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Expedition: Cartographers and Commanders
Students will begin by learning the basic means of navigation during the Age of Exploration: compass and map. They will learn how to operate these tools effectively, generate maps, and apply these skills in the field on an overnight camping trip to the Sierra Crest. The students will then research what motivated different countries’ explorers to sail into uncharted waters and risk their lives during the Age of Exploration. Students will debate what impact famous explorers had on the world and if their impact was positive or negative. The expedition will culminate in a high quality board game that incorporates map and navigational skills, historical facts, and explores legacies all in one.
Expedition: What the Cell?!
What do we have in common with plants, animals, and bacteria?  Throughout this spring expedition, students will begin by diving deep into the world of cells:  the building blocks of life.  They will learn the form and function of plant, bacteria, and animal cells.  We will use this foundation to progress towards genetic theory.  Students will learn the basics of genetics, apply that knowledge to their own genetic background, and analyze controversial current genetic issues.  After exploring the microscopic world of cells and DNA, students will then explore the various body systems and how each cell has a specific task throughout the body.  This expedition will be highlighted by field work in the bay area at premiere genetic laboratories and Stanford Medical School.
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Williams Crew News

Good Morning Parents!

I wanted to send out the crew update a little early this month in preparation of our upcoming fieldwork and let you know what else is going on.

Grouse Ridge: The class is doing their final preparations for the Grouse Ridge Field Trip. Please make sure your student is at the school with all of their gear at 7:30am on Monday morning (9-21). We will be loading the cars and headed out by 8:30am. I have attached a copy of the “Student Supply List” that I sent home earlier this week. If you need to get in touch with your child while we are on fieldwork I will have my cell phone (541-968-9537). Thank you to all the parents that are helping prepare for the trip and chaperoning.

Math: The students have been working on understanding probabilities, and manipulating fractions. They will have a test on the material in this chapter next Friday (9/25). Thank you for helping your child keep up with the homework. Their commitment to practice is definitely showing in the classroom.

Who am I? Expedition: Last week I outlined the mentor project with the students. They should have brought home an information sheet about what is entailed in the mentor project. Please brainstorm with your child who would be a good mentor for them this school year. The fist assignment, interviewing your mentor, will be assigned in the beginning of October and due at the end of October. If you have any questions about this project after talking to your child let me know.

Upcoming “Cartographers and Commanders”: After we return from Grouse Ridge we will be starting the history portion of our “Cartographers and Commanders” expedition. The students will be working with the same online textbook they used last year “History Alive”. I will address this more next update.

If you have any questions or need to reach me, please call or email at your convenience. I thank you for all of the work you put in at home with the students, and for the help we will be receiving on our first fieldwork trip.

Upcoming Events:

Grouse Ridge Fieldwork 9/21-9-23

No School (Teacher Inservice): 10/5

Minimum Day: 10/21

Williams Crew Update 5-1-15

Parent Update,

We have been busy over the past few weeks and I realized I haven’t given a formal update in a while.  Here is what is going on right now and a look into what is happening for the rest of the school year

Fieldwork recap:
We had a great fieldwork trip! The itinerary the liaisons planned worked out great, and the students did an extraordinary job of following the SIERRA norms the entire trip.  Thank you again to all the chaperones for making the fieldwork possible.  If any chaperones have pictures from the trip they would like to share I would love to have them to post on the web site.

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