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September 7, 2018
by: Courtney Kissinger

The First Week

We have had a busy week since our first day of school team building activities commenced on Tuesday! On Wednesday, Students had the opportunity to preview their seminars which include Contemporary Dance, Ensemble, Visual Narratives, Discovering STEM, and Playwriting. These previews gave students a hands on glimpse into what the course might be like so that they could make an informed choice about which seminar fits their interests best for this semester. Students also participated in their first Town Hall, a time each Wednesday where the whole school gathers to discuss school culture, build community, and showcase their work. During the first town hall, each advisory shared a vision of what they would like town hall to be like and the expectations they had for their peers to follow in order to make town hall an engaging space for all.

Thursday morning students went to each of their Academic Classes to participate in a disciplinary activity around each subject area. In math class, students investigated a problem solving number investigation where they realized the importance of “teamwork”, “perseverance”, “open mindedness”, and “patience” in order to become a successful mathematician. In Spanish, students identified all of the Spanish speaking countries and discussed how learning a language is more than just the language itself; it includes learning about the cultures of the people who speak the language.

In the afternoon Thursday and Friday, middle school students along with our high school students entered the “Maker Time” of their choice. “Maker Time” is a time for students to begin investigating an art form by engaging in the creative process in that discipline. In Music Maker Time, students formed connections by creating beats incorporating the syllables in their group members names. On Friday, they chose a product to create a song/beat to advertise for. Also seen throughout the school were dancers creating movement pieces by connecting each individual’s movements, artists recycling things found at the park to create art, as well as engineers and dramatists.

On Friday morning, students went off to different locations to provide service to the community. Some of the locations students went off to include Meals on Wheels, the Senior Center, as well as beach clean up. Students helped retrieve produce, participated in a senior dance class, as well as made our beaches cleaner for the public. While students recognized that a lot of the work they were doing was hard work, they reflected that it was purposeful and that they would hope that if they needed help sometime in the future, others in the community would step up and help them in the same way.

After all of the activities that occurred throughout the week, we hope that our students have a better grasp what type of school culture and community we strive to create at Étude Middle School. It has been a great experience welcoming many new students into our school community for the 18-19 school year. We have already enjoyed watching the positive impact these students have had on Étude Middle School and are excited to see what is in store for the rest of the year.

 


September 4, 2018
by: Courtney Kissinger

Building Community at Étude Middle School

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Today, we welcomed students back to Étude Middle School. When staff reminisced during pre-session about our own first days of school, we remembered receiving syllabi and writing our name in textbooks. We were excited about the opportunities our students would get on the first day to build their community while developing collaboration and communication skills. We, like most of the students, were new to the opportunities and challenges presenting themselves and hoped the day of activities would be a success. As a school community, both staff and students accepted today’s adventure and wanted to share some of the things we learned throughout the day.

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September 7, 2017
by: Courtney Kissinger, Lead Advisor

Étude is a Community of Makers

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After we kicked off the school year Tuesday with team building activities, we continued on to Wednesday and Thursday when we focused on experiencing the disciplines students will be immersed in this year. Another focus was for students to get to know the peers in their classes, as well as their teachers on a deeper level. Wednesday, students previewed the different seminar courses followed by choosing which seminars they would like to take during the first trimester. As seen in the photos, these seminars include movement, drama, music, visual art, creative writing, and engineering. Students then participated in their first Town Hall, where the whole school gathered to develop goals for of what our school community envisioned for our weekly town halls. We continued Thursday by giving students a snapshot into each of their academic classes through a 30 minute preview where they learned about their classmates and abstractly explored some of the concepts they will be diving into later on in the year..

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September 5, 2017
by: Courtney Kissinger, Lead Advisor

The First Day of Étude Middle School

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Embarking on a new school year can cause different emotions for everyone involved; students, teachers, and parents. Excitement, anxiousness, fear, nerves, are all things that our students had expressed feeling prior to coming to school today. Our goal as Étude Middle School today was to allow students the opportunity explore themselves as well as their relationships with peers, in an effort to provide a learning environment where all students are comfortable this upcoming school year. In addition, we wanted students to see our Habits of Professionalism in action, specifically the habits of communication and collaboration, as these are components that will help students be successful in their futures at school and beyond. Finally, we as a staff wanted to get to know our students better and have experiences with them in a fail safe environment that we could use to reflect upon in the future.

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August 29, 2017

New Parent Orientation

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On Monday, August 28th, Étude High School and Middle School welcomed new parents for New Parent Orientation. The event started at 5:30pm, when advisors and families gathered in the cafeteria to enjoy seasonal soups made by our staff. Children were then invited to participate in MAKER Break, while parents got together to learn more about our Advisory program and the role of Advisors as someone who is, to students, "on their case, and on their side."

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June 12, 2017

Mosaic 8th grade trip to Chicago includes service

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On Wednesday, May 31st, Mosaic 8th graders took a field trip to the City of Chicago to celebrate their three years of middle school! In an effort to give back, students worked with The Honeycomb Project, an organization in Chicago that creates youth volunteer opportunities. To prepare for the trip, many of our 8th grade students met after school on several days to create pet toys to donate to the Anti Cruelty Society Shelter through The Honeycomb Project in Chicago.

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April 26, 2017

Mosaic Envisions Futures in Sheboygan and Beyond

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Weather Report: Cloudy, foggy, thunderstorms. Mosaic students shared these weather metaphors to represent their perspective on college and life after high school on Tuesday morning, April 25th. Students had many questions, “How much does it cost?”, “How long will the program take?”, “What are the benefits of going to college?”.

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February 28, 2017
by: Erica Brown

Mosaic Shadow Day

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The Mosaic School is hosting a Shadow Day on Thursday, March 16th

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January 30, 2017
by: Erica Brown

Information Night

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The Mosaic School is 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.

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January 2, 2017
by: Erica Brown

Shadow Day

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The Mosaic School is hosting a Shadow Day on January 31st. Shadow Day is designed to give students an opportunity to explore the many opportunities offered at The Mosaic School. 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 ebrown@etudegroup.org.

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