Reasons To Be Proud
PS1 kicked off its 52nd year with joy and anticipation. New Head of School, Susannah Wolf, welcomed students and families to the new school year under a cascade of celebratory bubbles. The day before, all Youngers and new students visited campus for Make New Friends Day to meet their teachers and classmates.
PS1 celebrated the Class of 2023 under the Oak Tree with each student delivering a speech to family, friends, and the wider community. Each student was also honored with Moving Up Day words written by their classmates. It was a wonderful reflection of their time at PS1 and a joyful celebration of their accomplishments.
CLICK HERE to read the Spring issue of PS1's Periscope, featuring curricular highlights from the 2022-23 school year, alumni updates, and a spotlight on traditions old and new. Enjoy!
Students in both Olders classes (grades 5&6) performed Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream under the Oak Tree this week. To prepare, students were immersed in the life and times of Shakespeare. Upon being given their parts, students rehearsed entire acts and specific scenes as they grew into their roles. The culmination was two brilliant productions of the play on our campus.
The All-School Camping Trip is a highlight of the year and longstanding PS1 tradition. This year, we were able to camp overnight once again and we welcomed the team from WOLF (Wilderness Outdoor Leadership Foundation) to partner with us. Students participated in hikes and outdoor science throughout each day, ate meals together, camped in tents, and celebrated with joyous songs and skits around the evening campfire.
Students in Olders (grades 5&6) worked in pairs to create their own infomercials dedicated to environmental awareness. Students produced their videos using iMovie, and even composed their own feature music on Garage Band. Students proudly shared their projects with the entire PS1 community at their recent Circle Time. Click here to view one example!
Kindergarten and First Grade Students in the Yellow Class constructed an entire town called Yellow Sunflower Valley, complete with a mini PS1, airport, grocery store, hotel, zoo, restaurants, and more 🌆
Students in the Blue Class visited Moonwater Farms, where they immersed themselves in a tour of the farm, a hands-on soil workshop, seed planting, as well as some sampling freshly grown mulberries and flowers! 🌱
Egg Drop Challenge in the Red Class! Students designed a contraption using materials of their choice to protect an egg from a high fall… check our Instagram to watch the video and see if they succeeded! https://www.instagram.com/ps1_pluralisticschool/
We were thrilled to have a recent visit from Janene Ward, Associate Director of Elementary Education from UCLA Mathematics Project. Janene was on campus for two days, working with students & providing on-site professional development for teachers in Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI).
The Orange class (grades K&1) has been busy! In math they are learning about length and measurement. What is the best object to use as a non-standard unit to measure a long line?
In their Imaginative Inquiry project, Middles students took on the role of Coastal Commission Employees to examine and reimagine the Santa Monica Pier to restore balance between natural and human systems.
We were honored to welcome so many grandparents and special friends to campus on February 10th. We celebrated with a special Community Circle Time in their honor, delicious food, photo booths, classroom visits, and lots and lots of fun! Thank you to all of our visitors from near and far who spent their day with us.
CLICK HERE to read the latest edition of our digital magazine, highlighting our school-wide theme of Sharing Our Planet.
See classrooms and curriculum in action, reminisce about traditions and celebrations from this fall, and hear what our incredible alumni are up to!
The Board of Directors announced on Nov. 17 the appointment of Susannah Wolf as its next Head of School. She was selected from an impressive pool of candidates following an extensive nationwide search and will succeed the Interim Head of School, Erik Carlson, on July 1, 2023.