Cooper Ballantine, 3rd Grade Teacher, frequently inspires his class with a unique Morning Message. He recently created a morning message using the game Animal Crossing to remind students to be prepared.
This morning message is a sample of The Willows Distance Learning Program designed to engage our students and inspire them to become independent lifelong learners whether distance or in-person learning is happening!
2nd Grade Ocean Song 2nd grade sings the Ocean Song, written by Greg Blum, music teachers and a Willows alumn.
Planting The Seeds
Our organic garden is still growing–in many places! In honor of Spring and to enable our students to keep our Willows organic gardening curriculum going strong, seed packets were mailed to each student in grades Developmental Kindergarten through 5th grade. Students received carrot, radish, cucumber, and tomato seed packets with instructions to plant in the ground or a container.
We suggested that students keep a journal of how many seeds were planted and how many seeds sprouted, accompanied by drawings of the different stages of growth.
We are "Tied to Our Community"
Our 2019-2020 Schoolwide theme, “The Ties that Bind Us,” has been integrated meaningfully into our academic and social emotional curriculum throughout the year and now resonates more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. To support our Willows and Los Angeles communities during these unprecedented times, an activity entitled Tied to Our Community is offering our students the optional opportunity to creatively express gratitude to the essential employees who have been tirelessly working to keep us safe and united. Students selected an essential worker or workers and showed their gratitude and support in creative ways such as writing thank you letters, making signs, making masks, buying flowers, and baking treats.
A Fantastic Virtual Debate!
The Willows Debate Team recently competed in a Virtual Tournament with 13 teams competing from 5 schools that was a great way to finish off an incredibly successful debate season. The Willows placed at every tournament this past year, and we had teams and speakers win dozens of awards along the way. The Debate Team debated on both sides of two topics: The US Federal Government should eliminate private individual ownership of cars and the government should track all US residents to monitor who has COVID-19. Congratulations to 8th grade student Naomi B. for claiming top speaker and to Naomi B. and 8th grade student Maddy E. for claiming the first-place team. For Sweepstakes, The Willows placed first in overall wins. Five debaters finished in the top 10 speakers: 1st place Naomi B., 3rd place Zachary G., 5th place Maddy E., 8th place Taegan F-C, and 10th place Henry K. Very special congratulations to all our 8 debaters who competed: Abe N-R (6th), Zach G (8th), Naomi B (8th), Henry K (8th), Finn W (7th), Maddie E (8th), Leo V (7th), and Taegan F-C (8th). Congratulations to all the Debate Team and to Debate Team Coach Steve Futterman for a truly amazing year!
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