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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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Progress reports coming home today

Important Dates:

Oct. 22: Minimum Day

Oct. 28: SELS Summit Day

Oct 29-30: Bay area sailing fieldwork

Oct 31: Bear Walk

Nov 10, 11: No School

Williams Crew,

Thanks to everyone that came to the goal-setting conferences.  My hope is that your child will post these goals somewhere they will often see them, as a reminder of their main focus in school.  In the spring we will meet again to review their progress on the goals and revise them.
Your child will be bringing home a mid-semester progress report today.  Here is a description of the grades:

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Grouse Ridge!!!!

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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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