Where Have All the Children Gone?
Long time passing
At Stellar Academy, one of the ways that we educate our students is to give them authentic experiences. We accomplish this by giving them field trips in and around their community. For example, just in the last 6 months of this this school year, we have been to: Hayward Superior Court, SAP Center for 'Cuda Day, Minolta Planetarium at De Anza Community College,and Oakland Museum of California. Next month we are going to see Sleeping Beauty at the SF Ballet. Last month we brought their community to them via a Wild Animal Assembly presented by Wildmind.
This week most of our 5th - 7th graders are at Walden West experiencing residential science camp. On Tuesday and Thursday this week, the rest of the students are going on 2 day trips to local science and math experiences. These special 2 days were organized by our science teacher, Elisabeth Huffmaster. All great hands on learning experiences and creating memories that will last them a lifetime. All of the field trips have been met with enthusiasm and excitement to try and learn something new.
In April, we are going to be visiting the animal shelter in Hayward. This organization is going to be the recipient of our service project for this year “Pets In Need.” Our students have been collecting food and other supplies for the domestic pets that have been displaced because of the Paradise Fires this past fall. They are going to do the hand off themselves, get a tour of the facility and likely get a chance to read to the dogs that are housed there..
In May, the 4th - 7th grade students are going to The Hammer Theater in San Jose to see a production of “Urinetown” and they will also get a backstage tour of the facility. The 1st - 3rd graders are going to an outdoor experience with Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center. So, as you can see, we educate them beyond the classroom. We educate them to be explorers and lifelong learners in their own backyard.
If you have any suggestions or recommendations for next year, I will gratefully take all ideas and give them full consideration.