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Day 1: Phoenix Kids Travel to Study

Day 1: Phoenix Kids Travel to Study

Day 1:  Excited and ready to begin their Travel Study adventure in the Everglades,  Phoenix kids rose early this morning, filled with anticipation.

“I imagine flying over rivers and trees of the Everglades. I’m feeling tranquil. I wish I were down there already, witnessing the landscape full of life.” Fiona

“Thriving mangroves surround me as I canoe down the River of Grass. Wading birds fly above me and alligators lurk just below the surface waiting for an unsuspecting bird to fly into their jaws. Alligators are one of my favorite parts of the Everglades, stalking their prey with undying patience.” Liam

“My dream is to learn about most of the animals of the Everglades and to learn about as many animals as I can. I want to meet park rangers because they meet, love, and learn about animals of the Everglades.” Eziah

“I look into great aeolian eyes that seem to burn holes into mine, then, vanish under cool bracken and bromeliads.” Karina D

“I am excited for the bike ride because I just started riding my bike and I got the hang of it.”  Aiden

“Something that caught my eye on the list was canoeing.  At first, I thought NO WAY, but then I realized it might be cool.”  Karina P-Z

“I honestly have not been too excited to go on the trip. I will really miss my dog, no matter how annoying she is.  I guess it could be interesting seeing all the alligators. Even though I would feel uncomfortable around an alligator, at least I would get to study the creature up close.  Who knows? All I know is this could be fun.” Max

“I imagine venturing through the endless sawgrass prairies, the sharp edges biting at my legs.” Arlo

“As I skim through my Everglades itinerary for the very first time, my eyes catch an item far down the list: a 15-mile bike ride.  I am suddenly transported onto my bike, riding through the breathtaking sights of the Everglades.” Alice

“The Everglades is teeming with reptiles.  I’ll keep myself on high alert until I see one with my own eyes.  My sight won’t be limited to reptiles, but I will spot all animals who call the Everglades home.” Charlie

After a full day of plane and van, we enjoy the local cuisine at an open-air Mexican restaurant before heading into the park and venturing out onto the Anhinga Trail.  In the darkness, Taylor Slough embraces us, talking to us as we walk solo along the boardwalk above the water. We hear plops, whistles, chirps, grunts, squawks, splashes, and loudest, the whine and buzzing of hungry mosquitoes welcoming us, their surprise human feast, to the party.

Some of us are excited for our solitary adventure into the darkness, some of us hold back, dreading being alone above the slough.  We see distinct shapes, but no colors. In the end, we find each other, Leslie, and Kyle at the overlook, proud, and relieved to be together again. Before leaving the slough, we scan trees and water with Kyle’s bright light to discover the real inhabitants of the glades; fish gliding silently under lily pads, alligators with shining eyes, and a lonely spider resting on its web that spans from tree to tree.  The ride back to the hostel finds us quiet and ready for bed at the end of our long first day of Phoenix Travel Study.

Leslie, Barbara, & Kyle

Goodhue Pollinator Gardens

Goodhue Pollinator Gardens

The Phoenix School is creating an interactive, outdoor learning space where students will establish a pollinator garden populated with native plants! In addition, our garden will include a butterfly habitat, seed bank, and guided audio tour developed by the students and available to anyone who visits the garden. 

We (parents and students) have been working hard because establishing this garden is a multiphase project. The site approval and basic landscaping have already begun with the students meeting with ….. From city Planning back in September. Since then they have been calculating the area of the plot and the garden beds, making sure the city mowers still fit between them and identifying the trees that are already there. 

With active involvement from our students, their families, and surrounding community members we have created a series of hugel cultures and have begun growing many of the native plants from collected seeds. 

As we come out of the winter months we are excited to see the progress we have made, with beginning buds popping through the topsoil of our hugel. As the ground warms up will start designing and planting our pollinator habitats, creating butterfly and insect homes. 

Our students have been researching the plant species, of the pollinators, and attempting to create a gorgeous walk-thru and educational garden. Our Kindergarten through 8th-grade students work together to make this garden experience come to life.

This garden will be a continual site of natural science learning, hands-on education for the students as well as an open resource for the wider North Shore community. Feel free to stop by and watch the changes take place over the next few months.

CoolScience Extreme Weather Art Competition

CoolScience Extreme Weather Art Competition

We participated in the CoolScience and their 10th Annual Art Competition on Extreme Weather.
Please join us in congratulating Karina, 5th grade is a Cool Science Runner-Up. Congratulations Karina!

Karina’s Artist Statement: “We all seek a home, a satisfaction. The birds in the trees, the worms at our feet. Somewhere we can rest, forget. But flames will devour, even not by our cause. When I think of these animals and people I wish, and many others do, we could give them this shelter they seek. Running from the thing that comforts us most, leading onto the horridly gleaming sparks. Once we can all have this shelter, we can fix the shambles we’ve left behind.”

You can learn more about the competition and CoolScience here:

https://www.facebook.com/coolsci

https://www.coolscience.net/

CoolScience Extreme Weather Art Competition

CoolScience Extreme Weather Art Competition

We participated in the CoolScience and their 10th Annual Art Competition on Extreme Weather.
Please join us in congratulating Fiona, 4th grade, is a Cool Science Merrimack Valley Runner-Up. Congratulations Fiona!

Fiona’s Artist Statement: “There’s a build up of emotions within me while talking about this subject, sitting with me all day pouring into my hands and flooding onto the long strip of paper. Showing how I felt by doing something I’m passionate about was relieving, but knowing that my artwork could be exposed on a popular transportation made me push myself to do my best. I care about climate change and against it; so, if this gets put up on a bus it would attract people, making them feel how I feel. I need people who care about this issue, and know how it’s hurting animals and people, while feeling bad about it. My eyebrows still point down towards my nose illustrating the story behind why I’m mad. My eyes start brewing tears while seeing people hurt our own planet like this, and not doing anything about it. Empathetic people are the key to this problem. Empathetic people like me would understand what’s going on and how to spread awareness. My piece of art is showing two eyes, in the reflection there’s a green happy city with flowers, trees and windmills. In the reflection on the other side are factories, forest fires and trash, all representing climate change. If you look closely there is a tear and the eyebrow is curving up, showing that the person is worried, anxious, sad, or any other gloomy feelings, like how I feel. I made the eyes be my eyes, and I tried to show how I feel about the artwork, which is ‘unique’ and has more meaning behind it than the others.”

You can learn more about the competition and CoolScience here:

https://www.facebook.com/coolsci

https://www.coolscience.net/

Imagine walking through the front door and landing yourself right in a classroom where students are dispersed across an open space, independently working with supplies spread across their table. 

Imagine walking through the front door and landing yourself right in a classroom where students are dispersed across an open space, independently working with supplies spread across their table. 

Imagine walking through the front door and landing yourself right in a classroom where students are dispersed across an open space, independently working with supplies spread across their table. 

When you walk through the front door and right into the classroom you immediately get a sense that real learning is happening at Phoenix. Students are immersed in their work, teachers are engaged and actively working with individual kids and the older partners are chatting with their younger partners making sure they are on track with their work.

It’s a collaborative community and you get the feeling everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and known. The teachers are guides and know each student’s personalized learning style, making it easy for them to challenge each kid to their own potential.

Students are not educated for testing, but rather for jobs that don’t yet exist in our future. 

Our kids are challenged daily to become the best versions of themselves, embrace their passions, and own their weaknesses. They are learning the skills to become our future leaders. Those who will help re-shape our world.

When visitors come to Phoenix, they leave saying things like these…

  • I am so glad that Phoenix exists! It is such a hopeful sign for the world that any institution is doing this kind of work with children!
  • I love the project/theme-based, child-led (to some degree) pedagogy. 
  • I love that it is a mixed-age learning environment (the pairing/buddy system). 
  • I love the “the world is our classroom” approach and its close connectivity to the local community, and the experiential, hands-on, and real-world approach to teaching and learning. 
  • I love the one-room schoolhouse and the incredible amount of stimulation available to the children. 
  • The flexibility allowed for individual learning needs gives children the opportunity to be challenged in so many different ways! 
  • I highly value the teacher-to-student ratio at Phoenix. 
  • Lastly, and super important, is the demographic diversity of the classroom! This is HUGE for me. And rare for the North Shore.
  • I love the school dogs
  • I felt a values-based and philosophical alignment with the Phoenix approach. 

At The Phoenix School, we set the foundation for educational success, a safe place for students to express their individuality, and developing skills that will serve them for the rest of their life.

The only way to really experience the HOW of what we offer is to come and see it for yourself. Schedule a visit today!

https://phoenixschool.org/visit/

Phoenix Kids are Travelling!

Phoenix Kids are Travelling!

It’s official Phoenix Kids are going to (drum emojis) >>> The Everglades!

This is our annual study travel trip, which takes us all over the United States, from Catalina Island in California to the Caribbean, to The Caves in Indiana. Each year has a new destination so that no student ever visits the same place twice. 

We missed the last two years of traveling and are super excited for this crew of 4-8th graders to head into the wilderness of the Everglades. 

This trip is kept a secret from the students…until the big REVEAL. 

In order to find out where they are going, they have to decipher a number of clues, that eventually disclose the longitude and latitude of their travel destination. 

This year they had to decode 15 clues and work as a team to figure it out. The team had to collaborate, read and find each clue together or they were at risk of losing one of their cards.

After some dancing, building, solving puzzles, critical thinking, and some serious teamwork a set of coordinates were revealed and off to Google Earth to figure out their destination.

The energy in the room was electric! 

Have you been to the Florida Everglades before?