Our Librarian’s well researched article on information literacy in 2018.


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Reflections on Japan, one week into reentry back at the ranch…


The Japan experience with 43 of our 8th Grade students is still marinating, and likely will for some time to come. My own reflections on the trip, on the visible growth and maturation of many of our students, on the benefit of experiencing being “other” as a part of one’s educational journey will likely play out for weeks and months to come. I do look forward to hearing more of the student reflections as they get some distance from the experience and can “look back and reflect” on where they stretched themselves, stepped way outside of their comfort zone and overcame the stress of a language barrier, homesickness, isolation.

Yes, our students stepped outside the classroom for five school days and then part of their break for this excursion, AND the learning and persevering that comes along with this “classroom of a different sort” is not to be underestimated in the list of school experiences where they learn so much about themselves and their world. It’s all still marinating…

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February 20 Kiyomizu: Temple Visit and Lunch and Shopping, Oh My!

Well the weather gods saw fit to make our final day in Japan as glorious as all the others!

We had a great final day!

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Treats from Australia!

Leo’s dad swung by Kyoto from Australia and left us some ANZAC cookies!

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February 20 Ryoanji Temple

Beautiful crisp morning and we pretty much had this Zen Garden to ourselves.

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February 20: Last day blues…

We are on our last tour day in Kyoto!

Loading luggage and waiting…

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Japan 2018: February 19 A Day in Hiroshima

We got good history and heard many sobering tales of tragedy and survival.

We left paper cranes at the Children’s Peace Memorial, many from Ms. Chiba’s school.

Then we had some traditional Hiroshima cuisine!

Dinner was at Kyoto Ninja!

Tomorrow is our final day of Kyoto sightseeing and then we board our flight home!

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