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Rotations Resume

posted Oct 28, 2016, 7:02 AM by Scott Frizzell   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 12:08 PM ]
As the 2nd quarter is now well underway, middle school students got the opportunity to re-rank their rotation choices. Rotations are short, interest-based, active-learning classes that occur during five homerooms throughout the quarter. (Each student also visits Mr. McCormack during a rotation homeroom from some lessons in test-taking strategies.) After students ranked the choices based upon their interest, they were assigned a rotation for the quarter. Every student received one of their top four choices. In our gardening rotation, students are harvesting greens, and just finished planting blueberry bushes and a fig shrub. They were able to sell their fresh greens on campus for a dollar a bag. In Baking, Mrs. King's students made S'mores pies. Ms. Murphy's disc golf rotation is training a new batch of recruits rules and strategies of disc golf, as well as getting some practice in on our small, four-hole course. Fishing, basketball, nutrition, and reading all return this cycle. Additionally, two new rotations are being offered. First, Mr. Cunningham is teaching a guitar and ukulele course, instructing the students in the basics. Secondly, Dr. Frizzell is offering an abridged version of his old SEAL class. Students are building critical thinking skills by trying to solve a large, school-wide murder mystery. While in all of our rotations we're undoubtedly having fun, most importantly they are allowing us to explore exciting interests while doing hands-on work.