The Pathways High experience is limited only by the interests of the student. This is a sample day of a hypothetical student.
Hey! I’m Kristy a student at Pathways High. Let me walk you through my day. Most days I get to school about 7:30am. I don’t have to be here for formal meetings until 8:30 am, but I come in at 7:30 because my mom drops me off on her way to work. Most of my friends come in much later but I like to be here that early because one of my favorite teachers is in at that time. He usually sits with me before his staff meeting and eats breakfast. He is really into wood carving and he tells me about the stuff he is working on. His class last year actually built the benches we are sitting on.
When I am done eating, I head over to the agriculture room. I am running an experiment on genetic variations of kale for my Genius Hour botany/biology project and I am using one of the vertical gardens to grow my plants. It usually takes me about twenty minutes to tend to the plants and collect my data. My plan for my experiment makes me do this every school day and I log my time into Project Foundry for my Flex Time requirements. Because I drive with my mom to work, I use the morning for my Flex Hour but most of my friends use the after school time. You can do your hour in the morning or the afternoon depending on what fits your schedule or even all on one day.
Some days I get here early to participate in the yoga class at 7:15 in order to meet my wellness requirements and because my best friend is into yoga. The 45 min class is open to students as well as the retirement community down the street and led by an Expert In Residence.
For period one I am in Humanities and I am working on a project focused on the fall of government. In this eight week session we are learning about government, healthcare and entrepreneurship. Sometimes we have a seminar where an expert comes in to discuss their job or area of expertise. Sharing specific content from their field of study helps us gain the detailed information we need to really build a cool project. These seminars usually start with an informative lesson or speech or demonstration given by the expert and then a Q&A session. A really cool one this session was about bioethics. The guy had totally cool stories of ethics gone wrong. It was such a cool connection to our Zombie Apocalypse planning.
I try to sit alone at seminars. When I first started I sat with my friends. My Advisory teacher wondered why I never used the learning in seminars effectively in my projects. I had to confess that I was not listening well or taking notes because I was usually goofing around with my friends. So now I sit alone.
In period two, Science, we started with project time. We are making trebuchets as props for the film. Last week, we started making them out of classroom supplies we could find in the room. Now we have refined our designs for the movie and are making larger models.
In Advisory, we usually start with a teacher or student led mindfulness activity. My Advisory Family is made up of the same group of students and Advisor for my entire time at Pathways High. We always meet daily around lunch time. We get together to make sure each student and Advisor knows how projects are progressing. I love hearing how the Seniors are doing planning their IMPACT year. I can’t wait to do mine, I have so many ideas already and I am only a Sophomore! We also learn about life skills not covered in our projects. So, today we are going to learn some new stress management techniques. One of us is really having a hard time at home, so we are all working on our stress levels.
My Advisory teacher and I scheduled an additional few minutes at the end of our session. We reviewed the three different projects I am working on and the standards for mastery. I showed her my work on the kale genetics project. She gave me feedback and coached me on how I would make my self-imposed project deadline. I told her I was having trouble deciding the best method to analyze the data in relation to my hypothesis. She set up a meeting with our team Biology teacher for the next day for me. I got the notification on my device via Project Foundry.
In IMPACT Class we are still working on our Zombie Movie Project. I love fashion and I am so excited to work on the costumes. Two days a week we have this totally awesome lady, Miss June, that comes in to teach us how to modify patterns and sew. Right now I am sewing my dress for the Pathways High Prom coming up in a few weeks. While I’m sewing she tells me about growing up in Milwaukee during the 1950’s It is certainly not what they made it look like on Happy Days. Miss June just got a new iPad a month ago so I am teaching her how to use it. I told her I could stay after school so I can show her how to use FaceTime to talk to her grandkids who live in Texas. She was so happy!
Normally I go home at the end of the day, but tonight is different because there is a CPAG meeting as well as a Community Conversation and dinner. For tonight's Community Conversation we will be connecting with a group of parents in Ohio via teleconference to discuss Pathways High from a parent and student perspective. This school in Ohio has toured our school a few times and decided to build a school similar to ours. Its cool to meet other people via teleconference and get to help them. During dinners I get to introduce my mom to Mr. Biffel, a community mentor at our table. Connecting with our senior community is so awesome and he always makes us laugh! He always has great advice to offer for my project and I love having another adult I can to turn to when I need help.
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