Who's in the Burrow?

"Becoming Self-Sufficient Women"

SBA's advisory program will be highlighted in a fall newsletter piece, but here's a taste of the non-traditional curriculum that advisory affords the SBA student athlete. Alpine ski coach Nate Fisher made a guest appearance at this week's 11/12th-grade girls' advisory session. His lessons: how to change a flat tire, check the oil, change the wiper blades or a headlight, and jump start a car. "Our girls are becoming self-sufficient women right before our eyes," said advisor Kelly Farrell. 

Learning Hands-On in Blackwood Canyon

A focal point of SBA teaching and learning is, increasingly, engaging all the senses through hands-on experience.

With the addition this year of our trips program (click HERE if you missed my previous post on the subject) and field experiences such as the recent Tahoe Basin Watershed Education Summit, experiential learning is emerging as a hallmark of the SBA academic experience.

Seven SBA student-athletes camped three nights at Blackwood Canyon from Oct. 3rd-6th, conducting an extensive watershed assessment in support of the US Forest Service's efforts to restore this sensitive and important ecosystem.

Thank you to SBA tenth-grader Sam Zabell for the following report of his experience in Blackwood Canyon!

Sam Zabell in his TBWES tee-shirt
"The Tahoe Basin Watershed Education Summit was a great experience. It provided us with the opportunity to talk with experts in the fields of hydrology, geology, ornithology, as well as scientists from the Tahoe-Baikal Institute. We were able to use high-tech, professional instruments to take measurements of real data through streambed cross sections and do engaging fieldwork. By participating in this summit, I was exposed to a wide array of sciences and jobs in the field... It has left me with a greater understanding of water sciences and how watersheds function."
Biology teacher Andy Giordano offered the following retrospective of the experience: "Our students had an awesome time, learned a bunch and impressed the other adults that were there. I think we made some very positive connections to the Basin educational and environmental communities and showed some folks just how incredible our students can be."

Click HERE to learn more about the TBWES and HERE to view Andy Giordano's slide show from the field.

Powered by Pancakes

Student Council's annual pancake fund raiser at Sugar Bowl Resort's Village Hall Sunday netted over $400 toward campus activities this year.

"Thanks to all the student-athletes who volunteered to help out and to the Ski Team families for their support," said Student Council Advisor Aly Kendall. "It was a lot of fun for everybody!"

SBA's Inaugural Trips Program Unveiled

Parents of SBA student-athletes will be receiving word within the next week from faculty and staff leaders of five, five-day spring experiential-learning trips. Students signed up for their trips - a new offering at SBA - earlier this fall.

Thank you to Dean of Students Andy Giordano for the following preview of our trips program.

"As we revamp our advisory program this year, advisers are focused on developing connections to our local community and environment. Regular service learning opportunities are diverse as we aim to develop a sense of place for our students in the Donner Summit and Truckee communities. Excitingly, we are also introducing a trips program with the objective of preparing students to be active citizens in a broader community. Trips take all year to prepare and about a week to actuate, but have a lasting impact on students, as immersive experiences tend to be the most transformative. The trips in our place-based program take students into real places where they engage in a cultural, service-based, outdoor or collegiate program, custom designed by SBA teachers and planned by participating students. In this inaugural year, our trips are five-days long and are largely cultural and outdoors focused. From April 26th to 30th, students will be travelling to either Salt Lake City, Owens River Gorge, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Lost Coast, or to Monterey, depending on their choice. Students have all selected their trips and are excited to start engaging in the trip planning with their trip coordinators. Between now and May, a series of all school meetings and lunch sessions are designed to provide time to develop the trips between groups and mentors, and to set the scale for the academic portions of each trip. As our students cast broader nets of engagement, starting with their local community and environment, building towards entering the global citizenry, they develop a healthy sense of stewardship, of responsibility and interest and the strength and know-how to engage productively."
Posters of the five trips, developed by trip designers in conjunction with Giordano