Category Archives: Expeditions

Expeditions will be redesigned for the 2022-23 school year

By Alexander Stroev and Angela Hwang Denali Editors Summit Public Schools (SPS) has redesigned Expeditions for the next school year. Some points have been finalized while others are still unclear.  Expeditions is the SPS version of electives. Students take two immersive classes in two-week chunks four times a year. As of next year, Expeditions will be expanded to all SPS

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Adulting 101 prepares students for the real world

By Diego Contreras, Ashley Gil and Diana Morales  Staff Writers When students at Summit Prep think of the Adulting 101 course, they usually think about taxes, investments and other boring financial jargon; but expeditions teacher Phoenix Lawson explained that the class goes into much more than just economics.  “Every time I tell somebody we’re doing adulting they’re like, oh we’re

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The future of Expeditions is up in the air

By Akhil Gunasekaran Staff Writer Summit Public Schools, a public charter high school system, offers a program called “Expeditions”, courses that are an exciting alternative to your usual electives offered at traditional high schools. Rather than having one block in your daily schedule, Expeditions crunches that time into two-week blocks four times a year which focus solely on the elective.

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Seniors use final Expeditions to explore future careers

By Jon Garvin and Eliza Insley Editors-in-Chief Expeditions gives students a chance to explore areas of interest to help students find their true passions. During Summit Prep seniors’ final year, they are taking this opportunity to begin pursuing possible future careers through internship and independent study.  According to Melissa Thiriez, the supervisor of internships and independent studies, 96 students from

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Multimedia Political Journalism encourages young journalists

By Amanda Ahn and Justice White Staff Writers Multimedia Political Journalism is a course where students can learn and experience what it is like to be part of a working newsroom. Students learn teamwork, gain interviewing skills, and learn how to meet deadlines. Over the Expeditions courses, students in this class are given time to pick a topic, interview, make

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Rock Band offers students an opportunity to learn music

By Jon Garvin Prep Editor-in-Chief Rock Band is an Expeditions course offered at Summit Prep in cooperation with the Riekes Center for Human Enhancement, a nonprofit organization that offers many programs for the community to take part in.   Students enrolled in this course meet at the Riekes Center, which is located in North Fair Oaks, in close proximity to

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Performing Arts teach us humanity

By Evelyn Archibald Staff Writer “The most important thing any kind of arts can teach,” Stage Combat and College Readiness instructor Keith Brown says, “is what teaches us humanity.” Stage Combat, an acting class focusing on combat and physical communication on stage, is the only performing arts class currently offered at Summit Shasta, but maybe that should change. While, as

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Summit Rainier now offers Ethnic Studies as a course

By Judy Ly Staff Writer  Summit Public Schools has been open for 15 years, and this is the first time the course Ethnic Studies has ever been offered at the Summit Public School: Rainier campus in Eastside San Jose.  Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary curriculum that teaches about other ethnicities’ significant social impact on U.S. history.  Here at Summit Rainier, we welcome

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Prep students showcase the real-world skills they’ve learned during Expeditions

By Micah Tam Staff Writer  On May 25, Summit Preparatory Charter High School had a Celebration of Learning in which students got the chance to exhibit the life skills they acquired during Expeditions. Among the selection of Expedition courses that offer different learning opportunities from content knowledge to the arts, there are also courses that teach life skills that benefit

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Summit Prep students show their families what they have learned in Expeditions

By Kristian Bekele  Staff Writer   On May 25, Summit Prep students demonstrated all that they have learned to peers and parents in what is known as the Celebration of Learning showcase. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., students from the Expeditions classes Education Pathways, College Readiness and Sociology of Law showed off what they learned in the eight weeks

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