Posts Tagged ‘IB’

El Día de los Muertos

Friday, November 8th, 2013
Jami Whitmer, our Grade 9-12 Spanish teacher wrote the following blog entry:

“Students in Spanish 9 have been working within a unit on holidays, where they have been learning about the different ways we celebrate holidays here in the United States, as well as others in Spanish-speaking countries. Most recently, students have focused on el “Día de los Muertos” (The Day of the Dead) as celebrated in Mexico.

After reading part of a novel and watching a video about the holiday, we visited the Idaho Historical Museum to see some altars and other visuals related to this holiday. Students thought about the significance of the items on the altars and chose their favorites. There was also time to look at another unrelated exhibit called “Essential Idaho” which contained many informative stations and one where the students could dress up like a baked potato. Fun practice for Halloween!

In all, a fun and informative visit!”

Fall Fun at Lindner Farms

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Forty three students in Grades 9-12 loaded the Riverstone bus and headed out to Linder Farms on Friday night. Delicious snacks, mechanical bull riding, laser tag, a haunted maze, and oh-so-much-more made for an evening of fun for everyone! Our November event will be at Ice World. Look for more information to come!

Learner Profile Pumpkins

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Recently, our Middle and High School students enjoyed their lunch time together in their RiverCamp Advisory Groups.  The RiverCamps are multi-age groups that are formed in order to build friendships across grade levels. In the spirit of Fall and the International Baccalaureate Programmes, over 60 pumpkins were decorated to best portray selected Learner Profile words through a visual representation or the word.  The students were also challenged to develop meaningful quotes to demonstrate their Learner Profile words as well. Looks like they had a lot of fun together!

So which was your favorite?

Grade 10 Visits Basque Center

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Grade 10 students had an introduction to Basque dancing during their field trip to the Basque Center yesterday. They practiced rhythms, dance moves, and breathing in and out at the same time (circular breathing). The trip was part of their unit on Basque music and culture.

Teacher In-Service Days

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The past two days of staff development at Riverstone have been incredibly productive and rewarding. Here is a short list of what the staff have been up to:

  • Several teachers attended Khan Academy training at Northwest Nazarene University
  • Middle School teachers prepared for their Middle Years Programme re-authorization visit in November
  • Primary Years Programme and Diploma Programme teachers worked together refining curriculum
  • All staff attended a two hour session with the Flourish Foundation about mindfulness
  • All teachers organized themselves into department meetings to work on ensuring vertical articulation of our curriculum by subject area (Math, Science, English, etc)
  • All staff participated in a training session on crisis management
  • To wrap it all up, we had a delicious pizza and salad lunch in the atrium!

It was a busy two days but having the chance to learn new things and work together is invaluable and translates to a better experience for our students and staff. We look forward to bringing back what we learned to the classrooms!


Mountain Bike Fall Trip

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Riverstone Fall Trips for Grades 8-12 are a wonderful tradition in which students not only challenge themselves in the outdoors, but the trips provide a great opportunity to get to know classmates in new settings. Both of these things enhance classroom interactions and classroom learning. One of our themed Fall Trips is the mountain biking trip.

From Chemistry teacher and avid mountain biker, Brad Nelson:

“On the fall mountain bike trip, we do one ride a day over three days. The rides range between 10 to 20 miles depending on the day and difficulty of the ride. This year, we rode Fisher Williams, Trapp Creek and Swamp Creek loop, and the Stanley Lake trail. Even though these rides are long (about 15 miles for the rides the first two days), we can still take beginning mountain bikers on the rides because time is not an issue.

All of the rides are trail rides but some include dirt roads, and even short sections of paved road, to complete the loop. The kids get tired and have to eat a ton of calories but have a great time. We have had several kids sign up more than one year because they love it so much.”

Thanks to parent Dave Beck for joining the group as a second leader and taking photos!

Destination: Monterey, CA

Friday, August 9th, 2013

This summer has been a busy one for optional travel opportunities for our students. Destinations included Washington, D.C., Brazil, and the Basque Country! Students entering Grades 9-10 also had the opportunity to travel to Monterey, CA; they are currently on Day 5 of their trip.

Here’s an update from trip chaperone and Riverstone teacher, Samantha Cole.

“Today was my favorite day! We started with discussions and writings on Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. We had a bit of free time around lunch and then went sea kayaking! Everyone had wetsuits and splash jackets with a pfd and were able to choose between a double or single sit on top kayak. We saw sea lion, seals, sea otters, sea stars, sea urchins, pelicans and an egg yolk jellyfish. How exciting! We studied the relationship between tidal zone and diversity and type of life.”

Previously, the group explored Mono Lake, hiked to Nevada Falls in Yosemite, and toured the Monterey Aquarium. They also had great fun playing in the tide pools with the hermit crabs and sea anemones!

Ben’s Shiny New Boots

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Ben Brock, our Director of Outdoor Education, showed up at school yesterday sporting his new hiking boots. His plan is to start breaking in those shiny new boots before the Sawtooth Traverse and Fall trips. Seeing Ben excited about his new boots reminded me of his email to parents prior to Spring Trips about the importance of breaking in boots and the newly established Boot Camp to help our students do just that. I wanted to post the email here as another example of Ben’s innovative and fun ideas to prepare our kids for backpacking trips. Maybe your family would like to establish your own Boot Camp this summer?

Email from Ben Brock to parents of students in Grades 8-11:

“If you’re one of the people who have outgrown your boots since your last backpacking trip, time is getting tight to properly break in new pair of boots for Spring Trips…

But don’t despair. During the next two weeks, various Riverstone teachers / trip leaders will be hitting the Greenbelt every day at lunch to put a few miles on new kicks in the First Annual Spring Trip Boot Camp! If these walks aren’t sufficient to completely break in new footwear, they will at least help identify any hotspots that might develop. We can then use a little preventative moleskin on those potential hotspots on the first days of Spring Trips to make sure that blisters don’t form, even if boots are still a little stiff.

Additionally, on the next two Tuesdays and Thursdays (April 30, May 2, 7, 9) from 3:30 to 4:30 Ben Brock will lead a little more ambitious walk up Council Springs Road, into the foothills directly north of school. We’ll walk out (and up) for 30 minutes and then turn around and walk back to school. In addition to getting a few more miles on some boots, this will also be a great opportunity to put a little weight in your pack and build an aerobic base for the upcoming Spring Trips. Don’t have a pack you say? Reserve one from the Outdoor Program and check it out early to make sure it gets properly fit. And that you know where to put that new hydration system that you just went out and bought…

Loaner Boots – If you know that you need boots for this trip and are worried about getting a brand new pair, let me know. I have a pretty good selection of pre-loved boots that have been donated to the school.

Weather is getting NICE and I can’t wait to hit the trails (blister-free)!”

Basque Country Continued

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

More from our travelers in Basque Country, led by teacher Jami Whitmer:

Well, today was a very busy day!

Santi, our guide, met us at the hotel at 9am and we were off in a private mini-bus to the town of Gernika. The weather was gloomy and cool, yet kind of fitting for the conversations we had about the bombing of the area and its effect on the inhabitants. We walked through an old market that has been in operation for hundreds of years, and a couple of us tried some stinky goat cheese. Yum!

We then saw a tile rendition of Picasso’s Guernica, and Santi shared with us that the Basque region has been trying for years to get the original from the Reina Sofia in Madrid. No such luck, however.

We then drove to the areas of Mundaka and Bermeo. In Mundaka, we watched surfers for a bit. The surfing here is some of the best in the world, and competitions are held here regularly. They make it look easy (but cold!).

We stopped along the way for photo ops along the coast, and walked around the town of Bermeo.

We drove back to Bilbao around 5pm. Now we are in for the night, and off to see the ‘Hanging bridge’ and a picturesque town tomorrow.

Hope all are well, more tomorrow!

Camp Invention 2013 Begins!

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Today was the first day of Camp Invention at Riverstone International School!

**Here’s a quick snapshot of what we did today…

In the Cache Dash™ module, we were recruited to be expedition trainees. We used outdoor treasure hunting and navigation techniques to complete a challenge course and received a clue to the location of a cache. We figured out the clue and found the cache, which contained invention challenges from youth in France, Singapore and Honduras. The cache was also filled with special technology materials to include in our solution designs!

In Ecoverse™, we embarked on our quest to explore the realms of the Earth. Today, we reached for the sky as we explored constellations and built a stellar navigation tool! We used our device to locate our Petrosphere Journals, where we will reflect, explore, and sketch their ideas and descriptions of the Earth all week long. Our achievements earned us the sky glyph! The constellation Pisces is the clue for the location of tomorrow’s quest.

The hottest place on Earth is where our Amazing Atlas Games™ module started. To find it, we had to locate the Sahara Desert using latitude and longitude markings on a world map. While exploring the desert, we built an insulated cover to protect our equipment from overheating. We each need to bring in one fist-sized or smaller clean rock for tomorrow’s adventures.

In the I Can Invent: Launchitude™ module, we received our week’s mission: to help a flock of international rubber ducks get home! Today, some of us began disassembling appliances to locate gadgets and gears that can be incorporated into our duck launching inventions, while others began designing. We will work together this week to build the ultimate Duck Chucking Device!

**Information from the parent flier from Camp Invention.

Tomorrow is Zany Hat Day!