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An independent middle school for students in grades 5 through 8.
22 10, 2021

Weekly Update: Monday 10/18 – Friday 10/22, 2021

2021-10-22T22:43:34+00:00

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This week in humanities class we studied Hunter-Gatherers and Prehistoric music and art. (Pictured below, students make “cave paintings” using actual pigments made from rocks near actual cave-painting sites!) In science class students started working on taxonomy mini-posters as a continuation of their study of evolution. On Friday, Becca offered an extra essay workshop to help some students get caught up on their essays before the end of the biweekly: it was so effective that we may …

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Weekly Update: Monday 10/18 – Friday 10/22, 20212021-10-22T22:43:34+00:00
15 10, 2021

Weekly Update: Monday, Oct. 11th – Friday, Oct. 15th, 2021

2021-10-15T16:31:56+00:00

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This week, students started reading The Boy With the Bronze Axe by Kathleen Fiddler and began writing Reading Response 1: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. In science, students extracted DNA from strawberries and discussed the requirements of life (and if viruses fulfill those requirements or not).
Today in Mathtivity, students asked and worked to answer the question, “How do we know how old things are?” (Pictured, Althea and the students discuss the ages …

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Weekly Update: Monday, Oct. 11th – Friday, Oct. 15th, 20212021-10-15T16:31:56+00:00
8 10, 2021

Weekly Update: Monday, Oct. 4th – Friday, Oct. 8th, 2021

2021-10-08T13:59:37+00:00

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This week at school we’ve finished up learning about human evolution in humanities, and next week we’ll start discussing hunter gatherers and the neolithic period before moving on to the mesolithic periods. In science, students will continue studying evolution for a little longer before moving on to genetics and then cells.
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Pictured, the kids get ready to play hide’n’seek tag at recess!
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Weekly Update: Monday, Oct. 4th – Friday, Oct. 8th, 20212021-10-08T13:59:37+00:00
1 10, 2021

Weekly Update: Monday 9/27-Friday 10/1

2021-10-01T15:31:26+00:00

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This week at Four Winds marked the start of biweekly two. In science class students continued their study of evolution at the cellular level (traits, DNA, etc.) and in humanities we started studying human evolution. After enjoying a day off on Thursday, students learned about the “four color theorem” in Mathtivity and started their Implicit Bias unit in Skills Workshop. This afternoon we’ll be enjoying a nature walk with alumni parent, Josh Rose!

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Weekly Update: Monday 9/27-Friday 10/12021-10-01T15:31:26+00:00
24 09, 2021

Weekly Update: Monday 9/20 – Friday 9/24, 2021

2021-09-24T17:11:51+00:00

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This week at school students finished their first essay assignment of the year (Creative Writing 1: Introduce Yourself), and they should be half way through reading The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. In Humanities we studied creation myths, and next week’s essay assignment is Creative Writing 2: Write Your Own Creation Myth. In science students have started studying evolution at the cellular level, setting us up to discuss human evolution in humanities next biweekly.

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Weekly Update: Monday 9/20 – Friday 9/24, 20212021-09-24T17:11:51+00:00
17 09, 2021

Weekly Update: Monday 9/13 – Friday 9/17

2021-09-17T16:09:18+00:00

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This week we had a great start to our first biweekly of the school year! During academic work time, students got used to their math textbooks, learned their way around our new vocabulary and daily practice systems, started their first essay assignment of the school year (Creative Writing 1: Introduce Yourself), made progress in their Latin studies, and started the first assigned book of the year, The Magician’s Nephew. Additionally, students were able to meet our two …

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Weekly Update: Monday 9/13 – Friday 9/172021-09-17T16:09:18+00:00
11 09, 2021

Weekly Update: Tuesday, 9/6- Friday 9/10

2021-09-11T16:52:34+00:00

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Having completed our first ever workshop week and written biweeklies for next week, we will officially be starting Biweekly 1 on Monday! One thing to note about the schedule is that we’ve decided to keep the “social emotional learning Fridays” format that we adopted last spring. We observed that spending one day each biweekly doing only Creative Writing, “Mathtivity”, Skills …

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Weekly Update: Tuesday, 9/6- Friday 9/102021-09-11T16:52:34+00:00
4 09, 2021

Weekly Update: August 30th – September 3rd, 2021

2021-09-04T19:24:16+00:00

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Interior Renovation

The three-year long process of interior renovation and organization is complete, and the building looks great! Thank you so much to everyone who made this possible, including Mark Barry (painting), Mike Quinn from Kidder Flooring, the Gill Historical Society (the building we rent, the Riverside Municipal Building, is Gill’s Historic schoolhouse!), the Town of Gill, Gill Select Board, and Town Administrator (our landlord) Ray Purrington, and to all of the parents and students who helped …

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Weekly Update: August 30th – September 3rd, 20212021-09-04T19:24:16+00:00
5 08, 2021

Monthly Update: August 2021

2021-08-05T18:55:24+00:00

At Four Winds School the teachers are preparing for what will hopefully be a back-to-normal school year. We’re looking forward to returning to our regular routine and to spending more time with our community again. Our interior has also been freshly repainted (thanks to Mark Barry) and recarpeted (thanks to Mike Quinn from Kidder Flooring) this summer, so we will be able to welcome students back to a cozy new classroom set up. 

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Monthly Update: August 20212021-08-05T18:55:24+00:00
12 07, 2021

Monthly Update: July 2021

2021-07-12T21:29:36+00:00

is seeking help, donations, and expertise in the following areas!

  1. Substitute teachers
    We had a small sub list before the pandemic, but all of them have moved on to other jobs and/or moved away! If you know anyone who is interested in subbing at Four Winds, please have them email us at fourwindsteachers@nullgmail.com to set up an interview! We pay $25/hour.
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Monthly Update: July 20212021-07-12T21:29:36+00:00
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