Archive for January, 2012

Oh, yeah

Lugging the soaking-wet carpet and padding up from the flooded basement of one of the school buildings in the aftermath of last week's storm was a huge chore. Staff slashed the stuff up with box-cutters and I went and recruited a few strapping teenaged students to help pull it out to the garbage. The excuses proffered were ingenious and unabashed: "Man, I don't wanna get my pants all wet." "Um,

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Trivia Quiz on the Clearwater Bus

by Shawna Lee, Clearwater staff member We regular riders of the Clearwater bus look forward to Trivia Thursdays on the bus ride back to Seattle. Thad comes up with the vast majority of the trivia questions, though Kallisti, driver and staff member Matt Garrity and a couple of other student riders have also contributed some stumpers. Thad is highly knowledgeable about many topics. One of his

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Around the School Photos

I don't know if you've heard, but Clearwater is (still) revamping our web site. I was given a short list of photos the designers want, and I've taken a few hundred this week. Here are a few - maybe worthy, maybe not, but interesting anyway. Computer Room shots are very hard to get right, for this very reason.

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Tales of Warcraft – Chapter 3

Those of you who have been following Meghan's original story set in the Warcraft world are long overdue for the third installment. If you haven't read or don't remember the story so far, be sure to check out Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.  If you'd like to re-read the first chapter, click on the link above, then enjoy Chapter 3, below. The story is told from the point of view of Salith, a female

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Unscientific, but….

I asked as many Clearwater students as I could this question:

Were you happy, or unhappy, or did you have mixed feelings about the end of Winter Break and coming back to school?

The same day I asked it to the 4th/5th graders in my own after-school class at a Seattle public elementary school.

(The results are below the fold.)

Number of public school students asked: 22
Ages: 9-11 yrs
Responses
Happy: 0
Mixed feelings: 4
Unhappy: 18

Number of Clearwater school students asked: 26
Ages: 7-19
Responses
Happy: 24
Mixed feelings: 2
Unhappy: 0

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The Many Benefits, for Kids, of Playing Video Games

Video games do not promote obesity, ill health, social isolation, or violence. They do promote friendships, cooperation, self-control, and brainpower.

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Unscientific, but….

I asked as many Clearwater students as I could this question: Were you happy, or unhappy, or did you have mixed feelings about the end of Winter Break and coming back to school? The same day I asked it to the 4th/5th graders in my own after-school class at a Seattle public elementary school. (The results are below the fold.) Number of public school students asked: 22 Ages: 9-11 yrs Responses

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Fairhaven School Alumna Releases EP

Sometimes the news we hear from alumni is just lovely. This just in, from the email Inbox: Fairhaven School alumna Erin Umstead, class of 2005, has just released her first EP of music, “The Norway EP.”

Please support her work, just another example of the interesting, creative lives our alumni continue to manifest. (Kudos also to Erin’s website designer Ben Umstead, current Fairhaven substitute staff and member of the class of 2001.)

Here is the announcement from Erin herself, with links:

I wanted to give the community information on my debut EP! It contains four original songs and is called “The Norway EP”. You can stream it for free or download it for $1 (or more) here: http://www.erinumstead.bandcamp.com

Some other sites for people to stay up to date with me on are:

Facebook “fan” page: http://www.facebook.com/erinumstead

Twitter: http://twitter.com/erinumstead

Blog: http://www.erinumstead.tumblr.com

I will also be playing the open mic at New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt tomorrow, January 5th at 7pm. Info here: http://www.newdealcafe.com

Thanks for the support!

Erin

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Meghan talks about the LARP

Here is a short video featuring an interview with Meghan Conken about creating a live action role playing game at the Clearwater School. The video does not do justice to all of the behind the scenes planning that Meghan and staff member Mat R. did to help create and manage each players character profile nor does it capture a big moment in the LARP but it does offer a small glimpse into the

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Pickup Patrol

Happy New Year!  It has been wonderful to be back at school these last few days.  People seem to be feeling refreshed and ready to dive into new projects.

Today some students came up into the school asking what to do with bag of trash items they had picked up in the outdoor area surrounding the school.  It turned out that they are a newly formed Pickup Patrol, and are planning a weekly cleanup.  They did a very thorough job!  Thank you Pickup Patrol!


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