By Alexander Gamboa, Sierra School Development
On Friday, October 27, 2017, The Sierra School of Todos Santos (BCS) was honored to host a group of esteemed representatives from Colorado State University (CSU), including:
· Tony Frank (Chancellor of the CSU System and President of CSU Fort Collins)
· Amy Parsons (Executive Vice Chancellor of the CSU System)
· Timothy Mottet (CSU Pueblo President)
· Becky Takeda-Tinker (CSU Global President)
· Marcela de la Mar (Denver Mexican Cultural Center, and previously of the Mexican Consulate in Denver)
· Kim Kita (CSU Operations, Director of Special Projects and Partnerships)
· Aines Castro Prieto, PhD. (Director, CSU Todos Santos Center)
This auspicious visit from CSU representatives celebrated a Memorandum of Understanding between The Sierra School and CSU, outlining the commitment of both institutions to continue to collaborate, strengthen, and expand existing educational exchanges. During the 2016-17 school year, The Sierra School enjoyed an array of mutually beneficial exchanges with CSU, including a Bioblitz field biology investigation, Physics Day science fair, Health and Well-being workshops, and a visit to see CSU Biology student presentations on area flora and fauna. On the 27th October visit, we enthusiastically shared with our collaborators positive experiences working with CSU staff and students. Sierra School student representatives also proudly read pieces of writing from these exchanges; and we opened up dialogue for further collaboration. We also viewed photos from the CSU programs from last year and our recent camping trip. After that, our students took CSU representatives on a tour of our campus. We concluded a fantastic visit with group photos outside of the school. It was a wonderfully productive celebration of sharing that we hope will nurture further opportunities for our students to grow as leaders in sustainability alongside an institution of higher learning committed to global citizenship, science and service. The Sierra School enthusiastically thanks Colorado State University for this remarkable shared step forward together!
by Tom Ekman, J.D., M. ED, Science-Stewardship-Service Teacher
On 24th October 2017, Sierra School of Todos Santos (BCS) students and 4 teachers travelled to the Los Naranjos Center in the Sierra de la Laguna for 3 days and 2 nights of team-building, service work, nature exploration, and guided sessions in English writing and field botany. The big excursion of the trip was a 3 kilometer hike up a wide arroyo with cool water flowing over smooth granite and sand. We found a natural water slide leading to a big cascade into a deep pool. Farther upriver, we found a cliff that cast a large shadow over a sandy beach, and we rested for lunch.
Several students ate lunch in the creek! Back in camp, the students all put in hours of action service, repairing the road from Hurricane Lidia damage.
All the students were involved in the cooking of everything. The students also used their observation skills complemented by research in field guides to identify local plants, which they will use to create SUSTAIN-EXPLAIN informative posters on local botany. The trip proved to be a great balance of nature, exploration and learning – another successful Sierra School outdoor adventure! The Sierra School teachers and students would like to express tremendous gratitude to Giorgio and Veronica of Los Naranjos for warmly hosting our visit and service expedition to their beautiful, remote Rancho! Mil Gracias y hasta pronto!
by Jacob Flores, 9th grader
In our all new chemistry class, 9th graders have enjoyed exciting learning opportunities with our teacher, Jesus Fidel Castro Villalobos. We've compared contemporary chemistry with older chemical concepts, as well as how to separate mixtures. We have started to study elements from the Periodic Table as well as identifying what substances contain. In a recent experiment, we made a chemical reaction with bleach, small balls of tinfoil and a strong acid that made a bottle rocket shoot up into the air. We learned that two or more substances can create a reaction we wouldn’t expect. Hands-on Chemistry is engaging and exciting! En los últimos meces los alumnos de nivel tercero han aprendido bastante con nuestro maestro Jesús Fidel Castro Villalobos. Hemos comparado la química moderna con la química del pasado, cómo separar mezclas y empezamos a estudiar los elementos de la tabla periódica, identificando que contiene lo que son los materiales que usamos todos los días. En un experimento hicimos una reacción química con cloro, bolitas de papel aluminio y ácido, que propulsionó a un cohete botella al aire. Aprendimos que dos o más sustancias pueden causar una reacción que no te imaginarías.
Students and teachers edited this blog since January of 2018.