Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Winter Educational opportunities

This winter BBS is excited about new enrichment classes we are offering, the return of our historic ski program, as well as the new theme of Water in our field studies class.

Starting in January guitar, Spanish, and computer skills classes will begin at the school. Twice a week students will rotate through the new classes in small groups that will allow lots of hands-on instruction. Sisters native Benji Nagel will lead the guitar class. Benji has years of experience teaching young people the joy of learning the guitar. He is excited to bring his talents to our little school this winter. Head Teacher, Delaney Sharp will teach the beginning Spanish class, which will focus on building basic language skills and oral fluency. The class will also use the language as a platform to better understand other cultures and regions of the world. BBS' own Ethan Barrons (aka Mr. B) will lead up the computer skills class where students will be working on their typing skills, learning basic coding, as well as other basic computer functions. The new enrichment classes will bring new challenges and lots of fun to the students of BBS.

We are also excited that the extensive snow pack will allow us to resume our ski program for the first time in 3 years! Each Friday during the winter, students will head up to the slopes at the Hoodoo Ski Area. Hoodoo staff will provide full day ski lessons, which will help students with their physical fitness and self confidence. The school will help students to rent any gear that they don't have, allowing for all students to participate in the school's treasured program. 

Students will also be shifting focus in their field studies class from the fall theme of Forest Ecosystems to Water. Students will be monitoring snow pack throughout the Cascades and near the school this winter and comparing their findings to historic patterns. Additionally, students will be working with the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council to learn about how the water from the mountains impacts the local ecosystems and human communities around Camp Sherman and Sisters. Students will also be exploring the theme of Water during their visual art classes with Annie Painter.

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