After six days of school, we are once again off to a strong school year with a positive climate for learning. Here are a few highlights from the First 6 Days, integral to developing a family-like setting and purposeful academics:
1. Community Day: Trips to World Relief, Anna Ogden Hall, the Transitional Living Center, The Centennial Trail, and several local elementary schools set the stage for a focus on "Leaving the World a Better Place," our slogan for 2018-2019.
2. 1st Exhibition for 2018-2019: Students got to work with their teams producing mini-displays and presentations to share their volunteering experience. They worked collaboratively to meet a deadline and shared their work proudly and publicly.
3. True Colors: In advisory classes, all students and staff spent some time figuring our their personality tendencies according to the True Colors method. This serves as a tool to better understand ourselves and our interactions with others, critical for a project-based school where collaboration is frequently required.
4. Fun: That's right, a little fun goes a long way to getting to know one another and creating a place where students and staff want to come and work together. A photo scavenger hunt at Riverfront Park was one of many fun activities that allowed our advisory groups to bond and our school to laugh and play.
5. Assessments: Nothing to be scared of... our first two assessments were used by math and language art teachers to better know the skill levels of our students - no grades attached. The writing prompt this year focused on the school theme of "Leave the World a Better Place," giving students a chance to tell us about their personal impacts. Advisors also read student essays to get to know their advisory group.
As you can see, it's already been a busy year! However, with a positive climate and relationships established, we're already getting down to the serious business of learning for the 21st Century.
See our Facebook Posts this week as we release photos from several beginning of the school year events.