- Community Schools
The continued safety, well-being, and success of our students, teachers, staff, and community has always been our top priority as we navigate the complex and evolving coronavirus crisis. To this end, we are updating our reopening plan to begin the school year in a fully online-learning model for all students which will continue through the last week of September. All students in grades 1-12 will begin on August 18, kindergarten students will begin on August 20.
La seguridad continúa, el bienestar, y el éxito de nuestros estudiantes, maestros, empleados, y la comunidad siempre ha sido nuestra prioridad más importante a manera que enfrentamos la compleja y evolucionante crisis del coronavirus. Con este fin, estamos actualizando nuestro plan de reapertura para comenzar este año escolar en un modelo de instrucción completamente en línea para estudiantes hasta finales de septiembre. Hemos actualizado el calendario para que todos los estudiantes en los grados 1-12 comiencen el 18 de agosto, los estudiantes de jardin de infantes comenzarán el 20 de agosto.
Inspired by a read aloud on Halloween, students discovered that a "client" was in need of a design. The "client" was a family of bats from the book, Bat Baby Finds a Home, by Robert Quackenbush. The story revealed that it is not easy for bats to find a place to live. Everywhere the bats attempted to make a home, there was some disruption. For instance, when the family hung themselves under a tunnel, they soon realized that a train traveling over the tunnel made it very loud.
Students analyzed the text to understand criteria for bat homes. To support the non-fiction text, the teacher brought in a fiction work about bats. As students uncovered details about bats' lives they were becoming prepared to brainstorm and ideate around innovative homes for their clients.
With focus on collaboration and cooperation, students combined individual ideas to prototype one bat home. Students practiced public speaking by sharing and receiving feedback from peers. Students were able to "test" each design by the criteria the class decided upon: dark, quiet, small opening, cool, a place to hang, and a possible food source nearby. They also determined "next steps" for iterating their design.