Archive for May, 2011

Riverstone Trip Photo Contest: Things Category

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Congratulations to our first Riverstone Trip Photo Contest Winners! Today we are featuring the Things Category.

Things Category, 1st Place: Josh Udesen
Things Category, 2nd Place: Sybil Nasser
Things Category, 3rd Place: Frikse L (Gr 10)
Things Category, Honorable Mention: Tatjana T (Gr 11)

Things Category First Place: Josh Udesen

Things Category Second Place: Sybil Nasser

Things Category Third Place: Frikse L (Gr 10)

Things Category Honorable Mention: Tatjana T (Gr 11)

Riverstone Trip Photo Contest: Places Category

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Congratulations to our first Riverstone Trip Photo Contest Winners! Today we are featuring the Places Category.

Places Category, 1st Place: Tatjana T (Gr 11)
Places Category, 2nd Place: Sybil Nasser
Places Category, 3rd Place: Andrew Derry
Places Category, Honorable Mention: Alex R (Gr 10)

Places Category First Place: Tatjana T (Gr 11)

Places Category Second Place: Sybil Nasser

Places Category Third Place: Andrew Derry

Places Category Honorable Mention: Alex R (Gr 10)

Riverstone Trip Photo Contest: People Category

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Congratulations to our first Riverstone Trip Photo Contest Winners. Today we have the People Category. Check back soon for the others!

People Category, 1st Place: Tatjana T (Gr 11)
People Category, 2nd Place: Josh Udesen
People Category, 3rd Place: Tie between Sybil Nasser and Remy N (Gr 12)
People Category, Honorable Mention: Ben Brock

People Category First Place: Tatjana T (Gr 11)

People Category Second Place: Josh Udesen

People Category Third Place Tie: Sybil Nasser

People Category Third Place Tie: Remy N (Gr 12)

People Category Honorable Mention: Ben Brock

Riverstone Photo Contest Winners

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Congratulations to our first Riverstone Trip Photo Contest Winners. Special thanks to teachers Martha Turner and Jim Harper for initiating and organizing this contest. Over 110 photos were submitted! We will share photos from all the categories over the next few days. Today we have Best in Show and the Nature Category. Check back soon for the others!

Best in Show: Sybil Nasser

Nature Category, 1st Place: Jim Connor
Nature Category, 2nd Place: Ceredig Roberts
Nature Category, 3rd Place: Gretchen Arguedas
Nature Category, Honorable Mention, Rebecca Wood

People Category, 1st Place: Tatjana T (Gr 11)
People Category, 2nd Place: Josh Udesen
People Category, 3rd Place: Tie between Sybil Nasser and Remy N (Gr 12)
People Category, Honorable Mention: Ben Brock

Places Category, 1st Place: Tatjana T (Gr 11)
Places Category, 2nd Place: Sybil Nasser
Places Category, 3rd Place: Andrew Derry
Places Category, Honorable Mention: Alex R (Gr 10)

Things Category, 1st Place: Josh Udesen
Things Category, 2nd Place: Sybil Nasser
Things Category, 3rd Place: Frikse L (Gr 10)
Things Category, Honorable Mention: Tatjana T (Gr 11)

Best in Show by Sybil Nassar

Nature Category First Place: Jim Connor

Nature Category Second Place: Ceredig Roberts

Nature Category Third Place: Gretchen Arguedas

Nature Honorable Mention: Rebecca Wood

Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

It was a day to celebrate Riverstone students and Grade 5 students were the first honorees of the day as they “moved up” to Middle School. With reflections by Elementary School Director, James Hamilton, and stories of exemplary classwork and snowball challenges by teacher Brad Baxter, the students enjoyed their time in the limelight. Middle School Director, Alex Ide, wrapped up the ceremony by welcoming the students to the Middle School.

Whether they were using research to convince their teacher to allow them to use exercise balls instead of traditional desk chairs or designing and building a sustainable garden on the school grounds, these students have certainly left their mark on the Elementary School! Congratulations!

Combining Physics and Outdoor Education

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Grade 9 students are studying conduction, convection, radiation, and hypothermia. To put their studies into a real life situation they were familiar with, students were challenged with the following question, “How can we keep Mr. Brock, our Outdoor Director, warm on our outdoor trips?” Given that it snowed on our fall trips this year, this was a very relevant question!

Here they are…setting up their experiments, collecting data, and analyzing it before coming to their conclusions.

1000 Wishes

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Although fundraising efforts were completed a few weeks ago, Grade 4 students in Mrs. terBorg’s class wanted to continue on in order to reach their goal of the school making 1,000 origami cranes. The cranes represent wishes for health and healing for the March 2011 tsunami victims in Japan.

Pictured above are our Grade 4 students shortly after realizing their goal last week. They are a dedicated and compassionate group of kids! Well done!

Off the Beaten Path

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Ben Brock, Outdoor Director, wrote the following email to Grade 10 students who were in his group for last week’s outdoor trip and copied their parents. Students spent five days backpacking along Sheep Creek in southeastern Idaho.

“I’m sure you’ve all had a chance to share stories with parents/teachers etc by now and I just wanted to weigh in and say that last week was one of the most relaxed, entertaining, and rewarding Riverstone trips that I’ve been on. From being able to let you all do the bulk of the cooking and navigation, to learning new camp games, to post-dinner hiking, to the coolest wilderness discovery I’ve ever made, I’ll remember this trip for a long time. It is definitely a challenging environment, but I think you took it all in stride, especially considering that only four of you were born in North America.

I hope that, if nothing else, you have all gained a new understanding (or maybe even appreciation) of what it means to live in southern Idaho. It is a pretty wild place when you get just a few miles off the beaten path.

One last piece of Outdoor Program Director advice: don’t forget to dry out your sleeping bags and tents before you put them away until the next trip…

With that, here are some of my favorite shots from the trip….thanks to you all for making it so great!”

Grade 5 Beautifies the School

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Brad Baxter’s Grade 5 students have been hard at work on a community landscape project that they initiated and implemented. The students wrote the following to bring us up to speed on their idea and long term goal for the garden:

“We saw one bird in a lone tree behind our classroom……we imagined much more! To attract more wildlife and beautify our campus, the fifth grade decided to embark on a landscape project that would focus on draught tolerant plant species. We visited Edward’s Nursery to learn about landscaping and how to grow plants indoors. We then began growing plants in the classroom’s miniature greenhouse. Once the weather warmed up the class broke ground and began planting. These students will continue to run the project as they move through middle and high school, growing the landscaped area each year.”

The garden is in between the Elementary School building and the Middle School building. Check it out!

Scrumptious Cells

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

To add some sweetness to Grade 7 Science class, teacher John Pedersen asked the students to bake and decorate cakes that showed off their knowledge of cells.

When asked to reflect on their project, one student wrote, “This project was really fun to do because we got to bake cakes and decorate them in class. I would be happy to do this again because we not only got to bring in cake, but we also had to make sure we knew how a cell was set up and what organelles we needed to put in. Making this cake really cemented my knowledge of an animal cell, what organelles are in it as well as sizing of the organelles. It was really fun and it’s a great project to do during the cell unit.”