Monthly Archives: September 2016

Bio 2 Population Lab

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Spanish III

Kiddos are teaching each other with some fun games and ideas. Booky is pretty excited about it…

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Spanish III

Kiddos are teaching each other with some fun games and ideas. Booky is pretty excited about it… Enviado desde mi iPhone.

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National Public Lands Day

Today is National Public Lands Day and Lopez had an event that was attended by the girls in green below. These 8th graders dazzled the Lopez community with their presentation on Birds and Plastics and they visited many parts of the island birding, talking with locals, and being ambassadors for our school. – Sharon Massey Thank you Ela, Linnea, Gwen, Olivia and Kai!

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Fall Trips 2016: North Cascades

It was not so much the red tint in the mountain’s solid peak, or the blue, calming waters of the silent lake. Cold and sweet, the true beauty of the Cascades is the sense of accomplishment you get, even when your heart is pounding and you face is chapped and aching. It’s the sense of fulfilling your heart for a moment. You gaze across the landscape of sturdy young trees and gleeful water slapping mossy stones in the wake of its waves. You see nature as a home and not as a defined trail. You see it not as something infinitely sustainable for humans to use, and not as an … Continue reading

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SSIS College Spotlight: Financial Fit — Public and Private

SSIS College Spotlight: Financial Fit — Public and Private volume 2, issue 2. Fall 2016   Dear Seniors and Families,   Not all state schools cost the same and many private colleges publish a sticker price that is much higher than what the average family contributes. This Spotlight focuses on the cost of college—private and public—and how to evaluate the value of each in light of your own situation.    Please remember that individual ambitions and circumstances as well as the policies and endowments of individual schools dictate how any individual financial package is put together and interpreted. Read all college website information carefully and do not be afraid to call a college’s financial aid office—their counselors are available to … Continue reading

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SSIS College Spotlight: Financial Terms, Tools, and Tips

SSIS College Spotlight: Financial Terms, Tools, and Tips volume 2, issue 1. Fall 2016   Dear Seniors and Families,   This Spotlight focuses on college finances.    One of the things that can be especially exasperating with the college application process is that each college and university has its own mechanisms for determining your financial package. In so many instances, you simply won’t know how much a college truly will cost until you receive an offer. However, you can make a “best guess” if you understand the financial language these schools employ and take advantage of online and other resources.   As always, feel free to make use of the SSIS College Counseling office and … Continue reading

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SSIS College Spotlight: Liberal Arts College or Research University?

SSIS College Spotlight: Liberal Arts College or Research University? volume 1, issue 5. Fall 2016   Dear Seniors and Families,   The United States offers a dizzying array of colleges: technical, community, and liberal arts—some of which are religiously affiliated. Universities—large and small—house one or several colleges within them. Universities are where you also find graduate programs and professional schools such as those for medicine, law, engineering, and business. The focus of this Spotlight is to compare liberal arts colleges with universities, however I mention the others as well—they offer significant opportunities to gain valued skills and pathways to a four-year baccalaureate degree.   Choosing between a liberal arts college and a university setting raises several … Continue reading

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SSIS College Spotlight: Why College Location Can Matter

SSIS College Spotlight: Why College Location Can Matter volume 1, issue 4. Fall 2016   Dear Seniors and Families,   You’ve heard of the “right fit.” This Spotlight focuses on why the location of a college might matter to you.    Where are you most comfortable and what sort of challenges are you open to? Lifestyle and learning style play important roles in location decisions. Often, it comes down to issues like a personal preference for quiet or excitement or climate and extracurricular opportunities such as skiing or snorkeling. I encourage you to think about your personal predilections. However, there are also additionally important location questions: What breadth of experience do you need? What post-college employment or further … Continue reading

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