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Sullivan Middle School sixth grade teachers and administrators, from left, Claire Warkentien, Terry Breckenridge, Joe Prechtl, Jenn Johnston, Jennifer...
Parent volunteers serve a Chinese food feast to the Sullivan sixth graders in celebration of completing their social studies unit on Ancient Chinese dynasties.
Parent volunteers serve a Chinese food feast to the Sullivan sixth graders in celebration of completing their social studies unit on Ancient Chinese d...
Five boys sit at one of the five “Mandate to Heaven” tables where star students were served by their teachers and principal.

Bonsall sixth graders enjoy Chinese feast

Thursday, February 21st, 2013
Issue 08, Volume 17.
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BONSALL – The sixth graders at Sullivan Middle School had their annual China Banquet on Friday, Feb. 8. For the past five weeks, their social studies teachers, Terry Breckenridge, Jennifer Gaetani, and Jenn Johnston have been leading them through the China unit as their "empresses."

In each core class, the students were divided into five groups known as the Zhou, Tang, Han, Sung, and Ming dynasties. They worked together to compete with other dynasties for the "Mandate of Heaven" which in ancient Chinese culture was the belief that the rulers had the divine approval of the gods. In order to obtain the "Mandate of Heaven," the students needed to have the most civil service points.

They earned these points by learning the value of teamwork by practicing good civil conduct with others, completing class work in a timely manner, and through working diligently on group projects, etc. All students attended the banquet and enjoyed delicious Chinese food, thanks to the many sixth grade families who donated food and paper goods for the event.

The winners of the "Mandate of Heaven" were rewarded by sitting at the Emperor’s table and being served by their teachers and principal.



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Comment #1 | Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 9:05 am
What a wonderful experience for the students! These three 6th grade teachers really know how to make learning come alive! Sullivan is the best!
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Comment #2 | Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 7:10 am
Project based learning at its finest - THANKS Sullivan teachers & administration for making learning fun and memorable. :) (And YAY for Prop BB passing so that these kids can continue studying together in an academy style learning environment for 6 more years - aka Bonsall High!)
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Comment #3 | Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:55 am
The students that earned the "Mandate of Heaven" tables, were served by their teachers and Principal - they can EAT! What a fun learning event and ALL of the students were so courteous and polite throughout the day. It was a pleasure to be a "lowly servant"!

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