Head of School Updates, June 6 2019

This week, I was fortunate enough to be a part of two different celebrations of personalized learning that is a part of a small-school experience.

On Wednesday, our 10th graders presented their entrepreneurial Pitch to a panel of judges in our first-ever Dragon’s Den. The Dragon’s Den experience is formatted to simulate the types of investment pitches that entrepreneurs need to make to investors – and it follows the model of the TV show Shark Tank. Under the leadership of Mr. Lawrence, our 10th grade students worked in groups of 2 or 3 to create an eco-friendly business that they could create. Student teams put together business plans and each of those business plans were entered into an online classroom stock market simulation called simCEO. The stock market lasted for approximately 3 weeks while student-CEOs continued to develop their business plans and buy/sell shares in other’s company to provide feedback on each others’ ideas.

The Dragon’s Den is the culminating experience to the unit -allowing students to refine their presentation skills as they ask for funding to launch their business. (We will look at the actual funding and business development next  year – and I will use the opportunity of this blog post to make a request for parent volunteers who might wish to mentor these young entrepreneurs as they launch their project!).

Each of the business ideas had to align with B-Corp standards, making it a sustainable business model serving the greater good.  Each business idea had a prototype created and ready to share with the judges, along with their 10-minute investment pitch, detailing the problem/solution and financial rationale to persuade us to invest. It was a fantastic piece of real-world learning. The students shared ideas and actual prototypes for:

  • Sustainable bar soap
  • Computer cases and bags made from recycled materials
  • Eco-friendly, scented lip balm
  • Sustainable, scented candles
  • Credit card / Transportation card holder that attach to your phone made from recycled materials

Each presentation allowed students the chance to showcase their designs and detail the market need it met. Following each presentation, the panel of judges was allotted time to ask probing questions to the aspiring CEOs. A special thanks to the judges who joined me on the day –  Mr. Willaugher, Dr. Volpe, and Mr. Carel Van Apeldoorn. And a big congratulations to our students and Mr. Lawrence for some fantastic presentations!

Additionally, this afternoon we held our Lower School Variety Show. (Photos will be shared next week.) It’s a showcase of students on stage, sharing their unique talents – from singing to magic to yo yo tricks to stand-up comedians – it was truly a unique and personal way to allow our students to shine and share who they are. Many thanks to the parents who were able to attend, and to all the parents who could not attend but put in many hours at home helping children prepare.

Both of these events are perfect examples of personalized learning within the SCIS Community. Students get opportunities to share who they are – their ideas, their talents, their personalities – while practicing real world skills with the help and support of adults.

These are some of the most important learning experiences we can give our students to build skills and confidence.

With so much going on, please take time to read the Principal’s Posts.

Happy Dragon Boat Festival! Wishing you and your family a restful 3-day weekend!

Derek Luebbe

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, June 10, Theater Imba (Swedish artists) present to LS
  • Tuesday, June 11:
    • Theater Imba (Swedish artist) present to US
    • PAFA General Meeting, 10am-11am
    • Grade 5 Moving on Ceremony and Family Brunch, 10:30am-12:30pm, Black Box
  • Wednesday, June 12:
    • Theater Imba (Swedish artist) present to US
    • Lower School Field Day (all day)
  • Thursday, June 13, K-5 Lower School Assembly, 8:15am-9:15am, Black Box
    • Notes: Farewell Assembly
  • Friday, June 14:
    • Last Day of School
    • Notes: Semester 2 Reports released
    • Students Dismissal (PD only), 11:30am
    • Faculty Dismissal, 3:30pm

Photos From Around Campus

Dragon’s Den Presentation: The Financials

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