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November 6, 2016
by: Susan Griffiths, ESAA Dean of School

Trimester 1 Exhibitions of Learning

We are excited to invite you to ESAA’s Trimester 1 Exhibitions of Learning (EoLs) on Friday, November 18, 2016.  EoLs are the students’ culminating presentation of projects. These exhibitions illustrate the integration academics, arts, and our Habits of Mind and Learning found in students’ projects.  Students share their learning and problem solving through the creative process. Exhibitions of Learning are also an opportunity for friends and families to participate in the learning by asking questions and giving feedback to students on topics such as the process, working together as group, how the students’ thinking changed, or how might their newly gained knowledge be relevant beyond the project.

This year we have changed the format so that all of ESAA’s Exhibitions of Learning occur on the same day. This change allows students and families to see the learning that takes place throughout the school. It is an opportunity to see how authentic projects lead students to be more self directed and to explore concepts and ideas on a deeper level. Also, we have made this change with the hope that holding EoLs on the same day will be more convenient for parents and families to attend.

On November 18th, students will share their learning about Native American use of natural resources, how students have helped the monarch population, and how learning about early United States democratic processes helped students improve recess at ESAA. All Exhibitions of Learning will be held in the gym at the following times.

 9:00am       Mrs. Pasche - 2/3 multiage 
                        Essential Question: What can we learn from past use of Wisconsin’s natural resources to build 
                        a better future?         

10:00am      Mrs. Pekarek - 2/3 multiage 
                        Essential Question: What can we learn from past use of Wisconsin’s natural resources to build
                        a better future?

12:00pm      Mrs. Beilke and Mrs. McKeone - 1st grade
                        Essential Question: Why are Monarch Butterflies important?

 1:00pm       Mrs. Faul - 4/5 multiage 
                        Essential Question: How can we work together for a common purpose?

 2:00pm       Mr. Scharenbroch -  4/5 multiage
                        Essential Question: How can we work together for a common purpose?

First trimester kindergarten does not share their learning through an Exhibition of Learning. They will attend the EoLs and use the experience to learn about what an EoL is, reflecting afterward through a thinking routine. They will share their learning with their parents at their Presentations of Learning at the end of November. We look forward to kindergarten students joining the school in presenting their learning at the second trimester EoLs.

 

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June 3, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

ESAA World Peace Games Challenge 4th and 5th Graders

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Students in the 4th and 5th grades at ESAA spent time this spring participating in the World Peace Games and were guided by the essential question, “How can people better understand each other?”

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March 25, 2016
by: Beth Carreno

ESAA Creative Process: It’s No Accident

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A recent blog covered ESAA’s first grade Exhibition of Learning (EOL) on human body systems. It was a reminder of what The Étude Group’s education philosophies create when they are put into practice. It was also an opportunity for us to step back and acknowledge that this is not an accident. The approach, the successes, the learning…it is purposeful, and it is a process.  

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March 9, 2016

ESAA First Grade Exhibitions of Learning

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As a supporter of our schools, I was invited to a first grade Exhibition of Learning (EOL).  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I’ve attended EOLs for our high school students.  They are amazing.  But, I’ve also spent lots of time with first graders.  I wasn’t sure how what I understood about EOLs would be translated by first graders.  

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February 14, 2016
by: Lori Ladiges

ESAA Literacy Connections: What is family literacy?

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Dear Parents, 

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April 29, 2015
by: Press Release

Étude Group Director selected to participate in WAB Creative Industries Committee

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Madison, WI (April 29,2015) – Ted Hamm, Director, Principal and Founder of the The Étude Group has been selected to be a member of the Creative Industries Committee. The Creative Industries Committee is a board of experts comprised by The Wisconsin Arts Board to guide the Arts Board’s work to serve and promote the creative industries in Wisconsin.  

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April 23, 2015
by: Susan Griffiths

ESAA Rocket Club launches with a splash

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Rocket Launch 1

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April 8, 2015
by: Dan Burkey

Drama class brings literacy to life

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dramakslide One of the ways that children naturally direct their own learning is through dramatic play. Left to their own devices, kids will often devise imaginative games in which they take on roles and act out the relationships between characters they create. Whether it's adventuring as knights and princesses, prowling the jungle as real or mythological animals, or just playing house, acting things out helps children explore the world around them and develop a deeper understanding of human relationships. Drama brings the body, voice, and imagination together into a whole-person activity that can connect with a variety of learners, so it's easy to see why it performs such a natural role in human development. In fact, recent studies have shown that dramatic play is one of the primary ways that humans develop empathy; by inhabiting the role of someone else, children begin to comprehend the existence of perspectives other than their own.

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March 8, 2015
by: Susan Griffiths

Bounce Into Spring March 13 and help ESAA raise garden funds

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ESAA Fundraiser Spring 2015

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February 9, 2015
by: Libby Schmitz

ESAA students excited about the world

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ESAA Kindergarten students have been immersed in the exploration of the natural habitats of polar animals this wintery season. In the beginning, students easily began to recognize traits and characteristics of animals such as polar bears, penguins, and sea lions, however as they dove deeper, students were asked the essential question, “What Do Animals Need?” This question allowed for a range of topics such as animal habitats, the Arctic and Antarctic regions, land formations, maps, globes, life cycles of mammals, pollution, and global warming. In asking what animals need, we are in extension creating the context for broader topic that can then implement reading, writing, critical thinking, and the arts. 

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January 20, 2015
by: Libby Schmitz

How Do Animals Influence Human Life?

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January 19, 2015
by: Dan Burkey

Join us for the Winter Arts Program!

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On Tuesday, January 27th, ESAA parents are invited to our Winter Arts Program at 2:00 PM in the gym. At ESAA, our goal is to integrate the arts into all our learning, and this year’s Winter Arts Program will celebrate that process with student performances demonstrating the way we learn through the performing and visual arts. Each grade level will give performances of material they created in their project-based learning (PBL) units for this trimester, including forces and motion, and winter celebrations in world cultures. Also in the gym, a student art gallery will show how we explore the same subjects through the visual arts.

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January 16, 2015
by: Rachel Pekarek

Native American arts and legends captivate ESAA students

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What can we learn from past use of Wisconsin’s natural resources to build a better future?That is the question that ESAA second and third graders are just beginning to ponder. For the first part of this question, students looked through a cultural lens to study Native Americans. The students read and listened to many Native American legends to learn about their beliefs and culture. The students began to understand the importance of nature, geography, animals, and natural resources through these legends.

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January 6, 2015
by: Kara Pasche

For the Birds

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This year, second and third grade students are on a journey to understand how animals, people, and plants adapt to our local environment. During the first trimester, students have been working through the essential question, “How can I create an environment to attract birds and share my information with the ESAA community?” In order to answer this larger question, students asked and answered many wonders using the creative process.

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December 22, 2014
by: Addie Degenhardt

The Étude Sessions Presents: We are the Willows

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We Are the Willows will play The Étude Sessions at Paradigm Coffee and Music on Saturday, January 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Paradigm for $15, $10 for students with valid IDs.

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November 20, 2014
by: Susan Griffiths

Presentations of Learning : Fall 2014

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ESAA will hold their first trimester Presentations of Learning on December 1st and 2nd. Presentations of Learning serve as an opportunity for students to discuss their growth in understanding and set goals. PoLs go beyond a traditional parent-teacher conference by empowering the students to take ownership, reflect on, and lead the conversation about their learning with parents and the teacher. Students present their work by explaining the process of their learning, as well as identifying strengths and challenges. The teacher asks questions to guide the student to reflect deeper. Parents are also encouraged to ask questions. Through this reflection, students will create a learning goal for second trimester with the guidance of the teacher and parents.

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November 9, 2014
by: Kara Pasche

ESAA Teachers Learn to Implement Field Studies into Science Curriculum

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This weekend, four ESAA teachers participated in a class designed to encourage teachers and students to become active participants in ongoing research as citizen scientists. Teachers collaborated and researched to bring methods of observation, data collection, and communication back to their classrooms. Engaged in an authentic scientific inquiry experience, teachers were challenged to create an experiment to collect and communicate data about different types of apples. Learning about types of data and how experiments may change along the way, they decided to sort according to taste. What kind of data would you collect about apples?

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November 8, 2014
by: Susan Griffiths

ESAA: Students prepare garden spaces

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On Friday, November 7th ESAA students started phase one of the school gardens by laying cardboard and compost to prepare the areas. We are looking forward to designing and nurturing these habitats, which will function as outdoor science labs for students to observe closely, ask questions, and deepen their understanding of the world around them.

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May 21, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

May PTO Summary

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At our last PTO meeting, I gave an overview of some of the changes that will be coming for the 2014-15 school year. Some of these changes are coming from the district and therefore are ones we need to work with while others are initiated at the school level. In order to help parents understand these changes, I will be holding a meeting at Paradigm on Friday, May 23rd at 9:30 to review the changes and answer questions. Below is a synopsis of the changes.

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April 23, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

PTO Meeting Summary

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We are looking for your input into the concepts below, specifically, around how they might impact your engagement in our community.

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November 22, 2013
by: Kimberly Johnson

Learning Spaces: ESAA's second and third graders map new campus

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Challenged with the task of creating a tool for new students and families to navigate the Pigeon River Elementary School campus, students in ESAA’s second and third grade classes engaged in an in-depth exploration of their physical learning spaces and an authentic, collaborative map design process.

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