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Everest closes the year with its Celebration of Learning

By Molly Pigot and Karla Santana

Staff Editors 

As the school year is coming to a close, Everest Public High School is in the full swing of Expeditions and has just held the Celebration of Learning. This is an annual event held to demonstrate what students have done in their Expeditions courses and to award students who have proved that they are upstanding community members.

Students presented final products to teachers, faculty, parents and other students to show off what they accomplished over the year in their Expeditions courses. Classes like Cooking Fundamentals and Introduction to Visual Art had work displayed for attendees to observe what they could produce as a result of taking these courses.

Everest has a unique Celebration of Learning in that the presentation of student awards for core classes also occurs during this event. The combination of class presentations and awards reflects the celebration’s  spirit of celebrating student achievements in learning.

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Students of the Psychology course presented their “why do people…” projects during the Celebration of Learning. In this project, students seek out the answer to a question about why people do certain things. Topics ranged from “why do people murder” to “why do people sleep.” Students explore the science behind these human behaviors in this research-based project.

Students enrolled in the Independent Learning program shared what they have been working on all year in their courses. They prepared visual presentations to share their projects with other students, parents and faculty. The Independent Learning program allows students to explore their passions through Internships or self-directed projects.

“I really love the idea that students get to present their work at the end of the year,” one sophomore parent said. “Seeing what they spent the year working on is super rewarding.”

The awards ceremony that took place during the event is a tradition at the Everest Celebration of Learning. Core teachers present six Core Characteristic awards to their students to recognize the efforts students have made over the year. The Core Characteristic Awards each represent one of Summit’s core characteristics: respect, responsibility, integrity, compassion, curiosity and courage.

Other awards like the Expeditions Griffin Award and the Community Impact Award were presented to students who showed upstanding involvement in the Everest Community. Everest senior Jennifer Valencia received the Griffin award for her passion for journalism and how effectively she ran the course. Everest senior Ignatius Hayer’s engagement in the community and his influence at Everest earned him the Community Impact Award.

See below for a video about the Celebration of Learning at Everest:

Everest Photo Editor Karla Santana put together this video. Everest Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Valencia won the Expeditions award shown at the end of the video due to her leadership in the Advanced Multimedia Political Journalism course, which functioned as an Independent Study.

Denali students showcase Expeditions work at annual Celebration of Learning

By Charlie Cassel, Angela Hwang, Jacob Jasper and Evangeline Si

Staff Writers

Students and families gathered on June 5 at Denali High School to commemorate the learning the students have done during the last weeks in Expeditions. People streamed from classroom to classroom, viewing the various projects.

Celebration of Learning is an annual Summit event that occurs at the end of the school year. Each class holds an exhibit to showcase the students’ best work, and students show off their knowledge to parents and friends.

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“I liked how they did the big group meeting at the beginning….[and] how each student has presentations. They seem to be knowledgeable about what they’re talking about,” Denali parent Heather Chen said.  “I’ve been to these for about six years now, and this one is really nice because there are so many people. It feels very celebratory.”

The Multimedia Political Journalism class was tasked with covering the Celebration of Learning. Students floated around the event, covering the event and interviewing attendees while parents read and viewed their previous work.

Students in the Intro to Programming course showed off their eight week long projects and programming skills to parents and students. Video Game Programming created games and held an arcade for the celebration.

Creative Writing held a poetry slam for the Celebration of Learning. Students read their poems in front of a classroom full of students and parents. There was a three way tie for second place. The first place winner, Evangeline Si, spoke about the experiences of being Asian-American.

Stage Combat presented several mime fight scenes in the opening ceremony. Due to the shortage of time, most of the stage combat material was cut.

Visual Arts put up tri-folds filled with their art. Students brought their parents in, providing background information as needed. “She likes this class because she has been doing art since she was a little kid, and she is a good artist.…She really enjoys painting and that’s why she’s doing this,” said Sandeep Khanna, a Denali parent. Mr. Khanna’s thoughts were common among the various Denali parents at the event.  

The Psychology course set up tri-folds that explored the reasoning behind various topics, including falling in love and procrastinating. “It’s so awesome! The students are putting together such fabulous presentations, so I’m learning a lot of things that I didn’t know before. Like, I just got explained why people become serial killers,” Denali core teacher Evelyn DeFelice said.

The Adulting course, which was covered by the news channel ABC7 in mid-January, presented trifold presentations on self-care.

College Readiness had computer powerpoint presentations on their college plans. Students explained their work and their future plan choices to parents and friends while also answering questions.

Human Sexuality’s instructor was not present, but the students presented a powerpoint on the effects of porn and sexting.

Students in the Entrepreneurship course practiced their crafts by creating trinkets and snacks. The students traveled around campus and sold their items to others. One student, Renata Duarte, sold bottle caps with pictures of Pokemon on them while another student, Caroline Notaro, sold snacks called “Magic Bars.”

The Wilderness Expeditions course made a campfire and spoke about what they learned. Later, they made s’mores, offering them to various passerbys.

Students who participated in Independent Studies or Internships made posters and presentations about their accomplishments and what they learned.

“I’m really really impressed! I like knowing a lot of really weird stuff, and there’s a lot of really weird stuff in there [Psychology]….But sometimes when you’re as old as I am, you think you don’t have much left to learn,” Denali parent Thomas Berry said. “I’ve only stopped at two places so far and I’ve learned a bunch of different things. I think it’s great.”

Click this link to see Denali’s newsletter for more information about the Celebration of Learning showcase. 

See below for a video of the event:

Tahoma community commemorates student work in Expeditions

By C.M. Bateman and Caden Vu

Staff Writers

Parents, siblings and friends of students filled the walkways of Summit Tahoma, gathering together for its annual Celebration of Learning event. Celebration of Learning is Tahoma’s showcase of work students have accomplished over the year in their Expeditions courses. People are welcome to roam from classroom to classroom to learn about the unique aspects of each Expeditions class through student-led presentations.

“I think it’s wonderful; it’s a great opportunity to see all the terrific things that go on in the Expeditions,” a Tahoma parent, Larry Samuelson, said. Another parent, Nora Wilkinson, said, “It’s great; I think it’s always nice to get together as a community and see what the students are up to.” Both parents have children who are juniors at Tahoma.

Various attractions were scattered around campus for everyone to enjoy. People sold food and snacks like pizza, popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones. The faculty raffled off prizes, like shirts, candy and even a flat-screen TV.

Each class held presentations in a classroom to exhibit what students learned during their eight weeks of Expeditions coursework.

Students who took Independent Study and Internship created posters to demonstrate what they did and learned during their time in Expeditions.

Intro to Programming had games made from an AI program. One of the games consisted of a bee collecting pollen on a computerized grid of flowers. Robotics demonstrated the various robots they created from Lego pieces and put them to the test through different games the students made.

The Stage Combat class performed a play for their audience. Groups took turns performing an act that tells a story in silence utilizing skills commonly used in miming.

Intro to Drama performed multiple skits and monologues, including a piece from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The advanced course, Modern Acting & Theatre, performed a showcase which featured the play “Selfie” by Bradley Hayward, scenes from “Dear Evan Hansen” and other monologues from the upperclassmen.

Students in classes like Human Psychology, Human Rights and Ethnic Studies made trifolds of a topic they researched in depth for Celebration of Learning.

Students enrolled in the two journalism courses covered the evening by taking photos of every presentation and interviewing the audience.

Parents especially enjoyed the night’s festivities. Tahoma parent Vicky Tran said, “Our child is new at the school and we just want to … check things out, see what’s going on. She seems to like it here, and I think I know why.”

Staff Writers Omar El-Bandrawy and Erick Godinez contributed to this article.

Click this link to see Tahoma’s newsletter for more information about the Celebration of Learning showcase. Click here to see an interactive catalog of Tahoma’s Expeditions courses. 

See below for a video of the event:

Families and students come together to enjoy Rainier’s annual Celebration of Learning

By Karla Tran and Jasmine Villegas

Staff Editors

After walking through the gates of Rainier’s Celebration of Learning, families and students roamed from class to class enjoying the presentations the students put together from the work they’ve done throughout the school year. From the fresh popcorn to the handmade cotton candy, everyone seemed to have a great evening spending time with their friends and family.

There were many engaging activities that took place, such as raffles where people had a chance to win a flat-screen TV and other prizes. As people walked in, they were handed free tickets to join the raffle as a welcome from the school.

Video Production put together films made by the students and really showed the audience their creativity. Creative Writing held a contest within their class where students performed their work in a fun and unique Poetry Slam.

Stage Combat performed skits where they illustrated the illusion of physical fighting without hurting one another. Intro to Drama performed small plays for the audience to enjoy and really showed off their performing skills.

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Staff writers Amanda Flores and Judy Ly put together this slideshow.  

Journalism students went from class to class taking pictures and interviewing teachers and parents about their experience. Independent Study and Internship students displayed their work on posters all around campus, displaying what they created over the Expedition rounds this year.

Keith Stroken, a Rainier parent, said, “That was fantastic! A lot of the students had great things to say. A lot of beautiful imagery … This has been a neat experience to come here and just see what the kids are up to and what they’re doing and sort of first-hand experiences to see what other students experiences here was as well as my kiddos.”

Rainier English teacher, Sunli Kim, shared, “This was such a celebratory Celebration of Learning.  I really had fun listening to all of my mentees plans for the future from College Readiness and playing their video games. Seeing everyones’ independent learning presentations. Seeing their presentations from Human Rights and Ethnic Studies and how much work they put into research. Also the art galleries. My biggest regret was that I felt like there wasn’t enough time for me to go see everything, and I missed so many things I wanted to see.”

Click this link to see Rainier’s newsletter for more information about the Celebration of Learning showcase. Click here to see an interactive catalog of Rainier’s Expeditions courses. 

See below for a video of the event:

Shasta’s Celebration of Learning brings students and families together

By Matthew Goncalves and Kalysta Frost

Staff Writers

Dramatic music starts playing as Video Production teacher Vincent Nelson and Expeditions Dean Monica Hanson charge at each other from across the gym. Wielding swords and dressed in their finest furs, they lead the charge as students run behind them with smoke bombs to throw at their opponents. The battle starts, the two swords clashing and smoke bombs flying at opponents as the crowd cheers.

Staff Writers Melissa Domingo and Amanda Yon put together this video of Shasta’s Celebration of Learning. 

The battle set the tone for a spirited awards ceremony which kicked off the Celebration of Learning at Summit Shasta High School on April 25. Parents and students came together to showcase their hard work and Expeditions projects that they completed over the course of the 2018-19 school year.

The awards ceremony allowed for Expeditions teachers to award students for certain traits and talents. Videos made by Video Production and robots made by the Robotics class were showcased.

After the awards ceremony, Independent Study students then presented to interested parents about their year in the class and what they studied.

Parents who roamed around the quad were also able to watch and join in on the Health and Fitness class as they did a variety of exercises and stretches.

People going to C3 were treated to good food and drinks as students of the Cooking Fundamentals and Advanced Cooking classes were there making food and drink samples for visitors to come and try. The food samples came with a quick presentation about the origin or the significance of how the food was made.

Video Game Programming presented their games in arcade style. Creative Writing as Performance ran a Poetry Slam.

Many other classes at the event had open rooms to showcase presentations about their unique topics. Click here to see a newsletter with more information about the event.

You can view videos and articles about all of Shasta’s Expeditions courses through this interactive feature.

See below for a slideshow of the Celebration of Learning highlights:

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Staff Writers Jenny Hu, Sophia Lim, Jordan Singh and Sophia Woehl put together this slideshow.

Holocaust and Genocide Expeditions students share their experiences

By Micah Tam

Staff Editor

In honor of Celebration of Learning, Summit Prep senior Milo Kemper and Summit Prep sophomore Adam Graziani imparted their personal views of the impact their Holocaust and Genocide class has had on them.

In the Holocaust and Genocide class, students learn in-depth about different aspects of the Holocaust and about genocides that occur around the world. Throughout the year, students get the chance to hear first-hand the experiences of Holocaust and genocide survivors. For example, this year Deng Jongkuch, a Darfur survivor, as well as a survivor of the Cambodian genocide, came to Summit Preparatory Charter High School to talk to students.

Holocaust and Genocide Expeditions teacher Lissa Thiele explained why she teaches her course: “I knew that I was going to be working in the field of Holocaust and genocide in some sort of way – to ensure that these things never happen again and to find out that they continue to happen right this second. Not on my watch. And, as a Jewish person, you cannot just stand up for one person and not stand up for all.”

To see more about the course, watch the video below:

College Readiness helps students find background information about colleges

By Mayely Arteaga, Diego Lopez and Andres McLean

Staff Writers

The purpose of this course is to give students necessary information about colleges. The course supports students in figuring out what steps they will need to take in order to apply to the colleges they are interested in. Students from this course also get a chance to learn how to get financial aid and how to best navigate the application process.

See below for a video about this course:


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