#1. Develop life skills
Our Mission statement is part of our DNA. The Leelanau School ignites a passion for learning in a boarding school setting, where students thrive by engaging academically and by celebrating everyone’s unique learning styles, in a culture of acceptance – leading to successful and meaningful lives in college and beyond.
What we believe to the core:
Learning should be a joyful process of discovery.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Every student brings their own style of learning, strengths and weaknesses.
There are many ways to learn a single lesson or subject.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Teachers should be free to modify their lessons to meet a student’s needs.
Learning can happen anywhere – especially outside of the classroom.
We develop students who are curious, engaged and responsible. We believe that the development of independence, critical thinking, maturity and self-awareness are crucial to our students’ success in the classroom and in life.
As a result our students are prepared for their next step, whatever that may be. They have choices and we teach them to evaluate the pros and cons of their decision-making; 100% of our students being accepted into colleges and universities make that an exciting choice. We nurture hopes and dreams and help students focus them on next steps.
Our intention is to always be a place where:
2020欧洲杯在线投注Students will be challenged, academically and socially, in order to discover their capacity to innovate and contribute.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Unique talents of each individual are woven into our fabric to benefit the community that is our school.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Personal expression is accomplished in the arts. music. writing. exploration and invention.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Kindness and service are true expressions of wisdom.
Our extraordinary natural environment allows students to explore nature, friendships and their whole self.
We stand by our students’ side and not in their way.
We feel to be successful at our school, students embrace the following:
OPENNESS to trying new learning methods
CURIOSITY a sense of belief in yourself
INTUITION creative problem solving
CONNECTION to nature
2020欧洲杯在线投注PLAYFULNESS to have fun inside and outside the classroom
#2. Learn from great teachers who love to teach
Our teachers have unbelievable passion and commitment for what they do. They are experts at working with students from all kinds of backgrounds and learning styles. Along with degreed experience in their academic field, they are schooled in life knowledge. Teachers love teaching at Leelanau because they have the creative freedom to design curriculum for their students. Leelanau’s rich supportive environment is a haven for intelligent and creative students, and is particularly beneficial for students with ADHD. The focus of our school program has always been based in experiential learning.
We offer students an educational experience with a commitment to:
2020欧洲杯在线投注Integrated learning support
Small class size
2020欧洲杯在线投注Set on 42 wooded acres, on the shores of Lake Michigan – Leelanau is a living classroom.
We value the learning experience differently than many “traditional” settings.
We offer an alternative to standardization, large classrooms, narrowing of the curriculum, and competitive assessment. For far too many students, in other settings, schooling has become drudgery instead of joy. The notion of producing sameness in national graduates through standardized curriculum and scripted instruction results in dispassion, and fails to launch innovators. and problem solvers.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Our teachers practice what we know is a better way to learn.
Experiential learning is a process through which students develop knowledge and, skills, values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting.
The process of learning through the reflection of doing.
Exploring and experiencing in order to find relevance, authentic engagement and connection.
2020欧洲杯在线投注It is a cycle of learning with no beginning and no end.
2020欧洲杯在线投注It is also a process that the best and brightest teachers can practice their craft and create meaningful, authentic and important relationships with their students.
SCIENCE and HISTORY TEACHER at The Leelanau School
2020欧洲杯在线投注Joe Blondia has been teaching for over two decades, and has been teaching science and history at The Leelanau School since 1995. Joe received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Grand Valley State University, his Master’s Degree in Education from Nazareth College and did post-graduate studies in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana.
Joe takes his students out into the river that runs through campus, in fishing waders, to experience the intricate web of marine life first-hand. He and the students bring water samples back to the lab to study the fascinating world that lives under the microscope. Students thrive under his one-on-one guidance. He unlocks the mysteries of science and channels the minds of the inquisitive to explore theories and realities in nature.
His classroom is an eclectic museum of nature treasures and curiosities collected over decades of learning, literally – in the field. His enthusiasm and genuine, love for science, engages even the most tentative of students.
“At Leelanau I have the freedom to actually teach. Not toward a test, not with multiple choice answers, but with passion and excitement that creates interest and curiosity. The goal is not to get good at high school….but learning for the rest of a student’s life!”
“Here we individual education.”
“With small class size, it means most of my Science classes fit in a van. We can go out into the National Park and see and do science. We can collaborate with scientists from the Park and the Glen Lake Association to show students why what we are learning is important and how it can be applied.”
Joe’s wife Elizabeth also teaches on campus as the Humanities Chair. They have two children, Kate and Jamie.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Joe enjoys cooking, travel, and music, and is passionate about hunting and fishing.
ENGLISH PROFESSOR at The Leelanau School
Nancy Grey is a current college professor teaching at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City and at the Leelanau School. Her passion is teaching English and her breadth of experience has her teaching from first semester English composition to the Honors course ‘Search for Meaning’, on our campus.
2020欧洲杯在线投注She completed her undergrad AA in English and Speech at Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, Michigan. She went on to receive a BA in English, minor in Psychology, secondary teaching certificate at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As is the case with most faculty at Leelanau, she received an advanced degree MA in English and American Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont.
2020欧洲杯在线投注The Honors course – Search for Meaning, is designed to match the rigor of a college level composition course while maintaining the support network available at Leelanau.
Throughout the course students write a personal narrative related to the ideas in all the texts. This practice of writing personal narrative gave students the opportunity to understand themselves on a deeper level and learn to take responsibility for their actions.
Nancy is also a Leelanau parent. That that speaks volumes about our school, when a teacher so values what we have to offer, that they send their own child.
VISUAL ARTS TEACHER and ADVISOR at The Leelanau School
Kaz McCue is a Visual Arts Instructor and advisor for the Signpost, Leelanau’s annual yearbook. He has been teaching since 1993 and he has been with The Leelanau School since 2012. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts from Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus.
Kaz is an experienced artist, curator, arts administrator and educator who brings a diversity of expertise to his teaching. As a professional artist, Kaz is known as a storyteller who works in a variety of media. He serves as the Artistic Director for Michigan’s Legacy Art Park. Over the past five years he has focused on collaborative projects where teens have had the opportunity to get involved in his creative studio practice.
Kaz values that small class sizes that allows teachers to challenge students in ways that are specific to each student and to support them at the same time. “Our job is helping students, learn how to learn, so they have a learning process that can be accessed in any situation. We get to transfer our passion to our students by setting excellent examples for them.”
What is it and why does it matter?
2020欧洲杯在线投注How do we know what a student’s strengths are? We ask. The low student-teacher ratio at The Leelanau School allows us to make time to help our students get to know themselves better. We help them discover their strengths, how they learn best, and help them imagine their own potential. We then engage them opportunities to succeed and overcome any obstacles.
An example of just how different the ‘teaching’ and ‘teachers’ are:
The Leelanau School excels in recognizing the diverse styles of learning in students. Leelanau is an intentionally small co-ed, 9-12 grade boarding and day school located on the Crystal River and shores of Lake Michigan in Glen Arbor. We are accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).
2020欧洲杯在线投注Our students come to us seeking to make the most of their education at a school where project-based, hands-on experiential learning is the focus. We have great success with students who have ADHD, mild spectrum disorders or executive function disorders.
Our faculty and staff are experts in helping our students find or develop their path to academic — and life — success. At The Leelanau School, we strive to provide a supportive environment for our students inside and out of the classroom. We are proud to have been ranked one of the top 20 private schools in the US based on student-teacher ratios.
#3. Thrive in a strong, supportive campus community
The Leelanau campus, community, teachers and students become your home away from home. A long-standing tradition is the participation in Family Advisory Units – or FAU’s.
Faculty “parents” and mixed age “siblings” create a fun and caring “family” away from home. This integrated support system is a long-standing tradition and truly adds to the close-knit community that makes Leelanau so special.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Every student is assigned to an FAU that is overseen by teaching faculty parents and residential faculty advisor. The families are comprised of students of mixed ages. FAUS are one important way we get to know our students.
2020欧洲杯在线投注FAUs interact every school day. For example. they sit together for Quiet Period, plan special outings, do community service, and compete in school wide challenges.
Through this consistent contact, FAU parents and advisors are able to pay attention to how their students are doing academically, socially, and emotionally. They often are the first to notice when a student needs special support and are safe, accessible adults for students when help is needed.
2020欧洲杯在线投注FAU parents are academic advisors who support students and families in choosing classes and guide students through their academic, behavioral, and social progress during the school year. FAU parents and advisors are the perfect resource for students’ families; parents are always encouraged to reach out to the FAU parents and advisors with questions and concerns.
The definition of ‘Parenting’ includes guiding, monitoring and ensuring a child’s physical, cognitive, social, and emotional well-being. We all work together as a team to “parent” the students in our care. We take this responsibility very seriously. Consistent communication, promotion of ethical behaviors, and transparency of actions are the foundations we build upon. We strive to work cooperatively with parents for our students’ best interests.
We do not define a classroom by four walls. The term ‘school’ on our campus encompasses every aspect of a student’s daily life.
Our Residential Life Faculty are integral in each students’ education. Their guidance, friendship, and presence help make Leelanau a home away from home. They also provide a key role in Leelanau’s Life-Skills Curriculum, which gives students a distinct advantage in maturity.
FACULTY PARENT in one FAMILY ADVISORY UNIT (FAU)
2020欧洲杯在线投注Spencer is a house parent in Cochran House. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Environmental Health Science and Gender & Health. Spencer has also worked at various campus and hospice programs and has been a nanny for young children.
Spencer is enthusiastic about working with teens and excels at relating to them one on one. She guides them through the experience of living in a dorm setting and being away from home. She teaches life skills such as laundry, dorm cooking, personal hygiene, etc.
“Having opportunities for students to learn and develop their passions inside and outside the classroom. Whether it is taking classes like Sewing, Math Concepts, or Food is Love or getting surfing lessons, horseback riding lessons and volunteering at local organizations.”
“On weekends as well, students are given opportunities to learn outside the classroom setting. Some students excel in environments other than the classroom and are more engaged in the learning process.”
“A good example is Escape Rooms. Here the students learn communication skills, leadership skills, teamwork, time management, and critical thinking to solve problems outside the box.”
#4. Gain one-on-one time with teachers, in small classes
Our student teacher ratio is 3:1. Yes, you read that right.
There is no hiding in plain sight or blending into the background in class. We are engaged with each student and guide them through getting the most potential out of their time and efforts in the best experiential learning environment.
Teachers are available at all hours, from Morning Energize to evening study hall. They are also on call and readily available to meet outside the classroom. These crucial, personal and connected relationships, contribute to our students’ confidence, maturity, and success in and out of the classroom.
In addition to close relationships with their teachers, we support a metacognitive learning process. We help students reflect on their learning, building awareness of their own best strategies. Because when students unlock the key to their own learning process, they have that skill for life.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Metacognition is a term that refers to the process of deliberately thinking about one’s own thinking. It means being conscious of not only what you are thinking about, but having awareness of how you are processing the information with the intention of improving your learning. You will no doubt have heard us say that we focus as much on process as content; metacognitive strategies are a really important element of how we educate our learners.
2020欧洲杯在线投注At The Leelanua School, there is a quality to instruction that distinguishes us from other schools. We describe it as a “Better Way to Learn”.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Cognitive research and studies in human development suggest that the best way to learn is through authentic experiences, where students uncover understanding in meaningful and relevant activities. The adolescent brain requires challenges and adventure for healthy growth and development. Adopting this as our guiding instructional philosophy, we get students moving, draws on past experience, initiate more meaningful discussions, and allow for deeper questioning. We focus on how to learn, rather than what to learn. Learning becomes a personally empowering endeavor, owned by the student.
Experiential learning is learning through:
2020欧洲杯在线投注To prepare children for their future as engaged community members, employees, entrepreneurs and eventual parents, they need to be immersed in meaningful, creative and intrinsically rewarding experiences. There should be relevant discoveries through experiential learning every single day
has shown that metacognition can be improved over time through practice and development. In fact, brain scans show more gray matter in the anterior prefrontal cortex (the area of the brain responsible for metacognition) in people who regularly engage in metacognitive strategies. Our Leelanau Learners come to our community with a variable range of metacognitive experiences. Some have attended schools in which metacognition is built into the culture; others have not encountered such strategies. Without metacognition, students can develop misconceptions about themselves and their abilities as learners. Through practice of these thinking strategies, students recognize that their academic struggles are skill problems, not intelligence problems!
2020欧洲杯在线投注We expect our Metacognitive Learners to use planning when approaching a task, to monitor their own understanding of the process, and to evaluate their progress toward the end of a task. We help students reflect on their learning, building awareness of their own best strategies.
5 ways we support metacognitive learning at The Leelanau School:
2020欧洲杯在线投注In the Learning Skills classes we observe not only what they do, but how students approach their assignments. It allows us to guide the development of their Learning Toolboxes, filling them with strategies and the judgment about when to use particular strategies.
2020欧洲杯在线投注We ask students to reflect on how they are making progress in both their academic and community living goals. They identify problems and potentials for problems early and make a plan to address them.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Students help design their academic support. All students have access to the academic support from the Learning Commons, but the support is differentiated, tailoring it to their individual styles, needs, and goals. When students are genuinely invested in learning about a topic, they can maintain motivated attention longer term.
When need arises for social skills instruction, our faculty are prepared to work with the students involved to process the situation and offer mediation, support, coaching, and practice in healthy problem solving and conflict resolution strategies.
When adults make mistakes, it provides wonderful teachable moments as we stop ourselves, recognize our thinking, and talk through our thinking to correct the problem. What student doesn’t love it when a teacher makes a mistake? We highlight that everyone makes mistakes and that mistakes are best seen as opportunities to learn and improve.
Self aware thinking and problem solving has always been present in our philosophy, but only recently has the research emerged showing just how important metacognition is for helping students become independent, successful learners.
2020欧洲杯在线投注When students become conscious of their thinking, they can make decisions about their own improvement and, often for the first time, have a sense of control over their academic careers.
#5. Make life-long friends and Alumni connections
There is something about being around your peers for meals, late night chats, study marathons, field trips, and art projects. All that day-to-day life being experienced together – that makes for a deep common bond. They are your family away from home and the family you choose to be connected to, long after graduation.
As everyone scatters across the country and the globe, they become invaluable connections ready to lend insights on careers, family, and travel.
This wide network is available, as students explore internships, apply to colleges and look for jobs in exciting careers that alumni are already established in.
Leelanau School Class of 1982
Years at the The Leelanau School: 2
Degree in Interior Design
2020欧洲杯在线投注Purdue University, School of Engineering and Technology
HOW I REMEMBER THE LEELANAU SCHOOL
My most vivid memory was the drive up the main road on the first day. I was scared and nervous. I still remember what I was wearing, right down to my shoes. Some seniors were there checking us in and pointing us to the dorms, and as scared as I was, I think I also knew that this was going be the best experience of my life. The next year, I asked to be on that welcoming committee because I wanted to be that person who could help the new kids feel ok, and more at ease.
2020欧洲杯在线投注My favorite place was a large pine on the beach, surrounded by juniper. We figured out a way through the dense shrub to a clearing at the base of the tree. It was a secret little spot we’d go to talk about things; life, boys, struggles, plan our futures, we’d cry and giggle and it was a safe, special spot. And of course, the Crystal River…always a favorite. The best memories come from my wonderful, lifelong friendships made with people that share a special bond and experience like no other.
HOW THE LEELANAU SCHOOL IMPACTED MY LIFE
Mrs. Evans, my art history teacher was the first person to plant the seed and got me really interested in art and architecture and Mun got me interested in architecture. He’d take us on field trips to study barns…I complained all the way, but it stuck with me anyway. After graduating from the Leelanau School, I went to Ball State to study interior design but didn’t finish. I went back to college at 39 years old to finally get my design degree, which is one of my proudest accomplishments.
The Leelanau School had huge impact on my life. Today, I’m motivated by simple pleasures (hiking, sitting on the beach reading a book, riding my bike to breakfast, and full appreciation of the great outdoors), the uncomplicated quality of life that comes from living in a small but vibrant town and my work. I get to be my own boss doing exactly what I always wanted to do…that’s plenty worth getting up every day for!
Leelanau School Class of 2000
Years at The Leelanau School: 2
Degree in Computer Science, Minor in Economics
HOW I REMEMBER THE LEELANAU SCHOOL
I first attended Leelanau during the summer school program. It’s so beautiful up there in the summer by the lake with so many biological resources to learn from. So many great memories, friends and faculty. I really enjoyed the sports programs as well. It’s funny cause in the Kindel dorm room we would have competitions with our stereo systems. Many of my bad lyric rap CD’s were confiscated lol, now I’m in the music business and always try to keep my records clean, but keep my bass knockin!
HOW THE LEELANAU SCHOOL IMPACTED MY LIFE
2020欧洲杯在线投注I would not be where I am today without Leelanau; it made a huge impact on my life. My first two years of public high school my grades were terrible and I was unmotivated. Leelanau made it fun for me to learn again I excelled academically, became class president, got straight A’s and got into a great college.
Leelanau School Class of 1965
Years at the Leelanau School: 2
Wayne State University
HOW I REMEMBER THE LEELANAU SCHOOL
When I arrived on the campus of Leelanau in the fall of 1961 as a freshman, I don’t think I said to myself how gorgeous everything was. Nor did I probably remark how attentive the teachers were. But I do remember being happy almost from the first day. And then, feeling challenged, feeling accepted, and something within myself arose and I knew that this was not just a boarding school, no, this was something quite extraordinary.
Later, my second year, I remember standing on top of the ski hill on a back trail which overlooked the school, Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands and being mesmerized by the absolute beauty. I remember Uncle Whit, Riveredge, the chaos of room change, the sharing and friendships formed, and always laughter and fun. I most remember Leelanau as an extended family where I was called upon to be my best and was surrounded by natures bounty.
HOW THE LEELANAU SCHOOL IMPACTED MY LIFE
2020欧洲杯在线投注I love that little school in the woods. When I look back 50 years I know that it is Leelanau that gave me my very deep appreciation for nature, wildlife and the outdoors. The teachers fostered my curiosity and desire to keep learning more. Some of the most enduring and endearing friendship I have is from Leelanau. Leelanau gave me building blocks which helped form my character and, in turn, I was able to face both the trials and successes of life with strong resilience and determination.
I took all this to my passions and career in life. An early love of travel led me to working in and then owning a travel agency in Grosse Pointe for a number of years. After that, I moved to Hawaii where I started a tour company with the emphasis on adventure travel. I traveled to Nepal and while there caught a disease which went undiagnosed for 10 years. By the time it was diagnosed, I was in a wheelchair and almost died – it took 5 years of intense therapy and I was told my life would never again be the same.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Another road began and how thankful I was to be able to look at life from a new and different perspective. My life is so quiet now, but it is full in its own way. Next to travel, my other lifelong interest has always been photography; my college major and I worked in it for several years before switching to travel. These days I surround myself with nature, camera in tow, and just enjoy the simple things. I appreciate so much.
Although I only spent 2 years at Leelanau, it has left an indelible mark within my heart. Thank you, Leelanau School.
#6. Prepare for the college experience
100% of our students are accepted into a College or University.
While your student is learning and being fully responsible for their learning and life choices at boarding school, they are also exploring the opportunities for what comes next.
Another benefit of boarding school, particularly when it comes to preparing for college, is the tailored assistance students and parents receive in the college application process.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Our college counselor works with students and their families to help find the ‘best-fit’ colleges and universities. We provide help from researching colleges and universities to reviewing financial aid and scholarships, to helping students find the schools that will help them thrive.
The College advising process officially begins during Junior Year.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Michael Jarvis is the Director of Director of Counseling and College Advising. Michael has worked in education since 1992 and has been with Leelanau School since 2000. He has a BS in Humanities from the United States Air Force Academy, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Michael says he has been working with adolescents since leaving the Air Force in 1991.
“I am committed to helping young people grow into compassionate, conscious adults who know themselves, and who want to make the world a better place. I believe that education should be holistic and include physical and community learning.”
2020欧洲杯在线投注The process starts with helping a student find what makes them stand out from the pack. Colleges aren’t looking for cookie-cutter students. They like students that have one (or a few) really unique and defining characteristics rather than ‘generally well developed types.’ Working to find a student’s passions and what differentiates them starts when they get to Leelanau. Students are given guidance and feedback to help them refine their focus.
2020欧洲杯在线投注For example, if creative writing turns out to be their passion, teachers and advisors are very supportive to find some writing contests for submissions so that work could get recognized – and then highlighted for the college admissions process
Students have the opportunity to attend ACT and SAT prep classes and take the ACT and or the SAT. Working with our College Counselor students will begin to create a list of potential schools that fit their learning style and desires.
We walk our students through the testing process, coach them, and secure eligible accommodations to help them succeed.
In terms of the college application process, we guide the student through it.
With patient support, students execute the whole application process including hitting deadlines, filling in forms, getting writing samples ready, etc.
2020欧洲杯在线投注And for the crucial essay step, we pay particular attention. This is where our students and their unique paths shine through their carefully edited writing. Students keep their parents in the loop, but this is their chance to take responsibility for the next step in their future.
As students visit schools during the spring summer and fall, the short list will continue to evolve until they have found those schools that feel like good fits.
#7. Build core values
In a world that is ever-changing and moving in diverging directions, at various speeds, we believe in teaching and reinforcing a set of basic values from which to be grounded.
2020欧洲杯在线投注These core values are: Stewardship, Leadership, Awareness, Integrity, Resilience, Courage and Interconnectedness
Our Philosophy is this: We offer a rigorous college preparatory curriculum using multi-sensory, experiential, and strength-based methodologies. Students gain awareness of their individual learning styles, build skills and strategies to maximize their learning potential and grow into leaders.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Founded in 1929, The Leelanau School is an intentionally small co-ed boarding and day school, serving domestic and international students, in grades 9-12.
Leelanau’s rich supportive environment is a haven for intelligent and creative students, and is particularly beneficial for students with ADHD.
The focus of our school program has always been based in experiential learning. We offer students an educational experience with a commitment to:
integrated learning support, individualized attention, small class size, and whole-person wellness.
Set on 42 wooded acres, on the shores of Lake Michigan – Leelanau is a living classroom.
#8. Experience extensive arts, music and theater programs
2020欧洲杯在线投注At The Leelanau School, creativity is encouraged and students are welcome to explore each arts discipline. Parents are often amazed that their “non-singing” child has a beautiful voice or that their camera shy child feels perfectly comfortable on the other side of the lens.
Students don’t have to come with talent, we will help discover and develop their talents.
Advanced Creative Writing
Photography 1 + 2
Studio Art Exploration
Beginning + Advanced Pottery
Beginning + Advanced Guitar
Physics of Sound
Rock and Roll
2020欧洲杯在线投注“Mighty Snappy” Band
Visual Arts Instructor Kaz McCue has learned the Theory of Multiple Intelligences and uses this in teaching visual art. He works with each student on how to learn, not to show what they already know, but to build on processes.
He has to help students break away from the pre-conceived notion of what the finished piece “should” be, and to instead engage in the process.
“I have to help them get out of their own way, because that inhibits their potential, but to help them see that they are creating experiences.”
2020欧洲杯在线投注Ceramics /Pottery Instructor Bruce Hoods says the true definition of “hands on learning” comes from the ability to work with your hands and get dirty. But the process begins well before the clay hits the wheel.
Hood also emphasizes process and sequencing, and works with the students on building from an idea to drawing up a sketch to the actual 3-D work.
“Oh, and we always have to build the cleanup time into the process. That is a very important part of the process.”
2020欧洲杯在线投注Because ceramics involves a small group of students, they are able to come in and strongly focus. Through ceramics the students learn about chemistry through the creation of glazes, as well as respect for equipment.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Music Instructor Laura Hood says starting beginning musicians on guitar allows them to learn quickly, even to the point of having brand new guitar students able to play three songs by the end of their first-class period.
“Seeing quick success is key to them sticking with it. I like to believe there is a hidden musician in everyone.”
2020欧洲杯在线投注Songwriting is a class where from the first day, the only music that can be performed and shared must be all original. Students learn music structure and composition, basic theory and lyric writing.
Another gratifying experience is being able take the “Mighty Snappy” musical ensemble on the road to perform at nursing and retirement homes and other schools. The instrumentation changes year-to-year, but the ability to spread joy and goodwill through music is a constant goal.
2020欧洲杯在线投注This immersive, five week, academic term gives students the opportunity to experience two engaging and exciting courses. This innovative term which allows for in-depth discovery, with only two classes each day, is experiential learning at its best and provides an environment where students can flourish.
Domestic & International Travel
Lego Mindstorms (Robotics)
Short Film Making
Food Is Love
A Personal Look at WWII
Leelanau Revealed: Research & Publishing
Intro to Psychology
2020欧洲杯在线投注Global Citizenship in the 21st Century
This innovative term – designed and facilitated by our faculty – is strength-based, experiential learning at its best and provides an environment where students can flourish in areas of their interest and/or expertise.
From trips that open students’ eyes to the world to courses that allow deep exploration or practical life skills – Winter Term is an opportunity for students and staff to make the most of the winter by doing what brings them joy!
2020欧洲杯在线投注During Winter Term students spend two and a half hours per day in each class, giving them ample opportunity to delve deeply into the subject material and produce high quality, creative and original work.
Experiential Learning has always been at the heart of a Leelanau School education.
Our teachers are constantly looking for ways to purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people’s capacity to contribute to their communities, which is how the Association of Experiential Education describes the philosophy.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Recently our students were given the unique opportunity to participate in a true multi-disciplinary experiential learning opportunity in collaboration with the Michigan Legacy Art Park at Crystal Mountain Resort. The event was actually directed by Leelanau’s own visual art instructor Kaz McCue, who also happens to be the Artistic Director of the Art Park. Kaz invited Marquette metal artist,
Theresa Smith, the Artist-in-Residence for the Michigan Legacy Art Park, who has 22 years of experience with iron work, community projects, and art programs, to visit Leelanau and to introduce students to the project and initiate the discussion.
2020欧洲杯在线投注As part of the creative process of creating a cast iron sculpture, scratch blocks were created where each student scratched designs into templates which were later poured with molten iron. One of our school values, “Stewardship” was particularly emphasized as students worked with donations of old radiators to break down for melting. This hands-on opportunity was the first step in the process of seeing junk transformed into art. The concept of recycle and re-use is one familiar to Leelanau students, but this project was a new experience.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Students brought the novel project back to the classroom by choosing to focus their academic work on the following educational modules relative to this project: “Iron Ages: A History of Iron in Michigan and Beyond” (history) taught by Joe and Elizabeth Blondia, “Having a Melt Down: An Exploration of Melting Points” (science) taught by Jay Meyers and Cris Pina, “Testing Your Metal: An Investigation of Metallurgy” (science) taught by Bruce Hood and Cris Pina, and “A Write to Own: Workshop a Creative Poem or Analyze the Mixed Self” (creative writing) taught by Tanya Firestone and Kim Speicher.
Finally, the process concluded with a trip to the Art Park at Crystal Mountain to spectate at the Iron Pour, where the iron was heated in a special furnace to 3,000 degrees and poured into molds. Following the pour, Leelanau students also got to tour the park, which features 50 outdoor sculptures and two miles of wooded hiking trails.
#9. Embrace health and wellness as a life-long skill
We feel that students need to develop healthy lifestyles for their lifetimes. Our overall wellness program is designed around this premise, by providing activities and guidance.
Healthy foods are a part of daily life at Leelanau.
You won’t find fatty fried foods in our cafeteria line. You will find freshly prepared, nutritious and delicious offerings that are locally sourced and prepared on site. Each meal has an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, a gluten-free and vegetarian entrée, and we are attentive to those with food allergies and sensitivities.
Lynne Brach is the Food Service Director. She has been in the food business for 30 years and has been with the School since 2012. She attended Calvin College, College of the Atlantic and NMC Culinary School. Lynne also spent a semester at sea with Hurricane Island Outward Bound. Lynne says, “Cooking has been my passion for 3 decades. I have cooked on bike tours across the US, at retreats in New Mexico and for a canoe tripping camp in Canada, at the Traverse City Children’s House Montessori School and Oryana Natural Foods Co-op in Traverse City. Lynne has two grown children ‘whom I find endlessly interesting.’ I love to ski, run, travel and backpack with with my husband and amazing dog.”
After a breakfast offering healthy and tasty options students have a quiet period and advisory meetings.
2020欧洲杯在线投注At 8:30 am it is time for Morning Energize.
The Centers for Disease Controls (CDC) states, “…physical activity can have an impact on cognitive skills and attitudes and academic behavior, all of which are important components of improved academic performance. These include enhanced concentration and attention as well as improved classroom behavior.”
The CDC research paper can be found .
Exercise directly impacts the behavior and development of the brain. “It is likely that the effects of physical activity on cognition would be particularly important in the highly plastic developing brains of youth,” according to a 2010 essay by Charles Basch of Columbia University.
He summarized how exercise may affect executive functioning:
2020欧洲杯在线投注Increased oxygen flow to the brain
Increased brain neurotransmitters
“[Increased] brain-derived neurotrophins that support neuronal differentiation and survival in the developing brain.” Neurotrophins assure the survival of neurons in areas responsible for learning, memory, and higher thinking.
Becca Dymond, who is the Academic Coordinator, Learning Commons Department Chair and the Learning Specialist, explained why The Leelanau School decided to insert this into their day.
“Morning Energize is our answer to the compelling research proving the connection between movement and enhanced learning. Many teenagers, and adults for that matter, struggle to have an alert, energetic transition into the day. Morning energize allows us 30 minutes to be active and have fun before the rigors of the day begin. The activities are not meant to be strenuous. The options range from yoga, to walking, juggling, or fun group games. Every Friday we do something as a whole school to build some spirit and positivity before the weekend.”
2020欧洲杯在线投注Michael Lanuzza, senior, said that before coming to The Leelanau School, he remembers having to get up at 6 a.m. to catch a bus and then sleeping through his classes. He says he likes Morning Energize because he has more energy and can pay better attention in his classes.
“I used to be groggy in the morning, and sometimes fall asleep, but now I feel like I can pay attention in class. I like the variety of activities and typically play games like Ultimate Frisbee and games where you try to keep a balloon in the air.”
Becca said, “It is exciting to be part of a community where we can learn about something new, decide on its importance, and figure out a way to try it.“
Another added benefit, according to Michael, “It is great to see the whole school interacting, having fun and getting along with each other. It gives you a chance to make new friends.”
The Health Services is staffed by dedicated Registered Nurses (RNs). Our nurses are on site every day from 7:30 am until 11:00 pm. We also have a nurse on call from 11 pm until 7:30 am. Our residence life faculty works closely with Health Services to ensure students’ health care needs are met. Nurses are available throughout the day to examine students, treat minor maladies, and are present for emergencies. Our medical staff are equipped with active medical certifications and our faculty is certified in basic first aid as well as CPR.
Health Services also works with our Student Services Office to arrange drivers for any needed off campus health appointments. Additionally, Health Services and Residential Faculty work cooperatively in providing on-going health education instruction whether the topic is human growth & development, sex education, nutrition education, healthy living and exercise, etc.
COORDINATOR OF HEALTH SERVICES
Angel is the Coordinator of Health Services. She is a Register Nurse with over 10 years of nursing experience, most recently at Munson Medical Center where she worked in Cardiothoracic Care, Medical Surgical, Pediatrics, and Maternity. Angel has worked with interdisciplinary teams, has supervised LPNs and CNAs, and has been a mentor to first-year nursing students and Critical Care Interns. Angel is a wife and a mother to 2 children.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Alice is one of the school’s Registered Nurses and has served Leelanau students since 2007. She has been an RN since 1984, graduating from Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor. Alice has also been a Yoga Instructor for over 20 years, certified through American Viniyoga Institute and Union Yoga. Yoga became a passion after her first child was born. Alice believes it is a perfect complement to her work here at The Leelanau School.
Libby is an Registered Nurse who joined Leelanau in the fall of 2018. She previously worked for many years in a Skilled Nursing Facility providing hospital recovery and ongoing medical support. Libby earned her nursing degree from Northwestern Michigan College in 2008. She enjoys working at Leelanau because of the close relationships she is able to develop with students in her role as an integrated health support staff.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Our afternoon activities and athletics program is designed to provide students at all levels, abilities, and interests engaging opportunities that foster the development of skills and interests.
2020欧洲杯在线投注We believe fun and diverse extracurricular activities play an integral part in a well-rounded education and development of a student – even if that means participating in things outside of their comfort zone.
Throughout the school year students participate in one activity per six-week session. Activities are held after classes Monday through Thursday for an hour and fifteen minutes and are facilitated by the supportive adults of the Leelanau community.
Parents are constantly amazed to see their children’s self-confidence and sense of belonging soar in our safe and accepting environment.
Students get their heart rates up in our school workout facility utilizing our cardio machines, free weights, and weight machines.
Students are provided the opportunity to explore a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, graphic design, music, and arts & crafts.
Students learn and refine their skills in a variety of outdoor sports and games such as soccer, flag football, kickball, and baseball.
2020欧洲杯在线投注This Leelanau tradition combines walking, hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing and allows students to experience a different activity each day – all the time exploring our beautiful area.
Students learn to plant, grow, and harvest food, much of which is served in the school dining hall.
During the winter months, students can burn off energy and further develop their coordination and skills doing indoor soccer, volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, and kickball.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Experienced or novice equestrians can take lessons, study equine anatomy, and learn about how to groom and care for horses through the wonderful coaches at Blue Oxer Farm. Just snuggling and brushing a horse is always an option too!
Students hit the slopes at Crystal Mountain where they can ski or snowboard for the afternoon and early evening, with weekend opportunities available as well. All levels are welcome to participate.
Students explore the “dramatic” side of life in the school auditorium and in the greater community.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Each day students explore the local hiking spots, practice yoga, or volunteer within our community.
We strive to provide students with opportunities to be involved in activities and sports of their interest. We have been known to create new teams or try something new based on the interest of just a single student!
Students can find serenity in the woods while having the chance to represent our school and follow their passion for running.
Leelanau is part of the Glen Lake Community Schools Co-op Tennis Team. Students refine their technical and tactical skills while meeting other high schoolers from the area. We also have amazing tennis courts on campus.
Students have the opportunity to learn the game of golf or hone their skills at some of the many local golf courses as part of this competitive team.
Students would have the opportunity to learn the basics of rowing on lovely Lake Leelanau, all the while developing discipline, concentration, and team unity.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Students could participate in one of the first sports of the Olympics while learning the rules and developing their skills.
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