NHS Students Take Part in the High School Experience

NHS High School Students participated in a three-day High School Experience designed just for them. This year’s theme was Fusion in Music. The activities revolved around self-reflection, teamwork, and an awesome field trip.

On the first day, students chose a word representing how they wanted others to view them. These words were put on bracelets for the students to take home on the last day of the experience. They participated in bingo where they learned more about each other in the process. In teams of three, groups chose a music genre to represent themselves, and then they chose nouns, verbs, and adjectives and created a chant, chorus, or bridge to share with the whole group. Then, groups were merged, and the activity was repeated within a larger group.

On the second day, the students were taken on a field trip to Hyak on Snoqualmie Pass. They chose to snowshoe or cross-country ski. Luckily, there was fresh snow on the pass and the weather was lovely. The students were up to the challenge and enjoyed the snow.

On the third day, students self-reflected on what they had learned about each other and themselves and how the theme of fusion worked with the activities they had done. Then, in their groups of six from the first day, they built instruments using materials–plastic cups, cardboard boxes, plastic eggs, rice and beans, tape, scissors, and string. Instruments were used to accompany a new chant, chorus, or bridge to perform for the other students. In two larger groups, they were challenged to create a beat lasting 1-5 minutes.

As a final challenge, smaller teams created commercials with one of the instruments they made. They presented the commercials, and these were recorded.