Gorge Discovery School thrives

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 cfuentes@gorgediscovery-school.com or call 541-436-0707.

Latest stories

Latest video:

Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

Log in to comment

News from our Community Partners