When we talk about extinction, one of the questions we always ask is, "What animals went extinct?" But it is equally important to ask "What ones survived?" We need to ask better questions! If we are going to understand extinction, we need to understand it in a comprehensive way.
Upper School Students had the privilege of hearing from Patrick Spencer, a professor of Geology from Whitman College, during their X-Block Extinction class the second week of November. This class examines the five major mass extinction events and how they shaped the biodiversity of the time. Professor Spencer has a special connection to Breck as he is the former teacher of our very own Mr. Wright. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us, Professor Spencer!
On Wednesday morning, Upper School students listened to Ugandan climate justice advocate Evelyn Acham.
MS science students collaborated on a climate change research project earlier this year. Their teacher, Ms. Alexander, created a scenario for her students that opened up opportunities for deep conversations about climate justice and helped them understand the complicated nature of negotiating resolutions while also internalizing the need for immediate action to mitigate its impact.
This year, the Breck Math League Team took second in Class 1A at the 2021 Minnesota State High School Mathematics League State Tournament. In a year of virtual practices, meets, and tournaments that literally crossed the International Date Line, the team stuck together and retained their second-place standing for a second year.