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May 22, 2016
by Shane Boland Harrison
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Mackinac Island Awesome!

I hope everyone has had time to recover from our wonderful trip. My Fitbit recorded 26,520 steps totaling 11.7 miles on Thursday alone! With the packed schedule we had not one complaint from anyone was heard, everyone was having so much fun. I have done this trip for several years and I have to say this one was the best. While the excellent weather did help I have to say our students were polite, kind to each other, generous and listened well. The magic of Mackinac was everywhere!

Mackinac 2016 on PhotoPeach

May 5, 2016
by Shane Boland Harrison
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Romance on the Reef

As part of their unit on Oceans the 7th grade created a Coral Reef. They each chose an animal to research and make, along with some different kinds of coral. They also learned about the status of coral reefs globally and how and why they are dying and losing biodiversity. One part of the assignment was to write a blog post portraying their animal looking for a “date” on a dating website called Romance on the Reef. Be sure to check out the 7th grade blog posts to read about their special adaptations and qualities:). I guarantee you will laugh and be impressed by all that they learned! Their blogs are attached to this main page.

Romance on the Reef on PhotoPeach

 

February 24, 2016
by Shane Boland Harrison
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Science Expo February 25

SCIENCE EXPO –  YOU’RE INVITED!!

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The excitement is building for the annual Science Expo this Thursday, February 25, from 6:007:30. The 6th graders will entertain you with their wax museum of scientists, the 7th graders will show you their awesome science projects using our experimental design and the 8th graders will provide hovercraft rides for all! 4th & 5th graders will also have presentations that should not be missed. We will again have a science table full of take home projects that will prove to be fun and educational for all ages and MORE!

If you would like to invite your friends along that would like to see what your student is up to at our awesome school please feel free to bring them!

It truly will be a night of family fun with lots and lots of laughter!

 

February 3, 2016
by Shane Boland Harrison
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High School Fair Tonight!

High School Fair – Wednesday, February 3
FREE – Open to All Interested Middle School Students丨 7-8:30丨Pathfinder GYM
Pathfinder invites all interested 8th grade students to join us for our annual high school fair. Schools from around the region as well as the state attend to present their programs to interested students. As a “School of Choice” region, we encourage all middle school students to come and explore their options.

Participating High schools: The Leelanau School,TC Central, TC West, TC Christian, Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools (St. Francis), Interlochen Academy of Arts, Leland High School, Leelanau St. Mary’s, Cranbrook (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

January 25, 2016
by Shane Boland Harrison
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HS 101

HS 101 & College Prep
Wednesday, January 277PM -8PM
We invite our middle school students to join recent graduates of Pathfinder who attend schools all over our region (TC West, TC Central, Interlochen, The Leelanau School, Cranbrook and more) to learn about the transition from Pathfinder to High School. Discover what you need to know from students who have been in your shoes. Parents are also invited to sit with Alumni parents to discuss the transition from a parent’s eyes.

We will also have a brief presentation from Michigan College Planning to prepare your child for what colleges want to see. All 6th-8th graders are encouraged to attend.

 

January 17, 2016
by Shane Boland Harrison
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A Day On not a Day off.

Pathfinder School Celebrates MLK Day Monday

Our amazing school as reported  by The Ticker….

The Pathfinder School in Traverse City is taking a different approach to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year.

“As a school, we decided that Martin Luther King Day is a powerful day to teach and learn,” says Head of School Rob Hansen of the Day of Service and Celebration scheduled for Mon., Jan. 18. “It should be a day on – not a day off. We want to teach our students that they can make a contribution at any age, and our students are very eager to serve.”

The entire student body (pre-K through 8th grade) will spend the morning supporting those in need by manning donation sites around town. The students will be collecting canned goods, personal hygiene items, winter clothing and infant care items from 10:15-11:30am at the following locations: Oryana, Tom’s West Bay, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City Tourism, The Bay Theatre and Hansen’s in Suttons Bay. The school has partnered with The Father Fred Foundation, the Goodwill Inn and the Leelanau Christian Neighbors Baby Pantry to distribute the collected items.

Pathfinder will the open up the school to the public for a free concert from 1:30-2:45pm featuring local musicians, including Mary Sue Wilkinson, Pat Neimisto, Justin “Stovepipie” Stover, Aven Purcell and Tom O’Brien, along with student performances.

December 6, 2015
by Shane Boland Harrison
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Winter Concert and Rehearsal

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Remember on Tuesday we will be traveling to the church to rehearse for the winter concert. The plan is to eat lunch early and leave on the bus at 11:45. Be sure to bring a book or games to play while we wait for others to practice. Crazy behavior will not be tolerated during the day or in the evening after the concert. We will return to school in time for dismissal. The following is a message from Mr. Tobin as to when you should arrive…

  • Grades 7/8 chamber strings (Olivia, Macy, Lauren, Emlin, McLean, Samantha, Alison, Jadyn) arrive at 5:50 to provide lobby music. All other students should arrive by 6:15 pm. String students will be seated on stage or in the first row. Students not in strings will sit with their families (not in groups of friends) for the first half of the concert.

I’m really looking forward to this concert. I love to see all my students dressed up, playing instruments and singing1

Happy Holidays!

October 15, 2015
by Shane Boland Harrison
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We Have Compost!

The 1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade science students screened the school’s finished compost and added it to the hoop house beds. All of The Pathfinder School’s lunch scraps are collected daily and added to a maintained compost pile. The first graders were on hand to see what didn’t belong such as plastic spoons and straws and helped to pick them out. The 6th graders, who are studying decomposition, readily explained the process! It was a great day of learning, collaboration and use of our beautiful campus as a living, natural laboratory. Thanks to the wood shop class for making the compost screen!

Sift and Shake!

Sift and Shake!

Teamwork!

Teamwork!

What doesn't belong?

What doesn’t belong?

The finished product ready for the garden!

The finished product ready for the garden!

Up and Over to the Hoop House

Up and Over to the Hoop House

 

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