From music and theater to a Q&A with a panel of veterans on stage, what a wonderful Veterans Day assembly we had today, under the leadership of Student Council!
Led by the primary division choir, the morning started off with energetic all-school singing—the very catchy Evergreen School song, followed by the national anthem and My Country 'Tis of Thee—and then featured a play about WWII-era women pilots, performed by the 4th and 5th graders. The assembly finished up with a highlight: a thought-provoking panel of seven veterans—younger and older, female and male, from all different branches of the armed services.
The 4th and 5th grade play centered on the too-little-known history of the WASP: Women Airforce Service Pilots.
Congratulations to Kiki Contreras, 7th grade advisor and middle school science teacher, who received an "Outstanding New Biology Teacher" award over the weekend!
Kiki is looking forward to bringing many inspiring new ideas and teaching tools back to her classroom from the National Association of Biology Teachers conference, as well as to sharing them with her colleagues. Nice work!
Four of our fifth-grade students, accompanied by Sustainability Coordinator Janet Charnley, took the opportunity to attend the Shoreline City Council meeting on Monday evening to receive an America Recycles Day proclamation recognizing Evergreen. Mayor of Shoreline Will Hall read the proclamation and presented it to the students in recognition of Evergreen's efforts towards sustainability.
In recent years, Evergreen has reached platinum, Washington Green Schools' highest level of certification, in areas including water usage, grounds and landscaping, recycling and more. Evergreen has also reached a recycling rate of 58 percent and reduced garbage volume by 50 percent.
Our 8th graders recently took an all-day field trip to Seattle Center and Pike Place Market. This trip is part of their year-long preparation for the capstone global studies trip experience, which will take place in Peru this year, during the entire month of May. In both Lima and Cusco in Peru, the students will devote several days to "SLIP:" Student-led Itinerary Programs.
On SLIP days, students plan the entire day's program, figuring out everything from what sites they'll visit and what activities they'll take part in, to all of the logistics of how they'll get there. Last week, they had a very successful SLIP day in Seattle, planning how to get to Seattle Center, where they visited the Gates Foundation, and to Pike Place Market.
Purposes of Seattle SLIP Day: * Learn essential travel skills like navigation, flexibility, compromise, and practice responsibility. * Prepare for their SLIP experiences in Peru, by beginning in a familiar place. * Collect pictures of iconic Seattle sights for letters to pen pals in Peru * Learn about the work of NGOs in preparation for our work with NGOs in Peru (Click "Read More" to view more photos.)
What a treat to welcome Anita Watson LMHCP, MSCPlast night for a parent/guardian education event, sponsored by our counselors and learning resources team. Watson, who also met with our faculty and staff before school started this year, is a dynamic, entertaining and down-to-earth presenter, and she offers everyday examples that are easy to relate to as the parent/guardian of a child. From regulating emotional response when someone else gets a turn first, to planning how to tackle a major project, right on up to negotiating the complex demands of adolescent life and beyond, executive function skills play a key role.
Welcome back, Evergreen! It was a beautiful day for the first day of school, ideal for everything from scavenger hunts, ice-breaker games and a special meeting with Elmo to a well-attended parent/guardian welcome coffee in the courtyard. It's great to have everyone here on campus and ready for a new year! (Click "Read More" to view more pictures.)
All of our staff and faculty are back on campus this week and excited for the new school year! We're welcoming new colleagues, gathering as a whole group and by division, hearing from experts in the field about strategies for supporting executive function and gender diversity—and of course, setting up classrooms for the first day of school. We wish everyone a great Labor Day weekend and look forward to seeing you at the Back-to-School Potluck Picnics later this week! (Click "Read More" to view more pictures.)
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...!
These days, we can't seem to get enough of superheroes. (Who's seen the new Avengers movie?) But yesterday, the 5th grade and kindergarten classes had a visit—and a hands-on workshop in cartooning—from a superhero you probably haven't encountered: Sikh Captain America!
Congratulations, Atomic Fiesta! The winners of the Washington State FIRST Lego League Championship in February, this Evergreen 7th grade robotics team competed in the world championship in Houston last week. They were judged one of the top 10 teams overall, and brought home a "Gracious Professionalism" award, given for a team showing respect for each other and for other teams, and for embodying the idea that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible.
Students from 4th through 8th grades had the opportunity yesterday to visit with local author Kevin Emerson. Emerson, who has written 17 books for middle grades and young adults, talked with each group, answered questions, and guided them in grade level-appropriate writing workshops as well.
With the 8th graders, Emerson got a laugh when we talked about his original thinking process as he determined to write his first book. “I figured one year—that should be enough to write it and get it published, on a shelf somewhere,” he said.
Lucinda Dalrymple, our primary division music teacher, recently attended a national music teachers’ conference for OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators)—and this year, she brought one of our students with her!
Alexandra S. (4), auditioned months ago and was selected in the fall to sing in one of four “honors choirs” at the conference; she has been working with Lucinda after school to learn the music.
Perform a slam poem. Build a water filtration system. Shoot a political activism video, or a sports trick-shot video. Start a novel. Learn about an immigrant’s story. Paint a transistor radio. Make samurai armor ... for a dog. Or make a Wonder Woman costume. Design an algorithm for the 2018 World Cup.
Welcome to Adventure Days at The Evergreen School.
Now in its sixth year, this program has become a much-anticipated annual event—a special opportunity for all of our middle school students to devote two full days to pursuing a personal passion or curiosity and learning something new. On Friday afternoon, families are invited to join their students at school for a showcase of students’ work.
Many graduating students point to their Adventure Days projects as their proudest accomplishment at Evergreen.
What a fantastic assembly today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The middle school SOCA club (Students of Color and Allies) brought together song, spoken word, history, personal stories and a favorite Evergreen tradition, the Montgomery Bus Boycott skit, all promoting a key message. To borrow Dr. King's words: We will do our part to judge others not "by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
To kick off the assembly, a new middle school group, Evergreen Ensemble Singers, sang Ella's Song, a piece Sweet Honey in the Rock has performed. Next, SOCA members briefly introduced the work of important social justice activists, both past and present.
Then, Evergreen teacher Judith Hart—recently retired from her long-held role as preschool teacher, and now our early-childhood art specialist—presented her famous bus boycott skit, this year featuring 1st graders.