It's that time again! This school year has been a wild ride here at MCS, and we could not be more impressed with the hard work and dedication each one of our students has exhibited all the way through! We are so grateful for all the parents, educators, and sponsors who worked with us to make this year amazing! This week, we were happy to announce our 2018 graduates at our year end ceremony, and showcase their SPARK projects, Human Impact efforts, and more as we celebrate their accomplishments this school year!
Over the past 6 months, students rehearsed scenes from the Shakespearian classic, A Midsummer Night's Dream to perform at graduation. The play was first introduced in our Literature class, and expanded into Drama, so the students could begin to embody the characters both analytically and physically. Our kids not only performed wonderfully, but created beautiful backdrops, scenes, and props all on their own! Round of applause to all our actors in the making!
As part of our ceremony, students also presented their year end SPARK projects, and shared their work with parents, educators, and representatives. These projects focused on human impact in the world, and how we can innovate to create solutions to environmental issues, such as littering, deforestation, pesticide use and more. Each student chose a topic that was important to them, and chose to either raise a call to action or create an invention to help the cause. The kids did such a thorough job, we actually had representatives from the WildCare Rescue Service, and Friends of the Urban Forest attend our ceremony to receive donations, collected by our students, in person! Way to go guys!
To represent breaking through barriers in both learning and life, students broke boards using self defense skills taught by Delonzo Pope in our PE classes.
Overall, we are just so proud of our kids this year, and look forward to another year of growth and learning this Fall! Have an excellent Summer everyone!
Human Impacts continued! Students have been working incredibly hard to complete their SPARK Science projects on various topics of human impact in the environment over the past few weeks, and now they're ready! Using our integrated learning method, our class created their own math problems to represent their scientific cause in the real world! Since each student thinks about math differently, they each have their own unique way of representing their math process too, which was absolutely amazing to see! Check out their environmental math problems below - more about SPARK to come!
MCS gets moving on our Human Impact studies with an adventure to the Marin Museum of the American Indian. With our wonderful guide, Alicia, we learned about how the Miwok people treated their environment and conserved the resources around them. We are hoping to bring back some of these ideals and practices to help continue to save our dwindling natural resources!
We also got to learn about the houses, called kotchas, where the Miwok people lived and slept, and the importance of baskets and tools to the tribe. Students were even given a chance to use handmade drills and practice drilling the way the Miwoks would have to make holes to build!
Thank you to Alicia and the Marin Museum of the American Indian for giving us a great experience. We learned a lot and are looking forward to next time!
Hey again! Another update from us here at MCS! Recently, we've been focusing human impact and the positive effects it can have on our environment. We wanted to see what kind of difference one class can make by diving in head first. MCS took took to the neighborhood and began Plogging! What's Plogging you ask? Plogging is a Swedish sport of jogging and litter collection made popular as part of a recent trend in fitness and environmental conservation. In a two-mile span, we were able to collect 12 big trash bags of trash in under an hour! Now that's a workout!
To see how others have been making positive Human Impacts in our community, we also too a trip to our local food bank to help package food for delivery to families in need. Students took a tour of the warehouse, and learned about how the food bank functions to aid families. With the help of MCS students and other volunteers, the food bank was able to package over 1400 lbs of food that will be sent to families all over the Bay Area! To find out how you can get involved, visit the SF-Marin Food Bank website here, or contact your local food bank warehouse!
Back again, and we've been busy! This week, we are so thankful to have been able to participate once again in the 10th Annual EdRev Expo! Along with meeting wonderful people and attending educational workshops, student were also given the great opportunity to enter their artwork in the EdRev Art Gallery Competition. Each student created a piece of art - painting, modeling, and video - to illustrate how they feel about their academic journey with us so far. One of our 6th graders even won 3rd place for her video! See it and other students' work here, and check out EdRev on their website!
Video by Charlotte Gilliard
We've had a busy week so far! Students studied outdoors at Muir Beach, improved their Executive Functioning skills in Math and Literature, and even looked at Art History at the Legion of Honor. Check out our adventures in learning below!
MCS students explore geological processes in the real work at Muir Beach for Science!
Field trip! MCS dives into History and Art with a visit to the Legion of Honor to study works from the Middle Ages.
In Math, students create strategy sheets and separate strategy cards intended to be mixed up and paired back together. This separates and supports the visual, language/verbal/symbolic and written portions of learning, which is great for working memory challenged students or for students with attention challenges.
Our wellness classes this week focused on working through situations with friends in need, and how to best communicate in a positive way with one another.
MCS students had a blast getting their exercise at Planet Granite this week, where we got to climb to new heights while working out our bodies. Climbing can be challenging, but by focusing and listening to their belaying partners, students were able to achieve their goals and ring the bell!
This last month students dove deep into the Scientific Process to complete their SF Science Fair projects. Because our entire program centers around STEAM, our curriculum is completely integrated, including our annual science fair projects. The unique approach of integrating executive function into data collection and analysis, building graphs to represent data, incorporating scientific writing in Language Arts, and learning about color and proportion in art for their presentations truly makes for deeper applied learning experience. After so much work and dedication, our students were able to place 2nd and 3rd, out of over 100 entries, in the San Francisco Science Fair this year!
SFSU's Childhood and Adolescent students team up with MCS to create customized science lessons for each students. After visiting SFSU, MCS students brought back their individualized lessons to class to show their peers.
Students volunteer to help distribute food in our local community.
Students help restore downtrodden pathways in Golden Gate Park to give park-goers a safe way to explore the park.
We keep our school clean! Students work together to help collect leaves on Fulton Playground, and prep for creating our garden.