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March 21, 2018

Yellowstone| Pictures of Success

‘ECS.’ When CSS students hear this word, they get excited; many think that they can rest up from their repetitive and hard school days. However, ECS is not supposed to be a rest period. It is an ‘Experience Centered Seminar.’ Students are supposed to experience something new that they would not get to do during normal school time.  In Yellowstone ECS, students completed many different activities that they would not experience in usual life: snowshoeing, tracking ungulates using...
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March 17, 2018

Balancing Act | Mind, Body, Spirit

On our first day of the second week of the Balancing Act ECS, we were introduced to Mrs. Jennifer Clarke P’29, P’27, a psychologist at the Air Force Academy. She talked to us about how stress could impact our lives. It was very interesting and our ECS learned alot about stress and the mind and how to calm down. Later, in the afternoon we talked to Dr. Melissa Hocate P’27, P’20, P’16, who gave us an even grander idea about stress. It was very entertaining to learn...
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March 17, 2018

Yellowstone| For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People

Few gifts are greater than community service. Service incorporates kindness and a sort of sacrifice. Service is a pivotal act that is critical for any functioning community. When people give their time and energy, unselfishly, for the benefit of others, a miraculous transformation occurs. We helped clear fencing and tree stakes for the Bison Team biologists of Yellowstone as a thank you for allowing us to help them with their ungulate research.  However, we were not just serving the...
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March 15, 2018

Yellowstone| The Best Things in Life are Wild and Free

Chilly morning air, stars dotting the dark sky, and breath freezing to sparkling clouds in an instant. We started our day like the animals we were searching for: rising with the sun into the frosty winter. We loaded groggily into the cans and made for an overlook to watch for wolves. Although they seem to be far from us genealogically, listening to Rick McIntyre, a retired park service interpreter with 26 years of experiences, I realized that we share some hidden similarities with these...
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March 15, 2018

Freedom on the River | Freedom and "Unfreedom"

The theme of freedom, or rather “unfreedom,” was taught when we visited Slave Haven and the Civil Rights Museum. Slave Haven reminded all of us how truly horrendous the lives of slaves were. One insight that we gained through the African section was the realization that Africans forced into the Transatlantic Slave Trade weren’t sitting in their countries living their simple lives waiting for white people to come teach them the rights and wrongs of the Western World. Instead, they were kings,...
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March 15, 2018

Freedom on the River | Service and Soul on the River

Students started Tuesday, March 12, volunteering their time for Shelby Farms Park. They worked hard, picking up trash around the area and clearing out the invasive species, kudzu. Students received thanks from the volunteer organization as well as many people using the park. This sparked a discussion on how a service project relates to the theme of “Freedom on the River.” Students made observations about how donating our time helped many of those who use the park every day. In addition, it...
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March 14, 2018

Freedom on the River | On Twitter

Are you following the Freedom on the River ECS on Twitter? Head over to Twitter (@CSSBigMuddy2018) to enjoy some BBQ and Blues videos of students at BB King’s Club. Keep scrolling to take in all the highlights of their seminar.  
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March 14, 2018

Yellowstone | Boots Filled With Water

Would you be willing to walk 1.5 miles in soaking wet boots with heavy, wet socks? What if you had already been hiking for 2.5 miles uphill and downhill covered with snow and mud? Most people would not do it, but we went through this hard journey for our research project. To complete this journey without any problems, we needed some specific qualities such as patience and endurance. Not only is hiking in wet boots hard, but also trying to track down moving mule deer. Since the mule deer that...
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March 14, 2018

The Great Iron Pour | Media Release for Iron Pour on March 17, 2018

Through hands-on immersion into historic techniques and processes, study of metallurgy, chemistry, materials science and industry, as well as working with professional sculptors, The Great Iron Pour, a high school seminar at The Colorado Springs School is asking the essential question, “Can we come to a clear understanding of the enormous significance of the age of metals while developing a personal aesthetic relationship with cast iron as an artistic medium?” The...
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March 13, 2018

The Great Iron Pour | The Molding Process

The first week of ECS we focused on making our artworks, working towards getting all of our pieces into wax. For many of the students, the molding process started out as working with water-based clay instead of going straight into working with wax. Using clay makes much better pieces of artwork in the end. Clay is a much easier medium to work with compared to wax and because of this, we can get more detail on our art before we cast it in wax. We are using a petroleum-based microcrystalline wax...
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More recent posts

Mr. Tim Ferguson receives the Sarah H. Elizabeth Hoiles Outstanding Faculty Awar May 24, 2018

2018 Presentation of Faculty Awards

During the 53rd Commencement Exercises, the three highest faculty awards were presented by Head of School, Mr. Aaron Schubach. The three recipients honored represent a collective 21 years of service to the school. Each was honored with a major award for the first time in their careers at CSS. Thank...
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Longevity Awards were presented to Jake H., Natalie R., Alec Y., and Celeste N. May 24, 2018

2018 Presentation of Students Awards

During the 53rd Commencement Exercises, the following awards were bestowed to students. Academic Dean, Mr. Eric Gaylord, and Head of School Aaron Schubach introduced each of these honors.  Longevity Awards The longevity awards are given to those who entered CSS either in Kindergarten...
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Mrs. Anne Taylor delivers the Commencement Address May 24, 2018

2018 Commencement Address: Anne Taylor

Aaron Schubach: “The class of 2018 asked Ms. Taylor to give the commencement address today. Anne Taylor’s teaching style epitomizes the CSS method, combining inventive, experiential techniques with rigorous academic expectations. Her AP Psych class has become a favorite with students. This...
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