Environmental Education

EVERGREEN CHARTER SCHOOL

At Evergreen Charter School:

  1. Students learn through real-world problem-solving
  2. Students study the world’s weather: “Teachable” Moment
  • Storm Sandy-floods, winds, electricity, gas, communication, food…
  • Northeastern Winter Storm- climate, change, electricity.
  1. Students disperse to their individual or group-or team-based activities.
  2. The flexible scheduling allows students to pursue activities as the project, and not the clock, dictates. Assessment includes evaluation rubrics, long-term portfolios, evaluative journals, and normal standardized tests.
  3. The curriculum’s focuses on site-based, real-world projects making learning relevant and accessible to all students, whether they are academically gifted or academically challenged.

Our school is participating in a variety environmental projects across all grade levels throughout the school year.

Groceries Project: Earth Day Groceries Project is a cost-free environmental awareness project in which our students decorate paper grocery bags with environmental messages for Earth Day. Thanks to Hempstead Stop and Shop for partnering with us. The bags can be found at the check out counter. Pick up one on your next shopping trip!

Environmental Challenge:  Students are being challenged to create a project reusing plastic water bottles. The projects are being presented by the engineers during morning assemblies. Pictures coming soon!

Environmental Themed Morning Assembly: School staff members will put on a performance for students highlighting the important of being eco-friendly.

Students engage in the ongoing school-wide in project-based-learning opportunities. These projects are a vehicle for integrated learning and can be designed to include all four core curriculum areas (English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Socials Studies) as well as other curriculum areas.

Educating for Sustainability: At ECS, students explore how we depend on the local environment and what necessities it provides. Through inquiry, they will discover where the food they eat comes from and what impacts human land use has on the environment.

Making Connections: Composting is just one example of how the school garden project will help students experience and understand connections, connections which also apply to the community.

Field Trip to HeartBeet Farms

THE EVERGREEN SUNFLOWER EXTRAVAGANZA!

A Note from the Author: Scott Wright

Hello Everyone, it has been my honor to have the opportunity to come to Evergreen Charter School to give a presentation to the children about Sunflowers, and our own connection to Nature. There are many ways for humanity to change, but it has to begin with the Children. What we teach them is what the adults of tomorrow will be living. I believe in creating a space to allow children to experience their own inner beauty and that is what I attempt to do as I interact with them.

We do this through the metaphor of the Sunflowers. My children’s book, Sunflower Circle, is a story about a man named Helio who found his own connection and inner knowing partly from his experience in the garden communing with Mother Earth and being told to plant Sunflowers. It’s a true story about my own life and experience. I came to a powerful awakening out of a life full of distraction, to an inner knowing of who I am and how I can serve others.

My wife LaRae and I have been working together on a variety of projects as we hope can help make the world a better place. One of those endeavors is our publishing company, Children Leading Children. We have published four books by four authors, all true stories, and each one a unique lesson for children. You can find more information, and order books for schools or for personal use on our website. All authors are available independently to present at your schools and other organizations who are trying to make a difference in the lives of children. www.childrenleadingchildren.com