In October, the FLIGHT teachers (without Mr. Grant who has a beautiful new baby boy to take care of!) were pleased to join several other teachers and administrators from the Seycove family of schools and attend the fall residency at High Tech High, in San Diego.
High Tech High operates eleven schools in San Diego County. All of these schools serve a diverse, lottery-selected student population; all embody the High Tech High design principles of personalization, adult world connection, common intellectual mission, and teacher as designer.
The fall residency focused on project-based learning and gave the Seycove family of schools team, and specifically our FLIGHT team, a chance to talk with HTH teachers and students about their projects they have done, and to learn about ways to support both students and colleagues through the processes of project tuning and critique.
This visit has truly been enlightening for all of us. It will take awhile to fully digest all the learning we have done!
One of the early ideas we had for FLIGHT was an off-site retreat to kick off the year. We wanted the FLIGHT students to get to know each other, get to know their teachers, and learn some key skills for the program. Back in the spring, we contacted Camp Jubilee and arranged to bring FLIGHT there in September.
Camp Jubilee is a perfect location, removed from the distractions of every day life, students and staff would be fully immersed in FLIGHT. We boarded their boat in two groups on September 19th and set off for three full days of activities!
Before we even went on the retreat, FLIGHT students were given a group task to complete relating to the first unit of study this term. The grade 9’s were researching famous explorers and completing an iMovie documenting their research. The grade 10’s were creating a genetically modified animal and exploring how they would adapt to Camp Jubilee’s climate zone. Through the retreat, students worked on this task and on the final day, we had a group unveiling!
But there was time for fun too. We had a variety of recreational activities led by the Camp Jubilee counsellors, accompanied by FLIGHT teachers. From canoeing across the inlet to the Powerhouse to archery, the FLIGHT students got their daily exercise!
Finally, we had nighttime activities as well. Students worked co-operatively to build a device to fling a ball as far as possible with given materials on the first night. This led to a raucous competition, with everyone cheering their team on to victory. On the second night, we had a campfire and a group movie under the stars.
And we can’t leave out the food. Camp Jubilee catered to all our dietary choices and gave enough good healthy food that even our hungriest FLIGHT students were full.
All in all, it was an awesome three days of fun, sun and learning. What a great way to start our FLIGHT year!
The first week of FLIGHT has been busy! To kick off our new program, we have done a lot of team building activities for both FLIGHT 9 and 10. This including culminating the first week with a class picnic at Cates Park.
With lots of help from Ms. Ireland and Ms. Strandt on preparing the food and Mr. Grant on organizing the team building activities, all the students had a great time learning, eating and sharing.
This is definitely a tradition we want to continue!
Excitement is building as our new FLIGHT room takes shape. Thanks to the determination of former Seycove principal, Karim Hachlaf, and our new principal Dr. David Overgaard, the District carpenters have been hard at work in the last week before our September opening to create a new room for FLIGHT.
The room, which was formerly Seycove’s main office before the big renovations back in 2000, is made up of two former small classrooms. By tearing down the non-structural wall, we are able to hold large group seminars, small work groups, and have space to move around!
Generously, Dr. Overgaard also allocated money to purchase new chairs and new tables that will facilitate use of the space. It is hoped that the room can be accessible for many different classes both inside and outside the timetable.
It will take time to complete all the details, like setting up projectors and speakers, but we look forward to using the new space from the first day of school!
Providing learning opportunities that transcend the traditional boundaries of the physical classroom is one of the guiding principles of FLIGHT.
The FLIGHT 10 California tour is designed to inspire, motivate, and excite students by providing opportunities for real-world connections with curriculum introduced in the classroom.
Students will have the opportunity to attend classes at High Tech High in San Diego, tour the campuses of Apple, Google, and other companies in Silicon Valley, and finally, attend and present at the annual Macworld Expo conference in San Francisco.
The trip has been planned around the dates of the annual Macworld Expo conference held in San Francisco. Students would be away Friday, January 25, 2013 through Monday, February 4, 2013.
Students will miss three days that are outside the FLIGHT program. Affected academic classes are limited to math and language electives.
Estimated cost is $1800-2200 per student.
As a team, we are sensitive about the cost of such a trip. We would like to gauge interest and support for this trip from our parent community.
FLIGHT 10 FAMILIES: Please click here and complete the interest survey to provide us with your comments and feedback.
FLIGHT students are invited to participate in the inaugural September Retreat, an offsite learning experience designed to introduce students to the principles of project-based learning and provide an opportunity for team building.
The 2012 FLIGHT retreat will be held September 19-21 at Camp Jubilee, a beautiful oceanfront retreat and conference facility situated on scenic Indian Arm.
Students will depart from Panorama Park in Deep Cove on Wednesday, September 19th at 8:30 a.m., and return on Friday, September 21st at 3:00 p.m.
Students will miss one day of non-FLIGHT classes.
Please read the Informed Consent form available in the Parent Handbook, and return the approval form with attached cheque for $160 made payable to Seycove Secondary School.
Forms need to be returned to Mr. Hughes in the Library by June 8, 2012.