8th Grade Student Honored by City for Leadership

In a ceremony on May 3rd, Eighth Grade student Thomas Hurrell received the City of Half Moon Bay 8th Grade Leadership Award. This award is granted to one Middle School student in the city who exemplifies work ethic, community service, and citizenship.

“I wasn’t expecting an award of any sort, and I was grateful,” says Thomas. “I am always thinking about how I can make a difference, and I think organizing is my strong point. I take on leadership roles because I enjoy them.”

Thomas is a First Rank Boy Scout, which means he is halfway to his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout. He volunteers at Table of Plenty in Half Moon Bay, a weekly supper for struggling families on the coastside.

“On the first Thursday of every month, we serve low-income families and homeless individuals in a restaurant setting. I’ve done that for the past three years at the senior center down the street from Sea Crest,” says Thomas. “I also enjoy volunteering at Mariners Church, where I help run tech for them in the summer.”

Thomas is a member of the cross country team and was one of the top runners at the recent Scholarship Run for tuition assistance. He also plays tennis and has participated in the Sea Crest leadership elective.

“Thomas can always be counted on to do the right thing,” says Michelle Giacotto, Director of Learning and Teaching. “He leads by example, and he does it in unassuming ways. He steps up quietly, and we’re glad to see him receiving this recognition.”

Earth Day in the Bay: 2016 Events

Earth Day is this Friday, April 22nd! We’ll be celebrating on campus with fun Environmental Stewardship activities. Below are a number of local events being held this weekend in honor of Earth Day.

Friday, April 22nd

Earth Day Film Festival in San Francisco
Choose from a number of environmental film screenings at Global Consciousness Film Night.

Saturday, April 23rd

Aquarium of the Bay, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Embarcadero & Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
This aquarium’s mission is to protect, restore, and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed.

Aquatic Park Earth Day Beach Cleanup, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
499 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109

California Academy of Sciences, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
Explore the incredible diversity of life on our planet at the California Academy of Sciences. In honor of Earth Day, check out Family Nature Crafts, a penguin feeding, 3D Earth: Rainforests, and the Coral Reef Dive.

Create-with-Nature Earth Day Celebration on Stinson Beach, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day by creating art on the beach! Join in as community members, professional artists, and passers-by construct sculpture using sand, rocks, shells, seaweed and other beach treasures.

CuriOdyssey, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401
In honor of Earth Day, check out Backyard Science!

Earth Day Cleanup at Coyote Point, 9:00 a.m.
1701 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401

Earth Day @ Shoreway, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This event, held in collaboration with Recology San Mateo County and South Bay Recycling, will include free compost, Tours of Shoreway, information booths, giveaways, arts and activities, a raffle, and more.

Earth Day Film Festival Screenings, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Merchants of Reality, 285 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Earth Day of Action, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Hosted by the Pacifica Beach Coalition
For the 12th year in a row, Pacifica Beach Coalition is organizing one of the largest eco-friendly events on the Peninsula, leading beach and neighborhood cleanups from Daly City to Half Moon Bay. Last year, more than 7,150 volunteers picked up and removed 5,000 pounds of trash, 650 pounds of recycling, and 11,000 pounds of greenwaste from over 75 sites.

Portola Valley / Woodside Earth Fair, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This event at the Portola Valley Town Center includes an Alphabet Rockers hip hop show, Chaparral Ranch Petting Zoo with a pony, an Electric Vehicle Showcase, live jazz music by Charged Particles, Indian Soul Food, barbecue, water bottle filling stations, free compost, and more.

San Francisco Earth Day Street Festival, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Between Valencia and Mission Street on 22nd
This event brings together renowned speakers, eco-innovators, earth friendly products, green nonprofits, leading designers form the sustainable fashion industry, top brands from the electric vehicle industry, major solar and alternative energy companies, and many hands-on DIY projects for all ages.

Sunday, April 24th

Aquarium of the Bay, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Embarcadero & Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
This aquarium’s mission is to protect, restore, and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed.

California Academy of Sciences, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
Explore the incredible diversity of life on our planet at the California Academy of Sciences. In honor of Earth Day, check out the Ocean Action Project Lab and the Ssssnake Encounter!

CuriOdyssey, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401
In honor of Earth Day, check out Backyard Science!




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The Impact of Eighth Grade Service Learning

For nearly ten years, our Eighth Grade class has focused on Service Learning as a key component of their Social Studies curriculum. They research food insecurity and the causes of homelessness, and they learn that 1 in 5 children in the United States struggle with hunger each day. They volunteer together at the San Francisco Food Bank and GLIDE Memorial, and they participate in the We Schools initiative, which focuses on shifting young people’s focus “from Me to We.”

One of their largest initiatives throughout the year is Adopt-a-Family, which came to a close last week. Eighth Grade students led the charge to collect toys and clothes for local families.

“Thank you to our parent volunteers, who delivered more than 35 full bags of gifts to Coastside Hope,” said Wendy Connolly, who leads the initiative. “Thank you to the teachers, too, for helping the Eighth Graders connect with families. Students created sign-up lists, met with Lower School classes, announced at assembly, wrote to parents and teachers, sent friendly reminders, and made sure they collected all the correct items for each family. We donated holiday gifts to 16 families.”

 

Ways We Give Back

On this day and every day, we’re proud to share with you some of the ways Sea Crest School gives back.

Students, faculty, staff, and families are currently engaged in the Adopt-a-Family initiative, led each year by our Eighth Grade. Thanks to the generosity of our school community, we are able to provide holiday gifts and necessities for 16 local families. Closer to the holidays, Kindergarteners will make teddy bears for children affected by the Lake County fires.

Throughout the year, our teachers incorporate hands-on service into their curricula.

Fourth Graders enjoyed a visit from Wildlife Associates this week, and they are now brainstorming about how to reduce the number of raptor birds killed by wind turbines. Our Sixth Graders organized an ALS Challenge in the fall, and Lower School art classes created seed packets to sell as a fundraiser for Coastside Land Trust. Our Third Graders enjoy an ongoing partnership with the Land Trust, and last year they raised nearly $1,000 to help purify water as part of their entrepreneurship unit.

Proceeds from the annual First Grade Farmers’ Market go to local charities such as Second Harvest and The HEAL Project. Fifth Graders are the official stewards of Poplar Beach, and Second Graders volunteer at Francis State Beach. Lower Schoolers sing for our neighbors at the senior center, and Middle Schoolers visit the Pomeroy Rehabilitation Center to play basketball with the residents there.

Our Sixth Grade Health and Wellness students lead a school-wide hygiene drive for Coastside Hope, and our Seventh Grade English classes visit Senior Coastsiders to interview seniors about their lives.

In addition, our school sponsors Half Moon Bay Little League, and Girls’ Soccer buys and wears socks to support breast cancer research. We provide parking for local charity organizations, including Senior Coastsiders and Table of Plenty.

Finally, for the ninth consecutive year, our Eighth Graders are leading by example. As part of their yearlong study of hunger and poverty, they are researching food insecurity, famine, and the causes of homelessness. Students volunteer together at San Francisco Food Bank, GLIDE Memorial, WE Day, and other organizations who need their help.

If you would like to give to Sea Crest to help us continue the work we do, please click to support the Williamson Annual Giving Fund.

Sea Crest School Williamson Annual Giving Fund

We are grateful for your support as we help shape students who act with compassion and lead with courage. Thank you.

Beach Cleanup

Eighth Graders Volunteer at the SF-Marin Food Bank

Eighth Grade students volunteered at the San Francisco Food Bank as part of their yearlong service learning project on hunger and poverty. Students learned that one in four people in San Francisco are hungry, and that 800,000 children in the United States go hungry each day.

Students worked for three hours at the Food Bank. They helped sort 35,000 pounds of pears that will go to elementary school students in San Francisco, and they will be returning in late winter to volunteer more. It was a productive day with students, parents, and teachers working side by side!

 

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