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March 11, 2018

Freedom on the River | Paddle, Bike, and Explore

During our time in St. Louis, we experienced many different activities related to freedom. We paddled the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, learned about the remains of the Cahokia Mounds, biked a 28-mile stretch of the Katy Trail, explored the French town of St. Charles, Missouri, and visited the Gateway Arch. Paddling the confluence was our introduction to life on the river; it helped us better understand the connection it creates between cities and between diverse...
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March 10, 2018

India | Tibetan National Uprising Day

March 10th. This is a date that means little to Americans but for Tibetans, it is everything. Marth 10th is National Uprising Day which commemorates the day, 59 years ago, that the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual and temporal leader, left Tibet with his people to escape the invasion of communist China. They settled in Mcleod Ganj, a mountainous town in northwestern India. Uprising Day is a way for their people to celebrate their heritage and protest Chinese control of Tibet. It started...
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March 09, 2018

India | Passage to India

Certain moments set CSS students apart from other high schoolers. One such moment, for example, was when a group of us shuffled into a bus at five in the morning and promptly began discussing literature. Not because we had to, or because we were trying to impress the English teacher sitting in front of us, but because we loved the texts and wanted to share. A similar moment came in the Newark airport, several hours and hundreds of miles from where our journey had begun. Our congregation split...
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March 09, 2018

Yellowstone| Aches, Pains, Breaks, and Sprains: A Day of Wilderness First Aid

What is the most useful skillset you’ve learned in your life? Although you may think of communication or social skills, there’s one specific skillset that is valued above all. What if you’re climbing a mountain and have a mishap with wildlife? Or backpacking and suffer a nasty fall? For those who spend a lot of time outdoors, wilderness first aid is a necessary skill. With our two day participation in a NOLS Wilderness First Aid course, we learned techniques for surviving...
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March 06, 2018

Freedom on the River | Hannibal

March 6 - March 8, 2018 To us, being able to experience an overnight train ride as our first method of transportation on this trip really meant a lot. While it may not have been a steam engine as he would have experienced, Mark Twain was still probably familiar with the same basics of train travel as we experienced. The uncomfortable seats were lightened by fantastic views, and the lulling of the train and the rhythmic clacking of the rails helped put us to sleep despite the uncomfortable...
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February 15, 2018

Balancing Act | Course Description

Balancing Act - Integrative Health and Wellness Essential Question: How does maintaining a physically and emotionally healthy lifestyle contribute toincreased lifespan, wellness and balance in life, and proprioceptive sensory awareness? This ECS explores the relationship between mind and body in optimizing self-efficacy and performance.At the forefront of this exploration will be fitness training, instruction by certified holistic healthpractitioners, and research and application of...
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February 15, 2018

Freedom on the River | Course Description

Freedom on the River Essential Question: How has the Mississippi River influenced the freedom of American literature,history, society, economics, and art? The Mississippi River… just the name may conjure up some images in your mind: muddy waters, shiftingcourses, old-fashioned steamboats, and a steersman hollering, “Mark Twain!” across the wide waters. Aromantic image of idyllic childhood explorations may remind you of a reading of The Adventures of TomSawyer or perhaps you’ve visited one...
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February 15, 2018

Peru | Course Description

Peru Essential Questions:1. What is the history of the indigenous Andean people, and how have their lives, culture andeconomy been influenced—first by the Spanish conquest and more recently, by globalization andtourism?2. What are the current educational opportunities available for children and young adults in Peru andhow does their educational system compare to ours?3. What does it mean to be a “global scholar” vs. a “tourist”? This ECS travels to Peru to seek cultural and...
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February 15, 2018

Yellowstone| Course Description

Yellowstone Essential Question: What is the scientific and cultural value of a National Park like Yellowstone? The grandeur of Yellowstone in winter provides a dramatic setting in which to learn about and take part inconservation biology, wildlands management, earth science, and the unique, extraordinary winter ecologyof the world’s first national park. The park sits within the caldera of an ancient supervolcano, and it hasendless forests defended on all sides by majestic mountains....
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February 15, 2018

The Great Iron Pour | Course Description

The Great Iron Pour Essential Question: Through hands-on immersion into historic techniques and processes, study ofmetallurgy, chemistry, materials science and industry, as well as working with professional sculptors, canwe come to a clear understanding of the enormous significance of the age of metals while developing apersonal aesthetic relationship with cast iron as an artistic medium? The Iron Pour ECS is a hands-on immersion into the world of making and pouring molten metal to...
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More recent posts

Paddling 25 miles per day on the Mississippi River allows students to contemplat March 23, 2018

Freedom on the River | River Madness

Over the period of our Experience Centered Seminars, there have been many experiential and educational steps taken to get to canoeing down the Mississippi River. On the river, we used the water as a highway to get from camp to camp along the sandy banks of the big muddy river. This wild body of...
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From the Manitous Incline to a Hut Trip Balancing Act took on adventure and well March 23, 2018

Balancing Act | Challenges, Accomplishments, and Connections

“Although I had done the Incline many times before, I still felt a sense of accomplishment when I made it to the top.” - Kyle J. ‘20 On Friday the 16th, Mr. Rob Johnston shared a presentation about his journey with running ultramarathons. After giving us some inspiration, he then led a...
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Hiking to Kareri Lake March 22, 2018

India | A Hike to Kareri Lake

  Miles G. ‘19   On the second day of camping, we hiked to Kareri Lake high in the mountains around 8,000 feet above sea level. The trip was worth it. Our day started at 6:00 am and our trek began at 7:00. It began with a steep uphill climb through the woods. We crossed a river...
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