Fieldwork Coordinator Update – May, 2018


Fieldwork Update for May, 2018

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April - May, 2018


CSCS, Portland Mercado, Hancock Field Station, Oregon Trail and more!


Happy May! We’re in the home stretch towards summer and fieldwork has been bumpin’. Here are some highlights from the last month. This report is a little lengthy because there have been so many wonderful things going on!


The 7th and 8th graders installed their “pop-up” museum on Latin American immigration for the Portland Mercado’s three-year anniversary festival on April 7th. Students wore t-shirts (designed and printed by 8th grader, Robin McAdoo) touting the theme for the anniversary party, ”Puentes, No Muros” (“Bridges, Not Walls”) and guided visitors through their exhibit, which included informational posters, maps, booklets, and artwork. The exhibit remained hung in the Mercado to be viewed by the public for most of April. Thank you again to Teaching Tolerance for helping to fund this meaningful partnership!



If you’ve heard some peeping coming from the kindergarten classroom this week, it’s not the kids– it’s the chicks! As part of our partnership with Multnomah County 4-H, our kindergarteners cared for and hatched chicks using an incubator. Students learned about every stage of chicken development in the egg and even practiced the art of “candling” to see the embryos as they developed. The chicks have been adopted by CSCS families and friday the babies will leave the classroom to go to their new homes. This hands-on experience enhances the kindergarten study of life cycles this spring.



8th grade service internships are now in full swing. 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. Some students travel just down the hall and serve as reading coaches in the 1st/2nd grade rooms while others travel across town to work with cooperating agencies. This year, our students are interning in both 1st/2nd grade classrooms, the kindergarten classroom, the Mirabella memory care facility, the Mirabella library, the Nikkei Legacy Center, New Avenues for Youth, Tryon Creek Watershed Council, and the Neighborhood House Food Box program. I also am hosting two interns who are planning a booth for the South Waterfront Street Fair on May 31st.   

Meanwhile, our 7th grade students have been busy working on a entrepreneurship internship with the Oregon State University business school through our partnership with 4-H. Groups of students wrote business plans, guided by an OSU professor who skyped into the classroom for multiple sessions. Last Friday, the class traveled to the OSU campus to present their plans to a panel of 4-H representatives, a professor and a business TA. According to teacher Chris Wyland, “Everyone on the panel was amazed at the level of work and professionalism of the students from Cottonwood school. I heard repeatedly that they were super impressed with how respectful and on point the questions were of each group. Their presentations were clear, to the point and inspiring. I even heard that we out performed the high school groups that went after us.”



All groups were awarded $200 to put their plans into action and some may sell their products at the Multnomah County Fair at Oaks Park!  The names of the businesses and Mission statements are as follows:

Bath Potions: A company to relax and make happiness for the customer for just a small price. (bath bombs, incense, candles, soaps)

Bounce: to bring happiness to kids by providing them with a simple, low cost toy (bouncy balls)

Customization Jewelry Station: to bring customized jewelry back to life while protecting the environment by using recycled jewelry. (Upcycled Jewelry)

Mira Luxury Goods: providing unique fashionable products that protect what you own and connect to your interests. (Phone Cases)


Lastly, both the 6th grade and the 4th/5th classrooms journeyed to outdoor school this spring. The 6th graders attended OMSI science camp at the Hancock Field Station in Fossil, Oregon.



The 4th and 5th graders participated in Outdoor School’s Oregon Trail overnight. According to teacher Morgen Kelm, “students built log cabins, used tools, cooked their own dinner, made their own butter, dipped candles, made Pioneer Pals, packed a wagon, panned for gold, and danced the Virginia Reel! Needless to say, they were a little busy. . . “   



Whew! We have just over one more month for more fabulous learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Stay tuned!


Sarah K. Anderson, Fieldwork Coordinator, The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science

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