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 would be fun 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, March 11th

  • Field Trip: Students will travel to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to explore the latest developments of the art world.

Tuesday, March 12th

  • Independent Work Day: Students will have the complete day to work on independent projects, including their autobiographies, their senior capstones, and their college homework.

Wednesday, March 13th
(Start of our Service-Learning Term)

  • Pick Me Up: To commemorate the day when the U.S. adopted “Standard Time,” as well as the recent switch to daylight savings time, students will discuss the history of standard time and their coping mechanisms for losing an hour of sleep this week.
  • Morning Seminar: To kick off our five-week Service-Learning unit that focus on the local food movement and culminate in an exhibition at the Poultney Earth Fair, students will watch the documentary, “Food Fight,” which explains “how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how [the local food movement] has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness.”
  • Community Speaker Series: Laird Christensen, Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College, will speak with the students about his career, his interests, and how he got to where he is today.
  • Book Club: Students will share the latest development from the science-related books they started reading last week. Students have selected books on the science of fear, what happens to the brain during a stroke, a secret grove of redwood trees, how music affects the brain, the evolution of intelligence in machines, and the physics of dance.
  • Lunch
  • Collage Design Workshop: Students will begin development of a framed collage to commemorate the experiences we had while building the replica of Thoreau’s cabin earlier in the year. The finished collage will hang in the cabin as a reminder of who built it and why it is there.
  • Student Exhibition: One of our 9th graders, Ariella, will present her work from her independent project on the physics of dance.

Thursday, March 14th

  • Pick Me Up: Students will watch a TED Talk, “How Food Shapes our Cities” presented by architect and author, Carolyn Steel.
  • Morning Seminar: Students will be introduced to our concept for the exhibition at the Poultney Earth Fair and provide constructive ideas as to how the concept can be improved. By the end of the seminar, all team members will agree as to the general conceptual direction of the exhibition.
  • Community Speaker Series: Brad Slonaker, a former math professor at Pennsylvania State University – Altoona and a current Poultney resident, will speak with the students about his career, his interests, and how he got to where he is today.
  • Independent Time: Students will have one hour of independent time to progress on their designs for the VANS culture contest, make headway on their senior capstones, or complete homework for their college courses.
  • Lunch
  • Quiet/Reading Time: Students will have 30 minutes of quiet time to meditate, read, and/or find a few moments of peace.
  • Service Learning Workshop:  Students will be introduced to the essential questions of our Service Learning unit, connecting the work they’ll be doing in coming weeks on our exhibition for the Earth Fair with the work they accomplished during the “Who Am I?” term in the Fall. They will also begin to address one of the essential questions, “How do my communities affect me?,” by discussing the way their moods and personalities might shift depending upon the communities they’re in.
  • Daily Reflection and Planning: Students will have 30 minutes to reflect on the significance of their day and begin to plan their work for the weekend and next week.
  • Close Out Session: Students will write thank you notes to Laird Christensen and Brad Slonaker.

Friday, March 8th

  • Independent Work Day: Students will have the complete day to work on independent projects, including their college homework, their senior capstones, and reading for book club.

 

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.

One Comment

  1. Wow! If only school had been like this when I was young…
    A huge jump start to a better world.

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