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Stories from Sea Crest School

The official blog of Sea Crest School in Half Moon Bay, California.

— President of NAIS on Campus

On Wednesday, 21st March, Sea Crest School was honored to host Donna Orem, the President of The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Sea Crest is one of 1,541 K-12 NAIS-member schools in the USA, serving 675,115 of the nation’s children. Appointed in 2016, Donna Orem is NAIS’ first female President in its 56-year history.

Donna Orem NAIS California Assembly“What a true delight it was to visit your school. Your children are so engaged and self-directed in their learning.”

We began the day with a Coffee Meet and Greet with Faculty, Staff and Trustees, followed by an All-school Assembly and Classroom Tours led by our Middle School Admission Ambassadors: Olivia, Mayah, Mike, and Mimi.

Donna Orem NAIS California“When you ask kids about passions, you normally get very traditional roles. At Sea Crest, I’ve heard students respond with ways to change the world: explorers, scientists […] You are putting good citizens out into the world.”

— Head of School appointed to NAIS Board of Trustees

Dear Sea Crest Families,

I am excited to have the opportunity to share the great news with you: Our Head of School, Dr. Tekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise, was recently appointed by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to their Board of Trustees. NAIS is the national voice of independent education, advocating on behalf of its members. The association offers research and trend analysis, leadership and governance guidance, and professional development opportunities for school and board leaders. Sea Crest School is one of the 1500+ members of NAIS, which is a major source of industry information and professional development not only for school staff and leaders but also our Board of Trustees.

The NAIS Board of Trustees, made up of 20 distinguished individuals, includes thought leaders, independent school pioneers and innovators in the field of education. This prestigious appointment is a testament to the visionary leadership Tekakwitha has brought to Sea Crest School. Tekakwitha truly lives by Sea Crest’s Guiding Principles and has shared with me that she is looking forward to giving back to NAIS, an organization that provides so much support to our school. We look forward to the insights and ideas Tekakwitha is sure to bring back from her work on the NAIS Board.

Please join me in congratulating Tekakwitha!

Amy Ramsey
Chair, Sea Crest Board of Trustees


 

— Physics of Motion: Egg-Drop Science Project

Egg Drop Science Project Experiential LearningThe Eight Graders concluded their unit on the physics of motion with an egg-drop project. Working in teams, the students worked to create boxes that would keep an egg intact through a fall onto a hard surface.

Egg Drop Science Project Experiential LearningThey designed, created and tested different arrangements fashioned out of a variety materials over successively higher drops. At the same time, they worked on calculations based on work earlier in the unit to determine the velocity, acceleration, and forces acting on the box and the egg.

Egg Drop Science Project Experiential LearningOn the final day, the Eighth Grade moved to the gym, where Mr. Geller was kind enough to operate the lift to drop egg boxes from greater and greater heights until there was only one unbroken egg remaining.

Congratulations to India Polacek, Mikalee Mauricio, and Marco Yaque, as well as to Jakob Gates, Oscar Hernandez and Matthew Spink. These two teams designed boxes that survived a 6-meter drop!

Egg Drop Science Project Experiential LearningSpecial congratulations to the egg-drop champions: Beech Basler and Conor O’Quigley, who created a box that kept the egg unbroken through the highest drop – 8 meters!


 

— First grade studies our neighborhood

Neighborhood Study Half Moon BayFirst grade has been studying the surrounding neighborhood of Sea Crest School as part of their Social Studies curriculum for over a decade. The study is the third part of a four-part project that begins in September with the students learning about themselves and their classmates as individuals and as a community. Then, students move to studying their school, their neighborhood and, finally, the farms and markets on the coast.

Neighborhood Study Half Moon BayThe Neighborhood study is a mix of place-based and project-based learning. The students research the inner and outer workings of the neighborhood by generating questions, conducting interviews and going on local field trips. They investigate how the neighborhood is designed to meet its members’ wants and needs by providing goods and services.

Neighborhood Study Half Moon BayNeighborhood Study Half Moon BayAdditionally, the students focus on the unique qualities of this community by exploring all it has to offer like the ocean, wildlife, hiking trails, etc. The study culminates in a weeklong “Neighborhood Build” where the students construct a model loosely based on Half Moon Bay. The model is made from 100% recycled materials that are collected from home in the weeks prior.

Neighborhood Study Half Moon BayBeforehand, the students are visited by a city planner who explains how neighborhoods are developed in terms of residential, commercial and mixed-use spaces. Each student creates a business and a home for the neighborhood. Collaboratively, they paint the streets and green spaces and make extras like garbage cans and recycling bins.

Neighborhood Study Half Moon BayStudents come together to name their town and the streets. They create a map and a key to personalize their neighborhood. On the final day, we invite parents and family to a ribbon cutting and open the town for viewing. This year’s neighborhood was named “Teamwork Town.”

Thank you to our wonderful first-grade team: Stephanie Hanepen, Lesley Stevens, and Sherri Trigueiro, as well as our parent volunteers for all of their support and encouragement during the neighborhood build and ribbon-cutting ceremony!

 

— Emergency Preparedness

The safety and security of our Sea Crest School community have always been and remains a top priority for us. During the past five years, we have prepared extensively for emergencies, natural disasters, and other catastrophes.

In today’s world and especially in light of recent events, it is important for us to assure you that we will continue to provide a safe school environment by working with our constituents — faculty, staff, students, parents — security specialists and local law enforcement.

Our Emergency Preparedness Committee, comprised of faculty and staff, spearheads our efforts and meets throughout the year to further strengthen our safety protocols. They plan for drills (observed by local authorities), assess feedback, train staff and teams (first aid, communications, sweep and rescue, utilities, long-range and reunification) and update our Emergency Response Plan (recently validated by Joffe Emergency Services, a premier security agency with extensive experience working with independent schools).


“Sea Crest School has cultivated a well-balanced safety mindset […] There is an overall sense of preparedness amongst faculty and staff. Safety at Sea Crest is not a fear-based initiative, but one that is motivated by a sincere interest to protect the
community. Sea Crest has progressed further than many schools in establishing the safety foundations we
prioritize and highlighted above.”

~Excerpts from Joffe Emergency Services’ report.


Here are some Parent Resources:

Talking to Children About Tragedies (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Helping Kids After a Shooting (American School Counselor Association)
Explaining the News to Our Kids (Common Sense Media)
Helping Children Cope with Frightening News (Child Mind Institute)
Helping Children Cope with Terrorism – Tips for Families and Educators (National Association of School Psychologists)


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