John Muir Outdoor School News
June 25, 2021
Dear John Muir Outdoor School Families,
We did it! Together we closed out one of the most unique years of school in history. I know that I have said this many times but I am incredibly grateful to the entire John Muir Outdoor School community for the partnership we've all shared through the many challenges, changes, and celebrations of the past year. As I look to the year ahead, I am filled with excitement and energy. There are so many good things on the horizon!
To our eighth grade students and families who have now left us and moved on to their next adventure, you will be forever missed and remembered. To our new families who are joining our community in the coming year, we can't wait to get to know you. To our families who remain, we're excited to get opportunities to come together once again and continue to build our school community.
Next week I will attend a four-day intensive training called Coaching for Educational Equity (CFEE). Then, I will be taking some time in July to spend time in nature, enjoy my family, rest, renew, and reset. I hope that you all get the opportunity to have some time to do the same this summer! I will return to school on August 2nd ready to make it happen in advance of the first day of school on Monday, August 30th.
With gratitude and warmth,
A huge shout out to Elizabeth Galicia and the JMOS PTC for organizing our incredible Hike-a-Thon! Elizabeth collected donations from local businesses for weekly raffle prizes and regularly reported miles so that they could be shared. She kept the energy and enthusiasm alive and as a result, students and families hiked- a ton. Thank you, Elizabeth!
Facilities Name Review Committee to Present Recommendations to School Board
On Monday, June 28th the Facilities Name Review Committee will present their recommendations to the ASD School Board. This committee has been working to research and assess the people for whom our buildings and grounds are named, including John Muir Outdoor School. For more information about the work session, click here.
Zoey's Giftcards from the JMOS PTC
Zaire's Art Auction
Spring Snowball Fight!
Did you happen to hear about the marshmallow "snowballs" that have been flying around our campus? In an effort to have some extra fun in the final weeks of school, we had a little friendly competition. Here were the rules:
1) No "snow" can be thrown inside a classroom.
2) You cannot tell ANYONE who got you out.
3) You must be at least 6' away from your target before throwing your snowball. (We are, after all, still in a pandemic.)
4) If the person catches your snowball, YOU are out.
5) If you miss the person (or the “snow” is deflected by them somehow), nothing happens except that they now know you're after them-- and they'll never trust you again!
6) If someone gets you out, please report it to me so that I can assign them a new target.
I'm proud to announce the Snowball Champ is David Wasserman!
Poetry and Popsicles
Fundraising Success and Community Building
Field Day Fun
We weren't able to go to Garfield Park for our Last Day of School festivities but I'm not sure anyone even noticed! We had a blast!
5th—8th grade stations included:
Fastest Tagger in the West (with wet sponge balls)
Play Structure Time/Blacktop Options
Hose Limbo/Water Play
Kindergarten—4th grade stations included:
Cooperative Sponge Relay Race
Play Structure Time/Blacktop Options
Hose Limbo/Water Play time + Sidewalk Chalk and Bubble Play Station.
Device Return: A Message from our Tech Department
The year is almost over and it is nearly time to collect all loaned technology and the power cord (including district laptops, iPads, and hotspots). After a year of hard work, we need to refresh the devices by performing maintenance and updates so they are ready for use this coming fall. To make sure this happens, please return all technology immediately!
Does your student plan to attend summer school? We still need your currently issued technology returned! Summer school teachers will make sure students have access to all necessary tools this summer, including technology if needed. Is your student’s loaned device a little worse for wear? Maybe it’s missing a keyboard key or has a cracked screen? We still need damaged devices returned so we can perform repairs.
You are also welcome to return devices directly to the AHS IVC Center. See below for details.
AHS IVC Center Technology Return Schedule
All established return windows have passed. Please contact the Tech Department to arrange your return.
If you have questions or are unable to return the technology at any of the listed times, email email@example.com or call 541-201-2600 to make other arrangements.
Thanks in advance and CONGRATULATIONS on making it through to the end of the school year!
Ashland School District IT Department
The hallway roofs are now demolished and will be raised up to fit all of the new ductwork, water lines, electrical, and fire suppression system. Completion: Summer, 2022
Upcoming Important Dates and Events
Monday, 8/30: First Day Back to School (K-8)
Wednesday, 9/1: Early Release at 1:30pm
Monday, 9/6: No School (Labor Day)
Next year: School will return to our 8:20-2:50 schedule and Outdoor Ed will return to Fridays.
John Muir Outdoor School
JMOS: Inspiring our students to deepen their connection with the Earth through integrity, the arts, stewardship, and authentic learning experiences.