Carol Tobey to help guide leadership transition efforts

The Seven Peaks School Board of Directors is proud to announce that Carol Tobey has returned as a board member. Tobey, who made her first public appearance at Back to School Night last week, is a long-time advocate for children and independent education in Central Oregon.

“It was 22 years ago that I first became involved in planning for the creation of an independent, secular school focused on core education, including foreign language, art and music, parent involvement, and small classroom sizes,” said Tobey. “I developed a partnership and lasting friendship with my neighbor Debi Corso, who was the brain child of the school. Together, with a handful of other dedicated parents, we raised the funds to start the school that came to be called Seven Peaks.”

Working together as entrepreneurs with a shared vision, Tobey and Corso began sending out information to the Bend community to introduce the idea of an independent school.

“We needed cash for things like postage, stationary, ink cartridges, and venue room rental for town meetings. Debi was insistent that we do our homework before diving in. Once we formed the school, I took on the fundraising board position,” explained Tobey.

Tobey’s return to Seven Peaks comes alongside an executive search for a new principal and the appointment of new school board members. The board is working with a renewed focus on strategic initiatives and purpose, positioning Seven Peaks for long-term success.

“We are excited to have Carol on the board and know she will help guide Seven Peaks through this important season of transition,” said Seven Peaks School Board Co-chair Geoffrey Chackel.

Board Co-Chair Dietrich von Behren added that SPS founder Debi Corso will also serve as a special advisor to the board.

“We believe it’s a great time to revisit Seven Peaks’ original mission and vision as we carefully expand the leadership team and the school board with a focus on the future,” said von Behren.

A long time, well-respected resident of Bend, Tobey’s previous experience includes a year of start-up advisory and 10 years of board leadership and involvement.

“I am impressed with our newly restructured board and am honored to be a part of it. Together, we are united in our commitment to academic excellence and building a strong community at Seven Peaks,” said Tobey. “I truly love this school and only have the best of memories during the time my children were here and when I worked and served on the board. I look forward to meeting and getting to know our families, staff and teachers.”

One of our highlights this week was learning all about plants and nature. On Tuesday, our science teacher, Ms. Brannon visited our classroom and to help us make some predictions about how plants grow in a greenhouse. We then “planted” bean sprouts in our own “greenhouses” and taped them to our classroom window to observe what will happen in the coming days.   

Another highlight of our week was taking a nature walk and discovering different types of leaves.  We discussed what makes leaves change color and what happens to leaves as they go through their life cycle. It was a truly a great week of fall in Pre-Kindergarten!

Music

With Halloween just around the corner, students are enjoying some fun Halloween songs from Quaver in class! To take a peek at one we learned, visit this link for a little pumpkin fun! http://bit.ly/2wRRLv8.

The third graders are using their creativity and math skills to remodel our 2nd-3rd grade reading room! After doing some need-finding by interviewing 2nd graders and measuring the room, they learned how to use Google SketchUp to create their initial designs. SketchUp is a 3D modeling software that is easy to learn and incredibly fun to use! We also spent some time researching how to make functional furniture and storage for small spaces (think Tiny House designs), while ensuring the room environment is conducive for learning and reflecting. The students will continue to fine-tune their designs next week, and hopefully we will land on our final design and the makeover magic begins! Enjoy the photo from our measurement “practice” session!

Music

4th grade has been working on learning meters, rhythms, the grand staff, and the note names of the lines and spaces. They’ve been doing so well that they earned a Quaver day – where they can use our amazing online curriculum to reinforce their knowledge through fun music theory learning applications.

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We are also preparing for our Veteran’s Day assembly that will take place on Thursday, November 10th at 8:30am. Please make plans now to join us for this very special assembly. Ask your students about “American Tears” – they’re working hard to memorize this wonderful song honoring our veterans.

Kindergarten is excited about Johnny Appleseed! We have used science and design thinking to test and solve problems that Johnny Appleseed may have encountered while he traveled out west. Some questions the students answered were, Which apples should he plant and why? Will his apples sink like a rock or float like wood if he drops his apples in a river? How can he carry his seeds in a tattered cloth bag safely through the wilderness, protected from hungry critters, rain? The kids are feeling like they are really helping Mr. Appleseed solve some very important problems!

Music

With Halloween just around the corner, students are enjoying some fun Halloween songs in class! To take a peek at one we learned, visit this link for a little pumpkin fun! http://bit.ly/2wRRLv8

 

Science

The sixth grade class has moved on from studying how scientists think (The Scientific Method) to understanding how matter and energy flow through ecosystems. Currently, the class is delving into a Biome/Ecosystem Mural Project featuring:

  1. 12 animals common to their biome. Including at least one insect, one bird, one reptile, and one mammal.  
  2. At least 6 plants common to the biome.  
  3. A world map: coloring in the places where their biome is located.
  4. A description of the basic characteristics of their biome. Average temperature (summer/winter) and the average precipitation per year.
  5. Labelled abiotic factors found in their biome.  Also an explanation of how these abiotic factors are used or needed by the biotic factors in their biome.
  6. A description of the adaptations of two plants on their mural and how those adaptations allow the plant to survive in its biome.
  7. A description of the adaptations of three animals on their mural and how those adaptations allow the animal to survive in its biome.
  8. The identification of at least three different decomposers found in their biome.  
  9. Finally, the creation of a labelled food web of plants and animals found in their biome.

This will be one intensive hands-on project that requires students to apply all of the concepts they are currently learning in a creative and interesting way.

Music

Our 6th grade music students were able to spend most of their day last Friday in the Design Lab building their unique instruments. I was super impressed with their creativity and diligence in the Lab. A special shout-out goes to Mr. Lenz and Mr. Seehausen for all of their expertise in assisting us. We are now using those instruments and have created three individuals “bands” who are composing an original composition using their instruments. Lots of creativity is swirling in the music room these days!

Language Arts

Over the past week, students have gotten several opportunities to show what they learned during our short story mini-unit. We kicked the week off with student presentations and finished with a unit assessment. For the presentations, each group taught their class about a classic short story and shared their thoughts and opinions on the story, as well. The unit test assessed each student’s ability to comprehend both literal and complex texts, annotate difficult text and justify their growth over the course of our first unit together. I’ve been so impressed with each student’s ability to be reflective about what they are learning and how it is impacting their growth as readers.

The past two days of class were spent focusing on the fall NWEA “MAP” Growth test. All students took both the reading and language portions of the test during their Language Arts class period. The MAP Growth test “measures what students know and informs what they’re ready to learn next [and] creates a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance”  (NWEA.org). I am looking forward to sharing the test results with students in the coming weeks and setting goals for growth over the course of the school year!

Humanities

This week our classes wrapped up our first unit on Equality, Freedom, and Tolerance. Last week students researched and created images and text to represent a person or event connected to human rights. This project was worked on with Mr. Lenz and Mr. Seehausen in the design lab. Students are creating what I call the “memorial cube.” I hope to have the finished product by Friday so students can bring the cubes home. We are ending this unit with a Google slides presentation by groups of 2 and 3 highlighting some important people and events of the US civil rights movement. Students are working to identify main ideas and to express those through their own interpretation of importance AND are attempting to connect these events of the past to current examples of discrimination. The final goal is to interpret the connections of past and present to make sense of the advances made and current challenges to maintaining those advancements. We will wrap up the week with an in-class debate regarding whose protest method is better; MLK and non-violence or Malcolm X and militant actions. These in-class debates help students with communication and argumentative skills while having a bunch of fun trying to prove their side is the best. For added fun, the students are randomly selected to defend one side. This means they must look at both sides first before learning who they will argue for. This is a great challenge, especially when a student has to defend the side opposite of their personal belief. Fridays are currently devoted to current events with the goal of helping students know what is going on in our world helping make those connections of history to present times. Be sure and ask them what they’ve seen or read about and share your insight into the world around us to help build their curiosity and knowledge. I’ll be back with the beginning of our next unit right after the Thanksgiving break. Happy Holidays.

Music

Our 7th/8th grade music students were able to spend four days last week in the Design Lab building their unique instruments. I was super impressed with their creativity and diligence in the Lab. A special shout-out goes to Mr. Lenz and Mr. Seehausen for all of their expertise in assisting us. Students are now researching the question “Does Music Increase IQ?” Many students, in their individual research, have been learning about “the Mozart effect.” Ask your son or daughter what they’ve learned!

Language Arts

Over the past week, students have gotten several opportunities to show what they learned during our short story mini-unit. We kicked the week off with student presentations and finished with a unit assessment. For the presentations, each group taught their class about a classic short story and shared their thoughts and opinions on the story, as well. The unit test assessed each student’s ability to comprehend both literal and complex texts, annotate difficult text and justify their growth over the course of our first unit together. I’ve been so impressed with each student’s ability to be reflective about what they are learning and how it is impacting their growth as readers.

The past two days of class were spent focusing on the fall NWEA “MAP” Growth test. All students took both the reading and language portions of the test during their Language Arts class period. The MAP Growth test “measures what students know and informs what they’re ready to learn next [and] creates a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance” (NWEA.org). I am looking forward to sharing the test results with students in the coming weeks and setting goals for growth over the course of the school year!

Humanities

This week our classes wrapped up our first unit on Equality, Freedom, and Tolerance. Last week students researched and created images and text to represent a person or event connected to human rights. This project was worked on with Mr. Lenz and Mr. Seehausen in the design lab. Students are creating what I call the “memorial cube.” I hope to have the finished product by Friday so students can bring the cubes home. We are ending this unit with a Google slides presentation by groups of 2 and 3 highlighting some important people and events of the US civil rights movement. Students are working to identify main ideas and to express those through their own interpretation of importance AND are attempting to connect these events of the past to current examples of discrimination. The final goal is to interpret the connections of past and present to make sense of the advances made and current challenges to maintaining those advancements. We will wrap up the week with an in-class debate regarding whose protest method is better; MLK and non-violence or Malcolm X and militant actions. These in-class debates help students with communication and argumentative skills while having a bunch of fun trying to prove their side is the best. For added fun, the students are randomly selected to defend one side. This means they must look at both sides first before learning who they will argue for. This is a great challenge, especially when a student has to defend the side opposite of their personal belief. Fridays are currently devoted to current events with the goal of helping students know what is going on in our world helping make those connections of history to present times. Be sure and ask them what they’ve seen or read about and share your insight into the world around us to help build their curiosity and knowledge. I’ll be back with the beginning of our next unit right after the Thanksgiving break. Happy Holidays.

Music

Our 7th/8th grade music students were able to spend four days last week in the Design Lab building their unique instruments. I was super impressed with their creativity and diligence in the Lab. A special shout-out goes to Mr. Lenz and Mr. Seehausen for all of their expertise in assisting us. Students are now researching the question “Does Music Increase IQ?” Many students, in their individual research, have been learning about “the Mozart effect.” Ask your son or daughter what they’ve learned!

Science

The fifth grade class has moved on from studying how scientists think (The Scientific Method) to understanding how matter and energy flow through ecosystems. Currently, the class is delving into a Biome/Ecosystem Mural Project featuring:

  1. 12 animals common to their biome. Including at least one insect, one bird, one reptile, and one mammal.  
  2. At least 6 plants common to the biome.  
  3. A world map: coloring in the places where their biome is located.
  4. A description of the basic characteristics of their biome. Average temperature (summer/winter) and the average precipitation per year.
  5. Labelled abiotic factors found in their biome.  Also an explanation of how these abiotic factors are used or needed by the biotic factors in their biome.
  6. A description of the adaptations of two plants on their mural and how those adaptations allow the plant to survive in its biome.
  7. A description of the adaptations of three animals on their mural and how those adaptations allow the animal to survive in its biome.
  8. The identification of at least three different decomposers found in their biome.  
  9. Finally, the creation of a labelled food web of plants and animals found in their biome.

This will be one intensive hands-on project that requires students to apply all of the concepts they are currently learning in a creative and interesting way.