Sierra Expeditionary Learning School creates meaningful traditions in Truckee |

Sierra Expeditionary Learning School creates meaningful traditions in Truckee

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Sierra Expeditionary Learning Schools (SELS) has been creating meaningful school wide traditions in their first year of operation.

SELS is excited to share with the community some of this yearand#8217;s important events. SELS promotes shared school traditions and celebrations that support reflection, personal growth and a sense of belonging within the school community. One of the most important traditions is the school morning meeting. Every Friday the entire school attends the morning meeting, which is organized and run by staff and students. The school-wide community including parents, teachers and students circle up to welcome each other, share in a reading/reflection and participate in a group activity. Morning meetings often focus on the Expeditionary Learning Design principle of the month, but also include discussions of meaningful events and celebrations within our larger community.

Sierra Expeditionary Learning School hosted their first annual Gratitude Dinner during the holiday season. In addition to sharing the feeling of gratitude, SELS family and friends enjoyed food and friendship and a slide show reflection of the schooland#8217;s first months. SELS also hosted the Celebration of Learning night this fall where students and teachers exhibited their work and welcomed parents and the community to explore their classrooms. This night was a huge success and one they are looking forward to repeating in spring.

Sierra Expeditionary Learning School offers a hands-on Expeditionary Learning curriculum which adheres to district and state standards. Expeditionary Learning curriculum, developed by Outward Bound, is a research-based, hands-on approach to learning. With a 16-year track record of success in schools nationwide, Expeditionary Learning curriculum has been credited with improving test scores and increasing student motivation and achievement.

SELS is accepting applications for 2011-2012 school year through March 22 and will conduct their lottery March 29. A Family Information Night must be attended to receive an application. For information on upcoming Family Information Nights, please visit:

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