E3 Programs Off To Wonderful Start!

Chelsea Academy students and teachers are stepping away from regular classes not to take a break from school but to enrich and expand upon their classroom experiences. The two-day program entitled E3: Exploration, Expedition, Enrichment allows teachers to share a personal interest with students who are invited to – as the name indicates – explore new ideas and new places with purpose and bring their enriching experience back to their classmates and families. 

Yesterday, Dr. Sullivan’s “Creator and Creating” E3 program included a tour of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a (private!) piano recital by an undergraduate and a graduate Catholic University of America piano student, and their teacher Dr. Ivo Kaltchev, Head of the Piano Academic Area at CUA’s Rome School of Music. The group then visited the John Paul II National Shrine. There they learned about St. John Paul II and about the shrine’s extensive and fascinating mosaics on a tour led by former Chelsea faculty member, Virginia Nyce. The students spend Day Two on their own creations — including drawing, knitting, writing, composing, and some ukulele to boot.

Students in Mr. Siegel’s E3 program, “The Agony and the Ecstacy”, enjoyed a double-hike in Shenandoah National Park with 5,000 feet of elevation gain and 12 – 16 miles traversed. The day ended with a stop for pizza to replenish lost calories. The students will spend day two in the museum du jour and then head off to hear the National Symphony Orchestra where Gianandrea Noseda will be joined by the sensational pianist, Daniil Trifonov, playing Beethoven’s most famous Piano Concerto – the triumphant Fifth.

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