Students Hailey, Emily and William in the Top 20 Teens class did a presentation on Fetal Alcohol Synsdrome. Students in this group invited in guest speaker Barb Clark from the MN Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS). Students in the class were required to do a 30-40 minute presentation on a mental health issue. Presentations had to include many facets, including: diagnosis, school impact & life outcomes.
Barb Clark, the guest speaker from MOFAS offered interesting commentary and facts, including her own personal experience in raising a daughter (by adoption) with FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome). Did you know that any drink containing alcohol can harm a baby at any time during pregnancy? Ms. Clark urged students that FAS and FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) is 100% preventable. The speaker noted was that there are still doctors who say it is okay to drink a glass of wine during pregnancy. Ms. Clark strongly urged that any alcohol, including wine, should not be consumed during pregnancy!
Kudos to these students for bringing in a great speaker for us to learn from :)
On Thursday the 26 we did an experiment with yeast, we took two spoonfuls of sugar, and one spoonful of yeast and mixed them together in a cup. We then poured the mix into a bottle and added some warm water, (we learned that if your water is too hot then it will kill the yeast, but one the other side if the water is too cold then it wont activate the yeast). We then mixed it gently and put a balloon on the top, we only had water balloons which made it hard to put on the water bottle they kept ripping. Keeping our timers going and our rulers handy we patiently awaited the two minute mark, we measured the circumference of the balloons every two minutes and marked the results on a worksheet. Sadly weather it was because of the fact that we had water balloons rather than regular balloons, or the fact that we used a serving spoon instead of a table spoon, the experiment turned out to be a dud. Sadly our results were less than accurate, to our chagrin our balloons only stood up and quivered. One of the balloons to our amusement had become a vacuum, the amount of air in the bottle was severely lacking. We may try this experiment again one day, but for now the memory of this experiment will remain a very entertaining fail
MAAP STARS stands for Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs Self-Esteem, Team Work, Achievement, Reconignition, and Success. In the MAAPS STARS class we learn some things along the lines of interviewing, advertising, and public speaking. Kelli, Katie, Trevin and I, Allie, were given the option of picking team events for the competition. We choose to do service learning Imovie project. First we gathered information on how much service learning we have done this year. Then we put together a plan for the Imovie. Finally we took pictures and put together the movie you see here. It was a long process that we learned from and it was fun. We had to change the movie many times and edit it to get it right. (thanks Kelli) But in the end it turned out good. We learned how to make better movies and change our projects to fit criteria. Now the movie will be displayed here, on youtube, and on CTN. It also will be sent to Minnesota Dept. of Education.
Check out Jason and Josie's presentation on "Expeditions and the Hero's Journey" at the 2012 MAAP Conference. Learn about the three levels of expeditions at NWPHS as well as the benefits of these adventures for students.
It seems like only yesterday, that first day of school, and yet here we are halfway through the year already. With more of the year behind us, than in front of us, it might be nice to take some time and recognize some of our school and student achievements from the first three sessions of the 2010-2011 school year.
We began this year by expanding our online presence, opening up the School’s Wiki pages so that they may be accessed from outside the school. We also launched our own school blog, Field Notes: Adventures in Radical Schooling, supplying each expedition with an I-pad so that they may reflect on their experiences while in the field. Postings on this blog have been followed by our staff, students and parents as well as other progressive educators across the country.
Our students have been Sailing, Farming, Caving and Exploring cities and historical sites all across the country. NW Passage students have been heavily involved in service projects both locally and abroad; working for Feed Our Starving Children, working with elementary schools and most recently working in Guatemalan communities, building roads, homes and community buildings.
We would also like to take a moment to recognize five special students who have completed their course of studies as required by NWPHS and the State of Minnesota to Graduate. Congratulations go out to Alexander Wintle, Patrick Tighe, Cassie West, Ashley Pruesser and Tori Blake. We wish the best for our graduates and hope to see them all at our Cap and Gown ceremony on June 2nd.