Wednesday, December 21, 2016

       Hi folks!  We finally made it to our Winter break, and kids have worked hard to earn it.  We recently published our Pioneer short stories, and then focused on Pioneer essays.  Rowan wrote a great proposal for a holiday party and we had a blast.  Secret Santa was a big success, and fun was had by all.  Thanks for supporting the activity by helping your student shop for Secret Santa gifts and for providing the snacks.  We had so much food that quite a bit ended up going home with kids.

      We are at our halfway point through the school year and I want to say that I've enjoyed this year tremendously.  Thank you for entrusting the Open School with the education of your wonderful kids, and thank you for allowing me to guide them through this moment in their lives.

      Don't forget about our Pioneer artifact assignment.  Students are to bring in their artifacts, with accompanying paragraphs, when they return on January 9th.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,


Sunday, December 4, 2016

       HI folks!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving break!  the cold weather definitely makes it feel like the holiday season.

      We have been busy working on our Pioneers unit.  Most students have finished their pioneer short stories. For the next two weeks we will dive into our research project.  Each student is learning about a topic under the Pioneers/western Expansion topic.  We have gathered resources, and have begun gathering information.
Soon we will plan and craft our essays.

      On Friday students received a home assignment to do a hands-on artifact connected to their research topic.  Please discuss this assignment with them, and help them brainstorm possible ideas.  They received a form on Friday to have an adult sign and have returned.  Please have your student return this as soon as possible.

      A big thanks to Rowan for writing a great Secret Santa proposal.  Talk to your student to see if they would like to participate, and a note with more details will be coming soon.