This Week at LiHigh School

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We’ve got so many great things going on with our students that we thought it might be fun to start a new series of posts to share what we have planned each week at LiHigh School. If anything you read interests you, you are, of course, invited to join us!

Monday, January 28th

Our morning seminar (8:45 AM – 10:00 AM) will continue our unit on the history of NASA with a look at the Hubble Space Telescope. Kyle will explore the development of telescopes from Galileo to the Hubble and share some of the more interesting and important images that the Hubble has captured.

Following the seminar, our new Community Speaker Series will kick off (10:30 AM to 11:15AM) with our very first guest, Emily Mulder, a Poultney resident and mother of five who will be sharing her life story, as well as stories about what it’s like homeschooling her five amazing children.

After lunch, Matthew Riley, one of the teachers in our special-education program who also happens to have a deep interest in the sciences, will lead an afternoon workshop (1:30 PM to 2:30 PM) in model rocketry. We purchased the kits a couple of weeks ago, but this will our students’ first chance to start working with them.

Wednesday, January 30th

Led by Monica Ihrke, a teacher from our special-education program who also happens to be a gifted artist, our morning seminar will continue the students’ development of their drawing skills.

Following the seminar, the students will do a “show and tell” of historic objects, photographs, and videos based on the historic event they’re reading about during our weekly book club (11:15 AM to 12:30 PM). The students are all reading different books about different events, so we’ll be seeing and hearing about items related to World War II, the Salem Witch Trials, the Hurricane of 1938, Woodstock, and more.

After lunch, one of our co-directors, Greg Rosenthal, will lead an afternoon workshop in martial arts, during which the students will learn how to take control of their physical bodies and develop the kind of discipline they can use in all the areas of their life.

At the end of the day, Thano Smith will make a public exhibition (2:45 PM – 3:15 PM) of his completed project on habitable planets. Thano approached his advisor prior to the winter break to ask if he could do independent research on one of the Earth-like planets that scientists have recently discovered. After several weeks of hard work, Thano is ready to share his findings with the public.

Thursday, January 31st

Our morning seminar will continue our history of NASA unit, with Thano making a presentation on NASA’s Kepler mission, which is related to Thano’s independent project. According to NASA, the Kepler mission “is specifically designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planets in or near the habitable zone and determine the fraction of the hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy that might have such planets.”

Following the seminar, our new Community Speaker Series will continue with our second guest, Rita Hansen, a Middletown Springs resident who will discuss her career in nursing with our students.

After lunch, the students will continue their self-guided pursuit of math skills during our afternoon workshop. Using the incredible tools provided by the Khan Academy, the students will conduct a review of their multiplication and division skills.

If anything we’re doing this week interests you, please feel free to join us!

Author: Kyle Callahan

Hi, I'm Kyle. I'm an advisor at LiHigh School. I've been involved in progressive education since I was in high school. I was an original member (and student representative) of the Progressive Program at Green Mountain College, and for my Master's degree, I attended Goddard College, which started the trend toward progressive education in the 1960s. Along with teaching at LiHigh School, I teach courses in creative writing and communications at Green Mountain College. I live with my wife and daughter in Poultney.

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