This year, Kino has partnered with The Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre for a drama class for Junior High and High School students. Their resident teaching artist, Zac Austin, comes weekly to teach kids how to perform. He starts class with professional acting warm-ups, like tongue twisters and memory games. Then the class breaks into groups to write their own fractured fairy tales, which are modern interpretations of classic fairy tales. They are writing 6-8 minute-long skits inspired by "The Three Little Pigs," "The Gingerbread Man," and "Little Red Riding Hood."
At the end of the semester, they will perform their fractured fairy tales, along with some of their warm-ups, for the Kino community at The Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre (located downtown in the back of the Historic Y). They will have a dress rehearsal on January 18th and perform for the community on January 19th at 2:00pm. We'll be taking students, and parents are welcome to attend! They plan to have a full-scripted piece to perform in the theater by the end of the year.
We are excited to have Serena Mendoza join Kino as a part-time counselor this year! In addition to one-on-one meetings, Serena and Caroline hold a bi-weekly class for Junior High and High School students on social and emotional health, called Serenity. They have previously worked with domains of wellness, communication, boundaries, accountability, values and priorities, and more. Currently they are learning about disability and practicing self-advocacy.
She's also started a kindness project with the primary kids. Each week they will gather as a group to share some kind acts they saw from their classmates. They then get a kindness card to take home and remember their classmates' appreciation.
After the Thanksgiving break, Serena will also be running a series of small sessions for Junior High students called "Being Your Best You." They will cover good habits, study skills, and time management. She's hoping to get some more small group sessions started for our soon-to-be graduates on life skills too.
This week was our annual Halloween celebration! All the homerooms planned and set up lots of fun activities for the afternoon celebration, which included: a costume contest; werewolf games (on body outlines!); a dance party; a Mario-themed room with Wii games and snacks; a cake walk; face painting; and a costumed basketball contest. Thanks to Jennifer Shelton's sister, Heather Kelso, we also had a balloon animal artist! There were so many creative costumes, delicious snacks, and fun games.
This week, Charlie's shop students started to work on expanding parking spots across from the entrance of the school to help with drop off/pick up. They cut and removed the telephone poles, cleared the brush, and leveled the ground to allow for short-term pull-in parking. They are currently brainstorming how to make parking lines to show where cars can go. Hopefully this helps with parking lot congestion during drop off and pick up!
This week, three homerooms went on field trips to farms! On Tuesday, Neha and Cezanne took Neha's homeroom to Tucson Village Farm. While there, they picked eggplants, planted broccoli, and made their own pizza from scratch. Students who came back were excited to purchase some of the crops they picked at the farmer's market they have every Tuesday from 4:00-6:00pm.
The next day, Jennifer K. and Tony took their homerooms to Shamrock Farms. Students learned all about cows! They got to see the cows, learn how the farm cares for them, milk a simulated cow, and try ice cream made from the cows they raise.
Lake Patagonia Camping Trip
This week, Charlie and Dawn took a group of students on a two night camping trip to Lake Patagonia. Here are some pictures of them at the lake and campsite. They are having a great time fishing, kayaking, playing in the sand, and being in nature!
Tony's High School U.S. History
The U.S. History students started the semester with a unit on indigenous cultures in America. They decided to focus on tribes in the southwest, specifically the Apaches. They've been doing several projects in class to better understand how they lived in the desert, including practicing throwing an at-latl.
To make a tipi, they found saguaro ribs for the frame, and dug them into the ground. They used tarps to make the coverings instead of animal hides.
They also have been making their own adobe bricks to build a fire pit at the Animal Center. They've been experimenting with mixing dirt they harvest from the desert with different materials, such as sand, concrete, and hay, to strengthen the bricks.
Dawn's Jr. High Environmental Science
Dawn's junior high students are working on a recycling program and a composting program for our Kino family. They are passionate about the environment and have some really great ideas. They are also working in the green house!
Dawn's High School Environmental Science
Dawn's high school students have been discussing worldviews, water issues and agriculture. They had our first adventure this week and discovered how little water was at Sweetwater Wetlands! They enjoyed the experience, but they are concerned about water issues in the desert we live in. They also talk about innovation and inspiring people who change the world.
Jennifer S.'s Homeroom
Jennisquirrels's Homeroomies: Eliza, Aurelia, Dillon, Mari, Grace, Lucas, Lorenzo, Selki, Amaya, Sam, Kellen, Z, and Diego
Jennifer S.'s homeroom is right in front of the art center and has lots of cute Mario Bros decorations. So far this year, they've grown a "pet flamingo" in water, which they named Gerald Stevens; played the Loteria; and have answered lots of getting to know you questions. They are looking forward to a field trip to the park and Purple Penguin Candy Shop, and they are already excited for Halloween!
Lisa's Homeroomies: Will, Cadence, Taliyah, Justice, Nurhan, Aidan, Lailah, Elijah, Jack, Kaiya, Nathan, Nico, and Andrew
Lisa's homeroom is in the middle of the north side of the school and is decorated using Legos--they even made Lego nametags for their cubbies! They are have played lots of games so far in homeroom: charades, Pictionary, tag, and other party games. They are looking forward to a field trip today to get boba and more field trips during the year, potentially including a trip to Mt. Lemmon!
Jennifer K.'s Homeroom
Jennifer K.'s Homeroomies: Violet, Luis, Jordan, Nick, McKayla, Zach, Kit, Darion, Carter, Raiden, Janeya
Jennifer K.'s homeroom is in the library and is sloth-themed. They went on a field trip today with Tony's homeroom to the Reid Park Zoo, which is home to a new sloth! In homeroom, they've been playing "would you rather?" and going outside to play basketball. They are looking forward to another fieldtrip to Shamrock Farms next month.
This year, we have 6 homerooms and 3 new homeroom teachers! Homeroom is a unique and important part of Kino. Homerooms meet for 30 minutes at the start and end of every school day. They are mixed aged (K-12) and a place for kids to work together, get to know each other, set goals, and have fun!
Caroline's Homeroomies: Kalliope, Evans, Felix, Grey, Kat, Asher, Joan, Ana, Reese, Danae, Parker, Joseph, and Ridley
This year, Caroline's Homeroom meets on the south side of the school. It's got cool "mythical worlds" decorations, so it's hard to miss! So far, they've been reviewing schedules, learning about medieval snacks, and playing drawing games. They have an exciting "to do" list that includes breakfast, boba, Defy, and game stations!
Neha's Homeroomies: Jaylie, Ellie C., Kaimoku, Myka, Ellie S., Rex, Camrynn, Calen, Quinn, Joey, Leo, and Magic
Neha's homeroom is in the middle of the south side of the school by the south door. So far, they've been playing games like spoons and trivia, coloring, and watching The Lorax. They're looking forward to celebrating homeroom birthdays, going to see a play, and lots more games!
Tony's Homeroomies: Cosme, Archer, Jessara, Rosemary, Noah, Matthew, Sawyer, Sy, Brian, Andres, Sophia, and Maddox
Tony's homeroom is on the south side of the building right in front of the castle. So far this year they've played a heated game of Scattegories, made playdough animals, played basketball, and played a word game called Centipede. They are going to the zoo next Friday and the Botanical Gardens next month!