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  • Jeff Stroebel receiving the award for Distinguished Leader

    Head of School Jeff Stroebel Recipient of WAETAG's Distinguished Leader Award

    Open Window  Head of School Jeff Stroebel received the Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted’s Distinguished Leader Award today at the WAETAG 35th Annual Conference in recognition of four decades of service on behalf of gifted education.
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  • Zoom call with WA Secretary of State Kim Wyman

    Students Hear from Secretary of State Kim Wyman About Election Process

    Ms. Paulson's eighth grade humanities students engage in real world work that matters. In 2020, hot topics are elections, election safety, voter access, and civic engagement. Through their work with Teach with TVW, students were invited to ask Secretary of State Kim Wyman a few questions over a Zoom call about the upcoming election and civic engagement at the state level.
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  • Students in a Zoom class with their teacher

    Time Management for Kids

    Kerrin Scott, Lower School Head
    We have so many things that we are monitoring and worrying about right now that are beyond our control, it feels comforting to know that the children will be able to gather virtually for the second week of school. Building community, stamina for learning, and comfort in routines and expectations are the big goals for the week.

    This year, students are starting school at home. Adults in the students’ lives are seeing a glimpse into the happenings during a school day that they never have before. As a parent, I am sure this can feel exciting and a little scary! We know children are asynchronously learning, growing, wiggly, funny, need redirection, can tell time, can’t tell time, will ask for help when they need it and when they don’t sometimes, want to connect, daydream, feel shy, get tired, need a snack, whine when they don’t like something… even to us… the list goes on and on. Please trust me when I say that all of these are expected! You are getting a front row seat to an experience that is usually conducted without parents around. We all know children can act differently in front of their parents than their peers and even their teachers. I have faith that our students will find their way in this new normal. 
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  • Effects of Microgravity on Penicillium Chrysogenum’s Ability to Inhibit Cell Wall Synthesis in Staphylococcus Epidermis designed by a team of eighth graders, Armaan Thomas, Atiwit Miles Chanbai, and Cadence Ching

    Open Window School Student Experiment to Fly to the International Space Station

    Updated January 8, 2020- The Step 2 Review Board has made its selection, and the Open Window experiment to fly to the ISS will be: Effects of Microgravity on Penicillium Chrysogenum’s Ability to Inhibit Cell Wall Synthesis in Staphylococcus Epidermis by eighth grade student scientists, Miles Chanbai, Cadence Ching, and Armaan Thomas and faciliatated by teacher, Elliott Skopin.

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  • Jeff Stroebel receiving the award for Distinguished Leader

    Head of School Jeff Stroebel Recipient of WAETAG's Distinguished Leader Award

    Open Window  Head of School Jeff Stroebel received the Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted’s Distinguished Leader Award today at the WAETAG 35th Annual Conference in recognition of four decades of service on behalf of gifted education. In accepting the award, Stroebel thanked those who work with gifted children:
     
    “I am deeply honored by this award. Any contribution I have made has only been possible due to the commitment of many other educators and families who understand the importance of nurturing and inspiring the children who need our support in order to reach their potential.“
     
    “More than an honor for me, this is also an acknowledgment of the work of so many good people in making Open Window School a leader in gifted education.”
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  • Elaine Christensen

    Open Window School Names Head of School Successor

    Open Window School has selected Elaine Christensen to succeed Jeff Stroebel as its new Head of School following Stroebel’s retirement at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Christensen is currently the Middle School Director and Director of Professional Development at Lakeside School in Seattle.
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  • Sixth Grade HAB Launch was (Nearly) Out of this World

    Sixth grade students worked on their HAB projects throughout the spring and were very excited to get the High Altitude Balloons aloft at last. The student-designed and built satellites were the result of research and skill-building in both the science and the innovation labs.
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  • Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson Visits Eighth Graders

    Eighth grade students were honored to welcome Attorney General Bob Ferguson to campus to speak and answer questions about the role the Office of Attorney General plays at the state level. AG Ferguson opened his talk by asking if anyone had any experience with chess, which resulted in many hands in the air.
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  • Photo from @MarcusJMulcahy

    Australian Interview with Adrienne Gifford

    Open Window’s reputation for being a leader in innovative education stretches internationally.  Last year, we were visited by Australian teacher and Digital Technologies Educator of the Year, Marcus Mulcahy.  Mr. Mulcahy was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship to study maker spaces in leading U.S. schools. Of course, he came to Open Window. You can hear his interview with OWS Director of Innovation and Technology Adrienne Gifford as she describes how we encourage teacher and student innovation.
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  • Image credit: https://www.npr.org/2018/07/10/626184256/new-kids-books-put-a-human-face-on-the-refugee-crisis

    Open Window Students Contribute to NPR Story on the World Refugee Crisis

    Humanizing complex issues through literature helps Open Window students develop into passionate, purposeful global citizens. Ms. Russell's seventh grade students were interviewed by NPR's Deborah Amos as part of this July 2018 Morning Edition story on the world refugee crisis.' Story and Audio Link
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  • 28th Annual Youth Link Ceremony Honors Two Open Window School Eighth Graders

    Two Open WIndow School eighth graders were the recipients of the City of Bellevue Youth Link 28th Annual Community Leadership Awards. Anika Mehta was awarded "Most Inspirational" and Samantha O'Connor, "Outstanding Middle School Student". Open WIndow alum and former Outstanding Middle School Student award winner Rachel Lau  (Lakeside '18) joined Open Window Head of School Jeff Stroebel in congratulating Anika and Samantha.
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  • OWS Humanities Teacher and Program Honored at Celebrating Civics

    On September 14, eighth grade humanities teacher Corey Paulson spoke at The Museum of Flight's "Celebrating Civics" ceremony. Ms. Paulson was honored as the State of Washington's Civic Educator of the Year and described how she fosters the civic engagement of her students through authentic participation in the legistative process.


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  • Image credit: https://425business.com/30-under-30-2017/

    First Grade Teacher Ms. Sandberg Honored as a Leading Eastside Professional

    This September issue of 425 Business included the annual 30 Under 30 Special Report. Find our own first grade teacher, Marissa Sandberg on the list!
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  • Fourth Graders Predict the Future of Bellevue

    Fourth graders (high school grads in the year 2025) spent some time imagining the future of Bellevue, think hoverboards, lightrail, drone deliveries and also an erupted Mt. Rainier! 425 Business Magazine published a few of their ideas in the February 2017 issue of the magazine. 
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  • Open Window School Student Experiment on International Space Station

    In 2015 Open Window students in grades 4-8 developed microgravity experiments, one of which was selected to be conducted on the International Space Station. After many launch delays astronauts performed the experiment, designed by a team of three seventh graders, aboard the ISS in March 2017.


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  • Open Window Space Project in the May 2016 issue of 425 Magazine

    If you have not had a chance to pick up this month's 425 Magazine, grab one and flip to page 146 to read Lauren Foster's article "3...2...1...Blast Off!" about seventh graders Subi Lumala, Vivienne Rutherford and Catherine Whitmer and their SSEP Arabidopsis Project set to launch November 21, 2016, destination: International Space Station.

    Also in the article are pictures and mention of the Mission Patches designed by lower school students, Cadence Ching and Sophia Sekits.
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  • Adrienne Gifford Named NCEE Technology Leader of the Year

    Open Window School’s Innovation & Technology Director Adrienne Gifford was honored at the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) annual convention as the organization’s Technology Leader of the Year. NCCE is a professional learning organization for kindergarten through college educators and hosts the largest education technology conference in the Northwest. With a membership base from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, NCCE provides cutting-edge, world-class professional learning opportunities to its members throughout the year. For Adrienne to be selected as NCCE’s Technology Leader of the Year is an acknowledgement of her leadership in creating a school culture that has gained Open Window School a national reputation as a leader in supporting student-driven innovation. 
     
     
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  • Team NeuroNote

    Open Window School Students Voted “Best in Region” in Verizon’s Innovative App Challenge

    NEW: Bellevue Reporter article about the NeuroNote Team

    Inspired by a personal challenge, a group of five Open Window School seventh and eighth graders designed a concept for an app that would help those affected by neurological disorders by providing musical therapy for speech, movement, and memory rehabilitation. They submitted their idea, NeuroNote, to the Verizon Innovative App Challenge and were one of six schools in the entire western United States to win Best in Region.
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  • Open Window School Student Experiment to Fly to the International Space Station

    This fall students at Open Window School have their heads in the clouds, actually far above the clouds. They are working in teams on proposals for microgravity experiments to be conducted by astronauts 250 miles above sea level on the International Space Station (ISS). One of these student-designed experiments will be among 22 selected from the United States and Canada to fly on Mission 9 to the ISS in late spring of 2016 as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). SSEP is undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in partnership with NanoRacks, LLC.
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  • Open Window School Students Create “Best Invention” at World’s First 3D Teen Hackathon

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