Our Biome Field Trip
The sixth graders enjoyed their second field trip with Saint John's Outdoor University. They explored the arboretum to learn about Minnesota's original biomes. Students took observations of sunlight, wind, soil and air temperature, animals and vegetation. We could have used a little more sunshine and wind to help with our data gathering, but it was a great day for a walk in the prairie, deciduous, and coniferous forest. More photos on the photo page
Our Garden Lunch
The sixth graders enjoyed harvesting vegetables from our Prep School garden. Tomatoes, peppers, carrots, squash, and basil were all harvested for our soup! Donations from other gardens gave us a plethora of veggies for a delicious soup lunch. Many more photos on the photo page.
Our First Trip with Saint John's Outdoor University
The sixth graders enjoyed our first field trip with Saint John's Outdoor University. They used a dichotomous tree key to identify trees on the Saint John's campus. More photos on the photo page
Our First Chapel Walk
The 6th graders had a warm and humid day for our first chapel walk. It was a delightful walk. Thanks to a tremendous group of parent volunteers, the Johnny bread, peanut butter and jelly was quickly distributed. Students enjoyed playing by the water. No one fell in!! More photos on the photo page.
The sixth graders spent the afternoon swimming at Lake Sagatagan. It was a perfect day to get to know new friends. The beach was not crowded so these new friends had plenty of opportunity to get to know each other. They all seemed to play so well together. There are a lot more pictures on the photo page.
Opening Day Convocation
Last Day of School! Thanks for a Great Year!
Last Day Chapel Walk
Our last day walk to the chapel was a little warm and sticky. Shortly after arriving the clouds rolled in and a sound of distant thunder was heard. We ate quickly, grabbed this traditional picture and set off back to school. More photos on the photo page.
A Great Day for a Ride!
The sixth graders seem to be having great luck with Minnesota weather. Our bike ride day was perfect. It was a pleasant temperature and the wind was light. The sixth graders biked from the Prep to school to St. Joe where they enjoyed their own lunch. After playing for quite a while at the park, we biked down to McDonald's for an snack. The ride back is always tough with the hills, but everyone made it back! More photos on the photo page.
Field Trip to the Minnesota State Capitol Building
It couldn't have been a nicer to day to visit the MN State Capitol Building. The sixth graders enjoyed a morning visit with Justice McKeig of the Minnesota Supreme Court. We ate lunch on the Capitol mall area before meeting Representative Bob Loonan from the Shakopee area. He took the students on a great tour of the Capitol which included standing on the senate and house floor. Ms. McCarthy treated us to a DQ on the way home so it was a pretty perfect day! More photos on the photo page.
Maple Syrup Field Trip
The sixth graders spent a delightful morning with Sarah Gainey and the Saint John's Outdoor University staff. We learned all about the process of making maple syrup. It was a little too cold to collect sap, but nonetheless, we had a great time. There are many more photos on the photo page.
Interim Day 4. Lumberjack Day
Our fourth interim day was filled with fun! Sixth graders started the day by learning about what life was like in a lumber camp in the late 1800s. They learned about the different roles in a lumber camp and lumberjack lingo. After the introduction to life as a lumberjack, the students played Lumberjack Bingo. Next they tackled some lumberjack math and figured out the amount of food the Cook would need to order to feed 70 hungry jacks. After tackling the math, the students were treated to a family style lumberjack breakfast. Students ate sweat pads, logging berries, spuds, cold shuts, porkbelly and blackjack. The next stop was a logging demonstration put on by Saint John's Outdoor University. Their day ended with a visit from storyteller Doug Peterson who told the sixth graders some great tall tales about Paul Bunyan. It was a terrific day in sixth grade. More photos on the photo page.
Interim Day 1-3. The Audubon Center of the Northwoods
The sixth graders had three amazing days at the Audubon Center of the Northwoods. While the weather was cold, it was sunny and windless. When dressed appropriately even -15 degrees can seem hot. There are many, many pictures on the Photo page of our many activities during our three days of learning to appreciate the great outdoors of Minnesota.
Toys for Tots
The sixth graders had another great year of raising money for Toys for Tots. We held 3 Friday Float sales and raised approximately $500.00 for toys for tots. The sixth graders enjoyed their annual shopping trip and a trip to the Great Hall for the delivery of their toys. More photos on the photo page.
Making Pie for Thanksgiving!
On the day before our Thanksgiving break, the sixth graders enjoyed learning to bake pumpkin pie and apple pie. Small groups of students either made the crust or the filling for 8 pies. We later shared the pie with our parents in the afternoon! More photos on the photo page
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The sixth graders had a wonderfully, warm day for their visit to the cemetery on campus in conjunction with their reading of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. In the book, the protagonist learns to read by doing grave rubbings. Students enjoyed walking quietly through the graveyard, doing rubbings and reading many of the tombstones.
Orienteering Halloween Field Trip
The sixth graders spent part of Halloween afternoon enjoying a orienteering field trip with Saint John's Outdoor University. The weather turned out to be refreshing and everyone had fun working their way through the orienteering course. Thank you Saint John's Outdoor University for a great afternoon. Many more photos on the photo page.
Trick or Treat
The sixth graders enjoyed celebrating Halloween in school. They painted pumpkins, went trick or treating throughout the school and enjoyed a field trip with Saint John's Outdoor University. Check out the photo page for many great photos from our Halloween fun!
Fall at SJP
The colors have been vibrant this fall in the woods surrounding SJP. The sixth graders have been spending some time in the woods. They've been writing in their special spots and walking to the chapel. Enjoy the photos on the photo page.
Paddling with Wilderness Inquiry
The sixth graders had a beautiful, but chilly morning for their paddling with Wildness Inquiry. More photos on the photo page.
Our Adventure Day 1: The Mille Lacs Indian Museum
Our two day adventure began with a stop at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. The students learned some Indian sign language and Ojibwe language, made dream catchers, played some Indian games, and view the four seasons room. This trip is closely tied to our social studies and language arts curriculum. Many more photos on the photo page.
Our Adventure Day 1 Continued: Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
Our second stop on our two day adventure was a visit to the Mille Lacs Kathio State Park Interpretive center. Naturalist, Erin Fallon, led us in a geocaching activity and a wonderful walk with the Touch the Earth Trail. Students learned about trees, bogs, moss, and the cultural significance of the Mille Lacs Kathio area. More photos on the photo page.
We couldn't have had a more beautiful evening for camping. Clear skies, a light breeze, great food, a campfire, s'mores, singing and beautiful stars! Of course, after midnight, the thunder and rain started! Everyone (or almost everyone) stayed dry and we somehow made it through the evening. Lots of evening pictures on the photo page.
Day 2: The Fire tower and DQ!
After a morning filled with showers, the sky cleared and sun came out allowing us to finish our trip climbing the fire tower. Always highlight, it didn't disappoint today either! More photos of our final day on the photo page.
Last Day of School!!!!! Thanks Great Year!
Thanks For A GREAT YEAR!
Last Day of School Chapel Walk
It couldn't have been a more perfect day for our last chapel walk of the year. A couple of the boys counted a total of 50 turtles along the way! We enjoyed beautiful sunshine, a cool breeze and a beautiful spring green forest. What a great way to enjoy our last day of sixth grade! As always, more photos on the photo page.
Thanks for a GREAT year!
Partnering once again with our colleagues from Saint John's Outdoor University, the sixth graders participated in Water Week. During this week, the arboretum staff is helping the sixth graders learn more about the water cycle, watersheds, water quality and water conservation. The sixth graders participated in many hands on activities to help them understand the science behind water. They braved cold hands and air as they looked for live organisms in the water. It was amazing what they found! More photos on the photo page.
Thanks Sixth Graders for An Awesome Year of Learning and Fun!!!
School's Out for Summer!
Digging for Clay
Having recently finished the book, A Single Shard, sixth grade art teacher, Patrick Dwyer led the students to a location on campus where there is abundant clay. Just like the character in the book, the students dug clay and hulled it back to school. Their next step will be to drain the clay to get it ready to mold into whatever they wish. It will be several weeks before the projects are finished, but they will have stepped into the life of the main character of the book. More photos on the photo page.