Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
|The puzzle we have been working on|
|The four students that worked the most on the puzzle: Seth, Carson, Katelyn, and Shelby. |
Shelby was working in the kitchen when I called her to come take this picture (hence the gloves)
|The completed puzzle|
|A fun one with them being silly. |
Seth can take credit for the border, while Carson can take credit for building the people,
and Shelby and Katelyn can take credit for the final completion.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Last Friday, August 12th, Chad’s club, also known as the Lifetime Hobbies Club, went to the ridge known officially as Monarch Ridge, but known to the locals as the Blue Hill. It was a lot of fun “mountaineering”. We climbed rocks and slots, walked paths and caves, and took many pictures and diamonds.
During the hike, we made an abundance of references to the movie 127 Hours, about Aron Ralston, the fellow who got his right arm stuck between a wall and a boulder in Moab, Utah, and had to cut his arm off to escape. We climbed through slots similar to the one he got stuck in, but we had nothing to worry about, although Evan, Joe, and Chad were all afraid of getting stuck, and it was an exhilarating part of the trip.
Part of the hike was visiting the Alum Mine, a short cave (now home to many rats) where they mined Alum, a mineral that is widely used for making pickles. It was a bit unnerving to be in a cave, but being able to see the entrance was a calming factor. And we all felt accomplished when we touched the end of the mine shaft.
We also really enjoyed taking photos. We had some very beautiful, goofy, and funny photos that you can see here. The awe-inspiring mountains were a great backdrop for our shenanigans. We also found crystals scattered about the mountain. Evan was convinced that they were diamonds, but they were just gypsum crystals worth very little (except good memories).
Overall, this trail trip was one to remember. Whether it was referencing 127 Hours, spelunking mines, or taking pictures, we were all enjoying ourselves. I hope we get to do this type of thing often, because it was a great experience.
Written by Seth
Sunday, August 14, 2011
They, along with Jim (staff) Katie (staff) and Todd had a blast hiking up Navaho Peak and getting a view of Cedar Breaks National Park. I can't say that they all made it up and down without a few scrapes (some ignored Todd's advice about long pants), but each of them says "it was totally worth it."
Zane- The hike we went on was incredible. We went to the peak of this mountain and looked off into a beautiful view. it was almost as pretty as california =P on the way back down Todd and myself ran down the mountain as fast as we could jumping over small trees, launching off of dead tree stumps, and landing only to push off another log! it was honestly one of the best exsperiences i have had in a while.
Christine has a lot of hiking in store for the rest of the trip, including some sunsets.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This last Friday, July 22, Katie (our theater teacher) and I took two members of the Lifetime Hobbies Club on a hike in the Uinta Mountains. Our purpose was to do some maintenance on a trail camera I’ve had on a tree for several months. It’s motion sensitive and takes a photo of anything that walks by. I’d been told that bears sometimes eat trail cameras, so I bought a metal security box to put on the camera, and I figured it was probably about time to change batteries and to swap out memory cards so we could see what animals we’d gotten photos of.
We had a great hike into the camera site, but unfortunately found we were too late with the security box. The camera was gone – somehow removed from the cable lock that held it to the tree - either chewed off by a bear or cut off by some mean-spirited person.
While we were sad about the missing camera we still had a great hike and enjoyed our time in nature. One of the highlights of the trip was when Katie and I both felt like we were in the opening scene from “The Sound of Music”. When when we mentioned it Brian started spinning around just like in the movie, while we sang the opening lines of “The Hills Are Alive”. It was also fun being led on an adventure through some thick vegetation by Joe. It really felt like we were jungle explorers.
We’re hoping to go back with another trail camera and put it in a more remote location -with a security box and cable lock. The previous camera got photos of bears, moose, elk, cougars, and other animals. - Chad
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
If you have never read this story, it really is a cute one. In a very subtle way, it discusses how we are inter-connected and that humans and their environment do interact whether for the positive or for the negative. The last page of the story ends with a bit of a cliff-hanger, giving one character a charge. When I ended the book, the students promptly wanted to know what happened next. Did he do it or not? I asked them to tell me what they thought and write their own ending to the book. When they were done, the students picked the best story ending in the class to be posted here. Congratulations to Madison for being selected. Here is her story:
The body walks miles and miles away. So far that the smog is gone. He finds lots of land with water and clean air. Plants the last seed then the Lorax appears.
"Dear boy, your heart is pure. You're restoring what was taken. You are the new protector."
The boy asked the Lorax to go find all those that were forced to leave. They are welcome here. This land is safe, from axes and those who want to cut the truffla trees. This land is clean. We will stay here and help the forest grow. After a long time, the old home land will be clear then the forest can spread all the way back to the homeland.
Watch for more updates about what the different Social Studies classes are doing!!
Students that participated: Kathlene, Cody, Emily, Ray, Austin, Deborah, Nick S., and Madison
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Our first improv warm-up activity for the Shakespeare Language Arts class that started on Monday. The students are doing a great job with participation and digging in to their assigned research projects. Huzzah!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Seth's Reason why the 1960s Changed America:
The 1960s are the roots for all culture that is around today. During that decade, people started to be their own people, and they learned it is not just O.K., but enlightening to be gay, black, female, or unique. African Americans now had rights that were brought along by the Civil Rights movement. Homosexuals felt relieved to come out of the closet, due to the era free love and happiness. Women felt more free, thanks to Sexual Revolution, to be more open and not have to conform to normal standards. All of the emphasis on expressing yourself was also brought along buy new music from "rebellious" bands, such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and many others who sang about love, drugs, and The Vietnam War. The War was a wake-up call to show us that we are not always the best and on-top. If we went to 1959 to 1970, we would be tired souls, unhappy with the norms that we are forced to live.
Then the students split up into different groups to complete a "hanging timeline." Each group was in charge of a category we studied, and had one line of the timeline to put it on, except anything in 1968. Those events were put on a combined line to see how much happened in just one year. The students chose what events they wanted to put on their timeline and everyone did a really nice job. I wish I could leave it up for everyone to come and see because it is so much better in person, but the pictures give you a bit of an idea.
We had fun listening to Beatles music and putting this together! Students involved: Anders, Tyler, Reneta, Andy, Seth, Aly, James Z., and Nick.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
- How much does the trip cost? Where does the money go? The trip costs $1,699. This cost includes a nice hotel, airfare, all meals, a bus to transport us around D.C., guided tour of all places we go, and any fees that the sites might charge.
- Is there anything not covered in the cost of the trip? There is only one required fee that will be in addition to the trip cost: the price that the airline is charging at the time for checking baggage. Students may want spending money to purchase souvenirs while on the trip, but that is up to you.
- What is WorldStrides? WorldStrides is a student travel organization. They have provided educational travel programs to over four million elementary, middle, high school, and university students since they began in 1967. They will be help us to organize the trip as well as making all of the registrations. You will register for the trip with this company. See their FAQ section for more information about them: http://www.worldstrides.org/about/FAQ.asp
- How do I register and pay for the trip? This is done through WorldStrides, please see their website for that information as well as the packet of information sent to you in the mail. There are some scholarships available as well as a payment plan to help cover the cost specific to your family's needs. Again, WorldStrides will have all of this information. World Strides also has great ideas for fundraising at this link: http://www.worldstrides.org/fundraising/. My favorite is the gift of education. You get everyone involved to contribute $10 here and there, and that can add up fast.
- How much school credit can my student earn? Students will earn a .5 credit for going on the trip. This .5 credit can go in one of three places: .5 of their U.S. History credit, their .5 Social Studies elective, or as a regular .5 of an elective.
- When does the class start and when is the trip? The class starts August 22 and will continue through October 21. Students need to be in attendance for all days, especially trip days October 12-16. We only have so much time to get everything done!
- When are applications due? Applications are due June 1. However, scholarships are first come first serve, and May 6 is the deadline for those.
- How many students are coming? Who can come? This trip is limited to 15 people (not including two accompanying teachers). Therefore, any student or parent coming will need to fit into this group of 15. Therapeutic students level 700 or above and any trusted boarding school student as well as any parent who would like to help chaperone and learn more about history at the same time.
- What if my student reaches level 700 in time for the trip but then drops right before? If you would like to spend a little bit more money, WorldStrides offers an "insurance/refund" opportunity that is set up for in case your student becomes ill or can't go for some reason. There is more information in the packet from WorldStrides and on their website. If you don't want to spend the extra money, remember that this is an opportunity for your student to grow and learn from natural consequences.
- Should I really spend that much money on my student? If they are a student that does well with hands-on experiences and seems to get stuck in all of the book work then this would be a great way for them to earn a credit. A lot of our students are like this, which is one of the reasons why I am offering it. This trip also gives them the opportunity that some of our other classes don't: it is very interactive. Students will have to learn how to work in a group, turn in homework assignments on time, be engaged in a daily teacher directed class, and to an extent be self-managing while on the trip. They will also learn how to build relationships with their peers in a separate setting than just on campus.
To download a video all about the trip and WorldStrides go to: http://www.worldstrides.org/parents/parent_presentation.asp
Our Trip Website: http://mytrip.worldstrides.org/
I hope that you will consider this trip and take advantage of this great opportunity. If you have any questions, e-mail Kimberly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, I will be having an open conference call with any one that wants to call in and talk to Kimberly or Katie Marsh, a representative with WorldStrides. This conference call is on April 20th from 10-11 MST. I will continue to add to this blog post any questions that you send in that others might like to know more about.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Hot Air Balloooooonsssss
Two Fridays ago, Layne’s Math and Science club and Jim’s Tinkerer’s club met together to fly the hot air balloons we’ve been working long and hard on. We were put into pairs and groups; Lauren and Evan, Zane and Aly, Porter and Layne, and Jim, Shelby and Nicolette (me). I didn’t expect the balloons to fly so high and go so far, so when we went to great lengths to retrieve the balloons I was shocked. The only persons balloon that didn’t go anywhere was Lauren and Evans, because shortly after it was lit, it caught on fire. This balloon received the Hindenburg award. Zane and Aly’s got the fastest to get into the air award, Porters and Layne’s was really good and of course Jim Shelby and Nicolette (me)’s hot air balloon was just overall the best, (obviously). This whole experience was really great to be able to work together in a group and create something where you could actually see your accomplishment. The best part of it all was watching them go up, knowing they were going to be a hassle to go track down in the snow. I would do this over and over again.