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April 26, 2017

Mosaic Envisions Futures in Sheboygan and Beyond

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?”.

In order to clear the fog, Mosaic students were able to visit different places to get a glimpse into what their future opportunities might bring. Our 6th grade students visited the Water Utility plant, our 7th grade students visited Lakeshore Technical College, and our 8th graders visited UW Sheboygan. Each trip had a different purpose - providing students a well rounded view of their future planning options. One of our 8th grade students wrote, “I think the purpose of this trip was to get kids thinking about the future, getting them ready for college if they chose to go. That’s why they talk about tuition fees, the amount of years you can attend, credits, and did small experiments with us. It was to get a bit of knowledge upon what college will look like.”

After returning from the trips, students shared different takeaways that they gained from experiencing the college or workplace. Our 6th graders were able to identify the high importance of clean water within our community, and what the role of the Water Utility plant is in providing the clean water. In addition, they left wanting to find out more about the difference between ground and surface water as well as more about what happens to the water before it is put back into Lake Michigan. In regards to future planning, the sixth graders identified the three different jobs within the Water Utility plant, maintenance, lab, and operations, all which required different amounts of expertise and educational preparation.

Many of the 7th graders were intrigued by the Wind Energy program at LTC as it directly connected to their unit of study on alternative energy sources in Science class last year. Students gained a deeper understanding of the responsibilities of a wind turbine technician and got to experience some of the safety aspects, as shown in the pictures below. Students were also able to learn about the Culinary, Security, and Welding programs offered at LTC.

At UW Sheboygan, students received answers to their questions about financing for college and how attending a 2-year program can save you money and set you up for success within a 4-year university. In addition, they were able to see the student culture aspect of college, and how they can be an active member of a university community.

These trips are a vital component in the future planning portion of our advisory program, engaging students in experiences that help them identify options for their futures so they can leave us with the skills to be successful post-secondary education.

 

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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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January 2, 2017
by: Erica Brown

Information Night

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I.D.E.A.S. Academy and The Mosaic School are hosting an Information Night on Thursday, January 26th 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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November 16, 2016
by: Courtney Kooistra, Mosaic Math Teacher and Lead Advisor

Mosaic Students Peer Mentoring for Presentations of Learning

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For the last few weeks, Mosaic students have been reflecting on the first trimester of the 2016-2017 school year by planning for their Presentation of Learning (POL). What is a POL? This is a time where students share out with their parents and advisor about the growth they have made throughout the trimester and the goals they have for the future by looking back at the work they accomplished. Today in advisory, 7th and 8th grade advisories paired up with the 6th grade advisories to help model how to choose artifacts and explain how the artifacts can be used as evidence of the growth students have made.

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November 13, 2016
by: Rachel Meyer, Mosaic Science

Mosaic field studies at Maywood

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In Particles, Mosaic's science class, students have been exploring the question "How does the quality of water affect life?" This real-world question prompts a range of topics from ethics of contamination in Flint, Michigan to the Sheboygan River restoration project that students participated in our first week of school. Particles is designed to give students opportunities to look at these challenges in their tiniest forms, atoms, by designing experiments and substantiating their conclusions with data.

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October 11, 2016
by: Erica Brown

Information Night

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The Mosaic School 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 The Mosaic School. Camp Étude cooking club members will be serving some delicious treats. Please join us!

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September 12, 2016
by: Courtney Koositra, Lead Advisor

Mosaic Intentionally Prepares for Intellectual and Professional Engagement

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Over the last three days, students at The Mosaic School participated in their first Town Hall, attended seminar previews, got a glimpse of what their academic classes will be like, and spent more time together with their advisory building community through multiple activities and discussions. The first Town Hall allowed students to meet each other, share out a movement that represented their advisory group, and share goals that they had for how Town Hall should be run this year. Town Hall is a whole school gathering that happens every Wednesday in an effort to build community, share out important information, enhance student leadership, and discuss community issues.

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September 6, 2016
by: Courtney Kooistra, Lead Advisor

Mosaic Develops Habits of Professionalism at Camp Anokijig

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Today our students and advisors loaded up the busses and headed out to Camp Anokijig for a day full of activities that tested our ability to collaborate and communicate effectively to work toward a goal in an outdoor setting. Throughout the day, groups consisting of two advisories each completed three different activities which all had different goals. A student favorite was the voyager canoe, which allowed an entire advisory to get into the canoe together and navigate around the lake. Mr. Fredrichsen’s advisory collaborated by singing a song as a group which allowed them to row in rhythm. Other groups identified roles, noticing that once they had a leader it was much easier to row together and move the canoe effectively. While reflecting on this activity, Mr. Laborde and Miss Kooistra’s advisees identified that in order to be successful as a group they needed to listen to each student’s ideas, put forth maximum effort, focus on the task at hand, encourage each other, and take on leadership opportunities when appropriate. Students then tried to improve at each of these aspects throughout the rest of the day.

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