Can first quarter really be over and all of us well into second quarter?
First, third through sixth grades have implemented departmentalized activities on Thursday from 3 - 3:45. Ms. Parks has been doing art projects, Ms. Brunton has been focusing on Montana, Ms. Dalling has been working with STEM projects, and I have had a cross section of 3-6 graders doing drama. Last Thursday we shared our production of A Pirate’s Tale, and it was a wonderful success enjoyed by participants and audience. Students have enjoyed the diverse opportunities provided by the departmentalization, and the plans are to continue it throughout the school year.
In sixth grade we are working on a writing project using our brand new iPads! These were provided through a grant made available through the North Yellowstone Education Foundation (NYEF). The students are very excited about creating multimedia projects using the iPads; using multimedia software, we will focus on their experiences of living in a gateway community to a national park.
In fifth grade, we are reading Blood on the River, a great book written by a native of Virginia, on the settlement of the Jamestown colony. Fittingly, we are also studying early colonization of North America in social studies. Finally, we are finishing our personal narratives that focus on experiences that students had while on Expedition Yellowstone.
Busy and productive times for 5/6 language arts and social studies!!
Most teachers do not take students on a 4 day camping trip the first week of the school year, but the time was right to take kids on a road trip to Glacier National Park. Yes, there were fires. Yes, it snowed. But the juniors and seniors braved the chilly and sometimes wet weather on our Great Northern Adventure and learned a great deal about some of Montana’s indigenous people and the landscapes they call home. We visited the Flathead and Blackfeet reservations and learned from tribal elders about the issues concerning their people in the past and present.
But I think, if we asked the kids which bit of new information they valued the most, there would be a unanimous response: Doubleball. Doubleball is a traditional Native American game we learned from Nick Fink, a Blackfeet tribal member and teacher at Browning Alternative School. We learned that games like Doubleball were often used to settle disagreements in order to avoid warfare between tribes. The game is fast-paced, short on rules, and at times violent, but everyone returned to GHS unharmed and more enlightened. We will continue to learn more about the Salish, Kootenai, Pend d’Oereille, and Blackfeet tribes, focusing a great deal of time on tribal sovereignty.
Mrs. McLaughlin’s H.S. Art Class recently visited The Tippet Rise Art Center https://tippetrise.org/ near Fishtail Montana to view their large scale outdoor sculptures.
They also participated in watercolor lessons back at the art center. The class has also been working on Accordian Folded Books which should be on display soon.
8th Grade FACS class has been smelling up the school with frying funnel cakes and rosettes. They also created some amazing cream puffs!
Visual Communications class has been countering persuasive ads with their own ads that tell the truth about products. They’ve also been learning about Media Literacy at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPwJ0obJya0&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtM6jSpzb5gMNsx9kdmqBfmY&index=1
Yearbook class has been busy selling ads, raising over $2000 to help cover the cost of the production of our yearbook. They’ve also been at sporting events capturing memorable moments to begin the creation of the yearbook.
Tis the season for orchard produce and the Culinary Arts class has been learning to deal with it, creating ppts on Food Preservation, rolling out apple pies and muffins, and about to make jelly with Mrs. Tyson’s wild plums which they collected one fine Fall morning.
Consumer Economics/Personal Finance class has been meditating on their personal value system (through various activities) in preparation to discovering the many ways to spend their money on insurance, taxes and investments. They are also exploring Career options.
The Gardiner School Journal
This is the place to read Mr. Baer's weekly info blast, as well as the post from the classroom teacher of the week and the Bruin Banter .