Maximum enrollment at Mind-Full Meadows is 15 full-time students K-8th grade. Kindergarten enrollment is for children who turn five on or before September 1st of that year. For the 2020/2021 school year, the grade range is kindergarten through 6th grade. For the 2021/2022 school year, we open enrollment to students in K through 8th grade. For the 2022/2023 school year and beyond, we will remain at a K- 8th grade configuration.
The types of services available in a public school, such as Counseling, Special Education, Speech and Communication, English Language Learning, Social Skills, and Occupational Therapy, are accessible to private school students, but may not be provided on site at Mind-Full Meadows. The arrangements to provide those services are a collaboration between the family, the school, and the local Education Service District. If it is determined additional services will be provided off site, transportation
All students are assessed for present instructional levels, and are matched with curriculum levels best suited to support their growth. If a student is doing work above grade level, they will be supported to proceed forward at the pace at which they demonstrate mastery. One of the gifts of a small school is I can to the best of my ability design instruction to meet each individual student’s needs. Student, teacher, and family can collaborate to find best fit.
All students are offered opportunities for choice STEAM projects. As project management is a learned skill, this aspect of the program is developing and is more highly structured at K-2. Currently, students in the 3-6 cohort have STEAM projects focused on: The design, printing, and marketing of 3D toys The development of an herbal compendium, including illustrations The planning and development of a treehouse adventure park The incubation, raising, and sale of Serama and Silkie chickens
The frameworks described above outline some of the specialized aspects of the program, and in addition to the core subjects, I have extensive experience in teaching: Science (biology, native botany, astronomy, and geology of Oregon) Technology (3D design, augmented reality, programming, animation) Arts (choral & rhythmic music, visual, performing, poetic) Geography (world and cultural) Social Sciences (K-9th grade history & world cultures) Circus Arts (AcroYoga, partner acrobatics, aerial hoop,
My 25+ years of K-9 teaching experience, the work for and application of my principal’s license, and the last ten year working in a multi-age learning structure has prepared me well for this position. I am confident in my ability to provide meaningful instruction in all core content areas, K-8, as well as in my ability to supplement our program with robust electives. Most foundational academics are scheduled when the teaching assistant is teaching too. Anne is in 20 hour/week, and as needed.
The 20/21 annual calendar follows the 4J calendar, with the exception being the only non-student days are federal holidays. For the 20/21 academic year, before-care starts at 7:45, welcome at 8:45, School starts at 9:00, dismissal is 3:30, and after-care ends at 5:30. The annual calendar and start and stop times are reviewed in May of each year by the parents/guardians of students enrolled for the following academic year.
MFM follows recommended Covid protocols for attendance and admittance. Mask wearing, hand washing, physical spacing while eating, outdoor spaces or open windows, high MERV air filters, hand sanitizer, temperature and wellness checks. Unless someone directly involved with our “Learning Farm bubble” contracts Covid-19 or another such communicable disease, my plan is to continue high-quality, individualized, in-person instruction unless families decide that distant learning is preferable.
"It's always nice to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." - Ursula K. LeGuin