Adolescent Community Newsletter (2014-2015)

14 Aug 2014

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”

―Rachel Carsone

Our first week and a half back to school has been a busy time of transitioning to a new environment and learning after a nice long break. Now that goal-setting conferences have been completed, students are learning new systems of organization, practicing time management, reviewing old skills, learning new ones and building community. As your adolescent gets used to the new schedule and work load, it is important that parents are very firm, but kind about expectations (as are we as guides). Students know that if they are having trouble organizing or finishing their work, they can always come to Tallis or Kate to get help. We do meet students where they are and can adapt work while continuing to support and challenge each student. As part of the strong start to the adolescent programme, we leave for our eight day – seven night community building/environmental science trip on Sunday the 17th. We will return the following Sunday the 24th and have Monday the 25th and Tuesday the 26th off to rejuvenate and reflect.

The Adolescent Team

Kate, Tallis and Dhian


First Day: Students organizing their planners



Students have spent the first weeks of our science cycle planning for their upcoming community building/ environmental science camp. Students identified the many different lenses through which the Bali Barat National Park could be viewed in a scientific manner. They each chose a perspective, researched the viewpoint of that lens and then practice their presentation skills in and informal presentation using a mind map model.

Students also reviewed the scientific model by designing and building models from materials available from their immediate school environment to stop eggs from breaking when dropped from different heights.

Our studies will continue at camp and the week beyond as we establish our community garden.


Egg Drop





Science Observation Activity

Language Workshop

Students have used their summer reading (The Book Thief) as an avenue to write a persuasive compare/contrast essay about the book and movie. We have reviewed critical analysis methods used to examine literature our small groups in the afternoon. Students have read Tuck Everlasting  completed their journal entries and character lists. Using this short novel, we reviewed seminar skills as we discussed the book in seminar format using student generated interpretive questions as an inquiry method. Wordly Wise (vocabulary and comprehension) and Current Issues (finding articles, summarizing and generating discussion questions) work were part of our Language Arts work.

Bahasa Indonesian

This year the adolescent students are divided into two groups in their studies of Bahasa Indonesian. The beginning/intermediate group has lessons with Lina and the advanced/fluent students with Dhian.

The beginners started the lesson with a language quiz to help with expressions concerning introductions. We focused on grammar lessons (using saya as ‘I’ and tidak as ‘no’ or ‘not’). We studied culture — Selamatan (special Javanese ceremonial meal) and discussed some signs we might find in Indonesia.

In the advanced group, we started the lesson with the topic of berita (news). We discussed characteristics of the news and read the examples of Indonesian news so that the students could observe the format of the journalism and the language used. By the end of section, the students wrote news about newsworthy events that happened in the school. We’ve also started our research about an area of Indonesia. The students picked an area they’re interested in and are doing research. They had to answer some questions given related to crops, housing, religion, traditional costumes, food, and traditions. They are going to create the reports on the findings.



Mathematics and Math Seminar

Students began reviewing math concepts, organizing their math homework notebook and are constructing a math interactive notebook to help practice new and reviewed concepts to mastery. Minute math takes place at the start of every session and the students keep records of their progress. In math seminar, students learned to play the card game “Crib” to practice basic math skills.


Interactive Math Notebook

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