• 2017 Prospect Sierra Summer Stories

    September 12, 2017

      Aaron Moorhead This summer our family of five covered lots of ground by land and by air, starting with our annual weeklong trip to the Trinity Alps Resort, where we swam, fished, and connected with old friends. From there we headed north to central Oregon for a week of leisure living in that outdoor..

  • A Design Challenge that Goes Deep

    September 7, 2017

    Collaborating in groups is daily work at Prospect Sierra. But before students dive in, they think about how they’d like to collaborate and together, define a shared set of expectations for this group work. At the start of the school year, new groups are formed and this week students conducted a design challenge as part..

  • Abby’s Corner: Are You Ready for the Eclipse?

    August 15, 2017

    Almost Welcome Back… It’s almost time to say, “Welcome to the new year!” When August 1 hits, I am always ready to see students. It’s just too quiet these days, and I cannot wait to welcome all of you back onto the Tapscott campus. We are hard at work getting our campus and classrooms ready..

  • Seeing the World Through Our Children’s Eyes

    August 15, 2017

    I hope that the summer has allowed you many moments to see the world through your children’s eyes–with wonder, exploration, and sometimes awe. Even though we face significant political, international, and environmental challenges as a world community, the lenses through which children view the world need to be preserved and nurtured so that they grow..

  • Congratulations Estella, National Medalist!

    June 7, 2017

    We are thrilled to announce that our very own seventh grader, Estella Zhou, has earned national medals in the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Estella’s short story, China Bird, received a gold medal, and her flash fiction piece, The Sunbirds, received a silver medal. Both..

  • Abby’s Corner – News from Tapscott!

    May 12, 2017

    A Peek into Program Each year our Tapscott Green Committee works to ensure that we celebrate and deepen our commitment to being a Green School all year long, and especially during our annual Earth Week in April. This year, a few fun traditions continued such as daily Earth Week Poetry read aloud by students over..

  • The Path To Global Citizenry in Fifth Grade Humanities

    February 22, 2017

    How do people’s differences keep them apart, and what strategies can be used to bring them together? These are the essential questions that guide our 5th grade humanities classes. By studying past and present events, 5th graders are introduced to real world problems. We aim to create projects and experiences for these students that allow them..

  • From Simple Addition to Multiplicative Thinking – How Our Curriculum Spans the K-8 Years

    January 26, 2017

    A comprehensive K-8 curriculum map had long been a goal for Prospect Sierra. Our teachers excel in their planning, implementing, and evaluating of their curricula, and Abby Guinn, Heather Rogers, and Katherine Dinh shared a vision of an interactive virtual document that would serve as a glimpse into the scope and sequence of Prospect Sierra’s..

  • Peer Education and Waste Sorting – A Cyclical Relationship

    January 9, 2017

    Can you recycle plastic containers if they still have a little yogurt in them? Do paper plates go in the compost? What does “plastic film” mean? These are some of the everyday questions that Prospect Sierra students ponder as they finish lunch and dispose of their waste.   In order to collect data about how well..

  • An Intimate Conversation with Michael Lewis

    January 8, 2017

    Join Prospect Sierra School for an evening with legendary Bay Area author Michael Lewis in his only East Bay appearance as he launches his new release, The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed our Minds. He’ll be in lively conversation with Dacher Keltner, renowned social psychologist at UC Berkeley, founder of the Greater Good Science Center, and author..

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