Seventh-graders recently had their first Scientist of the Month visits. Teacher Kiki Contreras has organized this program for 7th grade science classes for several years, and it's easily made the transition to online learning. Even before the pandemic, Kiki arranged with scientists to join by Skype from all over the U.S. and farther afield, including McMurdo Station in Antarctica, Kibale National Park in Uganda and Australia.
Scientist of the Month aims to give students an opportunity to see themselves as future scientists, as well as to expose them to the wide range of what doing science can look like--what scientists study, how they study it, and who they are. Skills-wise, there is a focus on developing open-ended questions to ask that will foster interesting and ongoing conversation.
Each of the three classes received a visit from a different scientist ...
Buddies are a big part of the Evergreen experience. Each younger class is paired with an older class--such as kindergarten with 6th grade--and throughout the year, on schoolwide buddy days, buddy classes get together for fun activities and projects, for shared lunch, for Field Day and more.
Through our buddy system, students who might never otherwise cross paths get to know each other and make connections. Younger students get a peek into the lives of older students, elementary-age children have a personal contact to approach with questions about middle school, pre-teens who never spend any time with five-year-olds have dedicated time to read picture books, draw together and more.
But what about this year, with only our youngest students currently on campus? Turns out, with some creativity, buddies can meet and make connections online as well! From Simon Says to Scattergories, treasure hunts and scavenger hunts, buddy groups found so many ways to get to know each other!
Evergreen's never had a first day of school quite like this before ... but it was a great day! All of our students from kindergarten through 8th grade are learning from home for now, while preschool and preK, which are essential early childhood programs, have started in person! On Wednesday, 492 supply boxes were picked up and went home to students, in an orderly fashion, without too many cars on campus at any one time -- what a logistical feat. And on Thursday, classes started! Teachers have so much more experience with remote learning now, and staff and administrators have worked hard all summer to prepare for this day -- we are ready for this year! Welcome back, Evergreen! (Click "Read more" to see more photos.)