Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Story of Giving

For Mr. Finger's Academic Learning Lab (A.L.L.) students, time in class is much more than learning a subject. A.L.L. students learn what community means: "We take care of our own" is a phrase used to describe the care and concern expected of each student toward other members in the class.
Recently, students have come to think of "our own" as including people outside the four walls of their classroom. "Our own" began to mean individuals and families in the greater Chelsea area who may need others' care and concern. And so began the charge for A.L.L. students to collect an array of items to donate to Chelsea's Faith in Action charity. Leading the charge for collecting items such as canned goods, bedding, toys, toothbrushes and diapers are students Lexi Beatty, Candice Williams and Chloe Millard. Everything will be donated before Thanksgiving.
Is this part of the curriculum? Not really, but for Mr. Finger's students at CHS, caring for others both in the classroom and beyond is a lesson worth learning.
Donated items

Mr. Finger and some of his A.L.L. students

Friday, October 25, 2013

The story behind a "new" cafeteria

"School cafeteria". Various connotations no doubt come to mind upon hearing these words...and most are likely negative. Drab walls, old tiles and worn-out table and chairs may be the experience for many and contribute to these connotations.
During this past summer, CHS received several major building renovations and up-dates; one of which was new cafeteria furniture. New for 2013-2014: round, cafe-style tables, waist-high rectangular tables with stools and wavy long tables with individual seats. Our new furniture has not only granted a roomier feel during our three different lunch periods, but adds yet another reason for students, staff and the community to take pride in our building...and our cafeteria. We invite you to stop by to take a look at our "new" cafeteria - it may change your mind about what a "school cafeteria" is like!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The story behind studying food?

Food isn't a part of the curriculum at CHS...is it? It is if you're a part of Ms. Waldo's "Foods 1" class! Students in these classes investigate a large spectrum having to do with food. Nutrition, proper handling of utensils and appliances, proper handling of food are just a small sample of some of the items Ms. Waldo covers with her students.
But of course, the real fun begins when the students walk into the kitchen next door to the classroom. This kitchen is stocked with a handful of stoves, sinks and every sort of kitchen utensil. Students roll up their sleeves and begin their hands-on practice of the tips and kitchen techniques learned in the class. The best part: eating your work!
Ms. Waldo's kitchen in full swing

Several students taking a break to eat their work
Ms. Waldo providing advice to one of her students