Lauren Gamboa, Yoga and Art teacher
At The Sierra School of Todos Santos (BCS), students look forward to Yoga, our Physical Education class, in a beautiful outdoor setting. Our view is easy on the eyes and inspiring for the mind. From the school's shaded, back porch, students can see the breathtaking Pacific, with its palm studded coastline and mighty sand dunes. We appreciate the view while practicing our yogi breath and working into a silent, seated position. It's always a challenge to silence the inner and outer chatter; but nevertheless, the students seek to achieve silence as a cohesive unit. We recognize our attempt to become quiet as a point of pride and a work in progress.
In keeping with tradition, our yoga practice is a combination of mind and body activity. We work toward becoming more aware of what is going on in our bodies as we execute each movement. Using our breath helps us move further into each posture. We learn to lean more heavily on our breath, to feed muscles the oxygen they need to move and stretch. We recognize our attempt to become quiet as a point of pride and a work in progress. As entertaining as the sounds of our active breathing may be, we know conscious breathing is a challenging and vulnerable act that serves us on many levels. For one, active breathing nurtures our bodies and helps us move with more confidence and ease. Secondly, active breathing is an ever present reminder of other key piece of yoga practice: moving into a place of stillness within the mind. Hundreds of thoughts move through our heads in any given class period: from homework to classmates, to grades and matters outside of school hours. We are constantly experiencing our thoughts; and, as a result, we are constantly faced with a golden opportunity: to realize and express our inner power and freedom. For do we choose to believe our thoughts at face value, to blindly accept them as truth, or do we choose to meet them with compassion and inquiry? Through the physical and mental rigor of our regular yoga practice, we challenge ourselves to choose compassion and inquiry. We make the choice to feel comfortable in knowing the internal and external distractions are inevitable. How we want to place our attention and energy will always be our choice. We take great comfort in knowing we can breathe into the moment, follow our thoughts, and feel our bodies in motion or stillness.Yoga enables us to experience the beauty of the world within us and around us.
Aliya Florès, 7th grader
Soccer is one of the most popular sports around the world. At The Sierra School of Todos Santos (BCS), we play soccer as part of our twice weekly Physical Education program. We play at Las Tierritas, the local campo de futbol, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on Monday mornings. Our trainer is named Marco Montaña. Marco is a local team soccer coach and a father of two kids. He is very interested in soccer and is a person who seeks to teach what he is knowledgeable and passionate about. Marco has lived in Todos Santos for years. Marco is a leader. I think it is important that we play soccer at The Sierra School of Todos Santos because it teaches us team work and healthy life habits. It is just another way that we learn outside of the classroom. Since the activity take place during the morning, it helps us wake up and do something healthy as I start my day. Here are some reasons why I think soccer is beneficial: it maintains health, fitness and endurance. It teaches coordination. This sport can provide an opportunity to increase confidence and self-esteem. In addition, soccer helps to reduce anxiety. Finally, it helps us increase our skills and concentration persistence and self-discipline. I also enjoy soccer because the sport teaches us the importance of teamwork. I do not really like working by myself. Since we have more teammates than last year, and we all know a bit about how to play soccer, this makes the activity more exciting. Why is teamwork important? Teamwork is important because rather than just playing by yourself, you rely and confide in each other and know you're not alone. We can all strengthen our weakness and become stronger team members. We can learn how it feels to work together as a team and be a captain (leader). This is the uniqueness of teamwork. Some people may be better at running and making goals, whereas others may be good at defending and passing.
I think we all enjoy our soccer class and we can all get better at it. My classmates agree.
Diego says, "I like soccer at The Sierra School because I like my coach."
Bellamy says, "I like soccer because it is a good way to strengthen our skills."
Ana Sofía adds, "I like soccer because I like teamwork (me gusta el fútbol porque me gusta el trabajo en equipo)."
Ana Sofia Gallardo Herreros, 8th grader
This year at the Sierra school of Todos Santos (B.C.S.), Lauren Gamboa teaches the art class. It’s a class in which she instructs on us how to interpret images from different perspectives. Lauren also teaches the elements and principals of art, such as line, shape, texture, color, pattern, and how to share empathy in a drawing. Lauren teaches us how to convert lines and shapes in a drawing. In art class, Lauren teaches us to listen to others and to learn from them. I think is a class that everyone enjoys and really likes. Lauren is an awesome teacher who always is there to help us. My goals for this class are to know the definitions of the elements of drawing as well as how to apply them. For me art class is an amazing and engaging class, where everyone has the opportunity to share and receive good comments from our peers to help us improve. This class also increases my love of drawing.
La clase de arte este año en la escuela sierra de Todos Santos la enseña Lauren Gamboa. Es una clase donde nos enseñan a interpretar las cosas en diferentes perspectivas. La maestra Lauren nos enseña los elementos que conforman el arte, como la línea, forma, texturas, color, patrones y a como compartir la empatía en un dibujo. Lauren nos enseña a como convertir líneas y formas en un dibujo concreto. En la clase de arte Lauren también nos enseña a escuchar a los otros y a aprender de ellos. Yo creo que todos disfrutamos esta clase. Lauren es una maestra asombrosa y muy divertida que siempre está ahí para ayudarnos.
Mis metas para esta clase son saber las definiciones de los elementos y saber aplicar los elementos en arte. Para mí la clase de arte se me hace una clase increíble y divertida, en la que todo el mundo tiene la oportunidad para compartir y recibir buenos comentarios de sus compañeros que nos ayudarán a mejoras. También incrementa mi amor por el dibujo.
Víctor Manuel González Chávez, 10th grader
Margarita Robles is a new member of the teacher and leadership team at the Sierra School of Todos Santos (BCS, Mexico). She guides our SEP accreditation process and teaches Spanish literature and history for the 2016-17 school year.
Margarita Robles shared an interview, stating, ‘‘it is very gratifying to see the students at lunchtime at The Sierra School and they all collaborate to make a shared fruit snack on Fridays. In study halls, they help one another on project work. And while some students may be reading, other students may be helping another for a presentation."
"I hope that little by little I gain the trust of my students and that we will grow together as a team."
"One of our goals in process is to ensure that The Sierra School of Todos Santos, is a national and internationally recognized school, since it offers the Model International Baccalaureate, a very rigorous and program that will prepare students for the opportunity to continue their studies abroad"
Margarita Robles, es una nueva integrante del equipo de maestros de la Escuela Sierra de Todos Santos, impartiendo las clases de literatura e historia en español, durante el ciclo 2016-2017.
Margarita Robles dio a conocer durante una entrevista exclusiva.
''Es muy grato ver los momentos del lunch de los estudiantes, el ambiente armonioso donde todos colaboran (antes, durante y después) en la preparación de sus alimentos. Los mismo se percibe en la hora del estudio, unos haciendo trabajos con material para exponer, otros leyendo algún libro, otros ayudando a sus compañeros. Espero poco a poco poder ganarme la confianza de todos y crecer juntos como un gran equipo."
"Una de las metas en proceso, es lograr que The Sierra School of Todos Santos, sea una escuela reconocida Nacional e Internacionalmente, puesto que ofrece el Modelo de Bachillerato Internacional, un sistema muy riguroso y actualizado, que al mismo tiempo brinda la oportunidad a los estudiantes de continuar sus estudios con puerta abierta en el extranjero."
"Me encuentro muy motivada por encontrarme con un proyecto de este nivel en Todos Santos, donde seguramente el plan de vida de algunas familias podrá ser enriquecido con esta opción educativa para sus hijos.'’
Bellamy Kar, 7th grader
The wonderful Sierra School of Todos Santos in Baja (BCS) is off to a great start. All the students want to learn and have a good time while doing it. The teachers are as great as ever; and we all are eager to learn how and interesting things that we can apply to our lives. Our school is getting a head start on the IB (International Baccalaureate) accreditation by getting an actual Mexican national accreditation (SEP). The teachers care that the students learn and become smart and intelligent as we become adults. All the students (counting myself) are excited to go to school every day so we can learn more with our fellow peers and teachers. I love my English literature class with Molly Lou. I like it because I'm learning a ton, even though English is my first language. I learn new words and how to become a better writer. I don't think the class would be the same if Molly Lou was not the teacher. She is super smart and knows so much about English. I am very so happy when she shares her vast knowledge with everyone. Currently, we are reading a book called Adrift about a man who survived 76 days lost at sea. We have learned lots of vocabulary words and how to write a good essay. We are also learning to find important ideas from our reading and apply these to our lives. I enjoy all of the challenges of English class because I have never been the best writer; but I'm sure that this year can turn that around.
I can tell that this is a start to a fabulous year!
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