We are preparing for our Annual Plant Sale at school! We are open for business beginning Monday, May 21st until we are sold out! Hours of operation are from 9 am - 4(ish) pm. We have watermelon, cantaloupe, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and pumpkins. Hope to see you there!
We have been busy the past couple of weeks working with the kindergarteners at Pillager Elementary School! We finished up the last few classes today, so they are all set with their Mother's Day gifts! We planted marigolds last month, and the past two week we transplanted them into pots! It was a fun activity where we were able to share some lessons about the environment, seeds, planting and growing!
After working with kindergarteners from Pillager Elementary School for the past few months, our students will be hosting a field trip at the charter school! Five different kindergarten classes will be joining us later this month for lunch, fun and tomato plant transplanting! We are truly looking forward to the kids joining us!
This session's English project involves working with kindergarteners by reading books and teaching environmental education. Yesterday, April 5th, three students traveled to Pillager Elementary School to work with Ms. Ivers' kindergarten class. They read The Lorax and discussed the importance of trees along with the environmental impact of losing trees. When the lesson was complete, the students helped the kindergarteners plant "truffula tree" (marigold) seeds. Ms. Ivers' class will be nurturing these seeds in order to send them home with the kids for Mother's Day gifts!
Greg and six students took a trip to the state capital on Tuesday and Wednesday this week! They spoke with two of our legislators in regards to alternative education and charter schools. Neither of them were aware they had charter and alternative schools in their district. The students presented some data they've been collecting in math from Minnesota alternative schools, and they have found 83% of alternative students feel safe in their schools. The legislators were very interested in learning the studsents' individual career paths. It was a great experience for all!
The art group completed their Crossed Canoes Barn Quilt from the Arts & Culture session! They will be hanging it above the overhang on the front of the Science building soon. Be sure to keep an eye out for it, as it's the first one in Pillager!
The students in Greg's afternoon project class have been working on an industrial arts project since the beginning of the session. This session's project is a Ruben's Tube, which is a visual representation of standing sound waves in flames.
The students were involved in every step of the process from planning, creating a supply list, shopping and constructing. In the past week, they made adjustments to the Ruben's Tub, and today it was lit for the first time!
In October one of our teachers, Spencer, took some of us to St. Paul on a field study for the end of our “Minnesota” themed session. We were able to visit our State Capital and the Minnesota History Center and learned a lot about Minnesota and things about America. We also visited the James J. Hill House, and it was cool seeing how much one man could have an effect on Minnesota. He was incredibly rich and had a really cool house that cost over eleven million dollars to build.
We stayed at Afton State Park in cabins, so we were able to take nature walks and take in the beautiful scenery. Since we are an environmental school, that was really important to us. We also cooked food on a fire, which taught us we can make a meal outside. Overall, it was a great experience, and I’m glad I was able to go.