Recently the Middle School students participated in their Team Building Immersion Week, after 5 weeks of study. The week started off with a trip to CLAS Ropes Course in Provo where they practiced many team building techniques. The Upper Elementary students were excited to be able to join them for the Ropes Course Field Trip. Other activities throughout the week included completing class projects, painting the “Nookery” (their mini workspace under the stairs), hiking up Mill Creek's Alexander Basin train with more team building games, and planning, shopping for, and preparing meals for a campout on school campus. Food from the class garden was used for their meals. The week concluded with setting up a tent in preparation for their campout Thursday night. At the campout they enjoyed a fire-pit and a presentation by Native American flutist and storyteller, Nino. On Friday, following the campout, the students participated in a Guided Reflection on the completed week and who they are as a team. They focused on challenges, celebrations, and goals.
Now, Middle School students have begun Cycle Two, where they will focus on “Changes,” change in literature, change in the world around us physically (fungi, protists, and matter) and social change (being catalysts for positive change). Cycle two’s immersion is geared around Service Learning, being the change we want to see in the world.