January 26, 2021
February 12 – Winter Term End
February 15-19 – Midwinter Break
February 22 – Spring Term Begins
We are cautiously optimistic that we will have a return of Friday in-person activities starting February 5th. Assuming the rolling 7-day average case count for Whatcom continues to fall, remaining below 90, we will welcome the return of these outdoor experiences. We will make the call on February 1st; however, we wanted to give all families ample notice to make preparations before it becomes official. In addition, please be on the lookout for an update to our Covid-19 Plan before Spring Term starts as we more closely incorporate Gov. Inslee’s school opening guidance.
End of Term
We are rapidly approaching the end of our shortest term. Any incompletes from last term need to be completed before the end of this term in order to gain credit. Any independent studies for Spring Term will need to be finalized by the end of the week. In addition students and families should be gearing up for finals, term-end, and a well-deserved mid-winter break. In addition, we would like to apologize for a double posting on the school’s calendar regarding our term-end event. We will be hosting our Term-End Event on Friday the 12th at 7:00pm. Sorry for the confusion.
The Hiring Committee is in the preliminary stages of filling the Head of School position in conjunction with Bacchus’ retirement this summer. A job posting for the position can be found on our website under the “Employment” tab. The goal of the Hiring Committee is to fill the Head of School position with someone who will blend well with our school’s unique culture and continue to provide excellent leadership as we move forward. An overlap period is planned to allow Bacchus to provide as much information as possible to the new Head of School. If you have a candidate in mind, please direct them to our website to review qualifications and submit an application to careers@explorationsacademy.
Please find listing here:
To best facilitate cross-enrollment with Whatcom Community College, we are asking all students interested in taking English 101 for college credit to formally register for this class no later than Friday, Feb 5. High school students in 10th grade or higher can take this course, regardless of their spring cluster choice. Cross-enrolled students will need to register at WCC and pay a $100 course fee. There may be CARES Act funding available for families for whom this is a financial burden.
Our English 101 class will be based on the topic “Fame and Fortune,” a theme which intersects with both of our planned clusters. We will explore issues of aspiration, inspiration, talent, hard work, luck, and obscurity. The class will be offered as a “writing lab” during spring term’s elective time slot, and will supplement either of the regular cluster English courses. It is not a second English class, but dedicated time for lessons, practice, and writing feedback. Students in 101 will complete a modified version of their regular cluster English course, and earn .75 credits in English plus 5 credits at WCC. This is an excellent opportunity for any student behind in English Credits and/or students planning on pursuing college opportunities.
Contact Marley for more information and to reserve your spot in the course.
Inspired by our middle school PE photo contest, EA would like to open up the competition to the whole school. Each Monday this term, staff members will vote on the top photo either taken by or featuring an EA scholar engaged in work for any class. The winner will be featured in the family bulletin and receive an Explorations Academy t-shirt. Please submit your photos via email to Bacchus with the subject line: Photo Contest.
Get your Explorations Academy sweatshirts, hoodies, and sweats! This year, we are also offering water wicking shirts.
Place your order with Elizabeth.
Bottom photo: Jack’s jump on the beach.