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!
"Icky's Adventures" by Charlotte Gilliand
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.
Ever wonder how the water cycle works? How about photosynthesis? This week, students took science into their own hands to learn about what makes up our ecosystem, and how living things work together in their natural environment.
A day in the field...making observations, collecting and logging data...
Students present customized Human Impact lessons learned from SFSU CAD student's.
San Francisco Science Fair Time.....Congrats for 4th place and two Honorable Mentions! Great Job Everyone!
Area and Perimeter - Using your feet! Searching for congruent and similar objects.
Applying circumference, diameter and radius, dissecting word problems, tacking History Math and probability.
Lawrence Hall of Science...
Math Warm ups, PEMDAS and Pythagorean theorem
Neighborhood Clean Up, Trash Dissections and Human Impacts Math. How can we remove the trash in the bay?
Did you know only 9% of plastic is recycled! It's estimated that (from a 2015 study) that 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the oceans EVERY YEAR!
Let's examine how much plastic MCS uses in 7 days...counting...wow...this is A LOT! 568 pieces from 10 people...biodegradable bags anyone? See our plastic challenge for more details...
A little hanging round and some PE...