number of performances happening at the Huntington Theater and Calderwood Pavilion. The performances include a modernization of “Tartuffe,” a one-woman show titled “Mala,” “The Skeleton Crew” and “Top Girls.”
Prior to the start of each play, students will engage in pre-show workshops with a member of the Huntington’s education department to discuss corresponding literature students read in the classroom. For example, after watching “Tartuffe,” the senior classes were able to explore the thematic and historical similarities to Voltaire’s “Candide” — a reading they completed during the second term.
“Watching live theater provides students experiences that could not otherwise be created in a classroom setting,” Principal McCann said. “This opportunity ultimately enriches their cultural, social and historical awareness, empathy, tolerance, creative thought, attention to detail and even theater etiquette.”
Norfolk County Correctional Facility
Senior English students conducting research on the problems facing American prisons have the opportunity bring life to the subject when they visit the Norfolk County Correctional Facility this spring. There, they’ll listen to “Prison Voices,” a program that brings together young inmates who share the stories that led to their incarceration.
Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about prison life and consider their own personal choices leading up to graduation.
In July, science teacher Sheila Blair is planning an excursion to the Galapagos Islands to conduct scientific research on the giant tortoises and island ecology. Approximately 12 sophomores have chosen to accompany her on this scientific expedition.