Newsletter #11 - The Journey Begins!

Copy of WebBanner_logo.png

Welcome to our community and we are excited to share our journey with you all!

 

General News

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.

 Morning Campfire: Launching each day in a unique way.

Morning Campfire: Launching each day in a unique way.

 A momentous occasion: Explorers guiding their own Campfire for the first time!

A momentous occasion: Explorers guiding their own Campfire for the first time!

Campfire

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.

 Campfire travels with us wherever we go!

Campfire travels with us wherever we go!

 First steps at independent goal setting and time management.

First steps at independent goal setting and time management.

Essential Skills

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.

 Flexible Learning Spaces allow for various types of learning experiences.

Flexible Learning Spaces allow for various types of learning experiences.

 Finding comfortable spaces where each student feels they can focus and accomplish their goals.

Finding comfortable spaces where each student feels they can focus and accomplish their goals.

 Learning about our city’s history at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

Learning about our city’s history at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

 Continuing learning opportunities with Experts like our State Park Rangers at the Santa Cruz Mission.

Continuing learning opportunities with Experts like our State Park Rangers at the Santa Cruz Mission.

 Self-exploration and data collection for our future Action Projects.

Self-exploration and data collection for our future Action Projects.

Expeditions

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.

 

Upcoming Events

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’!

 

We look forward to sharing our continued adventures at Expedition Academy Santa Cruz with you!

Please visit our website: https://easc.education
Twitter:@EA_SantaCruz | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/easc.education/

 

~ The Expedition Academy Santa Cruz Team!