Woolman Blog

Deconstructing Institutionalized Oppression, Reconstructing Alternatives

Amelia Nebenzahl, Global Thinking Teacher
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It’s sometimes hard to notice harmful systems in our daily lives, even though they make up the basic fibers of our society. Even when we do notice them these systems can be hard to name, hard to articulate. Or perhaps when we try to talk about them, it feels like no one’s listening. At Woolman we challenge this status quo: we not only analyze systems of oppression, we vocalize how our society treats people of different identities in different ways.

Winter Wonderland in April

Joe Beatty, Community Intern & Peace Studies Teaching Assistant
Monday, April 6, 2015

Picture this....  April rain.  April rain heavy.  April rain bulky.  April Snow.  The garden apprentice from Tinseltown gasps.  Eyes wide.  It is her first snow.  Before this, white April had only been a dream.  As she dashes for the door she slips on the kitchen floor already muddy from the rainy night before.  She giggles with glee, excited about the plump snowflakes and rattled from her near fall.  Outside the snowflakes fall thick on our hair, dazzling our smiles.

Mentoring at Woolman

Kat Globerson, Community Intern '14-'15
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
 
When I first learned about the Woolman internship, one component that piqued my curiosity was the mentorship program. The idea of being a mentor for a group of teens was intriguing but also nebulous—what exactly does being a mentor look like? Is there some particular way one acts as a mentor? Throughout my time here, I have been delightfully surprised by the many ways that mentorship exists here at Woolman.

Springtime at Woolman

Sadie Weinberger, Community Intern '14-'15
Monday, March 30, 2015

Springtime has arrived at Woolman! Jackets and sweaters are being shed, the days are getting longer, and temperatures are rising, much to everyone's enjoyment. The garden is waking up, the orchard is in full bloom, and some of the plum trees are already sprouting their leaves.

Environmental Science Energy Audit Presentations

Gray Horwitz, Environmental Science Teacher
Friday, March 6, 2015

For the past two weeks students have been researching different aspects of our campus and looking for ways to reduce our energy consumption. Yesterday students presented their energy audits to the class, and in the coming weeks we will be implementing the changes that they've recommended. The first group looked at our dish sanitizer and alternatives to it.

we're STAYing together and going on vaCATION = STAYCATION Spring 2015

Keithlee Spangler, Community Intern 2014-2015
Friday, March 6, 2015

Each semester, the community interns plan a pretty rad trip to somewhere in California for the students to catch a break, get away from schoolwork, and let the campus rest for a few days. This semester, we took our students down the coast to Big Sur, California for a few days of beaching, hiking, swimming, resting, s’mores-making, and exploring.

Woolman March Update

Gray Horwitz, Environmental Science Teacher
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Happy March! It is hard to believe that the semester started almost six weeks ago. We have some updates for you from different aspects of Woolman life, written by various teachers.

Exploring Our Worldviews

Amelia Nebenzahl, Global Thinking Teacher
Sunday, March 1, 2015

In one of our first units in Global Thinking, we examined how each of us views the world. What parts of our identity, backgrounds, experiences, and other aspects of our selves influence our perspectives? Where do our biases and opinions come from? Multiple perspectives is a key theme that we will explore throughout the semester, and students began by digging deep within themselves and shared what makes up their unique worldview.

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