Please join us on Thursday, May 16th from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm for Community Night! Look through projects our students have completed throughout the year, chat with students and staff, enjoy a meal, and get an early start on the greenhouse!
Over the week of April 15th-19th, seven Pillager Area Charter School students travelled to Washington, D.C. for their end-of-session field experience. With the capital as the hub of our country’s global relations, it was the perfect location to culminate our Global Perspectives session. Students took advantage of several opportunities to fundraise for this trip throughout the year. The students were also required to do research on local activities during the five weeks of the session leading up to the trip. They became experts on places such as the World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Ford’s Theatre, the Capital and more. Each student presented their researched information before heading to our nation’s capital.
The students and staff stayed at the Kellogg Conference Hotel located on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.. This campus is the premier private school geared specifically for deaf and hard of hearing students, so the students were immediately immersed in American Sign Language. The day of arrival, the group hit Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the National Archives and took a bus tour of the National Mall. Many in the group were intrigued by the documents contained in the National Archives, and it was quite an experience to view the Declaration of Independence in person.
On the morning of the second day, we were able to go on a tour of the Capital with one of Representative Pete Stauber’s interns. We were able to see where the original United States Supreme Court was located, which was historically significant since Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney presided over the Dredd Scott case in 1857. Following the Capital tour, the group travelled to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Here they were able to view Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, a follow up to a previous trip to his childhood home in Little Falls. In addition, they were able to learn about the Wright Brothers’ impact on aeronautical engineering and learn more about the space program. The final event for the day was a trip to Nationals Park for a baseball game.
Students spent their third full day in Washington, D.C. by spending the morning learning about animals from all over the world at the Smithsonian Zoological Park. After lunch, they walked down to the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. They were shocked to see how elaborately decorative the executive building was, especially considering it neighbored the White House so closely. The next stop was to the National Portrait Gallery, where students were able to view presidential portraits. The Gallery currently has the exhibit of Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence. Next, we had a tour and presentation at Ford’s Theatre, learning about the conspiracies against Abraham Lincoln and his murder. We ended our day with a tour through Chinatown and a family meal at the Chinatown Garden.
Our final day in Washington began at Arlington National Cemetery. Everyone was able to watch the Changing of the Guard and a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The students and staff in attendance were in awe of the depth and solemnity of the ceremony. They even visited John F. Kennedy’s gravesite to see the Eternal Flame. The afternoon was spent visiting the various memorials on the National Mall, including the Vietnam Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and more. Students learned much about the significance of the wars and memorials by reading and walking through them.
Overall, the trip was an incredible experience for all involved!
The teachers are working together this week to prepare for the last session of the year: Do It Yourself!
Our students made it into the Brainerd Dispatch last month! They spent the day fishing with JR Cooper and Cindy Gibbs on White Sand Lake, learning some tricks for ice fishing.
Please join us for a Thanksgiving feast on Wednesday, November 21st from 12 pm - 2 pm!
Have you ever wanted to see how newspapers are made? Well, today we’ll get to read about it, Pillager Area Charter School got to tour The Brainerd Dispatch. On our tour we explored different parts of the company, the first place we went was the journalist section. Renae showed us how they connect with people and understand what they like and don’t like. On social media such as twitter as well as they’re website. Which they can track where people click off on their videos as well as which article is being most read. They can also see who and where people are coming from. At one point they had a blackout and couldn't use computers or print newspapers. The tech guy who works there had an idea for when they have a blackout, they decided to get generators. Although the generators can’t print the newspaper they support the computers and lights. When they need to print the papers they send the send the article over to Detroit Lakes and that company prints it off. When they’re newspaper printer is working they have a long and interesting process on how they make their newspapers. Not only do they print they’re papers they print other newspaper companies like Staples World. The first step of the process is to send the article to a machine which will print it onto a metal sheet where they want the ink to stick is blue and the rest is grey. After making the metal temple, which is recycled, they bring it to the printing machine. They’ll put the metal sheet in a slot where water and ink are pressed onto it. Water is attracted to the grey and ink is attracted to the blue parts; once the ink is on the metal sheet it is pressed onto paper.after that they will cut the newspapers and put ads in them if needed. One of those rolls of papers is about 7.66 miles and it weighs 981 pounds, they keep over a hundred of paper rolls in the building. After seeing how the newspapers were made we headed out to the accountant section where people call about subscriptions or payments as well as connect with people on ads to put in their newspaper. Overall, we learned a lot visiting the Brainerd Dispatch. It was a great experience as well as interesting to learn about the newspaper company and how they make newspapers.
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!