Friday, April 20, 2018

Scavenger Hunt Photos

As the students start sending pictures, I'll post them here so you can follow along on their journey.

And They're Off!

All groups are on their way! Below is the list they are hunting for. 

Portland Scavenger Hunt

In any order, complete as many of the following tasks as you can and still be back at school no later than 3:30 p.m. Remember, you are representing our school and yourselves.

  • 75 pts. Find Mrs. Adams. She is downtown enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and looking for new books to buy.
  • 50 pts. Make your way to a DMV office. Get the forms necessary to apply for a learners permit.
  • 50 pts. Get hard copies of admission paperwork from a college or university
  • 50 pts. Pick up a voter registration card.
  • 50 pts. Use a payphone to check in with Mrs. Adams. (971-269-9045)
  • 50 pts. Buy lunch. It may cost you no more than $7.00 per person and must contain two servings of vegetables. Put your receipts in your log.
  • 40 pts. Inquire about a job. Fill out the application and bring it back with you.
  • 40 pts. Get brochures and an application for opening a bank account.
  • 40 pts. Take a picture with a street performer.
  • 30 pts. Find out what time the next flight to Alaska leaves, take a picture in front of the departure screen.
  • 30 pts. Take a rubbing or photo of Pi underground. It is located in the only underground MAX station in Portland.
  • 30 pts. Take a picture in front of a memorial. Write down in your log what the memorial is for.
  • 25 pts. Make your way to the Ira Keller fountain. Create an epic album cover. Have your chaperone take the picture.
  • 25 pts. Make your way to a sporting arena. Take a picture outside the main gates.
  • 25 pts. Make your way to a place that would increase knowledge. Take a picture.
  • 25 pts. Play at least two moves in a game of chess in Pioneer Courthouse Square.
  • 25 pts. Find out how much it takes to ride the Portland Spirit. Bring back a brochure.
  • 20 pts. Figure out how far it is from Mt. Hood to the Great Wall of China. Take a picture with the direction sign in Pioneer Courthouse Square.
  • 10 pts. Get a photo taken of your team at a sculpture more than 5 feet tall. Write down in your log the name of the sculpture and the artist.
  • 10 pts. Get a picture with a person performing live
  • 10 pts. Capture the view of the mountain from Washington Park. Draw it in your journal.
  • 10 pts. Take a picture of art found in a bus shelter.
  • 10 pts. Take a picture of art found at a MAX stop.
  • 5 pts. Ride an escalator, get photo proof.
  • 5 pts. Play in a fountain. Take a picture.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Ashland Schedule

Monday, May 28th, 2018
8:00 - Arrive at school in casual clothing
9:00 - Load bus
11:00- Arrive at Dexter Lake

·                     BBQ lunch, swimming, disc golf, shenanigans

1:00 - Load bus and depart for Ashland

4:30 - Arrive in dorm

·                     get assigned dorms, set up, learn dorm rules, change in to business casual clothes
5:30 - Dinner in the dining hall
6:30 - Attend workshops at Southern Oregon University

·                     YE OLDE PROJECT RUNWAY - Learn about Elizabethan and Renaissance silhouettes and costumes, then create them from newspaper and tape. Students will work together in small groups, with one student from each group acting as Merry Olde’s next top model.
    A certified stage combatant leads you safely through some of the steps and skills of hand-to-hand stage combat. 

·         RENAISSANCE DANCE - An expert dancer shares his/her knowledge of court and country dances of the Renaissance through lessons in cinquepaces, bergomasks, galliards and other dances.

9:30 - Class meeting in the dorms
10:00 - Showers and bedtime
11:00 - Lights out

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
7:30  Up and dressed in business casual
8:00 - Breakfast in the dining hall
10:15 - Load bus 
10:30 - Workshop at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Exploring Design - What inspires the designs for this season’s productions? What factors influence the designers’ choices? These questions and more are answered in a one-hour exploration of the creative process. Students discover how the words of a script are turned into a production on stage by investigating the text, visual research, drawings and photos from previous productions.

11:30 - Load bus
11:45 - Lunch in the dining hall
1:15 - Load bus
1:30 - Attend Othello
In Shakespeare’s most intimate tragedy, director Bill Rauch explores racism, religious bias, xenophobia, and the more disturbing aspects of relationships in the context of our society’s ongoing struggle with polarizing differences. Consumed by their bigotry, those who praised the Moorish general Othello’s military successes now reject his marriage to Desdemona. The newlyweds are determined to overcome all obstacles, but Othello’s assignment in an exotic new location draws them into the web of his lieutenant Iago, whose resentment and demons know no bounds. A powerful cast of twelve actors includes Chris Butler (Othello), Alejandra Escalante (Desdemona), Danforth Comins (Iago) and Amy Kim Waschke (Emilia).

4:00 - Load bus
5:00 - Dinner in the dining hall
5:45 - Showers and dressed in formal attire
6:50-Load bus
7:00 - Attend Manahatta Prologue
8:00 - Attend Manahatta

In this timely world-premiere drama by celebrated playwright, activist and attorney Mary Kathryn Nagle, past and present intertwine. Nagle’s story illuminates the tragic consequences of commercial exploits, including the removal of Native American people and the attempted eradication of their culture, that gave rise to the America we know today. Securities trader Jane Snake is torn between worlds. Her return to Wall Street in 2008 brings her to Manahatta (“island of many hills” in Lenape), the homeland her Native American ancestors were violently forced to leave in the 1600s. Meanwhile, her family in Oklahoma struggles to save their language, their culture and their over-mortgaged home. Jane Snake’s return to Manahatta defiantly demonstrates that the Lenape are still here. Directed by Laurie Woolery (The River Bride).

10:50 – Load Bus

 11:00 - Showers and bed

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

7:30 - Wake up, pack, dressed in business casual 
8:00 - Breakfast in dining hall
9:00 - Load bus
9:15 - Workshop
Two hours of on-your-feet exercises led by two company members, designed to explore themes, characters and language of the plays

11:30 - Load bus
11:40 - Lunch in the dining hall
12:15 - Load bus
12:30 – Attend Prolouge
1:30 – Attend Sense and Sensibility
This lively adaptation of Jane Austen’s sparkling romance is full of comedic surprises and deliciously wicked social commentary, with the daring premise that true love unites both hearts and minds—and that women should be seen, heard and valued. Life takes a sudden turn when Mrs. Dashwood (Kate Mulligan) and her three daughters lose their home, thrown out by their selfish half-brother. With no money to speak of, the marriage prospects for the sisters are bleak. When love—or what looks like it—comes calling for Elinor (Nancy Rodriguez) and Marianne (Emily Ota), they are whirled into a tangle of gossip, scandal and unexpected fortune. This joyous adaptation by Kate Hamill is passionately directed by Hana S. Sharif, wedding their artistic sensibilities with an ardent love of Jane Austen.

3:00 - Load bus
5:30 - Stop in Springfield for dinner at Coburg Pizza Company
6:30 - Load bus
9:00 - Arrive at CHPCS

April Field Trips

We have two field trips this month, one of the 10th and one on the 20th.

April 10th - Oregon Historical Society
Dress Code: Regular Uniform
Time: 11:45 - 2:00 

Lunch: We will eat at school before we leave. 

Chaperones: NONE! I need at least 2, so if you are available, please let me know right away. 

April 20 - Life Skills Scavenger Hunt

Dress Code: Business Casual. This means slacks, knee length or longer skirts, polo shirt, blouse, or button up shirt. Walking shoes are encouraged. Jacket is a must. No sweats, jeans, sweatshirts, or t shirts. Students that show up to school in attire that does not meet this requirement will stay at school. 

Lunch: Everyone will need $7.00 for lunch.

Cell Phone/Camera: Yes

Chaperones: Mr. Cooper, Mrs. Erbe, Mrs. Campbell, Mr. Erbe
Times: 8:30 - 3:30 (Be prepared to be late returning)

We need at least 2 more chaperones for the 20th. Please take a moment to look at your schedule and see if you can join us for that day. 

 The parent chaperones need to have extreme self control because this particular trip will be challenging, both for the students and for the parent. 

Student teams will start at school where they will be given their first clue in the Amazing Race. Teams of three - four (and one adult) will be making their way around the city using only public transportation. Along the way they will need to complete tasks, find information, and work together while attempting to be the first team back to school. 

If you are adventurous, willing to stand back and watch the students figure things out while ensuring safety, and are available on the 20th, please let me know right away! 

It's going to be great fun and one huge learning experience. 

This much fun can't be educational right? Wrong! Students will learn/practice: 
1. Using public transportation (MAX, bus, and street car)
2. Self reliance
3. Using maps
4. Reading charts and tables
5. Teamwork
6. Budgeting
7. Reading labels
8. Problem solving
9. Effective search terms
10. Questioning techniques

Ashland Contract

Before Spring Break, we worked together as a class to create guidelines for earning the trip to Ashland. Below you will find the details. Each person has a copy of these requirements and a tracking sheet to keep track of their individual points.

Ashland Contract
In Class Participation:
Homeroom – 1 point per day – Participating in class discussions, taking notes completely, timely completion
Music – 1 point per day -  Have both instrument and book, play 90% of the time
Art – 1 point per day - Using appropriate voice, four on the floor, 90% on task behavior, respectful use of materials
PE – 1 point per day - 100% participation, meaning following the giving directions, being where you’re supposed to be
World Language – 1 point per day - Have supplies, be looking at the teacher and attempting to answer questions in the given language, return homework

Homework: All homework in, complete and to the expectation, at 8:00
Field Trip: 5 point – Attend, being on task, give 90% effort
Behavior: 1 point per day – Above blue
Spring Concert: 5 points – show up, in uniform, play
NON: 5 points – show up, in costume, participate

Bonus Points: Up to be 5 points can be earned for service to school. Each point would require 30 minutes of service and should be prearranged with Mrs. Adams or Mrs. Macy

In order to attend, students must earn 75% of all possible points.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March Cooking Task

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This Friday is field trip day AND our next cooking task. Students are asked to make a soup and a bread independently to share with the class. Feel free to stand over their shoulder and give instructions, but all work has to be done by them. Crockpots are a great idea for the soup, but please be sure to have your student bring it home at the end of the day.

We will not have access to the microwaves, so students should plan for crockpot dishes OR one of the many cold soups.

I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

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NON: Resources

On Friday we will be discussing the type of resources available and how to find each one. Our trip to the library should take care of the books and magazine articles if they have a library card. If not, they will need to go to the library this weekend and get books.

 Below is a list of recommended resources:

1 - Autobiography
1 - Biography
1 - Children's Biography (A children's biography gives the student a quick and dirty feel for their person. It is easy to get through and lets them paint the big picture before diving into meatier books.)
1 - Video - Videos are another way to get a feel for the big picture and to get a visual feel for the person.
1 - Magazine Article
3  - Websites
1 - Interview

Other places we talked about are social media, papers written by the person, and  newspaper articles. The wider the variety of sources the more interesting the information will be and the easier it is to fact check. If you're getting the same information from 4 different source types, you're likely on the right track.