Friday, March 8, 2013
Over the past four years, the Gorge Discovery School has been establishing itself as an innovative place-based school here in our region.
“We connect our learning to the Gorge,” said Head of School and Co-Lead Guide Aaron Morehouse. “Students engage in projects that connect them to the community and to their own passions.”
In the fall, students developed exhibits for The History Museum of Hood River County’s grand opening, on display until just recently. Students have worked on projects such as the cultivation of mushrooms, stop-motion videos, short stories and the engineering of bridges.
Gorge Discovery School focuses on relationships: the social, emotional, and ecological intelligences that help cultivate relationships among lifelong learners. It encourages students to work on personal qualities, skills and understandings of systems such as biological, ecological, geological, geographic, numerical and language/communication.
The school’s curriculum is developed through continued questions and is inspired by the children themselves. Its lessons are hands-on, active and connected, using established and well-researched techniques for engaging the whole child.
“Our students are healthy, active, thoughtful, creative, resilient and adaptive,” Morehouse said.
The school will be developing an application for accreditation over this next year through the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools (www.pnais.org).
Gorge Discovery School is hosting an informational meeting on Monday, March 11, to talk with interested community members about the school, and current enrollment. It will be held at 7 p.m. at the school, 220 Clearwater Lane, Hood River.
For more information about the school visit www.gorgediscovery-school.com. If interested in current enrollment email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-436-0707.
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Oil train car being transported by truck
A damaged rail car from the June 3, 2016 oil train derailment and fire is transported from the crash site via truck on I84. Enlarge