Second Grade Iditarod: Dogs, Mushers, and Nancy's Notes

Post by Erika Bakker, 2nd Grade Teacher

There are fourteen children in second grade, and Nancy Colón would have loved each one of them. They are a cheerful bunch, smart and sweet. They are hard workers who also enjoy being a little bit silly.

These children and I spend time together each day, doing our spelling, reading books, writing down ideas, practicing double digit addition. A lot of what we do follows Nancy’s plans. The children have learned about apples and our skeletal system and how to spell ‘because’. These lessons all come from her big binders of second grade activities.

Revisiting Standards

It's now the time of year when new student applications start rolling in, and school visits and tours are nearly daily occasions. This means the admission team is fielding all kinds of questions about what curriculum we use, what testing we utilize, and how we measure success.

As a school, these are questions that we constantly revisit. In the high school, that means developing a program that we call Phenomenal Fridays (you can find a couple past blog posts about that here). In elementary, we’ve been exploring changing our science curriculum. All these changes and discussions are guided by our mission statement: Shoreline Christian School works in partnership with Christian families and their church to challenge students in preschool through high school to celebrate that all of creation belongs to God, to respond to God by developing their unique gifts and abilities, to live as dynamic and transforming influences for the glory of God.

Practically speaking, what does this really mean?

Student of the Quarter: Colby

Colby Steich has been chosen as the Student of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2015-2016 by the faculty of Shoreline Christian School. Colby is characterized by the faculty as someone who “has a great balance of diligence, persistence, self-awareness, and stress management. He immerses himself in a problem first and then seeks help as he learns what he does and does not know. He is well-respected by everyone. We have never heard a derogatory or even irritated word about him from anyone here. That is because he has integrity and wisdom in the way he builds relationships.” Read more >> about Student of the Quarter: Colby

A Student's Reaction To Phenomenal Friday

By Sophie W, 12th Grade

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, it was a period of pondering, of questioning, of overwhelming doubt about everything we know to be true. Okay, all of that is false. What is true is that a short time ago, the staff of Shoreline Christian School decided to spice things up. They decided that some of our Fridays needed to be more...phenomenal. If you haven’t yet read Joel Bratt’s article on Phenomenal Fridays, I recommend you do so ASAP (which, of course, stands for Act Swiftly Awesome Person). He very nicely explained the conversations and reasoning behind Phenomenal Fridays. Now I present to you a student reaction - an after-the-fact review of our first experience with Phenomenal Friday.

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