Some quick updates as we head off for vacation. Pilot students have been focusing on productivity and project management. We've been leaning in, doing the work, and finding the joy in completing things.
community and collaboration
Jed and Iona wrote a grant and got it! Iona explains, “I am now able to be responsible for work I am proud of, like the grant that I wrote to get reusable dishes for our cafeteria.” Way to go you two.
They also presented the changes they’ve been working on implementing with the Green Team in front of the whole faculty and the student body. We will be able to cut down on single use items significantly due to their work. As Jed says, “I want to stay [in the Pilot] because I can make a change where it matters. I love doing good things and the earth needs to be saved.”
These quotes are coming from student’s letters of intent and letters of exit that they’ve written this week to tell us if they would like to continue working in the Pilot next year. If they are graduating we ask them more about what they’ll do with what they’ve gained. For everyone we ask...
On the 18th, we will be looking at the first set of project deliverables. This work will spill into the next three weeks (not including a vacation) and that will take us to the end of the semester.
It’s going to go quickly. My hope is that by creating really pointed goals and focused questions we can stay on target and not let the time get away from us.
Feeling the need to do some weekly momentum planning? Try our planning pages:
<<<<<<< See here for the quarter 1 exhibition guidelines and narrative prompt. We will be reviewing this with students in Seminar on Monday.
"What I have experienced this year in the Pilot far surpassed anything I could have imagined or expected to get from it. My initial thought process was to better myself, by forcing myself into uncharted, independent waters I would have no choice but to swim. I have now come to realize that this wasn’t the case for me. I didn’t better myself, I became better at being myself. All that this means is that I don’t think that I’ve changed as a person, instead I’ve just learned who I am and how to live symbiotically with the world around me. In comparison to my prior harsh opposition to society and standardized education regarding my dispositions, this was a paradigm shift."
"In only one year of self-directed work I have become a more engaged and attentive learner. I feel a new sense of ownership over my work and a greater need to excel in my studies. As I write my final narrative I am certain that joining the Pilot was one of the best decisions I have made throughout high school."
"I can’t believe how much I have progressed in ASL this year. There is still so much to learn until I get to my goal but I am proud of what I have learned. I owe all my success to my mentor and generosity of giving me her time. Her eagerness to teach me is very admirable and shows me her love of ASL. If I wasn't in The Pilot in high school I wouldn't be going to college for the same degree I am now."
"One of my focuses with my english study was storytelling, and storytelling is life. That is to say, life is what all stories try to recreate, and is the reason we make stories in the first place. I experienced some of the highest and lowest points of my life this year, and gain tremendous insight on storytelling and comedy with that."
Noah witke mele
“And what Pilot has done for me is give me the tools to never stop.
“240. All Right then, let me try to rephrase. When I was alive, I aimed to be a student not of longing but of light." -- Bluets by Maggie Nelson
001. All right then, let me try to rephrase. When I was here, I aimed to be a student not of ending but of..
I do not need finish this.”
We have pressed fast forward on the clock. Regular time will resume on June 15th at 3pm.