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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 1 – The Great Debate, Mrs. Kraft (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 9, 2018—The first day is usually the hardest, since we have so many huge topics to touch on before we move into practice, but these kids made it easy. Wow. We got to know each other with a concentration game, and then moved right into Socrates, Plato, philosophy, and even a couple of logical fallacies. Then...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 1 – The Great Debate, Mr. Lee (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jul. 9, 2018—Parents, We had a fantastic first day at SAVY! We began our class by introducing our names and our favorite desserts, which subsequently led to a debate about which desserts are the best! We also established a few ground rules that will be essential to the success of a class that is all about cooperation...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 5 – Observational Astronomy (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jun. 29, 2018—What a great week! We had a great day to end our time together culminating in a fun open house! To start our day, we did some reviewing and some more complicated questions dealing with the Moon and its rise and set time coupled with the phase. Students liked trying to come up with challenge...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 5 – The Makings of America (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jun. 29, 2018—Dear SAVY Parents, It has been my profound pleasure to work with your child this week in the course, The Makings of America:  Rebellion, Revolt, and Resolution.  I hope you and your child will continue to engage in some of the ideals and concepts that we have only begun to explore.  Your child has been...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 4 – Observational Astronomy (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jun. 28, 2018—While our fourth day was full of the Sun and the Moon, we sadly didn’t get to actually observe either one!  Darn clouds (and rain)…  We started where we left off yesterday, with graphs!  They’re some of my favorite things because they are scientific pictures (and therefore are worth a thousand words).  We first plotted...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 4 – The Makings of America (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jun. 28, 2018—Another amazing day in Colonial America, but by the end of the day we have officially declared our independence and now call ourselves United States! In the morning, we look more closely at the life of George Washington through personal letters, a portrait study, and writings that he found valuable.  We observed his ability to...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 3 – Digital Storytelling (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 27, 2018—Hello Parents,   We had a full day today! We started off with our morning creative writing time and story of the day. This morning it was “Feast“, a Pixar short film. We followed the 3 act adventure of a lovable little dog in his quest to make his owner and his stomach happy.   ...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 3 – Observational Astronomy (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jun. 27, 2018—Today in Observational Astronomy we worked with tools and data analysis. We started the day talking about things they we did yesterday , about interesting things they learned, and favorite events yesterday.  Most students were very enthusiastic about the stories in the planetarium (as expected 🙂 ). Then we worked with the planisphere and worked...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 3 – The Makings of America (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jun. 27, 2018—Dear SAVY Parents, Today was the most challenging content so far, and I think it can be argued that it is no coincidence that it was the most rewarding and joyous day so far as well! We may talk tomorrow about cause and effect in relation to our productive struggle. In a learning environment, does...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 2 – Observational Astronomy (Rising 3rd/4th)

Jun. 26, 2018—Today we got to practice more observing and used tools to help us understand what we were seeing.   At the start of the day, we discussed what respectful classroom behavior looks like both in general and in groups.  We also discussed how to disagree in groups so all and all, our class dynamic became more...

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