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Hall Crew - 8th grade

Star Wars In Action: October 6, 2013

Happy fall everyone!

What a month it has been so far! Our Star Wars Expedition has taken us to the Fleishman Planetarium in Reno, and even to Austria for a teleconference with some astronomers. If you missed our conversation and would like to check it out, we've posted it online here.

Students have been hosting some wonderful book clubs as we explore the world (or more appropriately, the universe) of science fiction. We've been reading A Wrinkle in Time, Ender's Game, A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Martian Chronicles, all of which offer a unique perspective on the struggles of the universe.

Students have been demonstrating their knowledge of essential science skills and pertinent details about our ssolar system in a variety of ways: first, we created a Metric Mini-Me, where we mastered metric length by measuring the length of major body parts and then squished a portait of ourselves onto a strip of 10 centimeters wide. It was a great challenge to see whose mini-me looked most like its illustrator! Then we created the Planet-Foldable, where we made accordian books to collect all the important data related to our planets. This week, we submitted some fabulous concept maps on our solar system. If you'd like to see your student's hard work, be sure to check in their expedition notebook or stop by the classroom to see some work up on the walls.

This week we are gearing up to head out to Mono Lake as we dive deep into our explorations of our universe. Students have been working hard on their expert group presentations; topics range from The Big Bang, to The Drake Equation, to Nebula, to Black Holes. We will also have an opportunity to serve the community of Mono Lake with a service project through the Mono Lake Committee. Huge thanks to our parent volunteers for making our fieldwork a possibility!

Our math investigations so far have explored some mathematical models, specifically linear equations and inverse variation. We are still working hard to master our mathematician skills and learning a lot about how to make sense of our mathematical world. We recently dove into some investigations involving the Pythagorean Theorum and are learning how geometry and algebra can connect in really cool ways.

Don't forget to go online and sign up for conferences (October 14 - 18); that week is also minimum days, so please be sure to make the proper arrangements for transportation. Students will receive a goal-setting and reflection document this week; please work with your student to ensure they come to their conference prepared to share!

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On top of all the teaching and learning, I'm struck by the joy in the faces of all the children as they go about their quest for knowledge. Thanks to all the courageous and energetic people who had the vision to make this school a reality. With all the challenges the world faces today and predictions of disaster, these committed teachers/staff, these engaged families, and these beautiful children are a beacon of hope.


SELS embodies everything that I feel is important in my child's education and I am so grateful that she has the opportunity to learn in such an enriching environment. Teaching our children how to think and how to treat others is critical to their future success. I am thankful every single day for all the wonderful staff at SELS.


What an amazing place. It has been everything for my son that I had hoped he could experience in school. Great teacher, stimulating learning environment, and a deeply caring and nurturing place.


I am grateful that my child is encouraged to interpret concepts and think about how they apply to his life, not just memorize and repeat material. I love that SELS asks kids to think about who they are and how they contribute to the community, locally and globally.


I greatly appreciate that SELS is a heart-centered school that teaches ethics and values along with academics. That approach makes SELS a unique and special place.


I appreciate all the teachers and staff and their responsiveness. I also appreciate all the work the staff are doing to help the kids figure out how to fill each other's buckets!


Our son is bubbling over with excitement for learning. This environment is gifting him with life long skills to succeed. We are so thankful for this school.


All the Adults and students challenge each other the THINK!


SELS is amazing in the way they teach topics hands on and allow the children to learn in practical settings. We couldn't be happier seeing our son flourish so much! Thank you.


I am very grateful to the SELS staff for offering my 5th grader their hearts, as well as their knowledge. Better yet, they make learning fun and adventurous! My youngster is THRIVING at your wonderful school!!


We are thankful for many wonderful ideals and principles at SELS, but what really brings those into reality is the caring, hard-working teachers and staff. We wouldn't have thought that someone else would care as much about the whole education of our daughter as much as we do, but there is a whole team of such people at SELS.


I am so thankful that my 5th grade daughter is a member and student of this beautiful community and school. She is receiving a fantastic education with hands on learning, caring, understanding, creative, out of the box thinking and intuitive teachers. She feels included, important, confident and is growing tons in her knowledge and place in this wonderful community. Thank you SELS for being an amazing part of my daughter's education and Life!


I truly appreciate all the staff, students, parents and families at SELS. It is these people that make SELS so wonderful.
This has become a new 'family" for us!


I am so grateful for the amazing staff; they are the most amazing guides. It is an inspiration to watch them help our children learn and grow into thoughtful, independent, productive human beings!
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