Not Everyone Catches a ‘Break’ During Eagle Rock School’s Trimester Break

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Once again, we find ourselves between educational sessions as our 77th trimester draws to a close and ER-78 stands in line for its debut next month. It is during this trimester break that our instructors take a break from the classroom, and students enjoy a well-deserved vacation from independent studies, nontraditional classes, leadership responsibilities, and duties as stewards of the Eagle Rock community and our natural environments.

Last Friday, we celebrated the graduation of four students during a ceremony held here on out mountainside campus. Those grads include Alethea Auguste, Mohammad Thabata, Yxcelline Serafin, and Maria Suaste Perez. An End of Trimester Community Meeting took place the following day, with the trimester’s final staff meeting taking place yesterday.

For the most part, this period is technically a respite from school. However, several of our Professional Development Center (PDC) staff remain at work supporting our efforts to reengage youth from around the nation in their own education. That occurs through the work of the PDC as well as various administrative functions taking place on campus.

On Monday, Dan Condon, our Associate Director of Professional Development, was hard at work with the Boulder County, Colo., office of I Have a Dream. Today, he has been working with the McCormick Foundation on a professional development engagement at Huntley High School in northeastern Illinois, focused on conducting Instructional Rounds.

Our school’s staff returns to campus on Monday, May 6, with veteran students arriving on campus on Monday, May 13. All-school activities, service and house retreats take place between Tuesday, May 14, and Friday, May 17.

Our new incoming class of students (ER-78 — named as such because it’s the 78th incoming class since our founding in the early-1990s) arrive on Saturday, May 18, and classes for everyone begin on Monday, May 20. A week later, our new students head off for the traditional three-week Wilderness Orientation program required of all new Eagle Rock School students.

Meanwhile, several important application deadlines are nearing for those seeking to attend Eagle Rock, obtain jobs here, or apply for Public Allies’ fellowships.

  • The first is a May 1 deadline for those who wish to apply for the 2019/2020 cohort of Public Allies Fellows at Eagle Rock. For information, visit the Public Allies at Eagle Rock page online.
  • Also, on the first of May is a deadline to apply for a new full-time position that’s been created for Eagle Rock School — Learning Specialist. For more information, visit the Leaning Specialist Job Description page.
  • Finally, for any prospective students or parents of students interested in applying for admission to Eagle Rock School, our new rolling admission timeline will encourage you to submit those applications. More information on that opportunity is available by visiting the Eagle Rock School admissions page on our website.

And, as always, if you find yourself with a question or issue that must be resolved prior to the return of staff and teachers, your best option is to reach that instructor or staff member via email or use the online Eagle Rock Contact Form.

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