We are excited to have kicked off a year-long partnership with IFSEL, the Institute for Social and Emotional Learning. Social and emotional learning has long been a cornerstone of our practice—and an often-cited reason families choose Evergreen. This year, we are making an intentional choice to increase awareness and depth of understanding throughout our community.
Last week, all faculty and staff participated together in the first of several virtual professional development trainings led by IFSEL—and coming up, parents will have educational opportunities too!
The fall Harvest Party is one of Evergreen's favorite all-school traditions. On a Sunday in October, the whole school community gathers for pumpkin painting, crafts, field games and more. But this year, the PGA events committee had a tricky job: How to create a virtual version of this event?
Through creativity and hard work, they found a way! Last weekend, over 100 families connectedthrough a series of virtual "booths" and events: scavenger hunts, "Thriller" dance parties, a virtual zoo activity, magic shows, and special activities led by our 8th graders. Thank you to the organizers and all the families who turned out! Click READ MORE to see more photos.
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 ...