The 8th grade has been working hard for the past month on a very exciting project. They are using the recently-milled redwood lumber to build an outdoor classroom near the redwood grove. They have learned lots of construction and carpentry skills. Here they are setting a post for the stage.
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.