What’s Happening at Kino School This Year? The students and teachers have completed our first 9 weeks of school. There is a lot going on and students have been very busy. The teachers reported:
Charlie’s Plant Science Class has been learning many plant propagation techniques. We’ve cloned a few heritage fruit trees to help preserve their priceless genetic information. We have taken cuttings from sugar cane so that one day we can produce our own candy. We started seedlings indoors while preparing our garden beds. The aquaponics system can grow both fish and plants and the mushroom fruiting chamber is ramping up production. Kino was also given milkweed seed pods by the Bayer Company for our Pollinator Garden to study Monarch butterflies.
Allie’s English classes are reading scary stories in class, including the Tales of Edgar Allen Poe, and have started writing their own scary stories. Students in her Graphic Novels class are reading Frankenstein and drawing summaries in graphic art.
Cezanne’s Science Fiction Literature class is reading classic and contemporary sci/fi authors from Mary Shelley to Ursula Le Guin. They are also studying the famous Irish Satirist Jonathan Swift.
Spanish classes are preparing for Dia de los Muertos by reading Chicana novelist Sandra Cisneros’ account of the celebration in Mexico and by creating our own ofrenda laden with decorated sugar skulls, marigolds, and memories of loved ones.
Younger students have been singing songs about Calabasas and learning vocabulary.
Lisa’s mid-level Language Arts students are reading Mr. Poppers Penguins and learning about Antarctica.
Primary Language Arts students have been learning about animals in their habitats, mythical animals, and real animal heroes.
Scott’s Cell Biology class is exploring the inner-workings of bacterial, plant and animal cells. Students were particularly interested in parasites and pathogens under the microscope. Like first-year medical students they now see tape worms and liver flukes everywhere.
Lisa’s Jr. High Science class is also studying cell structure and comparing cells under a microscope.
Earth and Environmental Science have been looking at life and the fossil record.
The pandemic has given us plenty of data to analyze in Statistics class.
Younger students can’t get enough of studying dinosaurs and volcanoes.
Rock Band is practicing songs for the December concert (in whatever form it will take). One student has picked up the bass quickly and another is honing his recording and album production skills.
Students in Computer Science class have been working on 3D modeling and printing skills, working with computer programming using the Python programming language, and 2D animations using a variety of methods. One student is creating a music-based, animation intensive, videogame incorporating skills he has learned over the past few years.
Ariel is teaching math remotely from Vermont and a Humanities class in which the students are reading “The Giver”.
In the Animal Center some students work as animal trainers, teaching the donkeys and sheep to jump over obstacles. One student is teaching Nugget the chicken to play a toy piano and one student is enhancing the life of Peter the Tortoise through habitat enrichment.
The Art Center is always open for students to enhance their skills in drawing and painting with different media.
Jen’s Current Events class discusses news from many different sources. Recent topics have been the Tohono O’odham reservation and border wall construction.
Mark’s U.S. History class focuses on social movements that have shaped the American story: The abolition of slavery, the development of political parties and various anti-war movements. By analyzing these movements, students capture a sense of the tensions, struggles and achievements of the American experience.
Constitutional Law surveys the development of our “nation of laws”.
Film Composition uses a variety of movies to inspire and engage students with the written words.
In addition to all the daily learning activities, the students and teachers planned a fun and safe Halloween party at school. Lisa’s homeroom had a dance on the playground, Allie’s homeroom played a life-size game of Candyland, Cezanne’s homeroom played “Among Us” and had to solve puzzles to discover who the intruder was, and Jen’s homeroom put up a beautiful Halloween Art Gallery with all members contributing. Of course, participants wore their costumes to school and small amount of candy were involved in each activity. A third of our year has been completed safely, and with creativity, enthusiasm and joy. We appreciate the support of the Paycheck Protection Program, and the generosity of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and The Bayer Marana Greenhouse.
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