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Members of the Outdoor Classroom Committee:
Mrs. Maerten , School Superintendent
Mrs. Jinks, UPK Teacher and Grant Recipient
Mrs. Pfalzer, Elementary Teacher
Mr. Stroud, Elementary Principal
Mrs. Reding, Elementary Reading Specialist
Mr. Schmeider, land surveyor
Mrs. Busch, Assistant Elementary Principal
Mrs. Howard, School Psychologist
Mrs. Mullin, Physical Therapist
Mrs. Hess, Parent/Community Member
Mr. Pettys, School Board member
The Latest News
Happy 2nd Birthday to the Outdoor Classroom!
On Saturday, October 4th, we celebrated the Outdoor Classroom's 2nd birthday with a Birthday Party and Fall Work Day. The light rain did not stop us from enjoying our first annual Kids' Kamp, where children took part in nature-related games and activities while the grown-ups worked to spruce up the Outdoor Classroom and start some new projects!
Our Mastermind & LifeChanger
Our entire outdoor classroom project is the brain child of our preschool teacher, Ellie Jinks. Her vision of this project continually inspires us, and now she is being recognized for it. Ellie has been nominated as 'LifeChanger of the Year'. This program is sponsored by National Life Group and annually recognizes outstanding educators who make a positive difference in the lives of students. Please take some time and read of Ellie's story below! Follow the second link to congratulate Ellie on her nomination. Winners will be selected by a committee sometime this spring.
A New Look
Congratulations are in order for sophomore Jayna Wright. Her design was chosen as the new logo for the Alexander Outdoor Classroom. Thank you Jayna!
Fun in the Snow!!!
The winter weather has not stopped our students from enjoying our classroom! Take a look...
Meet Our Project Coordinator
The Batavia Daily News just featured an article detailing the success of Sheila
Hess and her company, Conservation Connects. Sheila is the project coordinator of our Outdoor Classroom. Her resources and expertise have been undeniable to our project, and we are grateful for her participation. Take a look at the article here.
UPDATE: 1/14/13 - Yet another article on Sheila and her various projects.
The Alexander Outdoor Classroom celebrated its first birthday on October 19th, and it was a blast!!!
Dozens of community members, staff, and students volunteered their time to celebrate and tend to our wonderful classroom. Amid cake eating and laughter, plenty of gardening, racking, and overall maintenence was done to keep our classroom looking great!
Our elementary students put their creative minds to work and made birthday cards to celebrate the occassion. While our middle/high school students designed potential logos to represent the classroom. Keep checking back here to see the completed design.
Alexander Faculty and Staff consumed the Outdoor Classroom today, as the DEC presented two workshops regarding our natural environment.
Our Outdoor Classroom has earned national certification as a Nature Explore Classroom from Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation. Making it the first such classroom in Western New York!
“Alexander Central has shown tremendous
leadership in growing the next generation of environmental stewards,” said Susie Wirth, Nature Explore Outreach Director. “Their commitment to providing research-based and nature-rich learning offers a wonderful example to educators throughout the country.”
A great achievement to start a new school year!
Of course, our thanks goes out to the Alexander community and the many volunteers who helped make this accomplishment possibe.
A Picnic to Remember!
Parents, students, and community members packed their way into the Outdoor Classroom on May 31st to enjoy an evening picnic. The night could not have gone better! The weather was spectacular and there was plenty of fun to go around.
Special thanks goes out to Clor's Meat Market who cooked up an excellent chicken barbecue. Mrs. Holderer and her family for providing the wonderful musical entertainment. As well as, Trooper Szymkowiak for presenting the importance of bicycle safety.
One final big thanks to the many volunteers who gave their time and helped make this event such a big success!
Plus we made the news again....
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Why is outdoor play so important for children?
Click HERE for an article.
Read About the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony from The Batavian
The Daily News story about the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony