Weekly Update 10-14-2016
The first quarter of the school year is really flying by with student projects, seminars, community meetings, and other classes. This week saw the Short Story Seminar and Verona History Seminar wrap up, in addition to many individual student projects.
Students in the Achieve3000 Seminar are continuing to improve their reading skills and starting work on the Central Ideas Learning Target. Veteran students formed a team to produce the EA Newsletter this year; the first issue will come out shortly after first quarter ends, before the Fall Showcase in November.
In the next two weeks a variety of new seminars will be starting. Students will be work with their advisors to sign up for these seminars.
- A social reasoning seminar will be offered that is focused on the upcoming election. Students will be looking at the issues, the candidates, and electoral system. Students will also be meeting with the City Clerk of Verona to discuss the election process and the process for voter registration.
- Coming soon will be a seminar devoted to reading A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, and analyzing how the play was influenced by United States history from the Civil War to the Brown v Board of Education Supreme Court decision, in 1954.
- Another seminar will focus on the Civil Rights Movement including its events, people, legislation, and music. We will also look at today’s racial issues. They will have the opportunity to become proficient in the learning targets: Rights of Minority Groups and Slavery and Discrimination.
- The next science seminar starts
- Monday, October 24th. Students will be exploring computer programming using the programming language Python. No prior programming
- experience is needed, and all students are encouraged to participate. The seminar will get started with a visit from the YWCA’s web career academy, a web design and development training program in Madison, Wisconsin, for women and people of color. They are
- going to speak to us about why the tech industry needs diversity of perspectives and ideas.
- Also of note, 24 students will be going on a field trip to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center on
- Tuesday, October 18th. Students will learn about orienteering and geocaching. Students who were unable
- to attend this field trip will be invited to the UW Space Place next month or the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery in the spring.
Finally, next Monday, October 17 is our first of four EA Off Site Learning Days. These days are Late Start days for VAHS in which EA is closed all day. This allows staff time for professional development around your students. During this time students sill have assignments and projects they can be working on at home or in the community. Students are still expected to attend classes they may have at VAHS or work with the teacher to make up work they miss.
Have a great weekend!
The Exploration Academy Staff