Academic Continuation

Our Campus Is Closed, Our Learning Continues

Although The Healdsburg School campus remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, THS is still in operation. Faculty and Administration continue to work hard to ensure our students’ continuity of learning.

During this difficult time in our local community, nation, and the world, The Healdsburg School is committed to providing our students with an engaging, meaningful curriculum and maintaining our strong sense of community.

The faculty and staff prioritize the social-emotional well-being of our students and daily face-to-face interactions between teachers and students. Each morning, students in grades K-8 begin their day with a class meeting via Zoom. During this time, teachers check-in with students, facilitate mindfulness and self-care exercises and lead their students in discussion.

Lower School: Grades K-5

Each day, Lower School students spend inquiry time actively engaging in learning. Daily lesson plans are either emailed each day to parents (Grades K-2), posted in Seesaw (Grade 3), or Google Classroom (Grades 4-5). Students then work independently on hands-on activities such as creating fractional suncatchers, acting out their favorite stories in Readers’ theater, building solar ovens, and modeling fractions using materials around their homes. Throughout the day students interact with their teachers in small reading and math groups through Zoom. 

Middle School: Grades 6-8

Middle School students rotate through their classes each day, just like they would on our physical campus. Teachers post daily assignments in Google Classroom and students virtually attend classes through Zoom. 

Working remotely is especially challenging for middle schoolers who thrive on social connections. To support students, Middle School teachers engage students in group projects and provide them with space in breakout rooms to collaborate on assignments. From exploring the migration to the American West from the perspectives of different groups of people to learning how to graph quadratic functions, our Middle School students are engaged in school and our Middle School teachers have lifted our program from the classroom into the virtual Cloud.

A GLANCE INTO OUR LEARNING

GREEN AND GREY DAY

THS hosted our first annual Green and Grey Day. Students and families showed off their THS School Spirit and had some fun. The school was divided into two teams Green (A-K) and Grey (L-Z) for this friendly competition. The day kicked off with flag salute led by the amazing Mr. H. After flag salute, students, [...]

What time is it? – First Grade Mandarin

Our First Graders are in the process of learning how to tell the time in Mandarin.  Learning how to tell time can be difficult, but can also be fun when you use games, activities, and exercises to practice.  Ms. Iting has done just that. She prepared activities and games for her 1st graders to play [...]

Sixth Grade Virtual Lab on Pangaea

In Mrs. Leslie’s Science class, the Sixth Grade did a virtual lab on the formation of Pangaea. Here is a screenshot of one group working through the lab activity.  The students had to use geologic evidence (fossils, glaciation, rock ages) in order to reconstruct the former supercontinent of Pangaea.  The students then constructed a flipbook [...]

Earth Day Collage

In honor of Earth Day, Ms. Perrine asked her Sixth Grade Advisory class to go outside and take a picture of something that inspires them about our Earth or share a past photo they took - it could be something as simple as a flower, a sunset, a waterfall, a tree.... Ms. Perrine took the [...]

Scavenger Hunt in the 6th Grade

Ms. Perrine’s Sixth Grade Advisory group did a scavenger hunt on Monday where they had to find a bunch of stuff (something green, something that begins with the first letter of their name, something they've had since they were young (or a long time if a victim of the fires), favorite piece of clothing, something [...]

Pets Hard at Work

Our pets spend a lot of time with us, so it certainly makes sense that they would pick up a trick or two from us during this Shelter in Place. If you’re looking for a good laugh today, check out photos of the Fourth grade pets caught behaving like humans. These pets take after their [...]

A THS Community Coloring Book – THS Zentangle Gallery

Ready to explore your creativity and imagination? Thank you to the wonderful and creative Mrs. Weber who designed a THS digital book from submitted drawings showcasing Zentangle art. This digital book shows the artistic talents of our students, teachers, parents, and community members. Zentangle is a way to create art by drawing various repeated patterns. [...]

Chinese Food for Family Dinner Project

Ms. Iting asked her middle school students to step inside their kitchen and prepare a simple Chinese meal at home. Ms. Iting selected a few of her favorite Chinese recipes for her students to choose from and to enjoy with their family. These recipes included braised salmon, chicken (or pork) and vegetable stir-fry, and cucumber [...]

1st Grade Dance Challenge

Returning from break is a transition, so the 1st grade team came up with a fun and creative activity for their students to let their wiggles out, show a dance move or two, and cheer on their friends. Mrs.Clark asked First Grade students and families who would like to participate to send her a dance [...]

7th Grade Science | Build your Own DNA Model

As part of their Genetics Unit, 7th Graders learned about the structure of DNA and were tasked with creating a homemade 3D model of the double helix molecule using any materials they had available (construction paper, pipe cleaners, candy, sticks, paper clips, LEGOs, Minecraft, etc.). Their models needed to include two sugar phosphate backbones and [...]

THS Flag Salute

Flag Salute is an important morning tradition at The Healdsburg School that we all love. Times have changed and we can no longer stand together on the campus quad in the mornings, but now we can all zoom together in our homes. Every Monday at 9:00 am Ms Davies will lead flag salute for our [...]

Hucklebucklebeanstock with Ms. Perrine

Ms. Perrine carries on a fun tradition with her 6th Grade Advisory Group virtually. That tradition is playing a game called Hucklebucklebeanstock that she usually plays in her classroom. Have you ever heard of Hucklebucklebeanstock? It is a childhood game where you hide a penny in plain sight and everyone has to find it without [...]

7th Grade Quarantine Journal

By: 7th Grade Student - Emilia The Healdsburg School’s MIddle-School students are taking part in a weekly Quarantine Journal Project, launched nationally by the Nueva School, in a Middle-School-teacher collaboration. Students can choose a prompt that is related to their situation, from “Food” to “How I’m Reaching Out to Others.” They are writing reflections, creating [...]

Spring Photo Challenge Project

The past couple of weeks our students and teachers had the opportunity to participate in a weekly Spring Photo Challenge created by the wonderful Flora Skivington, a THS parent. Students and teachers got the chance to capture and share the beauty that Sonoma County has to offer by taking some snaps. This project and challenge allowed [...]

Personal Essay Conferences

Personal Essay Conferences Ms. Walker met with each student independently via zoom to discuss their opinion essays. In the conference, they worked collaboratively to develop writing goals and revise the evidence that they worked on yesterday. Millie chooses to write about her relationship with her brother and the importance of having a supportive sibling.

P.E. with MR. H

P.E. WITH MR H. Mr. H has been keeping the THS Bears fired up to stay physically active and healthy!  His videos and messages have been encouraging students to get outside and move as much as possible.  Mr. H himself has been seen online sweating to his Peloton workouts and holding some impressive yoga poses.  [...]

I SAVED THE WORLD IN MY PAJAMAS

I SAVED THE WORLD IN MY PAJAMAS By Meher | Student Council I saved the world in my pajamas I saved the world in my pajamas Sipping hot cocoa and watching TV I saved the world in my pajamas Staying home, and doing a puzzle, maybe three I saved the world in my pajamas Playing [...]

Musical Jars and the Science of Sound

Musical Jars and the Science of Sound A little about the science of sound: Lower School students were asked to create their own water xylophones using glasses. Small vibrations are made when you hit the glass, this creates sound waves that travel through the water. More water means slower vibrations and a deeper tone. When you hit [...]

Remote Learning Day #1 – A message from Ms Davies

PJ Party Read Aloud in 1st Grade

“Media is Designed to Influence Thinking and Behavior”

In inquiry, the second-grade class is learning about media. The students had a few introductory lessons on this topic before transitioning to remote learning, The last few days they have been doing some reading about "How advertising works" and "How the brain works." They were then asked to jot down why they think the two go [...]

First Day of Spring

We Love our THS Parents!

Let's give our teachers a HUGE virtual high five! Moving to remote learning is no small task and our teachers have done this with such grace, determination, and care - We are in awe and so grateful to be part of this resilient THS family. Big virtual hugs from the THS Parent Org

Zoom Virtual Kindergarten Playdate

Today in the Kindergarten online playdate the kinders talked about their read aloud, “The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School.” Many of the kids thought he was quick and sneaky. He made a big mess of the school but he ended up being nice because, in the end, he cleaned up the messes. [...]

4th Grade Morning Meeting

Our fourth-grade students begin their remote learning day with a morning meeting to talk about their roses and thorns of the previous day and go over their agenda. Today Ms. Walker talked to her students about different forms of kinetic and potential energy and they used padlet to upload their descriptions and videos examples.