by Molly Lou Freeman, Lead Teacher
In August 2015, The Sierra School was gifted a tremendously generous grant from the United States Foundation for Community Betterment to ship our school library and materials (as well as our personal, family and household affairs) to Mexico. The shipment of 40 boxes consisted mostly of over 1,000 books, many of which were donated by the International School of Paris. It took almost half a year, long negotiations, the tremendous patience and skilled insistence of Fabrice Serrière, our maths teacher, financial controller and Sierra School Co-Director, my tears at the director of customs office in La Paz , the professional guidance and strategy of French honorary Consul Cédric de la Chapelle, and more than one Mexican importer for our shipment to finally arrive by pick-up to The Sierra School this Saturday, 6th February 2016. The boxes were torn and battered, taped and jumbled. Every one of them had been opened and searched. Nothing had been taken. Everything we shipped arrived: French chocolate, soccer balls, teaching materials, teacher resources, books, and books and books... We have our stuff! We have a library for our school! (Now we just need to get the library shelves!) DHL did not counsel us on how to import by air into Mexico. But along this long and weary cargo voyage, it became evident even to the most rigorous and uncompromising aspect of Mexican government, that we are working with great commitment to promote the International Baccalaureate and offer an educational future to young Mexicans and international students in Todos Santos, BCS.
de Nataly Muñoz Talavera, Maestra de Español
En nuestra clase de literatura, estuvimos explorando el libro ¿Qué es la Agricultura Ecológica? de la autora Ester Sanchéz , en donde pudimos reflexionar sobre la forma en la que se presenta la información y analizar detalladamente el contenido, desarrollando de manera profunda los conceptos e ideas que la autora comparte, tuvimos varias experiencias de acercamiento a este libro, desde una lectura compartida hasta trabajos individuales de manera escrita, para construir con los alumnos un entendimiento personal. Nuestro ultimo proyecto para cerrar la lectura del libro fue un guión de radio en donde los alumnos tuvieron que organizar la información de algún tema en específico, pensando en la manera de expresarlo oralmente, unos optaron por cápsulas y para otros fue mejor a manera de entrevista, la experiencia nos enriqueció mucho ya que llevar a cabo el programa desde su preparación hasta la grabación y la crítica constructiva del resultado, pudo darles idea sobre la forma de expresarse oralmente y como estar preparados para sentirse mas seguros al momento de hacerlo, estamos muy contentos con esta linda experiencia y esperamos poder seguir con el programa a lo largo de nuestro ciclo escolar y mejorar cada día mas.
Esperamos lo disfruten!!
by Esli Meijia, special student and teacher assistant
Sierra School students enjoyed a field trip to the Rancho Buen Dia on the 12th of January 2016. All the students went to learn about organic gardening on a commercial organic farm. We all prepared questions for the director of the Rancho, Caroline Benzel, who manages the farm with her husband, Carlos. There are nine people that work on the Rancho. Two people are the commercial partners in La Paz; they own and operate a restaurant and also own the farmland. Two others are residents on the farm and guard the property. Two paid workers help with the weekly harvesting; one additional person is a cashier. The student questions focused on why and how Caroline grows her plants and how the farm works. The Rancho Buen Dia is a CSA (community supported agriculture) and market garden. This means that the people in the Todos Santos and surrounding community pay for vegetables and receive them once every week in a recycled cotton bag. The farm also grows food for restaurants. The farm grows around thirty types of vegetables. These include: sweet peppers, collards, all kinds of lettuce, chard, spinach, onion, cilantro, carrot, beans, sweet potatoes, beets, radishes, etc. Caroline told us that her cash crop is baby lettuce. Caroline also informed the students of new and unique gardening methods they use at the Rancho. These include composting, worming, mulching, natural pest control, rotating crops, and recycling, using vegetables as compost. The rancho doesn't use any chemicals, so their produce is pure, nutritious and natural. All the students, including me, enjoyed the visit and learning about all the aspects of this commercial organic farm, just down the hill from our school.
Students and teachers edited this blog since January of 2018.