Students at Whittier School; alternative, special education K-12, are benefiting from the incorporation of all components of the district’s 20/20 Vision: achievement, neighborhood, parents, effective teachers, district leadership, and community.
teachers Melanie Mastin and Tim Schamp have created a way for high
school students to apply skills learned in science class through campus
jobs and school businesses. All teachers develop units of study based on
standards given a “no worksheet challenge.”
When connecting units
of study with high-level standards, such as biology and earth science,
science projects and campus jobs produce a high level of performance
that transfers to authentic, real world experiences. The application of
these skills is tied closely to Common Core State Standards.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle unit in science class prompted Schamp’s
transition skills class to study the impact of paper towels used at
Whittier School for custodial use for the Going Green Fair.
from this project led to the creation of the Whittier Towel Service.
This campus job provides cloth towels to offices and classrooms
throughout the campus.
Another example of student performance
aligned with high level standards is the yearly Whittier School Science
Fair. For the past four years, Whittier School student science projects
have placed at the district wide Greater San Diego Science and
Engineering Fair held at Balboa Park. On March 25, Alex Latimar-Galvan
received a second place ribbon for his science fair project about
Mastin and Schamp continue working together to create
additional science based campus jobs and student businesses. Currently a
science unit on water conservation and xeroscape gardening will lead to
creating a rain water harvesting system which will provide water to
drought tolerant school gardens.
For more information about Whittier School please contact Janice Von Arx, principal, 858 490-2770 or jvonarx@sandinet.