Earth Day
On Friday afternoon, Journeys high school and 8th grade students celebrated Earth Day by creating a memorial garden between the MUPS and TLC buildings. In design class 9th and 10th grade students created tombstones out of styrofoam and on Friday afternoon, 8th-12th grade students painted the tombstones with species that have gone extinct due to human intrusion of habitat. Students also painted river rocks to line a walkway between the tombstones with images of endangered species. 8th-12th grade students shared their memorial garden with Pre-K students at the end of the day on Friday and all students and families are encouraged to come tour the space as it will be up until the end of the school year.

National Poet Laureate
Friday morning, all 9th and 10th grade students and most 11th and 12th graders attended a presentation titled “Sharing Stories in Diverse Communities” by Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate at Jackson Hole High School. In 9th and 10th grade English, students read several of Herrera’s poems before the presentation, looking at literary devices and other techniques the poet uses in his work.

Thank You
Many thanks to the parent who provided lunch to all high school students and faculty in recognition of students taking the ACT on Thursday, April 19.

Journeys high school students took home honors from the Teton County Wyoming Young Authors writing competition. Sara McWhirter won first place for her collection of poems among 9th grade students. Adriana Mullin, a 12th grade student, won for best non-fiction. Will Dykema’s fiction was recognized with honorale mention at the 11th grade level. In total, Journeys School students won eight first place awards in grades K-12.

Quarter 3 Reports
Watch your mailbox for quarter 3 reports which were mailed on Friday.

Student Leadership Council Awards Grants to Local Nonprofits
The elected members of the high school Student Leadership Council (SLC) just completed another year of participation in the Youth Philanthropy program sponsored by the Jackson Hole Community Foundation. The program provides students at all local high schools with a real-world experience in grant making. Applying for a Youth Philanthropy grant represents a wonderful opportunity for nonprofits to engage youth in our community, while enhancing their appreciation of Jackson Hole’s diverse needs. Participating Journeys School students solicited and reviewed grant proposals, met with applicants, discussed effective strategies for community impact and awarded grants to local nonprofits at a ceremony last week. The students should be proud of their time and effort and, perhaps more importantly, the significant contribution they made to meeting authentic community needs. Members of the SLC include Adriana Mullin, Adele Farag, Jack Van Holland, Will Dykema, Cici Morales, Nikita Muromcew, and Duncan Mullin. Thanks to the JH Community Foundation for making this 'hands-on' program available to our student leaders once again.