Sterne School News

Submitted by: Diana Garcia, High School Spanish Teacher, ASB Coordinator 

On Thursday November 30th, our High School ASB organized a field trip to help decorate the World Tree of Hope in San Francisco City Hall. The RWF World Tree of Hope is a 23 foot holiday tree that is decorated with thousands of origami cranes and stars that are inscribed with people's wishes and hopes for the future of the world. Students who signed up got to include their hopes for the future and learn how to make origami cranes. Their hopes will go up on the tree along with the words of people like Jane Goodall and Barack Obama as well as thousands of people all over the country who contributed to the Tree of Hope. All are welcome to witness the official tree lighting on Monday December 4th 6-8pm.

Submitted by: Craig Brewer and Sean McManis

The Sterne High School Team Handball has made history yet again. They are the back-to-back winners of the California Cup Tournament (2016-17 and 2017-18), and ended this season with an undefeated record.

Coaches Brewer and McManis share…

We knew early on that this group of individuals, as a united front, had the potential to be extraordinary. In spite of a season peppered with less than typical circumstances -- the pressures of starting a season as champions (California Cup Champions from 2016/17), a fledgling league with minimal competition, a team without a home court/gymnasium to practice -- our players rose to challenges both mentally and physically. They found ways to push themselves athletically, they carried the Championship title with grace and maturity, and they pushed each other to be better and sought new opportunities for growth at every turn.

There are so many positive takeaways from this season. We had returning handball players help coach and mentor “newbies”. Players showed up to practice on their days off and demonstrated their commitment throughout the entire season. And something truly special and rare is the bonds these students formed. A culture of team, unity, ‘we before I’ is not always embodied by athletes. But this team forged and embraced a culture of acceptance, camaraderie, respect, and unity -- it was palpable on and off the court.

“When I look at where our seniors were 4 years ago -- athletically, mental/emotional maturity, it is just astounding to see how much they’ve grown. They leave very big shoes to fill. They should be really proud of the example they set.” - Coach Craig Brewer

“A huge thanks to our parents for their support and commitment to the team. They cheered us on, took pictures, and helped transport players all the way to Fremont. Some of them are sending their student to Canada for experiential week to play a sport they have likely never heard of prior to August!” - Coach Sean McManis

“Instead of just going to practice, we all hung out as a team in our free time. One day we went to a movie and one of the players couldn’t get in (age restriction), so we all bailed on the movie and walked all through the city instead. We always stuck together as a team. It’s a brotherhood that I’m really going to miss.” - Liam Rohan, Senior/Class of 2018

Submitted by: Sarah Ridenour, Assessment and Curriculum Coordinator/Teacher

Sixty-three of our middle school students and seven brave teachers embarked on the Yosemite trip to end the first quarter. We left school a little after 10 A.M. on November 1st and got to the park around 3 P.M. We were greeted by the NatureBridge guides to go over rules/expectations and get our tent cabin assignments. The park also greeted us with its beauty and refreshing, cool smell. The leaves had changed colors and there was a magical haze in the air. You could feel the excitement reverberating off the students in anticipation of the experience. That evening we ate in the cafeteria for the first time and the kids enjoyed the all-you-can-eat, buffet style dining. After dinner, we headed out on a night walk to our evening activity where the kids collaborated on creating tales and myths skits. The skits were creative and entertaining.

The next morning we were up bright and early for our big hike day. We were broken up into different trail groups led by the trail guides from NatureBridge. All the groups spent the day hiking around the valley of the park, exploring the meadows/Mirror Lake, learning about the surrounding wildlife, practicing new forest fire vocabulary, hypothesizing about what causes fires to grow, and playing team-building games. Some of the groups even visited the Indian Village of the Ahwahnee and got to speak with a member of the local Indian community. Our last night there was spent at the theater singing songs and celebrating our time together. During this celebration, some of the students shared their appreciation for being provided with the opportunity to attend our Yosemite experience. The students shared heart-felt gratitude for their parents, teachers and the NatureBridge staff.

Submitted by: Kathryn Saussy, Middle School Teacher

"Maker Class has a unique way of being artistic, but educational." - HL, 6th grade

"We get to explore and learn through making new things."  -AS, 7th grade

As part of the integrative class curriculum, Sterne offers a Maker Class for our 4th-8th grade cohort. Led by Ms. Kerry, Ms. O’Grady, and Ms. Saussy, the Maker Class integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM), all while students learn how to be responsible members of a maker community.

Early in the quarter, students spent time exploring stations that provided a sampling of maker elements consisting of a marble run, legos, cardboard, clay & play-dough, and the design of the maker cart. In addition to the stations, students were exposed to weekly lessons, including a ball-drop activity (velocity), and how to make slime. These stations and weekly lessons helped students develop a fluency around the maker concept, process, and the connection between idea & implementation. To help gain buy-in, students were required to master a task/skill and become “managers” of that function, responsible for training other students.

Now in the final weeks of the quarter, students are busy finishing their Maker City. This Maker City weaves creativity, process, and important teamwork throughout. Students share ideas for what to build, and how. The student Maker City hosts a butcher shop, Target, gas station, train, houses, a church, and much more! Students also manage the clean-up process at the end of every class period - so they recognize and take ownership of the additional responsibility in the building/creating process.


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