Happy Earth Day

We spent this Earth Day cleaning up the city of Tacoma. The kids picked up so much garbage! We also took a picture of ourselves for NASA’S Global Selfie Day! http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/globalselfie/#.U1bm_a69Kc0

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Writing and Goats

What on earth does writing have to do with goats? Well today we found out. Word on the street was that there were a herd of goats next to the Elk’s Building. We took advantage of such knowledge and walked down to see them. Students used all their senses to observe and study the goats. We walked back to school, broke out the laptops and poured those observation into the written word. These and other direct experiences will weave their way into their creative writing over the next few weeks.

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NYC- Final Days

“And suddenly it came to him. That Strawberry Fields garden he’d come from, and the Freedom Tower he’d been thinking of: taken together, didn’t they contain the two words that said it all about this city, the two words that really mattered? It seemed to him that they did. Two words: the one an invitation, the other an ideal, an adventure, a necessity. “Imagine” said the garden. “Freedom” said the tower. Imagine freedom. That was the spirit, the message of this city he loved. You really didn’t need anything more. Dream it and do it. But first you must dream it.” 
― Edward RutherfurdNew York

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Model United Nations

The kids did great at their very first day of Model UN. They came out of committee sessions excited that they had made alliances, gained signatories and started drafting resolutions with their fellow delegates. Here’s just a quick glimpse of them in action, mostly during the unmoderated caucuses.I tried to sneak in and grab some pictures while they were in action without disrupting them so excuse the poor quality. One brave fellow, who began the day very nervously, made a powerful speech to his committee. We’re all so proud of them!
Right now they’re enjoying some well deserved fun time with a movie and dance.

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NYC Day 3

Today we visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, walked through Central Park, and made it to the opening ceremonies of the Model UN.

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NYC Day 2

Ok, here’s the list of our day: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, Federal Courthouse (where George Washington was inaugurated), 9/11 Memorial, Trinity Church, Grand Central Station, NY Library, great Jewish Deli, and the Broadway Show Pippen. Not one complaint, lots of memories and one happy 13 year old birthday!

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NYC Day 1

We’ve taken NYC by storm (and a few snowflakes). Not much time to write, but enjoy the pics from today!

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