MATH & SCIENCE
We had a wonderful time at the Oregon Coast last week. The stop at OSU in Corvallis was great. Students were able to see one of the world’s largest indoor wave labs and create wind turbine blades in the other activity. I would like to give a big thank you to all of the parent chaperones. Here is a link to photos from the trip. https://goo.gl/photos/ojj2crndMLRP8avC9
LANGUAGE ARTS & HUMANITIES
An advantage to having our class trip to the Oregon Coast in the fall is that it builds community early in the year. We challenged students to get to know someone better and to try new things. On Friday after we returned, students wrote reflective journals. One student wrote, “One thing I learned about myself is I am braver than I expected…I learned that I shouldn’t be afraid of doing things I never thought I would. I was braver than expected and I am grateful for that. So now I know in the future that I will be bolder and more excited to do unexpected things like jumping off sand dunes or holding huge crabs!”
Another student wrote, “Honestly, I had a lot of fun doing the big planned things but a lot of the memories were just small moments…I learned a couple of new things about myself. But, one of the biggest things I learned about myself was that it’s good to branch out sometimes and make new friends.”
Thank you to our parent chaperones who made this trip possible and especially to Kristy Lovejoy for making sure we were all fed!
6th graders are having a fantastic time in music as we gear up for the unveiling of each student’s Homemade Instrument. This IB Design Cycle Unit is strategically placed at this time of year to assist students with the process of Inquiring and Analyzing, Developing Ideas, Creating the Solution and Evaluating in order to be more familiar with this process as we go into their first experience with creating during Celebration of Innovation Week in mid-November. We are exploring questions about finances and cost to make instruments versus sound and beauty. It will be exciting to see each student bring in their creation and then actually play that creation as they compose a piece of music within small groups of peers. As the construction process develops at home, please do not hesitate to reach out to me after school hours via text at 541.699.6240 if any questions arise. I told the students that it’s possible that they may need to switch course in the middle of construction if they’re not able to control the sound or pitch – one of the most important elements in this project. I’m here to help – Happy Creating!!!