Category Archives: Williams Crew

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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Grouse Ridge!!!!


Crew Update,
Wow what a great trip to Grouse Ridge.  I first want to thank the chaperones that drove and helped out during the trip.  Matt, Dawn, Rob, Chad, Sarah, and Crescent, you guys were fantastic, thank you for all of your help.  I also want to thank Ashley and everyone that helped with the planning and organization/cooking of the food.

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Crew Update 9/30/14 and important fieldwork information

Important Dates

Picture Day: Oct 3

Grouse Ridge Fieldwork: Oct 9-10

Minimum Day: Oct 13-17 and Oct 22

Williams Crew conferences: Oct 14, 15

SELS Summit Day: Oct 28

San Francisco Fieldwork: Oct 29-30

Bear Walk: Oct 31

Williams Crew Families,

I want to thank all of the people that helped put together the last minute planning of our trip to the airport.  A big thanks to Ashley for organizing, Crescent, Steph, Chris, Jim, and Chad for Driving, and especially Hardy for hosting us.  The crew learned a great deal about flight, navigation, and all of the ways our Truckee airport helps the community. I have posted the pictures on the crew website if you are interested in checking them out.
Goal-setting conferences:
I wanted to let you know that we are having goal setting conferences on Tuesday October 14 from 12:00-5:30 and Wednesday October 15 from 12:00-3:00.  I will share with you a Google document to sign-up for a half hour time slot.  There will be two families scheduled for each half hour time slot.  During that 30 minutes, you and your child will come with the goals you created for this school year.  I will go through your goals with you to make sure they are SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely).  I have attached a document explaining what that means (or you can ask your child).  The students came up with a first draft to their goals today.  Sometime between now and the conference, each parent will need to sit down with their student and talk about their goals.  
If your child has set goals that you agree with help them word their goals in a appropriate way that makes them SMART goals.  If you do not agree that the goal that your child has set, help give them suggestions about areas that you think they should focus on improving.

For families that have come to the conference prepared with their goals, the conference could be very quick.  I will read over the goals, make sure they are appropriate, answer any questions, and send you on your way.
For families that do not bring there completed goal sheets I will leave you alone with your child to create SMART goals.  Once you have created your goals I will review them with you and answer any questions.

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