Students in fifth through seventh grades participated in the 2021 NSTA/Toshiba ExploraVision Challenge, an experience affording students time to work collaboratively to design forward-thinking solutions to real world problems of today. One of our fifth grade teams was selected to represent or region in the National competition in April. In addition, Open Window School had 6 honorable mentions in fifth through seventh grades.
Open Window School alumni scientists Armaan Thomas, Atiwit Miles Chanbai, and Cadence Ching experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity watching the launch of the experiment they developed, Effects of Microgravity on Penicillium Chrysogenum’s Ability to Inhibit Cell Wall Synthesis in Staphylococcus Epidermis, to the International Space Station on the SpaceX-21 at 8:17 am PT, Sunday, December 6. If you missed the launch, watch here: youtu.be/iB6vOP4_9wM
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.
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.
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 byeighth gradestudent scientists, Miles Chanbai, Cadence Ching, and Armaan Thomas and faciliatated by teacher, Elliott Skopin.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.