Dig It!

Wash brushes away layers of sand.

The 6th grade World History class studies Ancient Israel, a natural opportunity to explore archeological best practices.

Students had to carefully sweep away thick, moist sand and use more delicate tools to uncover a variety of artifacts. Each item had to be carefully sketched in its original location and inventoried.

Hailey documents her artifacts.

Several students had moments of shouting, “What is this?” A common question for archeologists.

Sara is determined to find everything.

Students then inferred what the dig site represented–what happened at that site? The presence of tools, screws, and other items suggested a construction site.

Izzy uses a toothbrush to delicately move sand away from artifacts.

First Tech Challenge Results of First Meet

On November 9, 2019 the Central East Division of Illinois First Robotics met at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building in Urbana, Illinois. There were ten teams that participated in this event where teams were paired with a different team each round of the day. There were five rounds of competition, and working together was an important feature of the day. In the end, our DCS MechWarriors placed fifth out of ten teams. Thanks to everyone who helped in this great event.

https://ftc-results.firstillinoisrobotics.org/divisions/rankings/49

Exploring the Depths, the Hope of the Light

Fall 2019 Theatre Production

Secondary students took to the stage for Macabre: Tales from Edgar Allan Poe by Jules Tasca and directed by DCS Fine Arts teacher Mrs. Dodson.  The production featured four of Poe’s lesser-known short stories: “William Wilson”, “The Valdemar Case”, “The Imp of the Perverse”, and “The System”.  The Theatre Arts class led the way with a variety of middle and high school students among the cast and crew.  

The focus question for this production was, “What is mankind without God’s grace?”

The costume design included all actors wearing a dark, decaying design around their eyes while performing the stories that explored various categories of sin such as self-indulgence and self-will.  Instead of the traditional curtain call, the cast sang “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” and cleansed their eyes of the decaying makeup.  

The production is the most serious one the DCS Theatre Arts has produced in the last few years.  It was an interesting journey for the cast to tell the stories and the production crew to design and implement the technical aspects.  It dug deep into the heart of sin and the hope of redemption in Christ.