School Showcase

I’ve performed for a lot of different audiences over the years, but this crowd had me nervous. From Carnegie Hall to stand-up poetry slams, I thought I could handle any group of onlookers, but I had a feeling this audience would give me some real, raw feedback, for better or worse. On November 12, 2019, I went before 26 students […]
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This week, the Wellness club watched our indoor garden grow and learned what helps and hurts a plant. We were excited to thin our radish plants out, especially because we got to eat the extra peppery sprouts. We also focused on food groups and what makes a good lunch. Students had a chance to create a healthier Lunchable which included […]
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The Wellness Club has been busy learning about compost and planting our indoor garden! So far, our radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, and basil are sprouting with plenty of varieties on the way. We focused on the Red Wiggler Worm and learning their role in our food system which included feeding our worm farm with food scraps after snack. This week, we […]
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On November 4th we launched our new After-School Wellness Club. It is an exciting start to health and wellness at our school! This program is supported by two grants, one from Americorps Colorado and another from the Colorado Health Foundation. Lexi is our Americorps Member, helping to serve this club. Alexis (Lexi) Bernstein graduated with a B.A. from College of […]
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On Wednesday, October 23rd, 13 6th graders from Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS), set out on a 1-mile uphill climb through early winter snow along the Continental Divide Trail with their teacher, Kelsey Wright, and Rockies’ Community Naturalist, Keith Bruno, to initiate a long-term monitoring plot for the American Pika (Ochotona princeps). A little-known creature of the Rocky Mountain high […]
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Pagosa Peak Open School is proud to announce that our very own Amelie Heinicke’s play “The Adventure of Samantha” has been selected for the 2019 Youth Playwrights Festival! Amelie is a 2nd Grade student of Ms. Robyn’s 2nd/3rd grade class at PPOS, and her play will be workshopped by a professional team at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. […]
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On October 4th at 10am, Pagosa Peak Open School’s students will compete in our 2nd annual Ninja Warrior Challenge. This year’s challenge is sponsored by Pagosa Brewing Co. and will feature a Ninja Warrior obstacle course designed by our 6th grade class. We invite families to come show our students support as they engage in a fun and healthy field […]
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Perry Davis Harper: From ‘Les Mis’ star to head of a Thingamajig acting family dynasty © Carole Howard in The Pagosa Springs SUN When Perry Davis Harper first performed at Thingamajig Theatre in 2014 in the starring role of Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables,” audiences at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts were mesmerized by his stage presence and […]
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A tiny redwood, a group of worms, a guinea pig, a flutter of butterflies, a patch of strawberries. Life springs around PPOS students as rainy days give way to a sunny summer. These interactions, small and large, provide students with opportunities to walk through Life Sciences in meaningful and hands-on ways: Will this seed grow? Will this pet eat carrots? […]
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On May 9th, after weeks of hard work managing money collected from their class store, Ms. Robyn’s 2nd and 3rd grade class took their earnings to the cats and dogs. During the school’s Spring Student Showcase in April, this class managed a store in the lobby, selling bracelets, clay figurines, pillows, paper ornaments, and toys to raise funds to “Save […]
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In the fall of 2018 the Foundation for Archuleta County Education helped to supply Ms. Kelle’s 1st and 2nd grade class with Singapore math manipulatives. Singapore math refers to the teaching method and curriculum used in the small island country of Singapore for K-6th grade. This particular math system supports a real-world application of math through concrete, pictorial and abstract […]
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In downtown Pagosa Springs, situated near the San Juan River and world-famous hot springs, three impressive and large dome structures sit next to the quaint river walk. One dome in particular supports education. Inside of this dome, a wide array of plants grow year-round, thanks to the care of the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP). The appropriately named “Education Dome” is […]
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It started and ended with money. What is it, how do we use it, why do we have it, and how can we get it? The second and third-graders in Ms. Robyn’s class began setting up shop – literally. Desks were pushed into corners and signs announced merchandise and pricing. Pencils, erasers, school newsletters and paper airplanes for sale littered […]
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Spring at PPOS is an exciting time. Snowy banks melt into muddy puddles, indoor planting turns to plans for outdoor planting, and memories of ski days become anticipation for farm days. Last Monday Mrs. Bruno’s first and second-graders headed to the downtown grow dome – as they have every week – with a specific intent on planning for the season. […]
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