Students revel in ‘Wrath of Khan’

Lovett Upper School students performed a 90-minute show of comedy sketches and videos called “Sketchworks II: The Wrath of Khan” on April 1, 2 and 3.

Directed by the Upper School’s theater arts director, David Silverman, the show consisted of 18 sketches and four videos, all of them conceived and written entirely by students at the private school in Buckhead.

In all, more than 50 students participated in the production, including stage management, lighting and sound.

Many familiar subjects were fodder for the comedy, such as the mall, prom dates, boring lectures, fire drills, cheerleaders and sports teams.

The show will return next spring with new sketches and a new cast as “Sketchworks III: Return of the King” in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater.

Apple learns from Atlanta Girls’ School

Four 11th-graders and two faculty members from Atlanta Girls’ School traveled to Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., April 28 to brief company executives on how the Buckhead private school uses technology in the classroom, including its iSTEM program.

The iSTEM program combines the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program with iPod technology. Atlanta Girls’ School is one of the first independent schools in the country, and the only school in Georgia, to develop educational programs for the iPod Touch.

Girls’ School students also will travel to Stanford University to observe the iPhone Application Programming class, tour the campus, and meet with iPhone programming professors and the Women in Computer Science student organization.

“We are deeply honored that Apple has invited us to demonstrate the ways we are using technology in the classroom to deepen students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Pinney Allen, the head of Atlanta Girls’ School. “No other areas will offer more employment opportunity for our students as they enter their adult lives. Even if students choose to work in other fields, an understanding of the STEM disciplines has probably never been more required as a basic skill.”

Atlanta Girls’ School is an Apple environment, and each student has an Apple MacBook loaded with such software as iWork ’08, iLife ’08, Aperture, Adobe PhotoShop, InDesign and Illustrator, and Microsoft Office Suite.

Galloway student helps lead day of service

Cory Maran, a senior at the Galloway School in Buckhead, joined three other Jewish teenagers in coordinating the sixth annual J-Serve community service day in Atlanta on April 26.

More than 400 area Jewish youths joined some 12,000 of their peers in 65 cities in doing a day of service.

Besides Maran, 10th-grader Tammy Bronstein of Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs, 11th-grader Zoe Beiner of The Weber School in Sandy Springs and 10th-grader Nick Myers of Centennial High School in Roswell led the Atlanta effort.

This year’s theme was the home and everything and everyone in it. From working at Chastain Park to preparing meals in homeless shelters, teens saw how their actions have a direct effect on the city’s future.

“We are so excited to participate in this day of education and community awareness. We hope this will inspire more teens to get involved in community service in Atlanta,” said Robert Medwed, the teen community outreach and education director for Marcus Jewish Community Center, which held a closing ceremony for J-Serve at its Dunwoody campus.