Design innovation & thinking grows at Seven Peaks School
It’s been exciting to see and feel the energy behind the design innovation initiative that’s filling the halls of our school. Thanks to our parents and friends, Seven Peaks School is among the first Central Oregon schools to begin planning for a Design & Innovation Lab. As you have probably heard, by fall of 2017, we will have transformed our SPS library into a space for students in all grade levels. Please take a few minutes to look at the renderings for our new space. We’re excited to have our students involved in a design process to help with the creation of the lab. Design thinking and innovation is not new to our school. In fact, our teachers have been thought leaders in bringing hands-on, inquiry based, creative thinking to our classrooms. The Design & Innovation Lab will give us the tools and equipment to take the Design Initiative to the next level.
Check out these articles for more information about how the Design Thinking is reshaping education:
Edutopia: What is Design Thinking?
Newsweek: Maker Movement Reinvents Education
Free community film screening: Most Likely to Succeed
On Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 pm, Seven Peaks School will host a FREE COMMUNITY SCREENING of the National award winning film Most Likely to Succeed. Please take a minute to watch the trailer. This film will inspire families with children of all ages to explore the future of education. We hope you can join us and encourage you to invite friends.
Changes for the 2017/2018 school year
As educators, we are continuously exploring opportunities to enhance programming and provide our students with a 21st century learning experience. In March, our SPS team began looking at ways to optimize classes and schedules so students get the most out of each school day. One thing we know for certain is that traditional teaching models in which subjects are taught in silos is less effective in providing real-world learning for our kids. Stay tuned for more information as our team works to modify our daily schedule to incorporate more progressive teaching practices.
We are excited to share that we are already starting to see results from our recently launched digital and public relations outreach efforts. In March, we hosted 20 new families at our SPS Information night. We’ve also been touring new families and fielding calls from interested parents from Central Oregon and out of the area. Current enrollment numbers are lower than anticipated for this time of year, but we are confident that we will grow our SPS family. If you have friends or family members that you think might be a good fit for our school, please send them our way.
Thank you all for your continued support. I hope you had a wonderful spring break!