Innovation and creativity belong in the classroom, and this process of teaching and learning looks different than a traditional education. We asked our Shark Tank winner, Gage DeSoto, what this type of learning opportunity means to him. Gage shared, “I loved this experience. The week was really good. This is one of the things that most schools don’t teach. Having a week to be responsible for our own time, to think about working on something that would be useful was really great. Also, Ms. Royes kept an eye on things, gave us pointers, but let us figure things out. It was great to really concentrate on working one thing and do it really well.” Check out Gage DeSoto’s winning idea here!
Today, students are no longer solely motivated by the traditional learning model that has existed for over a century, and schools must reimagine the classrooms that will best support today’s students’ needs. Siloing kids through a series of courses where acquisition of knowledge is the primary objective has become obsolete with the age of digital information. What we must offer are learning environments that foster a critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. We owe it to our students to rethink existing structures of education, so that we can expand the ways that we offer these opportunities.
Kids shouldn’t have to wait to become grown-ups to know that they have an important role to play in their community and in shaping their future. Learning opportunities like our week of Celebration of Innovation and this last Friday’s Shark Tank event honor the importance of teaching design, imagining new technologies, and transforming the way we think about our future. We are committed to continue to redesign the traditional model of teaching and learning in order to encourage students to take their creative thoughts, explore possibilities, and design their future. We are committed to allow students the opportunity to redefine how things work, to empower them to focus on solutions, and to inspire our students to know that their ideas will shape the future. Do you remember when you were a kid and thought you could do anything? We believe our kids can!
Congratulations to the eight teams who took the extra step of applying and practicing for Shark Tank after Celebration of Innovation. You all prepared and presented beautifully! Nice work! Our three winners, listed below, received gift cards to locally owned businesses.
1st Place – The Huver, Gage DeSoto
2nd Place – SmartNotes, Sydney Dedrick, Rachel McCann, Kira Gilbert
3rd Place – Buzz Bed – Bridget Miller, Caroline Vaughn, Sequoyah Walther-Gingold
The Last Drop – Josie Parks, Maysa Tuftin, Elizabeth Mergenthaler, Lauren Schelling
Safety 1st – Maggie Martin, Clara Martin, Meredith Nader
Tracers – Henry Habein, Olivia Filipowicz
The Doublesided Toothbrush – Maya Hoffman, Tatam Doan, Bella Moore
Smart Ref – Luke Neilson, Hunter Asato
SPS 2nd Annual Turkey Trot Benefitting Local Community
On Wednesday, 11/16, in partnership with Whole Foods and local food bank, The Giving Plate, our students will again participate in this annual event that provides food for local families in need. Detailed information and donation forms have been sent home and are due tomorrow, Monday, 11/14 by 3:00pm. Click here for donation form.
Middle School Celebration of Innovation
In small groups, students will brainstorm, design, create, test, evaluate and market a product. Join us at COI Open House this Thursday, 11/17 from 6:30 – 8:00pm. Bring the family and be amazed!
SPS Spirit Wear Online Ordering
Need a stocking stuffer? New SPS t-shirts, sweatshirts & hats are available now through Fri, 11/18 ONLY! Go to http://myshirtbin.com/collections/seven-peaks and order ow to receive your shipment before the holidays.
Lost & Found
Remind your children to check Lost & Found this week because all remaining unclaimed items will be donated to charity this Thursday, 11/17.
Feeding Our Neighbors in Need
We kicked off our 2nd Annual Turkey Trot, which raises money for local individuals and families in need. In partnership with Whole Foods and The
Giving Plate they will receive a turkey and non-perishables to complete the meal.
Remember…donations and forms are due tomorrow, 11/14 by 3:00pm. Checks made payable to Seven Peaks’ School. Prizes are available for most donations collected, most laps run this
Wednesday and best turkey costume!
Our Sparrow, Hudson
Recently, our Seven Peaks community presented Hudson and his family a check in the amount of $2,755.00, proceeds from October’s garages sale, to help cover medical costs. We met Hudson’s business partner and learned how we all can earn sparrow bucks by doing good deeds for others. Vouchers can be picked up and deposited in the SPS Lobby.
6th Grade Creates an Island Nation
Have you ever wanted to create your ideal country? In Humanities, students are applying what they have learned about the five themes of geography to create an island nation. As they work in small groups, students are expected to show each other patience, cooperation, an open mind, and a willingness to make decisions together. They will draw physical and political maps labeling the important places within the country. Using the absolute and relative location of the island, groups will determine their climate, physical features and natural resources, and become trading partners with other groups.
“Oh mom, this assembly is going to make you cry.” Aiden Woods
Colleen Woods said she was blown away and shared, “I’ve caught Aiden practicing singing the songs for the Veterans Day assembly. Aiden is always excited to have his family here this time of year, but his grandpa couldn’t come so he made a video with the songs to share along with video from the presentation in the gym. The Veteran’s Day Assembly means so much to our family!”
What are you grateful for?
The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. Seven Peaks is grateful for you, our community. Thank you for placing your trust in us, for understanding that Seven Peaks offers an exceptional learning environment for children, and for supporting our program in various ways.
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we would like to ask our students and parents to reflect on what you’re grateful for in regard to your child’s SPS education. Is it a teacher who helps your child reach his or her fullest potential each day? Is it the kindness of an instructional assistant? Is it one of the specials programs? We value your feedback.
Please help us share positive messages with the Seven Peaks faculty in the spirit of Thanksgiving. You may share your name, or your child’s name, or remain anonymous. Thank you! Click here to share…