During Exhibitions of Learning (EoLs) at IDEAS Academy, a group of dedicated students volunteer their time to keep everything running smoothly and efficiently. Volunteer positions include curating the gallery for gallery walks, timing presentations, ushering at Jake’s Cafe, managing sound equipment, and introducing presenters.
Sara Bartol, a junior who ushered at Jake’s Cafe for EoLs, talked about the importance of participation within the community at the Étude Schools.
“IDEAS allows students to participate not only through classes and projects, but through involvement like EoL volunteering that assists in how the school functions. Being able to take on roles like this one goes a long way in engaging students in their education by involving them in the school community. As high school students, we're beginning to find more agency, and learning how not to rely solely on adults to run everything for us. Because we're going to have to be the adults in the near future,” she said.
Volunteering allows students the chance to step out of their typical roles as presenters and engage in the process of professional experiences.
Hannah Staats, a senior who curated gallery walks at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, had the responsibilities of helping artists set up their work, determining gallery layout, and encouraging the full participation and feedback of the audience for the presenters.
“I kind of operate on the expectation that everyone will fill at least one volunteer position, but this one in particular appeals to me because it has a little bit of creative agency with a focus on helping people,” Staats said of why she volunteered. “With any aspect of our school culture, we can't sit back and assume that someone else will do what needs to be done. We all have to step up, especially to put on ambitious events like EoLs.”
Students will have another opportunity to volunteer at the Spring Exhibitions of Learning on May 23 and May 25.
Showcases of the presentations that volunteers help make happen can be found on The Étude Group YouTube Page:
I.D.E.A.S. Academy and The Mosaic School are hosting an Information Night on Tuesday, February 7th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 3402. Please invite friends and families to learn more about The Mosaic School and I.D.E.A.S. Academy. Staff and students guide tours and will be available to answer questions about the program.
The IDEAS Academy class of 2017 along with facilitator Karen Robison developed a calendar for the month of December with daily prompts for students to complete in order to spread kindness throughout the school before winter vacation.
IDEAS Academy will be hosting a Shadow Day on February 2nd. Shadow day is designed to give students an opportunity to explore the many opportunities offered at I.D.E.A.S. Academy. The morning begins with a team building activity, followed by attending classes and ends with a question and answer session. If you are interested in attending, please contact Erica Brown at email@example.com.
Help us share the great things that happen at our school by inviting your friends and families to attend our Information Night on Thursday, January 26th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 3402. Please join us!
Before dawn broke on Wednesday, November 16, a group of IDEAS Academy writers boarded the bus heading to the UW-Whitewater Creative Writing Festival. The festival, an annual tradition for 32 years, is an opportunity for writers at the high school level to acquire constructive feedback on their work. It also allows them an audience to build upon their skill of presenting and public speaking.
IDEAS Academy is hosting an event to discuss the unique opportunities and programs that are offered to students. If you are interested in learning more about the program and may be exploring other options for your child, please consider joining our staff and students on Thursday, October 20th from 6:00 pm.-7:30 pm for Information Night, Students will guide tours while staff members share detailed information about the various programs that make up IDEAS Academy. Camp Étude cooking club members will be serving some delicious treats. Please join us!
Last spring, Paige Levisen focused her semester-long IDEAS Project Block project on re-engaging youth in the political process. She researched rates of participation, causes for declining participation, and methods for re-engagement. In her process, she discovered the art and activism of Shepard Fairey. She was inspired to create a pair of canvases, inspired by her research and his aesthetic. As the presidential election approaches, we wanted to help Paige get her work and her message out to the community.
It might not surprise you that our English Language Arts teachers love books. They love reading them, recommending them, discussing them, and, most importantly, deploying them as centerpieces for critical and relevant learning. If you've met our staff, you'd know that the love for book extends beyond our English department. And we have students who take care of our classroom libraries and little school library[ideas/ideas-blog/visit-the-little-library-for-project-research/], and some some students who write books of their own. That's some serious book love right there.