On Thursday, February 2nd 2017, The Sierra School of Todos Santos, B.C.S, hosted the second of two theatre arts workshops with Ellen Rogosin, a professional theatre and Hollywood actress that worked for Walt Disney. Eileen likes to sing and dance in musicals. Ellen shared with us the two principal rules for drama, which are: listen to others and to never be afraid to make a fool of yourself. We enjoyed some exercises for warming up. Ellen taught us what dynamics are: all the aspects of actual oral presentation, then we learned a little segment from the play As You Like It by William Shakespeare.
by Ana-Sofia Gallardo Herreros, 8th Grader
We analyzed this passage and then Diego and Sebastian volunteered to interpret it visually. We also learned a part of a song from the play Peter Pan and acted it out. Later we did some tongue twisters. We also told Eileen something about ourselves and then she shared with us something about her. Eileen helped us to get more confident about making a fool of ourselves in public without being afraid that someone would laugh about us. Our two drama workshops were really fun and all students enjoyed them! We all look forward to further drama workshops with talented and passionate Eileen Rogosin again.
by Aliya Calisto Flores, 7th grader
We learned about hurricane Patricia, a category five hurricane, which set the record for hurricanes in the entire peninsula and the gulf coast. Later, Professor Johnson talked to us about deltas (a Greek word), where a river brings materials from inland and deposits this material into the sea. Some examples of deltas are: the Colorado river, the isla cerralvo, the Nile delta and the Loreto delta. We learned how sometimes deltas form hurricanes, and how rocks can represent the number of storms; usually formed by a delta.
In addition, we looked at La Niña and El Niño conditions. El Niño conditions are stronger, rougher, and windier; and in the future we will have more, evidence of global climate change. El Niño conditions form by soaking up of a lot of warm water linked to global warming. La Niña conditions are average hurricanes; the most common and normal ones.
We all walked down to the Arroyo to discover geological forces at work there. On the way there, we saw how, since there were many boulders in the road; this could mean they were brought by floods in the Arroyo. We engaged in the scientific process and created a hypothesis according to these questions 1. What are we looking at? Sand, forms of granite rocks that smash against each other. We also learned that this sand had Quartz in it. Where does this rock come from? It comes from upstream , In a flood. Ultimately sand comes from rocks crashing or peeling off. Our hypothesis was that sand forms from big boulders in flash floods, crashing to gather to create sand. We also observed the debris/brush that was stuck in between the trees. This showed us how high the flash flood had been, at about waist level. As we walked a bit further down, we saw a big boulder along with many others, that was coming from the side of the arroyo. This, we could also say, was a smaller delta. We observed how, in one part of the downhill slope of the dune, there was a driftwood line with overwash layers which indicated that the lagoon water level had risen, at least to the point we saw. And finally, we learned that whatever happens in Todos Santos also happens in Taiwan. Across the Pacific the hurricanes are stronger, and rougher. Ultimately, we saw how there were environmental patterns in places that are further along the western side of the peninsula. We saw that environmental forces are connected across the Earth, evidence of global patterns and global warming. Thank you to our science teacher, Tom Ekman for organizing amazing talks and outings with Marcus Johnson. Thank you Marcus Johnson for sharing your incredible knowledge with us.
by Victor Chavez, 10th grader
With the guidance of our teacher, Molly Lou, we continue to analyze literature for its key features--understanding the concept that texts are defined by key features. We have focused on organization of the plot, themes, messages, character, authorship and the deeper message of the text. We have learned how to write a blurb. This particular activity was especially fun and challenging. My classmates and I wrote some first drafts of our personal blurb and a blurb for The Life of Pi. We enjoy the analytical and creative exercises of this class. We are also doing a big project on writing 5 to 8 personal essays on subjects inspired from The Life of Pi. Topics for our essays include: My personal relationship to an animal; The origin of my name; What inspires me?; A favourite smell; What Am I on a quest for?; 3-5 Cities I will visit in my lifetime; A Place Permanently Far Away; The Cultures that Fascinate me; An Experience of Being Lost; A Setting That is Meaningful to Me; An Important Relationship to an Animal; How Do I Feel At Home Anywhere?; What Is My Relationship To God? What Do I Care about?
By Margarita Robles, History and Spanish Literature teacher
En la clase de Historia hemos visto uno de los símbolos patrios de nuestro México, en esta ocasión el 24 de febrero "Día de la Bandera de México", valoramos el significado de su historia, así como el por qué las actuales se han mantenido desde la Guerra de Independencia. La representación de la Bandera que se utiliza actualmente fue oficialmente adoptada en 1868, sin embargo, el diseño básico en general, ha sido usado desde 1821 cuando fue creada la Primera Bandera Nacional mexicana. Los estudiantes expusieron la parte de la historia de las banderas que han pasado a lo largo de la historia de México con la finalidad de conocer sus cambios. Cada estudiante expuso de manera oral la bandera según el período que le correspondió; al final hicimos el análisis de la Bandera actual. Para cerrar esta bonita e interesante actividad, se organizó un breve pero significativo convivio mexicano, compartiendo alimentos y tiempo de colaboración en la preparación de un delicioso guacamole, frijoles, salsa mexicana con totopos compartiendo dicha experiencia en nuestra reunión semanal con los miembros de la escuela presentes en ese momento.
by Zephyr Calisto Florès, Language teacher and stewardship coordinator
We at the school are all so excited to see our garden growing! Lettuce, cabbage, carrots, flowers, chard, and beans are all coming up fast. We used a new planting method this year, using wooden crates lined with cardboard, filled half way with dry organic matter (mostly guamuchil leaves), then filled the top half with dirt from our school, mixed with an amazing starter compost from Moonstone Mazzeti. It seems to be a great method as everyday we are amazed at how fast everything is growing. Now we are counting the days until our first salad. We have already planted the second rotation and happily checking everyday to see what has germinated. We are looking at planting with the phases of the moon and building a french biodynamic compost pile. More updates later as the magic happens in the garden!
by Renata Aviña Diaz, 7th grader
Every other Thursday, after our All-School meeting, The Sierra School students enjoy a Health and Well-being Workshop lead by Molly Lou Freeman, Head of School or another teacher / guest speaker. Health and Wellbeing are super fun workshops in which the students share individually or in teams.
We reflect upon our experience, personal knowledge and develop common understanding. We just enjoyed one of first workshops and the subject as a teen choice: nutrition. We wrote and talked about what we know about nutrition.. All students designed a day of healthy meals and snacks. Students had a whole range of ideas about what healthy eating is. For our menus, boys suggested the biggest meals. We learned we are all and each responsible for our nutrition. Healthy eating is all about taking care of our bodies and taking care of our planet. I think it’s great that we explore teen topics and issues in Health and Wellbeing workshops.
by Sundury Shamira Escalona Morales, 7th grader
Margarita Robles teaches us History as well as Spanish Literature. In Literature class, we are working on the theatre genre to present plays. We have organized ourselves into three different teams. We will present a musical, a comedy and a play in mime. My team is working on a comedy and we are in the planning and making decision stage. I would like us to present an historical drama and for us to practice being more expressive. I am pretty nervous about presenting this project.
A recent, interesting and amusing activity in History was when Margarita had us each put paper on our back with our names written at the top. A line in the middle of the paper separated it into two parts. She told us to take turns to write to our classmates’ backs. In the upper part, we wrote the things we like about the person; in the lower part, we wrote suggestions for how this person could change. I think that this activity helps us to know what our classmates think of us, what they like about us and what not. In this way we can reflect on what we can do to improve and change.
La maestra Margarita Robles nos enseña literatura en español e historia. Para la clase de literatura vamos a realizar tres obras echas por diferentes equipos, entre las categorías de la presentación va a estar la mímica, los musicales y la comedia; a mi equipo le tocó la comedia y estamos planeando que obra vamos a elegir o si vamos a hacer alguna inventada, a mí me gustaría un poco de drama en la historia para poder practicar más nuestras expresiones; estoy nerviosa por esta obra. Para la clase de historia la maestra nos colocó un papel en nuestra espalda, escribió nuestros nombres en la parte de arriba, puso una línea separando la parte superior y la parte inferior y nos dijo que tomáramos turnos para escribirle a nuestros compañeros en la parte de arriba las cosas que nos gustan de esa persona y abajo las cosas que pensamos que no nos caen bien de esa persona; yo creo que esta actividad nos ayuda a saber que es lo que nuestros compañeros piensan de nosotros, que es lo que les gusta de nosotros y que no, y así poder reflexionar sobre en qué podemos hacer para mejorar.
By Sebastian Kar, 8th grader
This semester, we now benefit from basketball as one of our Physical Education activities. Taught by Margarita Robles and Marco Montaña, Basketball occurs once a week, every Wednesday morning from 7:30 to 9:00 at the auditorio in town.
I see basketball as one of those sports where when you get one thing down, like dribbling or shooting, it gets easier. I also think that basketball is one of the harder sports to learn and understand because of the speed of play. I also like basketball because there's not much contact compared to American football. I think basketball is good for hand and eye coordination and an excellent way to develop one’s mind doing sport.
By Jake Calisto Flores, 8th grader
The Sierra School of Todos Santos students and teachers enjoyed a field trip to The University of Colorado campus in Todos Santos (BCS, Mexico), for a physics workshop, "The Little Shop of Physics" prepared by the professors and students of the university in effort to share with students in our town. Students from the public secondary school, and Escuela Pacifica were there at the same time.
The card of explanation read: The difference is that when you dissolve sugar in water, it doesn't really change the volume but increases the mass, which, in turn, increases the density. In this way, soda with sugar is denser than water; and it sinks. Diet soda, with no sugar, floats.
Another experiment was called: Touch a Cloud. This featured a shallow open dish in which water vapor was constantly produced. The descriptive card read: a cloud is made up of small water droplets plus a good deal of water vapor. When the vapor touches your skin, it condenses into liquid, giving up energy and making your hand feel warmer. When you pull your hand back out, the water begins to evaporate taking energy out of your hand and making it feel colder.
The "Little Shop of Physics" was a super interesting,engaging and meaningful field trip for the Sierra School of Todos Santos students and teachers. Everyone had a fabulous time learning about the laws of physics! Thank you CSU for supporting learning in Todos Santos!
by Diego Milan Augilar (7th grader)
At The Sierra School of Todos Santos (in Baja California Sur), our parents are super involved and invested in making our education and school a fabulous place. All the parents of the students are involved in making our school a better place with the strongest course offering and vision possible. Zephyr Calisto Flores, mother of Aliya and Jake, worked as support teacher last year and then got accredited as an ESL teacher and now teachers IB Language B (the intensive second language courses); she is a talented gardener and manages our Stewardship project of our organic vegetable, flower and herb garden. Gregorio Flores has helped with transporation to remote places for our school camping trips. Arturo Mendoza, Emiliano's father now helps us with transporation from weekly basketball practice. Christian Kar, father of Sebastian and Bellamy, has years of experience as a youth soccer coach in The United States, he has been a coach for our soccer practices with Marco Montaña and also Lourdès Gallardo, Ana Sofia’s mother is helping with school financial matters.
Arturo Milan, father of Diego and Gustavo, a professional iron worker has built all sorts of things for our school: benches, white boards, shelving and more. He also built safety rails in our school. When my brother and I helped build the rails with my dad, we had to measure, cut, weld, polish the rails with a pinwheel, and, finally, paint them; all of this was a 1 week process of hard work. All the Sierra School of Todos Santos students hope that with the help of all of our parents, our project will grow, we will have more students, teachers and be the most famous in Baja California Sur. Students really want to thank our parents for supporting and participating amazingly in our school.
Molly Lou Freeman, 20 year teacher, is the Founding Director of The Sierra School.