Capstone Spring Experience has Begun!
The eighth grade capstone program is the culmination of one’s middle school career at Journeys School. Before matriculating to high school, students are asked to reflect on who they are in several ways. The first of the four components of the Capstone Project is a braided essay in English, which is a combination of three essays: one historical, one personal, and one symbolic. They will then identify themes that characterize the first two braids and use the symbolic strand, a narrative about an animal guide, to represent these connections between themselves, their family history, and their future path. Students also are creating a Coat of Arms in art with symbols and colors that reflect their personal attributes and characteristics. Also coming up is the eighth grade rite of passage journey in Red Canyon near Lander from May 23-27. Students will prepare for this journey by exploring their transition to high school as well as practicing primitive skills to prepare for their time in the wilderness. Working with Teton Science Schools’ biologist/naturalist Kevin Taylor, Capstone students will learn to live with minimal materials and keep themselves warm and comfortable during a quintessential five spring days in Wyoming. The journey will consist of several phases of separation: first from the entire middle school student body, second from the eighth grade class as a whole, and finally, a separation of one’s self for a day long solo. Because this journey demands independence and competency with the primitive skills, students are required to demonstrate their ability and responsibility with risk management during the Friday prep times in order to attend the journey. Finally, students will prepare a Capstone Presentation to share their experience and their growth as an individual, community member, and a learner, with the community and guests.

Teton Valley Journey Films Posted Online:
Films from last month's Teton Valley Journey can be found here:

Upcoming Spring Concerts
Monday, May 9th, 2:05 pm: 8th grade Advanced Band journeys to Morningstar Assisted Living Center to perform duets for residents
Tuesday, May 17th: Spring Upper Level Music Performances, TSS Ed Center 2:15-3:20 (6th grade band, 7th grade band, 8th grade band, 8+ band, HS band, HS Acapella, HS Guitar Class)
Wednesday, May 18th: Select students in our middle school present "The Emperor's New Clothes", TSS Dining Lodge 2:15-3:00