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Pali Institute

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

During the week prior to Thanksgiving Break, our Middle Schoolers experienced a new kind of classroom – the San Bernardino Mountains at Pali Institute! This customized outdoor education program included a range of activities and learning experiences from science and leadership to art in nature. Fueled by the Institute’s good food, our students learned specific science skills in connection with their science curriculum here at PHS. For instance, the Seventh Graders study Life Science, and in their Forest Ecology Class they learned to identify a range of tree species, bacteria, and fungi. Similarly, the Eighth Graders, who study Physical Science, constructed a shelter for themselves using materials available at the site.
The demanding ropes course was enhanced for the Seventh Graders with a zip line that all students did at least once. Even PHS teachers Ms. Liz Lomelli and Mr. Jeff Ahn were spotted on the zip line!
For a concluding activity, the 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders received a large cut-out puzzle piece on which they wrote and illustrated their favorite experiences at Pali, creating a visual memory of their learning and growth in the mountain environment.

Awesome AstroCamp!

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

“This trip topped out at the highest level of awesomeness!” reports Fourth Grade teacher, Mrs. Kathy Gilbert, reflecting on the class’s recent three-day Outdoor Education trip to AstroCamp in the mountain town of Idyllwild, California.
From learning in the labs with AstroCamp’s outstanding instructors to hiking in the San Jacinto Mountains, each day was packed with adventure! The students viewed the planet Saturn through AstroCamp’s state-of-the-art telescopes and experienced the amazing zip line, not once, but twice!
Donning goggles, snorkels, and wet suits, the Fourth Graders created a structure under water, just as our U.S. astronauts simulate the zero-G environment of outer space in Houston’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab.
Strengthening class cohesion, building friendships, and creating lasting memories were additional bonuses of this great Peninsula Heritage student experience.

Rawhide Ranch

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Our Third Graders enjoyed a wonderful Outdoor Education experience at Rawhide Ranch in San Diego County last week. Science Teacher Kathy Mallon, along with Mrs. Debbie Schwartz, and several PHS parents, accompanied the students. Kathy shares the experience with us:
This year’s Third Grade class is truly unique, since so many of the children exhibited great courage as they challenged themselves in physical activities that they had never tried before.They climbed the rock wall, ate at the chuck wagon, and slept in the bunk house. During the excellent team-building events our children exhibited the PHS spirit in their trust and loyalty toward each other. We are so proud of these students, as Third Grade marks the first time that our children have a three-day outdoor adventure.
Rawhide is truly a ranch with its horses, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, and even llamas! Our students become ranch hands as they were responsible for the cleaning, care, and feeding of these animals.
Of particular interestwere the many lessons about horsemanship directed by the Ranch’s excellent staff. Our Third Graders learned, step by step, the necessary skills that culminated in their great horseback riding experience! The many benefits of our stay at the Ranch are obvious and long-lasting!

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