The 8th grade finished building the Redwood Amphitheater, which they've been working on for the past 3 months. They worked very hard, learned a lot about construction, and it turned out just beautifully. There have already been several play performed on its stage. Be sure to take a look at it next time you're on campus.
This is the camp where the 7th grade recently spent 3 days on a backpacking trip. In the weeks leading up to the trip, they had been studying tidepool animals in science class. While there, they had a great, long tidepooling session (finding many of the creatures they had studies), plus they hiked and did lots of fun team-building games and activities - late night flashlight tag was a highlight.
The kindergarten classes study trees as part of their science learning, and since we have a beautiful redwood grove on campus, they focus on redwood trees. As a real-life connection to their indoor learning, each class planted a redwood tree this spring in a disturbed area of the forest. They made wishes for the tree after we planted it - very sweet!
This beautiful picnic table is a Salmon Creek gem. The wood was milled on campus from our own redwood logs. It was build entirely by 6th grade students. The students are working on an artful wood-burned design of a redwood trees on the top which makes it even more unique. It is currently right in front of the office & is an auction item. It could be yours!
The 3rd grade has been spending a lot of time this year learning about our local history and ecology. In the past two weeks they have been to Spring Lake and to Point Reyes. Above is picture of 3rd graders exploring Frog Pong near Spring Lake. They went searching for critters, found lots of them, and had a great discussion about how we can all help to take care of our environment and the animals we share it with.
This year we have a new student group on campus... the Stewardship Ambassadors! They are a group of 6th and 7th graders who have volunteered to spend some of their lunch periods helping to take care of our campus. Some of the projects they have worked on this year include building drainage dips into the trail and giving the Coastguard volunteer workers tours of campus. Recently, as shown above, they cleared brush on the trail to make it nicer and easier for classes to hike.
Have you seen those big redwood logs piled up behind the school & near the forest? They were cut down years ago in order to build the upper grade classrooms. Recently we had portable sawmill operator come out and mill one of the logs. It was mesmerizing to both children and adults. Hydraulic arms lifted and twisted the massive log, while a huge bandsaw blade easily sliced through the wood, cutting it into various dimensions for upcoming PBL projects. Be on the lookout for a new stage, new picnic tables, and more.