What a day! A hike through the forest to the coast. Here are a few highlights:
Banana Slug, Seals, Bald Eagles, crabs, anemones, starfish, coral, sculpins, waterfalls, barnacles, skunk cabbage, and an incredible beach surrounded by sea stacks and other rock formations.
The evening program last night and today’s adventures focused on the Elwha River watershed, the drainage that is currently the site of the largest restoration project of its kind in the world. Students had a chance to measure water quality, help prevent erosion by live-staking cottonwood trees, and explore the river in several areas. Our discussion focused on restoring the function of ecosystems and how we can apply the lessons of the Elwha to our own restoration at the Land. A highlight was our time at the mouth of the river where it meets the Strait of Juan de Fuca. There were seal and bald eagle sightings as well as an enormous supply of perfect skipping stones, some well-deserved down time for the students, and SUNSHINE!
We had a great first day exploring Barnes Creek with Nick, our educator from Nature Bridge. Here are a few phrases to describe our day: rosemary potatoes, bald eagle, Merrymere Falls, sediment deposit, velocity, turbidity, observation, dissolved oxygen, games, and cookies!
We have arrived in Seattle where we will be boarding a ferry shortly for the Olympic Peninsula. More pics to come! Feeling good! Spring Trip 2018!
When we write Humanities research papers in the Adolescent Program, we naturally have to collect historical information from different sources (that’s the research part) since we don’t already know everything there is to know about the subject we’re researching. However, there’s a specific way to do this. In the real world, if you don’t cite the sources you used, then you’ve just done something illegal (or, at the very least, highly questionable). Well, we’re not exactly looking at jail time here, but this is very serious nonetheless.
That’s why the class had a lesson on citing sources this past Tuesday. We learned how to cite correctly to make sure we give credit where it’s due (and of course to stay in line with the school’s honor code; this is very important!). It’s a loooonnng process, but it helps our research papers gain more credibility and it gives a nod to the other researchers who brought us their discoveries.
In short, cite PLEASE.
On Wednesday we went to the Land Campus to see if any amphibians had emerged. Only three frogs were found; we identified them as cricket frogs but we could not find any salamanders. Even though not many amphibians were found we took notes of possible amphibian habitats so we can revisit them later in the spring. We are planning to set a trap to catch amphibians and document how many species of amphibians our Land Campus has. We will use this data to see how healthy our ponds are.
T3 is off to a great start with a visit to the Land Campus. Students spent their time searching and exploring for limbs to use for their next micro-economy project (Montessori-inspired educational toys). The AP Winter Market Days will be held after school Wednesday and Friday next week (3 to 4 pm). Hope to see you there!
Today, the adolescents presented group projects to their parents and the Elementary and Primary classrooms of CMS. Students shared the experience and knowledge they acquired in their studies of Ancient African Kingdoms and computer programming with Raspberry Pi computers as well as the process of design and creation. While it is not possible to share all of their work from the second trimester in only one hour, the students crafted and delivered an informative and entertaining presentation. There was quite the buzz among the elementary students that were engaged in learning about the work of the adolescents. Well done, adolescents!