Visitors from Pine Tech came to our school today to talk to us about some of the programs they offer related to technology. They talked about an exciting project in development for building a racing simulator. We were also able to hear more about what the VEX Robotics competition is, what our responsibilities are, see Pine Tech's robot, and receive some help for our own robot. Watch this video to see the VEX Competition Objective for this year.
Once again we were graced by the presence of Paul & Larraine Mickelson to continue our work with Restorative Practices. Today's activity focused on what it feels like when you harm someone, what it feels like when you repair the harm caused, and how to get from one to the other. We created posters to depict each category and then followed up with a discussion about them. Some really great posters were created; we have a group of deep and creative thinkers!
We have the privilege of a visit from Josh of Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College today. He spoke with us about the benefits of attending a 2-year college or technical school, whether that be FDLTCC or any other 2-year school. He also let us know about what courses of study FDLTCC has to offer as well as the facilities and extracurriculars. We look forward to Josh's visit every year as he is a very charismatic speaker and has a fun life story to share.
Today we were visited by special guest Justine Ward of Window, who came to speak to us about Healthy Dating Relationships. We talked and learned about the different forms of dating abuse, from verbal, emotional, psychological, physical, sexual, and cyber. We also learned about what we can do as victims and bystanders, as well as the repercussions as an offender. If you are unfamiliar with WINDOW, they are a fantastic local resource for victims in our local communities and you can find out more information here: http://window4victims.com/ or on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Window-Victim-Services-Visitation-Center-101834796597961/
These last two weeks we have had a number of visitors to the ALP. Last week, Jen Elliot from Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Services talked to us about all of the services that CMJTS has to offer, like help achieving a high school diploma, career readiness, job skills, post-secondary education, life skills, acquiring housing, living on your own, and so much more! We look forward to working with Jen throughout the year.
On Monday, Cheryl Bjerke from the St. Croix River Education District introduced us to the new Pine County PASS program and what it means for truant students. A few of our students have agreed to work with Cheryl on a project for this program. Stay tuned!
Today, Deb Hekrdle, head cook for our schools, talked to us about getting the Fresh Fruits & Veggies Program (affectionately known in the ALP as "Tasty Treats") fired up again for this school year. The students were able to talk with Deb about how the program will run this year and working together to create a nutrition book about the snacks for the elementary kiddos.
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