Monday Message for September 02, 2019

Message from the Director

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Dear Families,

So much is happening in such a short period of time. Workshops are well on their way, with learners beginning to immerse themselves in new projects. In addition, we have mini workshops available in a variety of areas: art workshops, language workshops, leadership workshops, and more!  I hope to see you all during Back to School night this Wednesday, Sept. 4th, from 5-7 p.m.!

Malaka Donovan

 

Upcoming Events

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Monday 9/2 – No School in Observance of Labor Day

Wednesday 9/4 – Back to School Night 5-7 p.m. 

Friday 9/13 – Foodie Friday and ROTC representative visit at our site.  Come learn more!

Friday 9/13 – end of LP 1 Work samples & Unit Logs submitted

Friday 9/20 – Senior Sunrise see details below

September 3rd-13th – Onsite MAP Testing with Ms. Sheba

September 13th, 19th, 20th, & 27th – ILPs see details below

Coming Soon – Parent University | Competency Based Education

Back to the Village Night

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Join us Wednesday, September 4th from 5-7:00 pm. Learn more about upcoming projects, workshops, clubs, and sports!

In addition, we are selling personalized water bottles to help keep down our cost of paper cups. Purchase one for $5.00 AND stay hydrated! We will be placing our painted family handprints in our Family Empowerment room. Bring in a family photo to complete our wall!

There will be two sessions offered. You can attend either session, but do not need to attend both of them as they are duplicates.

  • 5:00 – 5:30: Tacos and Village Social
  • 5:30 – 6:10: Session 1
  • 6:20 – 7:00: Session 2

Senior Sunrise

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Seniors, meet at 5:30 a.m. at school on Friday, September 20th, to pause and celebrate the beginning of the final year of high school by celebrating the beginning of a new day at Lamont Odett Vista Point. Seniors will write letters to self that will be read again during Senior Sunset at the end of the year. Ms. Stephanie will have permission slips available.

Life Skills

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We experienced our first FOODIE FRIDAY, creating Canadian crepes; folding fresh, fruity spring rolls; and hot outta’ the fryer fried chicken n’ waffles. Learners were introduced to food safety, cut, chopped and sliced fresh fruit, deep-fried chicken and practiced using a waffle maker! Together, learners set kitchen expectations, explored new foods, and shared the tasty results of their collaborative efforts!

 

Workshops

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We have started our first 4-week set of main workshops. Learners attend each workshop twice a week, diving into a variety of topics and moving toward mastering competencies. We strive to co-create workshops that are centered around learners’ interests and target various Learning Outcomes through our Competencies. We will be hosting a Parent University to dive deeper into these concepts and show you exactly how the process works and how your child is earning credits toward graduation.

 

MAP Testing

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NWEA MAP testing is one way to measure academic growth for our learners in Math and English Language Arts.  We use Fall test results to help set academic ILP goals and to guide some of our workshops. Testing happens in September and then again in May so please make sure your learner is here for their testing days with Ms. Sheba.

Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)

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We value the idea that we need a road map in order to have a successful journey! Individual Learning Plan (ILP) meetings are September 13th, 19th, 20th, 27th.

Empower Generations embraces the whole child, focusing on both social-emotional and academic skills. In lieu of the traditional parent/teacher conference, the learners, facilitators, and parents/guardians collaborate annually to create Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) to guide instruction. Everyone works together to reflect on, monitor, and make adjustments to the ILP as needed. The primary goal of the ILP is to ensure that each child reflects on their own achievements and identifies areas in which they need to improve. Therefore, each learner will be working toward attainable goals aligned to their individual development

 

New Event – Community Nights

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We will be inviting different members from our community to be on campus every second Thursday of the month. This event is for learners and their families. We will keep you updated with more information as we get closer to our first Community Night on September 12th!

Advisory: Why, Who, and How

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WHY

Advisory is the hub of who we are and provides an opportunity to support personal growth and build relationships. This year, we will build upon FOUR PILLARS: Learn to Learn, Learn to Love, Learn to Collaborate, and Learn to Live. Each month we will focus on one pillar with a variety of activities. Last week, Advisories spent time together learning about self, learning about one another and learning about their communities through games, team building activities and creating a “common space piece” that is now displayed in our Village.  

WHO

Here are our 7 advisory groups!  

  • Mr. Rob and Campfire Clout
  • Ms. Tanya and La Familia
  • Ms. Jeanette and The Soul Catchers
  • Ms. Steph/Ms.Tori/Ms. Elayne and the Strong Unique Moms
  • Ms. Sheba/Ms. Danielle and The Successful Learners
  • Ms. Jenna and The Little Rascals 
  • Ms. Rachael Hustle Headquarters

HOW

Every learner has their Advisor and Advisory that meets Monday-Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. You learner’s Advisor will be their academic accountability partner for all classes, be their advocate if they need anything, and help them reach their goals for the year. We hope to see them there as much as possible.

Master Agreements (MAs) 

Please make sure to check your email and sign your Master Agreement.  See Ms.Tori if you have any questions.

Empowered Families

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This week, our Empowered Babies explored a variety of sensory play, from sticky contact paper to outside water play, and even a super cool sensory wall.  

Here are 5 reasons why sensory play is beneficial:

  1. Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.
  2. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
  3. This type of play aids in developing and enhancing memory
  4. Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child
  5. This helps children learn sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry)