Welcome to our community and we are excited to share our journey with you all!
Our first school year is off to a glorious beginning. Our 15 ¨Explorers¨ have immersed themselves in many new experiences as we focused on building the foundations of our learning community that will support us as the year unfolds.
The Expedition Academy program is composed of 3 elements: Campfire, Essential Skills, and Expeditions. Campfire is a time when we circle up and meet as a group to focus on interpersonal communication, problem solving, self-governance, and social/emotional learning. Essentials Skills is the morning block of time when students work on their personalized learning goals related to reading, writing, math and Spanish. Expedition is the afternoon block of time when students work on extended interdisciplinary projects. Here is a brief update on what our Explorers have been working on during our first 2 weeks.
Our first weeks of Campfire have been all about building our school community through shared challenges: camping, group problem solving activities, learning to communicate in a group setting. In the weeks ahead our Explorers will create their own community rules as well as begin taking on the challenge of self-governance.
Our first weeks of Essential Skills have been focused on getting Explorers organized and trained on the use of their learning tools. Explorers began setting their own goals...their first step in taking ownership of their own learning journey.
Our first weeks of Expedition have included Field Trips to the MAH and Santa Cruz Mission for our Settlers of Santa Cruz Expedition. Exploring our community, meeting with Experts and experiencing learning opportunities in the real world is what Expeditions is all about.
Open Streets Santa Cruz
Sunday, October 14th
We will have a booth at the West Cliff Open Streets event coming soon in October! Mark your calendars and come say ‘Hello’!