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Spring Phase 2018 - Documentrary Production

At St. Benedict's Prep, the month of May is known as Spring Phase, which is a five-week term of experiential learning done through one intensive course that meets for five hours per day. This year, over 20 different projects were offered.

Below are student-produced videos from Rich Molina's Documentary Production class, which created a dozen videos during the 2018 Spring Phase. Click each tab below to watch videos created by SBP students:

Fit and Trim

Fit and Trim

Fit and Trim is for those of us that want to start a fitness regimen but need some help. Starting from the very basics, the students began to build a fitness program that started them on their way to a healthy lifestyle. The key to this course was to come ready to work hard and stay committed!

Art and Nature

Art and Nature

In Art and Nature, Students created artworks that use nature landscapes in a variety of ways with an emphasis on working out-of-doors. Students will use many media: color pencil, ink, marker, pastel, watercolor, acrylic paint, clay, and block print. Students will study and emulate artists who used nature as the subject of their paintings, sculptures, graphic novels and protest posters. Some projects will be made outdoors with field trips to South Mountain Reservation, Greater Newark Conservancy Gardens, Olana NY State Historic Site, The Newark Museum and The Whitney Museum, NYC to view an exhibit of Protest Art.

Social Media Marketing - Ironbound USA

Social Media Marketing - Ironbound USA

This course had a dual purpose. The first purpose is to help develop and implement a social media marketing plan for the new Ironbound USA apparel line. This apparel line will ultimately help finance the Ironbound USA educational programs. The second purpose is work on a to be determined (TBD) community service project in partnership with the City of Newark. Last year the project was the clean-up and beautification of the Ironbound Stadium.

Fine Home Tuning

Fine Home Tuning

Did you ever wonder what goes behind a wall, how power tools work, what is the purpose of mulch, or how to fix a wall? Then this is the project for you. We worked in different areas of the school, both here and at Munsee, in order to restore, beautify, and build projects with our hands and tools to service different areas of the school.

Real Men Cook

Real Men Cook (Quesadilla Tutorial)

Chicken fried steak with pan gravy or hot dogs? Artisanal ramen bowls or Cup o Noodles? Blueberry lemon French toast or Pop Tarts? If the first choices sound better to you, come learn how to prepare meals that taste delicious, look appealing, and don’t come out of a box or bag. Be a food blogger, create a cookbook, visit the best example of New Jersey’s farming heritage, grow a culinary herb garden, compete for the biggest savings at Shop Rite, and be a line cook up at The Trail.

Jack Of All Trades

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

Who said Spring Phase projects had to focus on just one thing? In this Spring Phase class, students explored a variety of activities from baking, to drawing, to animal care, to beginner magic! During the last few weeks of the course, students choose their own topics that they want to learn more about. This course offered a little of everything!

Downtown Clowns

Downtown Clowns

If you have ever thought about running away to join the circus, here's your chance. Students learned how to develop their own clown character, design and apply clown make-up and perform stylized clown entertainment based on traditional clown principles. Students had the opportunity to study the history and development of clowning, build clown props and perform, not only on stage but for the participants of the “Relay for Life” cancer event held in Hoboken each year.

Garden Project

Grow a Garden, Change Your Life

Ever wonder where lettuce really comes from (no, not Shop Rite) or how tomatoes taste when they have just been picked? Does your family have special vegetables it likes to cook and eat? If you are interested in learning about and growing healthy food, "Grow a Garden" in a great way to learn. The students learned to plant seeds and seedlings and nurture all sorts of vegetables during May. They also built garden structures, help in the Abbey Garden, care for the hydroponic table in the cafeteria and the new Rain Garden on the corner of the Abbey property. There were trips to other gardens and farms, as well as opportunities to cook meals with fresh vegetables.

Youth & Civic Action

Why and How to Register to Vote - Youth and Civic Action

In Youth Civic Action, students participated in the democratic process and make their community a better place. They helped fulfill the goal of registering every eligible student at SBP to vote. They learned how to engage elected officials--through email, phone calls, and social media--on a range of social issues important to them and their FAMILY. They understand their influence as a constituent and future voter and challenge the misconception that THE SYSTEM only works for the powerful and well-connected. They made visits to state and local political offices, as well as additional trips into the community to practice CIVICS IN ACTION.

History of Martial Arts

A History of Martial Arts

No prior martial art training is required. This project may surprise some that it's not about violence. Students will learn to search for and find new and fresh understandings about themselves. They will learn to strive to reach a state of harmony with their environment through the study of the history of the multitude of forms of martial arts and their development from cultures from around the world. The project will focus on aspects of geography, history and literature, anatomy, physics and philosophy as well as terminology. Stereotypes will be erased as students learn propriety, etiquette, control, dignity and grace through martial arts discipline and practices.

Stage Rage

Stage Rage

Interested in performing arts that relates to you? Interested in understanding psychology that relates to you? Then this course is for you! Students learned the fundamentals of combining psychology with theatre! Based off their own self-exploration, students wrote and acted in their own original show that has themes seen in the field of psychology. They also were involved in blogging, daily video posts, and visual art projects, including painting.

Digital Photography

Digital Photography

Using a digital camera, the students learned the creative process of composing and editing photographs. Practical photography will emphasize portrait photography, but also include sports/action photography and basic news photography. Students will write a daily critique of photographs (in online blog), and read a scholarly book on the history of photography.