Before they began the trimester, we asked this 1st/2nd grade class simple questions about rivers…
Place-based education is a way of taking the walls down between school and the community.
7th graders identify a problem in the community and seek out policy-based solutions.
In this last month of school, many of our students have been out of the classroom and in the community. Here are a few end-of-year fieldwork highlights. Our kindergartners made multiple visits to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, first and second graders spent the spring trimester learning about local forests, The Portland State University Archaeology Roadshow featured projects from three of our classrooms this year (3rd, 4th & 5th grades), the seventh and eighth grades traveled to the State Capitol building in Salem earlier this month to present their Project Citizen portfolios.
The 7th and 8th graders installed their “pop-up” museum on Latin American immigration for the Portland Mercado’s three-year anniversary festival. Our kindergarteners cared for and hatched chicks using an incubator. 8th graders travels to a different site every Thursday afternoon in the spring trimester to practice career skills and provide service for a community partner. The 6th graders attended OMSI science camp and the 4th and 5th graders participated in Outdoor School’s Oregon Trail overnight.
Why is Portland the whitest big city in America? What are the historical trends behind the Black Lives Matter movement? Why is there a police oversight committee in Portland? If you’re looking for answers to any of these questions, just ask a sixth grader– they know! For the past two and half months, Lisa’s class delved deep into the Civil Rights Movement of the ‘50s and ‘60s and the roots of racism in America…
August 18th, 9 am-3 pm – Annual Cleaning / Scrubbing / Building / Painting Event