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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Last crew update of the year 6-10

Crew Update 6-10

                Thank you to all of the families that came to the celebration of learning last Thursday.  I was very impressed with the final cell projects and research reports.  It was great to talk to each of you and celebrate what a great year we have had. 

                Our friends at the genetic company Counsyl (one of our stops on the South Bay fieldwork) posted an article on their blog that Rebecca wrote.  It is a great piece of writing and is an excellent description of our visit. (

                Passages will be on Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:30-2:00.  Below is a list of what time your child will be presenting and in what classroom.  If you are able to attend, this is a great opportunity to hear your child speak about their character development here at SELS.   The final schedule is attached to this email.

                The students will be bringing most of their school stuff home on Wednesday.  Make sure they have room in their backpack or an extra bag to pack their things.  The last day of school is Thursday, and it is a half day.  Middle school students will be released at 11:45. 

                Lastly, I want to thank you for making my first year teaching at SELS such a successful year.  As the students and I look back upon the year we are amazed at what we have accomplished.  It seems like a long time ago when our crew climbed to the lookout tower to watch the sunset on our first field work.  Many of these opportunities would not have been possible without your help.  I sincerely appreciate your patience as I have navigated through a new curriculum, and your willingness to take an active role in your child’s education.  I cannot begin to explain how wonderful and inspiring it has been to be part of such an incredible community such as SELS.  I look forward to hearing about the many successes of each student from this year’s crew and wish you all the best in 8th grade!

Have a wonderful summer!


Crew Update 5-13 Fieldwork News

Williams Crew,

We are only a week away from going on field work and I think everyone is getting excited.  Last week I sent home information on the trip, a packing list, and two permission slips that need to be turned in by Thursday May 16 (I have also attached the documents to this email). 

The schedule is set and we are confirming our reservations with the various stops we will be making.  We are planning to be back at school around 12:00 on Friday, but with Bay Area traffic and potential Memorial Day traffic that may change.  I will send out an email if any part of our schedule changes drastically.

Supplies: We are in need of some supplies for the trip.  If you have any of these and are willing to loan them to our crew it would be greatly appreciated.  Please just bring the supplies to school and we will keep them here until we leave on Tuesday morning

-          Tents (enough tents to sleep our crew of 24): The two 2nd/3rd grade classes are going on field work during our trip and they are taking the school’s tents.  We are in need of tents that sleep 4 or more.  If you have one that you could loan to us please bring it into the classroom in the next couple days.

-          Coolers (2 big coolers), Please bring them in the next couple days so we can give them to the food shoppers.

-          Pop up tent- 1 – To put up over the kitchen.

Again I want to thank the parents that will be joining us: Spin, Dia, and Cristina will be coming for the entire trip, Karen, Marcie, Alissa, Crash, Kim, Darcie, and Katie will be joining us for part of the trip, and Ursula will be doing the food shopping before the trip.  We cannot thank you enough for making this trip happen.

If there are any last minute details I will let you know, and if you have any questions you can email or call.  I will have my cell phone on me at all times during the trip (541-968-9537) if you need to get in touch with your child.

Thanks again for everyone’s help, I can’t wait to go!