Understanding Ancient Greece

Due to snowy conditions that delayed the start of school on March 8, the sixth grade held a modified celebration of Greek Day with a special performance in the Senior Building Lecture Hall.

Parents, faculty, and staff watched the students perform two Greek tragedies, Antigone by Sophocles and Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides. “What I learned about Ancient Greece when performing the plays was that they were really religious and serious about the Greek gods,” said sixth grader Alex Saunders. “Another thing was that the kings would do harsh things like sacrifice their daughters to win wars or be blessed by the gods.”

In addition to the plays, the students engaged in a challenging Mentathalon Greek Trivia contest. To complement the activities, the Café served a delicious lunch inspired by Greek cuisine, which included handmade spanakopita.

The Greek Unit integrates art, mathematics, and cultural history as the sixth grade learns about how the discoveries made during the time of Ancient Greece influence and guide people today.