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Local Sterne School teacher, Savanna Nilsen, has been selected as a 2018 Science Communication Fellow with the Ocean Exploration Trust. Beginning June 2018, Nilsen will sail aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus during the Cascadia Margin expedition segment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

savannanilsen

Local Sterne School teacher, Savanna Nilsen, has been selected as a 2018 Science Communication Fellow with the Ocean Exploration Trust. Beginning June 2018, Nilsen will sail aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus during the Cascadia Margin expedition segment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Experiential Week

Years ago, one of the first school experiential trips I took was to Portugal, where another teacher & I took a dozen students biking down the coast.

Achieving School Connectedness

When we first made a move to expand the high school program here at Sterne, one of our Big Hairy Goals was creating a school culture of “connectedness” that links three key areas: family, school community, and self.

Why is connectedness so important?
Research points to a strong correlation between school connectedness and academic achievement...

Sterne Podcast: Coaching

 

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Remember when you were a child and the holidays were perfect--the table was always filled with good things to eat, your whole family gathered around wishing each other a season filled with peace and goodwill; the house was warm, the desserts were sweet, the presents lovely and lit by candlelight until you fell gently asleep with a smile still lingering on your face.

Yeah, I don’t remember that either.  

Say What?

Every business has its own code and specialized jargon. In my restaurant days in high school and college, you learned the lingo: “Rail two skinny cows” =  2 hamburgers no cheese NOW. “86 bakers” = no baked potatoes. “Lady with a baby” = look out, a full tray of food is coming through. The same holds for the world of education.

Cyber-Safety Workshop

For the past month here at Sterne, both middle and high school students engaged in a cyber-safety workshop through an organization called Empowered by Health.  These workshops topics ranged from online bullying to sexting and everything in-between.

I remember the first year or two after the release of the smartphone, my friends and I were observing “youngsters” with these devices. We were all struck by how oblivious these early adopters appeared -- faces glued to their phones, unaware of their surroundings including their own friends! We referred to them as “phone zombies”.

iPads at Home: Tips and Tools (content & screen time)

Sterne School has a 1:1 iPad program to support students’ access to curriculum, digital literacy skills, and creative expression. Two primary concerns related to our use of technology, and specifically iPads, are content and screen time.

Considerations for School Transition

If you’re a sports fan, you may remember the 2008 Olympic 400 relay races. The Americans were favorites, both the men and the women, yet they were eliminated. Both teams dropped the baton. All the speed in the world couldn’t make up for the “transition.”

With that thought in mind, here are some tips for those key transitions, whether middle school to high school, high school to college, any school to another school.