Two Photos Per Grade Showcase a Jam-Packed Week at The Orchard School

Every week at The Orchard School is jam-packed with incredible experiences. Our students are able to get the absolute most out of their learning because of an environment surrounded by nature, joyful teachers, and a commitment to Progressive education.
 
Below are two pictures from every grade showcasing what it’s like to be a student at Orchard for one week.  
 
These photos were taken from August 26th through August 30th, 2019.

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    • Multiage Preschool - Students pose for a picture after balancing on logs next to the rain garden. 

      Multiage Preschool - Students pose for a picture after balancing on logs next to the rain garden. 

    • Multiage Preschool - Why have Group Music indoors when it

      Multiage Preschool - Why have Group Music indoors when it's 75 and sunny outside? Group Music is a time when all of the Multiage Preschool classrooms come together to sing songs they've learned in music class with Mrs. M!

    • Kindergarten - Students are using shapes to represent the different people that live in their house. This math and social studies work made for many meaningful conversations. Students noticed similarities and differences in their families, all while counting and working on number recognition.

      Kindergarten - Students are using shapes to represent the different people that live in their house. This math and social studies work made for many meaningful conversations. Students noticed similarities and differences in their families, all while counting and working on number recognition.

    • Kindergarten - Sherri Helvie, Head of School, is reading to captivated kindergarten students in the library.

      Kindergarten - Sherri Helvie, Head of School, is reading to captivated kindergarten students in the library.

    • First Grade - After students teamed up with a partner, they ventured into the woods to find natural materials in order to make different numbers. 

      First Grade - After students teamed up with a partner, they ventured into the woods to find natural materials in order to make different numbers. 

    • First Grade - It’s Open Doors time! Students are able to explore other first grade classrooms during this special time. This community-building opportunity is great for students to make friends from other classrooms, all while flexing their independent skills.   

      First Grade - It’s Open Doors time! Students are able to explore other first grade classrooms during this special time. This community-building opportunity is great for students to make friends from other classrooms, all while flexing their independent skills.   

    • Second Grade - Students are working on collecting soil samples deep in the Orchard woods. Last year’s soil samples led to working with the World Wildlife Fund!

      Second Grade - Students are working on collecting soil samples deep in the Orchard woods. Last year’s soil samples led to working with the World Wildlife Fund!

    • Second Grade - No need to go out and buy bags when you can use math skills to make your own! Students also used a sewing machine with help from their teachers. Now they can carry all of their gear during trips to the woods.

      Second Grade - No need to go out and buy bags when you can use math skills to make your own! Students also used a sewing machine with help from their teachers. Now they can carry all of their gear during trips to the woods.

    • Third Grade - Part of the third-grader curriculum is to study the history of The Orchard School. The best place to start this journey is right here on our grounds. Students walked all over campus, stopping at landmarks along the way, to collect as much information as possible.

      Third Grade - Part of the third-grader curriculum is to study the history of The Orchard School. The best place to start this journey is right here on our grounds. Students walked all over campus, stopping at landmarks along the way, to collect as much information as possible.

    • Third Grade - Students are taking advantage of the fact that Holliday Park is only one mile from our campus. These scientists are journaling right next to the White River. Some of their questions: “What is the weather like?” “Where did you calculate temperature?” “What do you hear/see?”

      Third Grade - Students are taking advantage of the fact that Holliday Park is only one mile from our campus. These scientists are journaling right next to the White River. Some of their questions: “What is the weather like?” “Where did you calculate temperature?” “What do you hear/see?”

    • Fourth Grade - Students are collecting caps to make a Buddy Bench for the playground. This recycling and inclusive project will create a place for students (new and current) to sit when they feel ready to join a group, but might not know how to initiate conversation. 

      Fourth Grade - Students are collecting caps to make a Buddy Bench for the playground. This recycling and inclusive project will create a place for students (new and current) to sit when they feel ready to join a group, but might not know how to initiate conversation. 

    • Fourth Grade - All grades at Orchard typically start with a morning meeting, a special time where students come together as a classroom to develop social and emotional skills. On Friday, fourth grade decided to have all three rooms come together for one big morning meeting. #community

      Fourth Grade - All grades at Orchard typically start with a morning meeting, a special time where students come together as a classroom to develop social and emotional skills. On Friday, fourth grade decided to have all three rooms come together for one big morning meeting. #community

    • Fifth Grade - Math is fun at Orchard! Students are playing games and working in small groups to practice their mathematical skills. Here students are using composites, multiples, factors, primes, etc.

      Fifth Grade - Math is fun at Orchard! Students are playing games and working in small groups to practice their mathematical skills. Here students are using composites, multiples, factors, primes, etc.

    • Fifth Grade - Two teachers are moving about the room while students work on their typing skills. There are plenty of opportunities for students to write, but this 21st-century skill is crucial to practice as well. Each student has their own computer.

      Fifth Grade - Two teachers are moving about the room while students work on their typing skills. There are plenty of opportunities for students to write, but this 21st-century skill is crucial to practice as well. Each student has their own computer.

    • Sixth Grade - Students are eagerly awaking the opportunity to get their hands on some lab equipment. But for now, they’re discussing what they think each tool is used for. 

      Sixth Grade - Students are eagerly awaking the opportunity to get their hands on some lab equipment. But for now, they’re discussing what they think each tool is used for. 

    • Sixth Grade - This is a very common scene at The Orchard School. Students are confidently speaking in front of their peers about a particular subject. The group speaking in this picture came up with a tricky question for their math class during an interactive game.

      Sixth Grade - This is a very common scene at The Orchard School. Students are confidently speaking in front of their peers about a particular subject. The group speaking in this picture came up with a tricky question for their math class during an interactive game.

    • Seventh Grade - Mr. Chandler’s science class found a spot in the woods to take a pre-test on cells and to journal about their surroundings. Students had to stay about 15 meters away from each other in order to let nature soak in with no distractions. 

      Seventh Grade - Mr. Chandler’s science class found a spot in the woods to take a pre-test on cells and to journal about their surroundings. Students had to stay about 15 meters away from each other in order to let nature soak in with no distractions. 

    • Seventh Grade - The Orchard Middle School recently kick-started their reading initiate for the new school year. For 45 minutes it’s as quiet as a mouse throughout the middle school hallways as students are fully invested in their favorite books. The seventh graders sure look cozy!

      Seventh Grade - The Orchard Middle School recently kick-started their reading initiate for the new school year. For 45 minutes it’s as quiet as a mouse throughout the middle school hallways as students are fully invested in their favorite books. The seventh graders sure look cozy!

    • Eighth Grade - In this series of hands-on activities involving soap bubbles, eighth-graders learned about physical science and engineering concepts including solutions and properties of water. Students used their engineering and critical thinking skills by working in teams to find creative solutions.

      Eighth Grade - In this series of hands-on activities involving soap bubbles, eighth-graders learned about physical science and engineering concepts including solutions and properties of water. Students used their engineering and critical thinking skills by working in teams to find creative solutions.

    • Eighth Grade - The Pythagorean Theorem is a mathematical concept that describes the relationship of right triangles. It states that one square plus another square equals a larger square (a2+b2=c2). Sounds pretty easy, right? We put this concept to the test in an unorthodox way. We create a 12 by 12 square and a 5 by 5 square and make very specific. The students were asked to take all five shapes and create one perfect square. Good thing there are small class sizes and two teachers helping! 

      Eighth Grade - The Pythagorean Theorem is a mathematical concept that describes the relationship of right triangles. It states that one square plus another square equals a larger square (a2+b2=c2). Sounds pretty easy, right? We put this concept to the test in an unorthodox way. We create a 12 by 12 square and a 5 by 5 square and make very specific. The students were asked to take all five shapes and create one perfect square. Good thing there are small class sizes and two teachers helping! 

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