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Opening the Door to a New Dimension

By Lynne Marie S., Parent

Students Explore The World of 3-D Printing 

“3D Printing? Is that even a thing?,” you might ask yourself, if you are not an engineer, not a technophile, or maybe not an informed adult (speaking only for myself of course).

Well, as it turns out our upper grade students are finding out it is “a thing,” and one with perhaps endless possibilities. Through relatively inexpensive plastic filament, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are generating designs and physical objects and concepts to tickle the brain and tease the imagination.

Through School Site funds and Teacher Roberta’s participation in a technology education course, Village has acquired two 3D printers. With this new equipment Village is offering a brand new center, “3D Printing,” facilitated by four parent volunteers, none of whom had prior 3D printing experience. Thanks to Alex, Debbie, Ben, and Carol, who also learned from the tinkercad.com site, students are supported in their design and printing process.

Students work on their classroom chromebooks using the website Tinkercad.com. The early classes focus on learning basic principles and concepts of 3D design and printing, and during the rest of the course students are free to “tinker,” or conceive, design, re-imagine, re-design, and print.

One challenge in teaching this course is accommodating the time it takes to actually print an object. To this end, our parent volunteers spend time outside of the teaching of the course to print students’ visions, not unlike the ceramics center in that way. Another challenge for some students is learning to work effectively with a mouse vs. the trackpad. 

As we all keep hearing, our kids are growing up in an age of unprecedented technology. While this could seem intimidating for them and for us parents, our kids are immersed already, and in many ways are more prepared to meet these new technologies head-on. Our students have a context for technology that we as adults might not have. For example, as parent volunteer Carol noted, many of the students come into the center already equipped with a concept of graphic 3 dimensional design thanks to their experience playing minecraft.

Some of the many imaginative items students have designed and printed include a castle, a planetarium, a treasure chest, a land speeder and much more.

    
    
 
  

Camping Trip Reflections

Reflection on Our First Village Camping Trip

By Julie, Village School Parent 

I was hesitant to commit to going on the camping trip. In new environments I tend to like to hang back and observe for a while before jumping in. Being a parent has been a binge-watch mini series of pushing myself to go beyond my comfort zone. I knew it would be a good experience for my son, so I decided to “take one for the team.”

When we arrived on Saturday morning we were welcomed by my son's teacher, Gretchen, and the friendly faces at the registration table. Seeing the love that my child holds for his teacher and his excitement connecting with friends set the tone for the rest of our camping trip. We had such a relaxing time hanging at the pool with new friends, ambling around the KOA site, jumping on the giant pillow, and enjoying the playground. It turned out to be a wonderful opportunity to get to know some of the other kindergarten families better. We had the very good fortune of being offered a cabin by some new friends who decided to only stay for the day on Saturday.

As I’m trying to help my kindergartener acclimate to a new school and a new environment, I realize we are learning together about taking calculated risks. Going beyond my comfort zone can have really big payoffs. Wanting to feel a sense of belonging and connection to a new community means challenging myself to jump in.

I’m so grateful to be part of a school that goes to such great lengths to create a sense of community. Thank you to the amazing team that put so much care into creating the camping weekend. We are looking forward to next year’s camping trip and to more opportunities to jump in.


A Graduating Family Reflects on Their Village Camping Trips

By Mike and Lisa, Village School Parents 

The camping trip this year was our 9th and final Village School Camping Trip. Our first trip was to Thousand Trails in Morgan Hill, when our oldest son (now an 8th grader) was a kinder in Ms. Elizabeth’s class, and our youngest daughter (now a 5th grader) was a feisty 2-year-old toddler. It was so… HOT and dusty… a real challenge to wrangle our over-excited, sleep-deprived, sweaty kids. But we also made some of our best family friends during those early camping trips. We still laugh about how an outgoing little kinder girl ran right up to our quiet son  on the play structure and asked him to play. The two were best friends for the rest of kindergarten, and though their family graduated last year, our families are still great friends.

Subsequent camping trips were spent hanging out with friends, missing families who had graduated, making new friends, and marveling at how much “smaller” the kinders got each year. We spent time at campfires swapping stories, cuddling kids, roasting marshmallows, tending scraped knees, cutting loose at dance parties, and most recently, joining wandering Adventure Guide dads with growlers in hands!

We look back and laugh about our times at Thousand Trails Campground, especially the first few years. It always seemed to be 100F (115F in the tent), dusty (were any of the roads paved?), and the only thing to do during the day was go to the very crowded pool. Over the years, our family upgraded from our “cozy” tent to an RV trailer (with air conditioning!), and the camping trip moved to the KOA on the beach. As our kids aged (and somewhat matured?), our family migrated from parents chasing after kids to keep them in sight, to kids checking in via walkie talkies as they roamed on bikes, to parents hoping kids returned in time for bedtime. We knew they were with some pack of kids, snacking on delights at other campfires, and we also knew that a caring adult was always closeby if they ever needed help.

So after nine wonderful camping trips, and many fond memories, we say thanks to the Village Community (and the various camping committees), for bringing us together, allowing us to share time with other families during these precious years of our children’s youth. Thank You Village School!
 

New School to Open August 2018

Campbell School of Innovation Will Have a Design Thinking Focus.
Opening for Grades TK-4 and Growing to TK-8 by 2022.

A new school is coming to Campbell in 2018. The Campbell School of Innovation, a public school for transitional kindergarten through eighth grade is being hailed as a catalyst for changing the landscape of learning in Campbell Union School District.

“Our society is changing rapidly,” said Dr. Shelly Viramontez, Superintendent of the Campbell Union Elementary School District. “It’s critical that all of our students gain the kind of enduring skills and knowledge they’ll need for successful careers: creative problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. Campbell School of Innovation will lead that effort for all of our schools.”

Please see the full story on the Campbell Union School District home page for details about the program, construction and enrollment.

Free International Baccalaureate (IB) Seminar is Nov. 28

Del Mar High School is hosting a free seminar for all students and their families to explore IB and how it offers academic options for everyone.

What: Can it be that IB is for me?!

When: Tue., 11/28/2017, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Where: Del Mar Staff Lounge, 1224 Del Mar Ave., San Jose, CA 95128

RSVP: www.bit.ly/2i0nSCD  (Light refreshments will be served. Kindly RSVP.)

“Can it be that IB is for me?!” is the first in a series of parent education and student support seminars presented by the IB Parent Organization. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme offers a rigorous and high quality education to all of its students. The types of research, writing, thinking and communication of ideas that IB courses require reflect college level expectations. IB not only helps students get into college, but more importantly, prepares students to be successful in college once they are there.  (On facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ibatdelmar)

Update: Meeting About TK-8 Boundaries, Enrollment

A community meeting will be held at 295 Cherry Lane, Campbell (Campbell Middle School) at 6:00 p.m. on December 5th.  Information about the school’s focus, facilities and enrollment will be discussed.

The input provided at the November 14th meeting will be shared with the Board at the November 16th Board meeting, in which we will present proposed boundary and enrollment recommendations.

Another informational meeting is planned for December 5th, December 8th and January 16th.

More details are on the District's website.