Thanks to an extraordinary volunteer effort and generous help from our teacher, student and parent community, we started school with two working classrooms on 21 September 2015, with nine students enrolled. Fabrice, our math teacher, myself, English / comparative literature and creative writing teacher, Nataly Muñoz Talavera, our Spanish language literature and history teacher, and Cheri Streimikes, our visual arts teacher, are all hard at work with our students, five of whom receive full or partial scholarships. Fabrice, Nataly and I, along with visiting lecturers, are responsible for leading our first year ecology class.
What fun and how meaningful to start classes for nine students in sixth and seventh grade mathematics, English literature, creative writing, Spanish literature, history and geography and visual art. Non-Spanish speakers will take a one-year intensive Spanish class; and non- English speakers will benefit from a one-year intensive English class. Our students are excited too! As we arrive to school before the day starts, already, sixth and seventh graders, Diego and Sebastian, are waiting for us to open the school gates and for our school day to begin.
In our first week, we held discussions, took notes, read aloud, reviewed homework, solved math problems, spoke in English and Spanish, sketched pencil drawings, drew maps, discussed world history, wrote math definitions, swept, raked and watered our garden, discussed the definition of ecology, cleaned our school, ate lunch together, and held weekly Thursday lunch and all-school meeting. We talked, listened, and laughed. In addition, students are learning the responsibility of labor for school as each one has a twice-weekly responsibility of a job to care for our school: sweeping, raking, washing floors, watering and tending to our garden. Students will post in our blog very soon!
On Tuesday and Friday mornings, we do practical ecology work to better our school environment. This past week, we hoed organically fertilized dirt and raked our vegetable garden for planting. We planted our first vegetable and herb seeds. In addition, each student has an individual or shared garden to plant and care for flowers, fruits and vegetables. For this week’s ecology homework, students have been asked to reflect upon and describe their own energy use and environmental footprint. They are also engaging in the scientific process with daily observations of local weather and a descriptive analysis of such observations. The students love ecology. Diego and Julian have planted beets. Faith, Ely and Sebastian are growing watermelon sprouts. Our first chard plants have sprouted! We are sewing seeds of change!
Students and teachers edited this blog since January of 2018.