Our Intermediate Team—the 4th and 5th grade classes—introduced "GreenWorks" this year. Working in teams, during dedicated class periods throughout the school year, students learned to use design thinking approaches to strategize and solve problems, figuring out ways to benefit our school and the wider community.
With Green Works, students:
* develop their creative problem-solving abilities * work collaboratively across grade levels * take ownership of the learning process * cultivate empathy as they strategize solutions from the point of view of others (their "clients")
The Evergreen School has just received Washington Green Schools' highest certification: We are now at the platinum level! This was a group effort: We greatly appreciate all the hard work from Sustainability Coordinator Janet Charnley, 5th Grade Teacher Michelle Breaux, and lots of students—especially in the Intermediate Service Club and the Waterworks group—that helped us reach this goal.
Our 8th graders have returned from their month-long capstone global studies trip to Vietnam. What a journey! The students visited rural villages, mid-sized towns, and also Hanoi (a city of over 7.5 million). They tried their hand at rice farming and home building, went hiking and bicycling and kayaking, visited schools and orphanages, stayed in homestays with host families, and more. Throughout the time, their trip leaders held regular morning and evneing group meetings, and the students reflected on impresions, experiences, thoughts, feelings. Now they are home, and graduation is just two weeks away...!