Happening @ Orinda Academy

What students have experienced so far during the 2016-2017 school year:

Summer playlist: before school started, our summer reading took an interesting twist in that all students and staff were encouraged to submit stories and media to our google classroom about learning experiences of all kinds during the summer.

All of us retreated! In September the whole school spent two days and a night in the redwoods with advisory bonding, s'mores, swimming, and more!

Othello at Cal Shakes: we loaded up the whole school to see a world-class production of one of Shakespeare's finest, which challenged many students and staff to see race, abuse, women's roles, and jealousy in a stripped down production.

Virtual Day! The day after the all-school retreat, students and staff had school in their jammies! We stayed home and had virtual classes and completed at-your-own pace assignments using google classroom and hangout

Environmental science sudents participated in an ongoing watershed restoration in cooperation with EBMUD

Banned Books Week: students discussed and read from their choices of banned or challenged books in all-school meeting

Physics students built models of rollercoasters to study motion

We talked about race, religion, feminism, and otherness in advisory and all-school meetings, with Van Jones, TED Talks, and our own students as resources

Country projects: World Cultures and Environmental Science participated in a cross-curricular mashup to create a brand new country

Cat rescue! Our house cat had kittens, and our community came together to facilitate adoption, vaccination, spaying, and neutering!

Dia de los Muertos Altar: Spanish classes built an altar for Dia de los Muertos and researched and wrote about important Spanish-speaking historical figures to display on the altar

Standing for Standing Rock: teacher Lauren and counselor Chloe accompanied students to support the water protectors in San Francisco

Winter Concert: three school bands performed to a packed house, and rocked it!

Advanced Composition: Seniors visited the Oakland Museum and the Black Panthers exhibit for research and reflection

Black History Month presentations during all-school meeting in the month of February highlighting Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Mary Fields, Coretta Scott King, and some great music.

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