Academic Engagement – MLK Day Service
We took a journey to Askas Animals on MLK day to do work around the center. We started our day with trying to cross country ski to Askas Animals, a local animal foundation. We started our day by fitting into our boots and skis. Then we went off to shred the roads. We took a back road to 7000 West, when we got spaced out and because we were short on time my classmate’s who were further behind got picked up and when the buses got to us we were picked up half way through 7000. When we got there we quickly discussed the rules and went off to do the chores. Some of us cleaned out the chicken coop and put out fresh hay, others built a wagon to remove manure from the pens, the rest of us cleaned up the pens that the pigs were in. After helping out for a while we got to see the new litter of puppies. The reason we helped out around the community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is because he gave back so much to the community so we wanted to remind people of him while spreading joy helping out.
For the past few months we have been studying backcountry survival. We learned how to make a fire in a pit and then we moved onto making a fire by using flint and magnesium. Right now we are learning how to use compasses and maps . It’s important to know how to use a compass and know how to start a fire just in case you get lost in the backcountry. We are also learning about this so we can have really cool off trail experiences in the backcountry that we might not have if we stay on the trail. Next week we are going to make our own individual fires on the snow. We’re excited to learn more about the compass and fires. So implement these skills in our journeys so us students can take more leadership roles.
Community Focus – Humanities Update
Throughout the month of January we have been studying WWll in history and language arts. We first started by studying the Rise of Hitler. We have recently started a new book called “Night” which is a book about the experience of a holocaust survivor named Elie Wiesel. While we are reading this book we will be writing in our journals, and tracking his life in a timeline. Our driving question for this topic is, How is identity shaped and reshaped by the circumstances we encounter? Throughout this
project we have also been doing a number of worksheets. One of the worksheets we did was called the iceberg diagram. The goal was to create 8-10 that occurred before the German forces occupied Sighet where Elie Wiesel is from.
Student Corner – Naturalist Journals
Recently in science we worked on a project where we picked an animal from the GYE and we had to make a detailed sketch of the animal that we chose in our naturalist journals. Then we had to research that animal and write about how they survive in the winter either by migrating, hibernating, or adapting to its environment. Each student had to pick a unique animal that was different for each person. For example Will Nubel drew a Chickadee and then wrote about how it does not migrate even though its a bird, instead it lowers its body temperature while hibernating which helps burn less fat so it can survive through the winter off of the food that it ate beforehand.
-Jennie Julius and Kale Sarthou