El Colegio del Cuerpo, The School of the Body

This was extraordinary. Last week PCS traveled to Peconic Landing for an intergenerational contemporary dance workshop with Colombian dance troupe El Colegio del Cuerpo (The School of the Body), currently in residence at The Watermill Center, and senior residents from Peconic Landing. Alvaro Restrepo, together with El Colegio’s co-founder Marie France Delieuvin, led dancers, children and seniors through two hours of music, movement, collaboration and conversation. 

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Student Citizens in Action

One of the guiding forces at PCS is a belief in the ability of students to affect change — in fact, it is our mission to make the world a better place through education.

And, we understand that change doesn’t just happen while we’re busy doing something else, or just because we think it’s a good idea. Change is made.

Children love to affect the world around them, to see the impact they can have in the world. When we dedicate time and space and guidance to making change — when we commit to making it a part of our daily work at school — look what can happen:

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A World of Potential

PCS students spent a lot of time out in the world this past week: students visited the 11th and 12th generations of Halsey farmers at the Milk Pail for a tour of the family farm and to pick apples and pumpkins (our annual Halloween tradition); Kindergarteners were back and forth to the yard to collect falling leaves; Middle Primary headed to Riverhead to shop for sneakers for kids in need; Early Childhood followed Rebekah out to the garden to harvest, clear, and prep beds during Wellness; and all of the Primaries, plus Kindergarten, rode the bus to the Southampton Arts Center to be the first visitors to experience artist Francisco Alvarado-Juárez’s Light of the Ocean installation ahead of its opening reception.

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Lower Primary Lunar Rover Launch

As part of their Astronomy study, Lower Primary (First and Second grade) students were offered the following STEAM challenge:

Work in teams to research, design, construct, test, revise, and launch a Lunar Rover, using recycled materials, that travels farther than 12 inches after a 45 degree decline.  

Watch the engineers launch their Rovers —

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Academics and Action

It’s true that a lot of learning happens inside the classrooms at PCS, in daily Literacy blocks, Math blocks, during Specials, and through our Integrated Studies unit. But, there’s also a whole lot of learning happening outside of the classroom.

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Big Bang Short Film Series by Upper Primary

As part of the first trimester Integrated Study Unit: Astronomy, Upper Primary students translated their reading and research about the Big Bang into a series of stop motion films tailored to PCS’s younger classes: one for Early Childhood and Kindergarten students, one for Lower Primary students, and one for Middle Primary.

Upper Primary filmmakers created storyboards and animation, photographed each frame, edited their films to include voiceovers and sound effects, and then transformed their classroom into a theater on Friday afternoon with four screenings of their films followed by directors’ panels.

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Astronomy Launch

As the first 20 days of school wind down, and we start to cruise through our days with a bit of ease and familiarity, this trimester’s Integrated Unit of Study is firmly underway. The Integrated Unit, a cornerstone of PCS curriculum, draws together multiple disciplines (literacy, mathematics, science, history, art, and more) into a multi-dimensional, project-based, trimester-long study of a topic shared by all of the grade levels at PCS. Integrating disciplines encourages comprehensive and complex thinking; unifying study across grade levels promotes breadth of learning as classes collaborate and differentiate to cover a broad range of ideas related to the topic. This fall, the focus of PCS’s Integrated Unit of Study is Astronomy.

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Hopes and Dreams: 2018

One of the ways that PCS launches the school year is with the process of creating Hopes and Dreams. Inspired by Responsive Classroom and the First 20 Days approach to a new school year, each student at PCS documents his or her hopes and dreams for the commencing school year. 

Hopes and Dreams – whether dangling stars, paper lanterns, inscribed rocks, or beaded mobiles – are created to be shared and displayed. As we read and reflect on these goals, we get to know one another, feel comfortable sharing our ideas in a group, and are reminded of our shared purpose.

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The International Day of Peace at PCS

In 1981 the United Nations declared September 21st The International Day of Peace, a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace.” This past week at PCS has been a collaborative effort amongst PCS students to understand, articulate, and share both individual and communal ideals of peace. Working in multi-age groups, students read and reflected, wrote and drew, sewed and painted, researched and sung, to create vibrant portraits of what peace looks and feels like to children at PCS.

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The First 20 Days of School

Finding the Beat of a New Rhythm

The first twenty days of school at PCS are a time of introductions – to the people, the spaces, and the expectations of our new school community – and our approach to these first weeks of school is inspired by Responsive Classroom. We dedicate time and attention to settling in, fostering community, exploring our school environment, and practicing the predictable routines and rhythms that allow our students to feel secure and successful throughout the year. Together, classes spell out expectations, articulate rules, document hopes and goals, and establish structures that build a trustworthy space for learning and collaboration. 

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