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Spring Break Begins!

Apr 14th, 2017

{photo by Aaron Brunhofer}

“I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and

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Win Tickets to See Hamilton!

Apr 13th, 2017

{photo by Travis Wise via flickr / CC BY 2.0}

Think west coast, not east coast, but oh yes, it’s true… have you heard this? Here’s an exciting announcement from our Development Director, Cozy

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Wednesday Wonders: Sound Waves

Apr 12th, 2017

We have a fun moment to share with our readers today, sent in last week by Intermediate Science teacher Lisa Wallace after one of her Track A classes. She took photos the next day on Track B, to

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Family Fun: A Review of MOXI in Santa Barbara

Apr 11th, 2017

{photos by Jamie Foster}

Looking for a stimulating field trip idea to try over Spring Break? Look no further! SLOCA grandparent Jamie Foster sent us this fantastic review of a new museum in Santa

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Monday Mix-ins: North Vs South

Apr 10th, 2017

{photo by Daniel Schwen via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0}

This week we will continue to supplement our studies of the Civil War. There's a lot here, but this really is merely a fraction of the

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Free Friday, Cannon-Bowling, and Civil War Events

Apr 7th, 2017
{photo by Benjamin Faust}

Today we are celebrating all the hard work our SLOCA students have put in toward raising money for this year’s student-driven fundraiser: the Revolutionary Cannon-Bowl!

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Character Trait for April 2017: Citizenship

Apr 6th, 2017

“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”

~Abraham Lincoln 

Our character trait focus this month is Citizenship:Read More

Wednesday Wonders: Future SLOCA Engineers

Apr 5th, 2017

{photos by Eryka Santoyo}

For today’s wonder moment, we wanted to share about the Intermediate STEM class that was offered recently as a 4-week Friday class. Third and fourth grade students were

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A Day in the Life: The Antoniadis Family

Apr 4th, 2017
{photos by Kary Antoniadis}

Today we bring you another Day in the Life post, where you get to tag along with a SLOCA family on one of their home days. Each family's routines and experiences are

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Monday Mix-ins: Abraham Lincoln

Apr 3rd, 2017

Lincoln Memorial photo by Jeff Kubina via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0}

We are moving along through American History, and approaching the Civil War. As you can imagine, there are many sites

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Free Friday: March 31, 2017

Mar 31st, 2017

{photo by Danielle MacInnes}

“You will never have this day with your children again. Tomorrow, they’ll be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift, breathe and notice. Smell and

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Beginning Chapter Book Series for Young Readers

Mar 30th, 2017

Today’s guest blogger is our very own librarian, Emily Ferrarini, who has written this wonderful guide to beginning chapter books. Read on to learn more about this stage, to and for plenty of

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Wednesday Wonders: Invention Convention

Mar 29th, 2017

{photo by Carolyn Eicher}

It’s been a few weeks since our spectacular Science Night, but here on the blog we don’t want to neglect celebrating all the fascinating projects presented at our

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Parents Weigh In On Screen Time Survey

Mar 28th, 2017

{photo by StartupStockPhotos}

How do you handle screen time/game time/device time in your family? It’s a question parents often ask each other, and it’s frequently a source of conflict and stress.

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Monday Mix-ins: Frederick Douglass

Mar 27th, 2017

Frederick Douglass By George Kendall Warren
{Public Domain via Wikipedia}

“Education means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means the uplifting of the soul of man into the glorious

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Free Friday: March 24, 2017

Mar 24th, 2017

{photos by Guy Kinnear}

“You can do anything with children if only you play with them.”

~ German (on parenting and children)

Happy Friday, one and all! We’ve completed our first week of

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Student Work: More Rube Goldberg Machines!

Mar 23rd, 2017

Following up on our UMS Rube Goldberg machine post, we now have some video footage from our Lower Middle School and Intermediate classes, so we thought we’d share those with you as well! 

It looks

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Wednesday Wonders: Science Bowl 2017

Mar 22nd, 2017

SLOCA students recently had the honor of once again participating in the National Science Bowl! This year, we sent both a Middle School team and a High School team to the competition. Paige Bartel

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Bringing Nature to Our Home Days

Mar 21st, 2017

{photos by Jessica Pahl}

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”

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Monday Mix-ins: The Underground Railroad

Mar 20th, 2017

The Underground Railroad Sculpture
{photo by Battle Creek CVB via Flickr / CC BY 2.0}

This week we are learning about the Underground Railroad – that secret network of people, safe houses, and

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