From September’s opening day to June’s closing ceremonies, we document and share events from all over our campus in an attempt to continuously communicate all the diverse goings-on at The Unquowa School. From school-wide events, assemblies, visiting presenters and other highlights from around campus, here’s a sample of what’s happening…
Posted by Megan Kirk
In performing arts classes, students are having a lot of fun in our “new” space! To allow for proper social distancing for singing, acting, and dancing, we have been holding our performing arts classes in the dining room. It has been great! This week we had our first lesson in basic ballet. Students learned how ballet is a building block to all kinds of dance! They even learned how some football players take ballet classes to improve their focus, stamina and balance! It was a lot of fun!
Posted by Faith Barbuto
Our very eager PreK class has been doing a great job adjusting to all the new rules and routines of this very different school year. While sanitizer and masks seem like a strange addition to school, for these newbies they have become just another part of a normal day and it did not stop us from having lots of fun. We learned to play new games and use new materials safely. We explored our outdoor classroom, finding letters in nature, building and creating. In the garden, a perfect extension of our Forest School curriculum, we observed, harvested and even found some caterpillars to bring back to watch as they grow and change. The playground is always lots of fun and the rain just added to our adventure. Please remember we will always go to learn and play outside so sending appropriate weather gear is a must. At the end of the first full week of school, we are smiles, under our masks!
Posted by Carlene Gordon
Our fourth graders are up for any challenge…but especially one titled, “The Marshmallow Challenge.” Students were given precise measurements of tape, spaghetti, string and one marshmallow. The challenge was to build the tallest free-standing structure possible with the marshmallow on top. This was a lesson in design-failure-redesign. We learned that things often need to be redesigned multiple times before a viable solution is reached and failure does not mean the end. We also learned that scientists support and help each. Great resilience and team building skills emerged in the fourth grade science classroom today!
Posted by Krissy Ponden
This is the third year that Unquowa students have explored issues that matter to them, examined areas of injustice, delved into topics usually reserved for contemplation and debate by adults, and created works of art to reflect it.
The depth of thought, the care and diligence of the research, and the resulting concepts that ask you to consider your views on a topic without telling you what to think are indicative of the true and lasting learning that these students gained from participating in this project. These are the issues that matter to them, this is what is on their minds, and this is what they seek to change about their world. To say that young people do not have the ability to enact change is myopic, to assume they can not have opinions on controversial issues is naive; they see problems and they seek solutions, sometimes without the preconceptions of the adult world. The vision of our youth offers a fresh and real perspective.
Posted by Megan Kirk
Students have been exploring so many areas of music technology during distance learning! A favorite has been using Chrome Music Lab. Students across all levels have been able to use this chrome extension to enhance their understanding of many elements of music! The younger grades have been working on their steady beat and rhythm through this program while the older students are putting together melodies and rhythms to create their own short songs. It has been really fun listening to all of the students’ creations! Students have really enjoyed expressing themselves through these lessons!
Posted by Karen Williamson