The Whole Learning School is an accreditation candidate, and currently pursuing accreditation through MNSAA!
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Eighth grade student Ellen Israel from The Blake School organized a service project for the 7th graders at Blake. They came to The Whole Learning School to help tutor students, like Ellen’s sister Stephanie.
The students at TWLS loved the extra attention, and the Blake students seemed to enjoy engaging our students in learning how to graph – a win/win for sure!
Students, staff, teachers and parents experienced an overnight at the beautiful Baker Near Wilderness facility on Tuesday night.
where students built shelters, did a night hike, complete with owl calling, and had a course in archery. Of course, the campfire and s’mores were the most popular activities!
We earned over $1,600 at our annual garage sale this year! Thank you so much to the Harrigan family who let us use their driveway, so we could participate in the hugely anticipated community garage sale that happens in Hopkins every fall.
Lots of people wandered over from St. John’s Fall Festival to take advantage of all the good deals, and were happy to pay ‘full price’, since the money was all going to benefit The Whole Learning School.
TWLS parents, staff and students all worked very hard sorting, organizing, selling, and cleaning up. Thank you, everyone! A special ‘thank you’ goes to Diana and Steve Benjamin, and Julie Benson for coordinating.
(Also, thank you to all the other nice garage sale people who donated gently used books for our library! )
The Whole Learning School held the first annual fund and friend-raising event…the Spring Building Dreams Benefit! New this year, this volunteer-driven event was held instead of our Possible Dreams luncheon. The benefit took place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, and fun was had by all who attended. The event included a silent auction, student performances, hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and a raffle. This benefit expanded our network and shared our mission with the community so they understand how we are moving our students from school hardship to school success.
Using and understanding technology is fundamental to success in the modern world. At The Whole Learning School, technology is also an important “equalizer” for students. “Technology makes it easier for our students to demonstrate what they know, unencumbered by how neatly they can write or how perfectly they can spell,” said Head of School Ann Rooney.
In music therapy this month at The Whole Learning School, students are focusing on recognizing and expressing emotions. The way that music can impact emotion can be very helpful for children who struggle with special needs. Music can help them express emotion when words are not enough.
The Whole Learning School Players presented “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” for their Winter Showcase recently. Music Teacher Amy Madson and Drama Teacher Lori Opsal worked together with TWLS students to re-tell the classic Beatrix Potter story with original songs, set to familiar tunes, so that the audience could sing-a-long too.