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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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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.
We have a lot of fun events coming up in October.  Here are the important dates:
Rescheduling Grouse Ridge fieldwork (October 9-10):
I have been looking at dates to reschedule the Grouse Ridge fieldwork.  I am going to shorten the fieldwork and make it two days, one night: October 9th and 10th.  We will be leaving just after school starts on the 9th and have the students back before school ends on the 10th.  Again we will need drivers/chaperones, food shoppers, and people to help organize before the trip.
SELS Summit day (Oct. 28): The kindergarten is organizing a whole school hike day, and it is the day before our San Francisco trip.  We will only need parents to drive our crew to and from the hike, they will not need to stay for the hike.  The hike will be to Castle Peak (weather permitting) so the drive will not take that long.
San Francisco Bay Fieldwork (October 29-30):
We will be going to the San Francisco Bay/UC Davis for fieldwork on October 29-30.  For this trip we will need 6 drivers/chaperones for the entire trip.  Our plan will be to leave SELS right after school starts on the 29th and drive to Fisherman’s Wharf where we will depart on our sailing ship.  After sailing we will be staying at a girl scout camp in Lafayette. The following day we will be going to the UC Davis Campus and giving the students a chance to experience what it is like to navigate a college campus.  After a quick lunch at UC Davis, we will be coming back to SELS before the school day ends.
I understand that this is a very busy month so I wanted to give you all of the dates in advance.  After October we will not be doing any more fieldwork until the spring.  If you are available for any of the fieldwork (chaperone, food prep, ect) please let Ashley know.  She will be organizing all of the volunteers.
If you have any questions please let me know.

Williams Crew Update 9-10-14

Williams Crew,

We have had a fantastic start to the school year.  I wanted to update you on the activities in our crew and some notes about upcoming fieldwork.

Math: The students seem to be enjoying the new math curriculum and it is forcing them to think a little differently about math.  I hope the homework is going well at home.  I apologize  for the homework on Monday night (I assigned the wrong problems so a couple problems didn’t make sense).  If your child is having any problems please let me know.

Who am I?/ Mentor Project: I just passed out the description of the Mentor project to the students today.  I am hopeful that by Monday the students will know who their mentor will be for the year.  The students will have until the end of October to schedule a time to meet with their mentor to interview them.  I have attached the information about the mentor project to this email.

Expedition: We have begun our navigation lessons including compass practice, map reading, and using surroundings to help find direction.  We will continue to practice navigation an map making in preparation of our fieldwork.

Grouse Ridge Fieldwork: We are starting to get ready for the Grouse Ridge fieldwork.  Ashley Holm will be sending an email in the next couple days to organize who will be chaperoning, shopping for food and packing the food and supplies.  The students have an information letter/packing list and a permission slip that needs to be turned in by Monday September 15th.

Sailing in the Bay in October: I have not told the crew about this yet, but we will be going to the San Francisco Bay to go sailing October 29-30.  It is a 2 day, 1 night trip,  we will drive to the bay, sail from fisherman’s wharf in the afternoon, spend the night, drive to UC Davis in the morning, do a navigation activity on the UC Davis campus, and return to SELS before school gets out on the 30th.  I understand that this is a busy week with Halloween/bear walk the next day, but this was the only day the sailing organization had available.  It is obviously more than a month away, but I wanted to give potential chaperones as early notice as I could.  I will be briefly telling the students about it tomorrow.

Important Dates:
September 23: Picture Day
September 24-26: Grouse Ridge Fieldwork
September 29: No School (In-service)
October 13-17: Conferences, Minimum day all week

As always if you have any questions let me know,