Step into the Green Room on a Thursday morning, and you’ll find fifth grade boys and girls hard at work preparing for Bayou St. James, our daily news broadcast. With guidance from Broadcast enrichment teacher Emma Achorn, our fifth grade students are responsible for much of the content that appears in the six weekly shows viewed throughout the Day School in the morning and afternoons. Broadcast students work in pairs to research topics for our “Today in History” segment, determine newsworthy events to report on, select content for afternoon shows, and plan and conduct interviews. 
    In December, the fifth graders had the opportunity to showcase all that they have learned. The students were responsible for creating an entire show on their own. They divided the episode into four parts and quickly got to work. They wrote their scripts, designed scenes, and made a plan of action. The week before Christmas break, the school enjoyed watching the Grinch, Mrs. Claus, and other holiday characters deliver the school news. Throughout the project, students starred as anchors, operated the cameras, served as sound techs, became lighting experts, and more–applying the new skills they had worked on all semester. Once they returned to school in January, the 5th graders held a new level of confidence in their abilities as young journalists, writers, and technicians behind the scenes.
​    Check out an episode created by Ms. Struther’s class below!