The end of the school year was an exciting adventure for Soldier Hollow Charter School students. Weeks were filled with field trips to the Aquarium, Planetarium, Hogle Zoo, Swaner Nature Preserve, bicycle rides down the canyon to Vivian Park, a trout release in Deer Valley Ponds and a Garden Show. The show featured a first and second grade singing compost pile, mushrooms, garden life and aliens from planet Chlorophyll. Students learned and taught us about soil, photosynthesis, pollination, and the creatures who … →Read More
Place-based education is a teaching philosophy that engages learners by getting them involved in solving community problems. This philosophy is one of the pillars of Soldier Hollow’s charter. Our graduating sixth graders have designed and worked on independent and group service projects all year, ranging in scope from the self, to the school, to the local community, to the environment, and finally, to the global community. The final problem the sixth graders tackled as a group, along with our Green … →Read More
Last week the third graders of Soldier Hollow Charter School continued their unique curriculum model by working in their school Community Garden. Each grade has their own garden bed, which forms the SHCS emblem. After the bed was prepped, the students planted their class vegetables known as the “Three Sisters.” Corn, beans, and squash have traditionally been planted in the same mounds by Native Americans. According to legend, corn, beans, and squash are three inseparable sisters who only grow and thrive … →Read More
Newsletter July 2015
Our mission is to provide an innovative educational model that nurtures inquiry, creativity and inspires the desire to learn. The natural world will be used as a classroom for place-based learning across the curriculum.
Calendar of Events
August 3: Office is open
August 11: Registration/Back to School Night
August 24: School Begins, Kindergarten Orientation Week
August 31: Kindergarten Begins
In Education, Change is the only Constant
This is a famous quote by Bob Fecho. Life is constant change, we are not the same as we were 10 years ago and neither is Soldier Hollow. SHCS has experienced changes that come with the end of a school year. We have three teachers who chose to move on to other schools, other fields and other states.. Just as the local district and other area schools experienced many changes this summer, we are not immune to change. To those departing, we wish them the best in all of their future endeavors and we are a finer school because they were a part of it. To those continuing and new to our school, we look forward to working with you this year and are excited with all of the experiences and education you are bringing to our school. We realize that change always brings growing pains, but we also know that change brings new perspectives, passion, energy and experiences. The school community is well established and we are supported by tremendous students, parents, board members and educators and will follow our charter and vision that will not only sustain us, but help us to grow and meet even more student needs. With all of you, we have created a learning community that can transcend individual contributions and sustain itself as we grow and excel.
New Staff: Stefani Gee will be a 6th grade teacher. She has a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies and a Masters in Teaching with an emphasis in Elementary Ed. She was an Education Program Coordinator at a botanical garden in Hawai'i, worked at a marine science camp on Catalina Island along with working in science and nature programs and much more. She is coming to us from TIS where she has taught 6th grade for four years.
Michelle Crawford will be a 4th grade teacher. She recently moved to Midway from California. She holds Bachelor's degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies with an elementary emphasis and International Relations and Diplomacy and a Masters degree in International Business. She has lived and worked in Germany, Australia and Singapore and has promoted worldwide business learning events, designed and implemented business learning conferences and seminars and was a director of Marketing prior to moving into the field of education. She has extensive STEM and STEAM experience and has offered to be our STEM coordinator.
Janessa Hanks will be a 3rd grade teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and comes to us from American Preparatory Academy. She is trained in direct instruction, which is highly engaging with students as they provide a choral response. APA trains many charter schools in Utah how to implement the Direct Instruction model and a few teachers visited a school a couple of years ago in Orem. She is trained in the CHAMPS method of behavior management and has charter school experience.
We will be implementing a Morning Meeting each day this year. This will be about 20 minutes in length and will take place right after our morning announcements, which will be promptly at 8:16 after the morning belll. Morning Meeting is research based and is now taught in university teaching courses. It is designed to create collaboration and relationships within a classroom and a proactive approach to prevent bullying. It is based on four components:
News and Announcements
The components provide daily opportunities for children to practice the skills of greeting, listening and responding, speaking to a group, reading, and group problem-solving.
The outside of the three front portables has been touched up with paint and the deck fascia has been painted. The red front doors are all receiving a new coat of paint.
Mulch and more rock will be coming in soon.
One classroom has received a new coat of paint
One classroom is getting new carpet installed
Smart boards are being hung in rooms where teachers have requested them
The second grade portable is getting bids for a new roof, as it is long overdue. Are you a contractor or roofer that would like to provide a bid? It will also get another coat of deck stain.
Extensive weed eating and pulling, as well as watering has taken place
Extensive cleaning has been done, with more to come
Many small repairs have been made
We would like to have awnings covering the decks of the portables so students may eat outside on warm days. If any of you know where we can receive bids for awnings, please post back.
Schedule Change for Student Ability Learning
We will have a school wide schedule for core learning in the mornings. This will allow flexibility in teaching and support for Differentiated Instruction. This will be primarily for grades 2-6, but we welcome Kindergarten and 1st grade if there is more of a need for student academic growth. This gives the school the tool and follows our charter in creating opportunities for students at all levels to experience academic success, along with the other six objectives under #16 in our school charter. It also follows the Multi-age Instruction model identified in our charter. "...students of different ages teach and learn from one another, without the limitations of grade level. Children work confidently at their own level." We will be cognizant of positive support structures and all students will be in a level in which they feel safe learning and challenged academically.
Are any of you experienced in yoga and willing to teach a yoga class once a week right after announcements in lieu of Morning Meeting? It could be on the field during warmer weather and classes that want to join this activity instead of Morning meeting, could participate. What a great way to begin a day.
Busing For Next Year
Busing has been put on hold for now. We had nine students sign up for busing for next year. I realize that we have many new families and we are open to future possibilities, as we want to make attending SHCS as easily as possible. Please communicate any car pool or transportation needs, so that we may provide options.
Archery Instructors Course
If you are interested in becoming a level 1 archery instructor, please post back. We will schedule a training this summer that will be six hours of classroom and equipment instruction. USA Archery charges a fee for materials for this course, but if you are willing to teach a class at school for PE, we will waive the fee.
We have many families desiring to be a part of SHCS next year. If your plans have changed over the summer and you may not be returning, please post back so that we may enroll students who are anxiously awaiting. Thank you for this courtesy.
We are looking for a Chess Club Advisor. If any of you would like to teach our students chess one day a week after school, please post back.
After School Language Program
After school Spanish will be taught again this year. If you are interested in Spanish class, please post back or let us know at Registration Night. It will be held two days a week after school and will be fee based. If you are interested in another language, please let us know. We have offered Mandarin and French in the past, but enrollment prohibited us from offering these languages last year. If we are able to enroll 15 students in a language course, we can make this a reality for our students.