First Week Photos: FSI 2015-16 CREWS CIRCLED UP THIS WEEK, ALL OVER CAMPUS, FOR TEAM-BUILDING INITIATIVES!

First Week Photos: FSI 2015-16 CREWS CIRCLED UP THIS WEEK, ALL OVER CAMPUS, FOR TEAM-BUILDING INITIATIVES!

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Mr. Keller’s sixth grade number line name game challenge
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Mr. Keller’s 6th grade number line name game challenge
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FSI CREWS CIRCLED UP THIS WEEK, ALL OVER CAMPUS, FOR TEAM-BUILDING INITIATIVES!
  • EL Design Principles

    The design principles express the philosophy of education and core values of Expeditionary Learning.

    1. The primacy of self-discovery

    Learning happens best with emotion, challenge, and the requisite support.

    1. The having of wonderful ideas

    Teaching in Expeditionary Learning schools fosters curiosity about the world.

    1. The responsibility for learning

    Learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity.

    1. Empathy and caring

    Learning is fostered best in communities where students’ and teachers’ ideas are respected and where there is mutual trust.

    1. Success and failure

    All students need to be successful if they are to build the confidence and capacity to take risks and meet increasingly difficult challenges.

    1. Collaboration and competition

    Individual development and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear.

    1. Diversity and inclusion

    Both diversity and inclusion increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability, and respect for others.

    1. The natural world

    A direct and respectful relationship with the natural world refreshes the human spirit and teaches the important ideas of recurring cycles and cause and effect.

    1. Solitude and reflection

    Students and teachers need time alone to explore their own thoughts, make their own connections, and create their own ideas.

    1. Service and compassion

    Students and teachers are strengthened by acts of consequential service to others.


Franklin School of Innovation welcomed back FSI 6th-10th grade scholars this week!

The office was buzZzzingly busy….with schedule changes, meetings, forgotten lunch deliveries, a few dress code violations, many Positive Referrals for Mr. Ben, our Dean of Students :-), and a few pesky flies that moved into the building while the floors were being waxed a week ago.  Fortunately, we have a couple of stealthy, well-armed swatters to take care of that…

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Bella, on office fly patrol

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Maggie, also on Office Fly Patrol, mastering the craft of stealthy swatting

Seventh Grade Crews tied up in teamwork initiatives…

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Ms. Warhaftig’s Crew
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Ms. Lindsey’s Crew
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Mr. Clendenin’s Crew
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FSI Faculty Crew: Ms. Burke, Ms. Skrede, and Ms. Cary Cooper, planning in the hallway for our PE, Art, and Music programs
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Mr. Rabin and Ms. Kabat collaborated to share an art and science lesson
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Theatre Arts teacher, Ms. Aldrich, facilitating active learning
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Mr. Rabin introduces FSI’s reptilian friends
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Mr. Chris and Mr. Byan created a name memory game challenge

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Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Stahlke enlisted the innovation of students to make posters symbolizing our Habits of Scholarship: Leadership, Inquiry, Ethics, Persistence, Action, and Collaboration
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FSI Faculty Orientation included navigating Deeper Learning Indicators, Expeditionary Learning Design Principles, Consistencies, Protocols, and Norms. We are Crew, not passengers!
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A huge THANK YOU to Kalyan Volpe, for our fabulous Gaga (AKA Thunderball) Pit, appreciated daily by FSI teachers and students. 🙂



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