Several Explorer West families gathered last weekend for the last Supper Circle of the year. This was one of the largest gatherings so far at a single home. This lively, fun community event included a delicious potluck meal and an interactive game with parents and kids all playing together.
Supper Circles are small, organized dinner groups of 3-6 families that are held in the home of one of the families. When parents volunteer to be involved, they sign up to be either a guest or host family. The dinners are potluck style with the host providing the main dish. This is a wonderful way for families from different grades to get to know each other, share information about parenting middle schoolers, and and foster a supportive parent community at Explorer West.
We will be organizing these gatherings next year as well, so please look for information about Supper Circles in the weekly bulletin. The Parent Community Network is looking for a new coordinator for Supper Circles for the 2014-15 school year, so please let firstname.lastname@example.org know if you are interested.
Ten Explorer West Middle School students on three teams competed on Earth Day (4/22) in The Washington Foundation for the Environment’s 4th Annual Environmental Slam.
In March, seven peer teams competed in a school slam and three teams received the votes needed to move on to the citywide competition. All of these presentations were student generated topics with original scripts and graphics. The presentations were:
“The Duwami is Swampy”
“Frantic Fossil Fuels”
“Puget Sound: The Silent Killer”
“Salmon: A Journey Up the Stream”
“The State of Pollution”
All of the Explorer West students were incredibly poised and gave entertaining, as well as informative presentations. Ultimately, they didn’t get the majority of the votes to win the slam, but we are so impressed and proud of how they represented themselves and Explorer West’s Sustainability programs!
Thank you to all of the community members who attended to provide their support!
Last summer, Explorer West students were asked by their art teacher, Sarah, to collect used bottle caps. When school started in September, the number collect FAR exceeded expectations – 1,500 caps!
Her goal was to create some recycled art pieces. The first project is in process (a Roma map mosaic) and each grade will be making something out of them over the next month. So, thus far, four projects in process/planned. There will still be A LOT left over and the students will continue to make things with them over the next couple of years, until they are used up.
Here are a few images of the work done to date, including:
- Planning stages, projecting and drawing the map of Rome onto the board.
- Collecting caps from the big bin (1,500 caps were collected).
- Gluing the caps on!
We will post final photos of the mosaic when it is completed in a couple of weeks!
To follow up our recent parent survey, we have secured a speaker who could provide parents and caregivers with some educational insights on Drug and Alcohol Use in Teens (the highest rated topic).
Explorer West’s Parent Community Network is excited to announce that Dr. Kevin Haggerty from the Social Development Research Group of the University of Washington Department of Social Work will speak to our community on the topic,“Teens, Marijuana, Alcohol, and Reality… Setting the Framework for Healthy Communication.”
Parent Education Night - April 29th at 6:30 PM
Explorer West Middle School, 10015 28th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98146
Focus of the presentation:
- Find out about the recent research on drugs, alcohol and marijuana use in teens and learn about the impact of alcohol on the teenage brain.
- Learn about ways to prevent the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol by teens.
About Dr. Haggerty:
Please invite other parents and teen (middle school aged and older) community members to this event.
As we finish up the Winter 2014 Girls Basketball season this week, we heartily thank Explorer West’s new basketball coach, Blair Pickar, for all of his hard work and dedication. The girls on the D1 and D2 teams both improved their skills and increased their understanding of the game from working with Blair and returning assistant coach (and alum), Will Sears.
As a coach, Blair believes that basketball lessons contain underlying life lessons as well – because basketball is more than just “putting a ball in a hoop.” The fundamental principals of the game mirror those in life: awareness, unselfishness, decision-making, balance, perspective, the motion and transfer of energy. He teaches to play the right way: with respect for the game, respect for the process and respect for your opponents. It’s not just what you do, but how you do it.
Blair is native of Los Angeles who relocated to Seattle a few years ago. He has played basketball all his life, but is also a natural coach and teacher of the game. Blair’s other passion is music. He is a musician/song writer who played in many bands while in LA, but is now a professional music composer who works on commercials with an ultimate goal of scoring films.